A. Alfred Taubman

Alfred Taubman

A. Alfred Taubman, U-M Health System Victors for Michigan Campaign Co-Chair

The late A. Alfred Taubman (1924-2015) was an American real estate developer and philanthropist. He pioneered the modern shopping mall concept and was  described as a “legend in retailing.” He built shopping mall developer Taubman Centers into a retailing powerhouse and authored the bookThreshold Resistance: The Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer in 2007.

At the University of Michigan, which he first grew to love as an architecture student in the 1940's, Taubman made his vision real — and lasting. In 1999, Mr. Taubman of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, made the largest gift in history to any school of architecture in the country, the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. The A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building was named in recognition of his transformative 2011 gift to the Taubman Medical Research Institute.

Other campus namesakes include the A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center, the Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the A. Alfred Taubman Galleries at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). Mr. Taubman received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2009 and was the co-chair of the campaign council for the U-M Health System.