Who was Seeley G. Mudd?
Seeley Greenleaf Mudd was born on April 18, 1895 in Denver, Colorado. He was eight when his family moved to Los Angeles. Mudd attended Stanford for two years before transferring to Columbia, where he received a B.S. degree in mining engineering. He later attended Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. degree in 1924.
Dr. Mudd practiced cardiology in Los Angeles before joining the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. He was later dean and professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
During his lifetime, Dr. Mudd contributed more than $10 million to private colleges and universities. By his will, Dr. Mudd created the Seeley G. Mudd Fund to continue the work, "that educational excellence be supported in the form of grants for the construction of buildings for teaching, learning, and research." The Princeton University Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library website contains additional details about Dr. Mudd's philanthropic work.
Dr. Mudd died on March 10, 1968.