CLEVELAND — The billionaire philanthropist who financed Case Western Reserve University's shiny, stainless-steel business school building, then decided the school was "diseased," has dropped his boycott on charities in the Cleveland area.
"My moratorium is over," Peter B. Lewis said to applause at a forum Friday. "It did whatever good it did, and it's over."
He said he's still disappointed with Cleveland in general, but pleased with changes at Case Western.
Lewis, chairman of insurer Progressive Corp., started his boycott in June to emphasize his disappointment with the composition of Case Western's board and the way in which the private school was run.
Lewis donated $36 million to the university's business school, designed by architect Frank Gehry. The south side of the building, which stands about five stories high, has a curving roof of stainless-steel shingles that seem to tumble to the ground.