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Umang and Ruth Gupta

An Indian American couple has gifted $500,000 to history museum in California.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2004 17:38 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

An Indian American couple has gifted $500,000 to a history museum in California.

Umang and Ruth Gupta's donation to the San Mateo County History Museum, together with a $1.1-million gift from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will go toward renovating the historic courthouse building where the museum is located.

"The funds from us will also help in establishing a new gallery called 'Immigrants From Around the World'," Umang Gupta, the founder of Keynote Systems, told IANS.

"This museum will tell the story of local people and events that have helped shape not just our country but also the world."

He said as first generation immigrants to the United States, he and his wife were happy to be involved in the project that will tell the stories of immigrant groups that are still shaping America.

Gupta said while he has been on the board of the museum for the past two years, this has been the largest contribution by his family.

According to the museum, a campaign had been launched to collect $12 million to support the capital improvement and cultural programming. With the two recent gifts, the institution is left with $2.8 million to complete the campaign.

Gupta said he has also been contributing money toward the Peninsula Association of Retarded Children and Adults in memory of his son Raji, whom they lost some time ago.

The founder and former chief executive of Nasdaq-listed Centura Software Corporation, formerly known as Gupta Corporation, Gupta wrote the first business plan for Oracle in 1981.

He has also been an active investor and advisor to a number of Silicon Valley start-up companies and served on the board of trustees of Mosaix, a publicly held call centre systems company, from 1997 to 1999 prior to its sale to Lucent Technologies.

He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1971, and a master's in business administration from Kent State University, Ohio, in 1972.

First Published: Feb 21, 2004 00:00 IST