Donor Appreciation: Carolyn Fanning

Carolyn FanningCarolyn Fanning is dedicated to the Buck Institute. And now, thanks to her daughter, Barbara Roberts, that dedication has been permanently honored and is on display to thousands of people each year. The lectern in the Institute’s Drexler Auditorium was named in honor of Fanning at the April meeting of the Acorn Society.

The ceremony was a total surprise for Fanning. “This was a thrill of a lifetime,” said the retired real estate agent and longtime resident of Marin County. “My daughter made a wise choice when she picked the Buck Institute as the recipient of this gift. She knows how excited I am about the scientists and their work.”

Fanning and her husband Bran have been Acorn members and ambassadors since 2005. While serving on the Institute’s Development Committee, Carolyn opened her home to host Acorn Society house parties on two occasions and has brought more than a dozen new Acorn members to the Institute.

“My mom loves the Buck and the Acorn Society.” said Roberts. “She enjoys coming to the luncheons and going to the Drexler Auditorium to hear the presentations. This seemed like a great way to honor her and acknowledge her interest in the Buck.”

Carolyn Fanning PlaqueDrexler Auditorium – a key component of the Buck’s I.M Pei-designed campus -- is a hub of activity. It is used almost daily for scientific presentations, community seminars, and special events. While there is only one lectern and only one Carolyn Fanning, the Buck has recently launched an exciting program offering the opportunity for donors to have their name or the name of a loved one memorialized as part of the Drexler Auditorium.

There are over 200 permanent seats in the auditorium and for a gift to the Institute of $1,000, the donor or honoree’s name will be engraved on a lovely brass plate that will be affixed to the back of a seat.

More than 35 seats have already been sponsored. Please contact Maureen Reyes, Resource Development Department, at 415-209-2053 or  for details about the naming program.

As Carolyn Fanning says, “The mission of the Buck is so vital. What could be more important than healthy aging? How blessed is Marin County to have this kind of research going on right here!"

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