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Nootbaars Provide Pacesetting Gifts

Herbert and the late Elinor Nootbaar

Herbert and the late Elinor Nootbaar, whose friendship with Pepperdine began six decades ago and was rekindled in 2006, have provided transforming gifts for the Pepperdine School of Law and its Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics. Herb, 102, and Elinor, who passed away earlier this spring, became enthusiastic advocates of the law school, endowing the dean's office, providing significant support for the William French Smith Memorial Lecture Series, and funding and naming the now world-reaching Nootbaar Institute.

Fulfilling the institute's mission, students and professors travel to third-world countries to administer global justice programs, and students work domestically and internationally in externships with human rights organizations. The Nootbaar Institute also presents national conferences and symposia exploring such topics as international criminal justice, genocide, and religion.

"Herb symbolizes all that is good about America: honesty, hard work, determination, skill, integrity, and deeply held convictions," remarked Pepperdine President Andy Benton. "Led to us by his sweet, late wife Elinor, Herb changes lives through Pepperdine and he has changed mine along the way, for Herb believes in what we do."