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A $100 Million Gift to University of Chicago Sparks a Donor War

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Tim, left, and Tom Pearson.
Tim, left, and Tom Pearson.Photographer: Joel Wintermantle/University of Chicago

A $100 million charitable donation to fund conflict-resolution research is now a battleground.

Thomas L. Pearson and Timothy R. Pearson were widely praised in 2015 for their gift to the University of Chicago to create a namesake research institute to advance the cause of world peace.