Burrill Estate Donates
$1 Million for Medical Scholarships
THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE has received $1 million from the estate of physician Clarence William (Bill) Burrill Jr., shown above with his wife, Marilou, in 1957.
Burrill, a member of the School of Medicine’s class of 1951, provided the bequest to fund an endowed scholarship for students of the medical school, said Rick Nordin, director of major gifts.
Burrill died in October 1997 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 73.
His daughters, Hyla and Daphne, said that the gift was a reflection of the large impact that attending USC had on his life.
“He was always talking about how proud he was to have gone to USC,” Hyla Burrill said. “He told me that he always wanted to give back to the university just a little bit of what it had done for him.”
A native of Hollywood, Burrill was born in 1923 and attended local public schools. He later attended Los Angeles City College and UCLA, where he studied engineering and pre-med. In 1943, he volunteered for duty in the Navy, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant.
University statistics show that over the last 10 years, the average medical student’s debt at the time of graduation has more than doubled, from $52,000 to more than $108,000.
“Most people don’t realize how many of these students graduate with large debts,” Nordin said. “Gifts such as those provided by Bill Burrill can really help.”

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