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Woman Leaves $7 Million to UCD Vet School in Cat’s Name

If a cancer treatment is found using her funds, it will be named after her cat, Du Bee.

Maxine Alder died in 2009 when she was hit by a car near her home in Florida. Several months later, UC Davis learned that she left more than $7.6 million to the vet school in the name of a cat they treated years earlier.

Alder was a wealthy and adventurous woman who split her time between California and Florida. She ran 30 marathons in her lifetime and climbed Half Dome on a regular basis.

She brought her cat DuBee, with whom she had a special bond, into the vet school about 10 years ago for treatment of his cancer. DuBee eventually died, but Alder was thankful for the center’s care.

She made a $1 million donation in 2004 and now left one of the biggest donations the school has ever received. If a cancer drug is discovered using the donated money, it will carry DuBee’s name.

Read more about the award, which will also feature recurring scholarships, on the Sacramento Bee.

Vanessa Morganstern August 24, 2011 at 05:02 AM
It's an incredible, generous gesture. Maxine and Du Bee may be gone, but their memories will live on through this selfless act.

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