Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs Deliver On Pledge To San Diego Health System
Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs are important contributors to the University of California at San Diego Health System. They have pledged 75 million dollars to the La Jolla, California college to be used to build a new medical center which will bear their name. So far they have paid millions towards the very generous pledge, with further payments to be made in annual increments through 2015 and beyond. Their pledge included specifics revolving around the construction and the meeting of certain deadlines after which each annual payment is made.
Irwin M. Jacobs is an electrical engineer who was co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm. The semiconductor and telecommunications company is known for many advances including the CDMA standard of transmission used by telecommunications companies and mobile devices today. Jacobs is also the chairman of the board of trustees at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Over their lifetimes they have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars in the areas of education and research, primarily but not limited to their home city of San Diego. For that we thank them and honor them each with a Good Samaritan Award for the month of October 2014.