|Samuel Oschin Telesope at Palomar Observatory, courtesy Caltech|
Los Angeles, CA, USA (May 17, 2012) — California Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph announced today, at a special event, that in recognition of a transformational gift from The Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation the naming of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, future home of Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. Present at the event were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and philanthropist Lynda Oschin, widow of Samuel Oschin and Chair of the Board and Secretary of the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation.
“We are tremendously grateful to receive this extraordinary gift, which is an investment in the future of science learning. Combined with the generous support already provided by foundations, individuals and corporations throughout our community, we are now close to the halfway point in achieving our $200 million Campaign goal” said Rudolph.
With Endeavour as its centerpiece, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will encourage guests to investigate scientific and engineering principles related to atmospheric flight and the exploration of our universe. “Integrating hands-on exhibits to encourage active learning and a unique collection of aircraft and spacecraft, this new facility will be a launch pad for creativity and innovation,” remarked Rudolph. “It will inspire the next generation of explorers and scientists and will strengthen the Science Center’s ability to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning.”
Lynda Oschin noted, “Today pays tribute first and foremost to my husband, and his passion for discovery, philanthropy and the pursuit of knowledge. This is Sam’s vision and represents truly everything my husband dreamed, loved and believed in – children, education, inspiration, creativity, science, math, space and astronomy, adventure, exploration, innovation, discovery, engineering and commitment.”
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, “On behalf of the City of Los Angeles I express heartfelt thanks to the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation for their support of the California Science Center. Their generous donation ensures that the Space Shuttle Endeavor has a world-class facility in which to reside — a place that will inspire youth to dream of future space exploration, stimulating science and math education for generations, and stimulating tourism to Los Angeles along with it.”
The anticipated opening is within the next 5 years. While the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center is under development, Endeavour will be on exhibit in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion at the Science Center opening in the fall of 2012.
Samuel Oschin was an entrepreneur, explorer and philanthropist dedicated to improving the quality of life of the Los Angeles community. His ambitious spirit enabled his success in a range of enterprises, from manufacturing to commercial and residential real estate development. Oschin’s many adventures took him to Africa, the North Pole, the Amazon and a 100-mile trek retracing Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps.
He founded the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation in 1981, which generously supports a variety of causes in areas of astronomy, medicine, advocacy, the arts and education. His legacy lives on through the work of the Foundation.