Tycoon Donates Big Bucks to Library: Loudoun Facility Gets Judaic Funds

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A tycoon with a penchant for suddenly giving money to public and private causes in Leesburg yesterday gave $1 million to the Loudoun County Public Library system to establish a collection for Judaic studies.

Irwin W. Uran sent the library a check for $1 million and a handwritten note saying the money should be used to purchase videos, films, books, music and equipment for all of the county's library branches, "with a final view towards better relations between all peoples."

The Judaic studies should focus on the Holocaust, according to the note.

Mr. Uran, who is in his 70s, moved to Leesburg in 1994 and then left three years later because of the publicity following one of his donations, according to published reports. Mr. Uran was raised Jewish, those reports said.

With a personal wealth estimated to be at least $300 million, Mr. Uran lived for three years in a Best Western motel in town, keeping a low profile.

He seems to have made donating money to causes in Loudoun his pastime.

Among his donations are $1 million to the Town of Leesburg, $2 million for the Loudoun Jewish Congregation to buy property for a synagogue in Leesburg and two gifts totaling $60,000 to the county animal shelter. …