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Donald L. Lucas

Pioneering venture capitalist

Donald L. Lucas knows how to invest. He started in 1957 with National Semiconductor Corporation, and he went on to fund other major Silicon Valley players, such as Oracle Corporation.

Lucas has a long history with Santa Clara University. More than 25 years ago, he worked with Professor Mario Belotti to start an annual economics symposium. He has served on the University Board of Trustees. Two of his three children graduated from SCU: Nancy (Lucas) Thibodeau '75 and Donald A. Lucas '84.

He is the namesake funder of Lucas Hall, the state-of-the-art facility opened in fall 2008 that houses the Leavey School of Business, with a $15 million donation.

"I feel we all have an obligation to invest in our communities," he says. "Education is the most important thing in your life, up with God and your spouse."

Lucas's belief in the distinctive qualities of a Santa Clara education prompted his generosity.

"Most American university business schools can produce competent managers," he says. "But Santa Clara produces leaders whose rigorous Jesuit education includes a solid grounding in ethical decision making that considers the whole person. The men and women from this tradition will make the difference in Silicon Valley's future."


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