The Good Stuff

Don Bruzzone ’60 on work, foundations, and how to say thanks.

East Bay real estate developer Don Bruzzone ’60 takes this as a given in his work: First, the foundation. A life, like a building, needs a good foundation, too. Bruzzone found his at Santa Clara University. He arrived on campus “like a cat on a hot tin roof,” he jokes. His nerves settled, and he found his center and his people. “I think the Jesuit philosophy permeates everything I try to do. That is the good stuff,” he says. Then there is the community. “We were a tight little group that formed—there was a camaraderie. That’s also an important ingredient.” Indeed, when classmate and fellow developer John A. Sobrato ’60 decided to give $100 million, establishing the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation, Bruzzone wanted to join him. “The world needs this right now—a balance in life’s endeavors.” Grounding education in science and engineering in a foundation of ethics and Jesuit values is the way to build for the future, he says. Bruzzone gave $5 million toward the effort. “We all have to give back a little bit,” he says. “Some of us have been very lucky.”

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