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Behind the building: dedication and donors

The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center is named for an alumna of courage, boundless enthusiasm and unfailing devotion to her alma mater, her community and her family.

Building dedication

This building is a gift from Frances C. Arrillaga’s family—husband John, ’59, son John Jr., ’92, MBA ’98, and daughter Laura, ’92, MBA ’97, MA ’98, and MA ’99—and many other alumni who share her commitment to Stanford.


Frances C. Arrillaga, MA ’64, MA ’65

Fran made many contributions to the university through her membership on the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors. In particular, she advised the Travel/Study Program, Stanford Sierra Camp and STANFORD magazine. She also was a key contributor to the J.E. Wallace Sterling Awards for student volunteer service.

A tireless fundraiser, Fran also worked closely with the Office of Development as a member of the Major Gifts Committee. Through her involvement in the nomination of alumni to the university's Board of Trustees, her influence remains present in Stanford's leadership.

Fran was a leader in her community, serving on the boards of several Bay Area organizations, including Menlo School, Castilleja School, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the YMCA, the Peninsula Bridge Program, Family Service Mid-Peninsula, Community Foundation Silicon Valley and Avenidas (senior services for the mid-Peninsula).

We hope that the pleasure she took in her work on behalf of Stanford and other organizations will be an inspiration to all Stanford alumni.

Building donors

The Stanford Alumni Association and Stanford University would like to thank all the donors for their generous contributions. The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center was erected in 2000 and almost entirely funded by the generosity of Stanford alumni who are regular donors to Stanford's core academic needs. Donor recognition plaques throughout the building recognize the generosity of donors to the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.

See donors to the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

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