Maggie Gilbert Memorial Endowment
This endowment honors the life and achievements of UCLA alum Maggie Gilbert.
Rose Gilbert, class of 1940, established this memorial endowment in honor of her daughter, Maggie, to support the acquisition and processing of books in the area of bipolar studies. Maggie was a scholar and a swimmer who earned two degrees from UCLA, a B.A. in psychology in 1969 and a J.D. in 1974. Maggie and her mother were very close and often traveled together. Maggie’s sudden death was a terrible blow, and Mrs. Gilbert chose to memorialize her daughter with this endowment in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library as well as the Maggie Gilbert Endowment Fund in the UCLA College. She also celebrated her daughter with the Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center at the Palisades Charter High School, where Mrs. Gilbert was an English teacher from 1961 and continued to teach full-time until the 2012–13 school year, when Mrs. Gilbert was in her nineties. Mrs. Gilbert passed away in 2013 at the age of 95. Mrs. Gilbert was a beloved member of the UCLA community through her generous philanthropy and her enthusiastic support of Bruin athletics. In fact, attending the NCAA Final Four basketball games was one of her rare excuses for an absence from her classes at Palisades High. She won numerous teaching awards and was known affectionately to her students as “Mama G.”