IRVINE : UCI Latest Entity to Receive Tate Grant

UC Irvine is the latest educational institution to receive a grant from the estate of Herman R. Tate, the co-founder of an Orange County taxicab company.

The estate, which is administered in Chicago, awarded the Irvine campus $200,000, designating $100,000 each to the school’s Medical Scientist program and to the Institution for Transportation studies.

“His legacy will promote progress in two critical areas at UCI, research to improve transportation systems and training of tomorrow’s biomedical researchers,” UC Irvine Chancellor Jack W. Peltason said in a prepared statement.

Hoag Hospital also received a grant from the fund. Students in transportation-related programs at three local community colleges also received a boost from Tate’s estate. Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast colleges are expected to receive $40,000 each from the fund.


Tate, who died last year, began with a three-car taxicab company in Newport Beach in 1956. He and a partner, John Davidson, formed a cooperative in 1983 which ultimately extended into 12 cities.