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Donor Profile: Richard & Laura Small

Richard and Laura Small

Little did Dr. Richard Small know his student job at UCR's Citrus Experiment Station would come in handy years later. Richard and his wife, Laura, a food safety instructor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, live on a 33-acre avocado farm in Fallbrook, Calif., near Escondido.

A zoology major at UCR, he graduated in 1961 with good friends Drs. Fred Bryant and Carl Fuglie. Richard went on to medical school at UCLA and became a radiation oncologist.

The Gift

The Smalls have supported UCR since 1977. Since 2004, they've donated $10,000 a year to the Carl Fuglie Scholarship fund, in memory of his friend who died of cancer in his 30s. Last year, Richard and Fred Bryant started the Bryant-Small Scholarship to also benefit a deserving medical student.

Why did he do it?

"I think of it as payback to UCR," said Richard. And he means it in the nicest of ways. "UCR was instrumental in guiding me to my occupation. To my goals. I want to help others get there, too."

The Future

One of the young people whom he's helping get there is daughter Jacquie, a community college student. She'd like to follow in her dad's footsteps and become a doctor.

Richard and Laura Small

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