Statement on the death of Sam Zell

We join with the family and friends of Sam Zell in mourning his passing. 

Sam was a self-made entrepreneur who created what he described as a “meritocracy with a moral compass”; a man of contagious wit and a deep sense of civic responsibility. He was an alumnus and one of our most generous philanthropists, supporting many different areas of the university, including the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.   

Sam will be deeply missed. But his brilliance, generosity and loyalty will continue to shine brightly across the University of Michigan. 

Santa J. Ono