Katherine Bogdanovich Loker, an heir to the StarKist tuna fortune and a major philanthropist in Southern California, died Thursday at her Oceanside home from complications of a stroke, according to a spokesman for USC, her alma mater. She was 92.
Loker and her late husband, Donald, donated more than $30 million to USC. In 1977, they gave $15 million to establish USC's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and support the work of professor George A. Olah, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1994. She also funded the $3.4-million Katherine B. Loker Track and Field Stadium and a $1.5-million acting fellowship to the USC School of Theatre.
She donated $7 million to the Richard Nixon Library & Museum in Yorba Linda for a 47,000-square-foot addition that re-created the East Room of the White House.
Other local institutions she supported with major donations were Cal State Dominguez Hills, the California Hospital Medical Center and the California Science Center.