The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health has received a $7 million gift from its namesake to help study how children’s health may affect people as they get older.
University President Harris Pastides announced the donation Thursday from Gerry Sue and Norman Arnold in a ceremony at the school. “That will help us to advance age-related science,” Pastides said. “That is important to each and every one of us.”
The new center will include work in areas such as childhood obesity prevention, chronic stroke recovery, nutrition and food safety, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Norman Arnold said that they want to help people get practical advice on proper nutrition and exercise. “That’s a very important factor in our gift to help so many who sometimes would not be able to help themselves or get help,” Arnold said at the ceremony.
The Arnolds gave $10 million to the university in 2000. In recognition of their donation, USC renamed its public health school after the Columbia developer.
Mr. Norman is chairman of the Arnold Companies, founded in 1907 by his grandfather Isaac Ginsberg. In addition to his business, he also served a four-year tour of duty as a naval officer in the Pacific during the Korean War. He became President and CEO of the commercial development firm in 1963.