The founding of the McGovern Institute was for us the culmination of a shared lifelong fascination with the human brain.

The creation of the McGovern Institute was made possible by the vision and generosity of Patrick J. McGovern ’59 and Lore Harp McGovern, whose commitment remains one of the largest philanthropic gifts in the history of higher education.


An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Lore Harp McGovern has founded or run companies in diverse fields including health care, educational publishing and high-tech, and is an investor in numerous start-up companies in Silicon Valley. She was a co-founder of Vector Graphic, one of the earliest PC companies, and was president and CEO of the educational publishing company Good Morning Teacher! She was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1983 by Women Business Owners of New York and has been awarded the Distinguished Immigrant Award by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. She is Chair Emeritus of the Whitehead Institute’s Board of Associates.