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Longtime benefactor honored by Keck School

Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito and USC Trustee Harlyne J. Norris (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

For her and her family’s decades-long commitment to health care at USC, Harlyne J. Norris received the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Award during commencement ceremonies for the Keck School of Medicine of USC held on May 18 at the Shrine Auditorium.

Before she accepted the honor, Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito thanked Norris for her “long-standing contribution and unwavering dedication to the Keck School of Medicine and its people.

“She serves as a trusted adviser to the president of the university on health care matters,” he said.

The honor comes as the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the Keck School, celebrates its 40th anniversary.

“The Norris relationship with the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center goes back to a lead gift that her husband, Kenneth Norris Jr., made to the center,” Puliafito said.

A trustee and past chairman of the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Harlyne Norris is a renowned medical benefactor. The family’s legacy can be seen across both the Health Sciences and University Park campuses —from the USC Norris Cancer Hospital and Norris Medical Library to the Norris Cinema Theatre and Norris Dental Science Center.

In 2012, the foundation made a $15 million gift to support construction of the Norris Healthcare Consultation Center, which broke ground on the Health Science Campus earlier this month. The building will house multidisciplinary clinics focused on cancer care.

Norris, who is known for her many charitable activities dedicated to children and the arts, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from USC in 2008. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000.

The award is named in memory of Elaine Stevely Hoffman, a Los Angeles philanthropist who contributed to building a research center on the Health Sciences Campus.

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