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Pepperdine Remembers Beloved Friends of the University

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Pepperdine mourns the loss of Life Regent Hari Harilela, a revered friend of Pepperdine, who, along with his wife Padma, generously supported education at Pepperdine for decades.

“Dr. Hari, as so many of us called him, was Pepperdine’s ambassador abroad,” said Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton. “He opened many doors for us, and the Harilela name is part of our legacy and reputation around the world. He and his wife were an elegant, gracious presence at many Pepperdine events. We will miss him and we express our deep condolences to his loving family.”

At Pepperdine the Harilela International Tennis Stadium and the Harilela Seminar Room in the Young Center of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology are prominent and popular Malibu campus venues that bear their names. Hari and Padma recently made a generous new gift to their Harilela Educational Scholarship endowment. Pepperdine is honored to count more than 20 Harilela family members as alumni.

Pepperdine also remembers William “Bill” Waugh, a member of Churches of Christ, who held active roles in multiple corporate ventures throughout his career and had served on the Pepperdine Board of Regents since 1980. He was elected to Life Regent in 1995 and served on the University’s Buildings and Grounds, Campus Planning, Religious Standards, and Finance and Investments Committees.

“Bill was an artist, a visionary entrepreneur, and a dedicated friend to Pepperdine,” said president Andrew K. Benton. “His service to the University will long be felt through his contributions to the many committees he was devoted to. He will be deeply missed.”