duke university’s eight-year fund-raising campaign ended with a $72 million gift from two alumni. the gift is the largest in the school’s history. peter and ruth nicholas of boston gave $70 million to expand the reach of the nicholas school of environment and earth sciences-named in their honor-which trains environmental scientists and policy makers. the remaining $2 million will finance renovations to duke’s main library.
the couple led the fund-raising effort, which brought in more than $2 billion, a record for duke.