BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A celebrated former Boston Pops clarinetist is donating $100 million to Boston University — to name its medical school after his friend. Edward Avedisian grew up down the street from former BU President Aram Chobanian in Pawtucket, and the two are lifelong friends according to BU Today.
The university made the announcement on Thursday. After 40 years playing for the Boston Pops, Avedisian found phenomenal success as an investor.
BU President Robert Brown called the donation “one of the most remarkable grants in the history of higher education” at a private signing ceremony in August, according to the magazine.
The $100 million will be split up between scholarships, professorships, and a named "Avedisian Fund for Excellence."
Chobanian would only agree to the school being named after him if Avedisian also shared the credit, so the school will be named the "Boston University Aram V. Chobanian & Edward Avedisian School of Medicine."