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Dartmouth College officials say former President Gerald Ford and...

HANOVER, N.H. -- Dartmouth College officials say former President Gerald Ford and former first lady Lady Bird Johnson will serve as co-chairs of a fund-raising committee for a building to be named for the late Nelson Rockefeller.

The $8.5 million Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences will house the departments of economics, government, sociology, psychology and education.

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Members of the Rockefeller family have pledged $3.75 million toward the project. Friends, colleagues and classmates of Rockefeller have pledged to raise at least 40 percent of the cost of the center.

The group has already raised more than $1 million, Dartmouth officials said.

Rockefeller, a 1930 honors graduate of Dartmouth, served as vice president under Ford and served as governor of New York from 1959 to 1973.

Others who have joined the fund-raising effort are Vice President Bush and five former secretaries of state.

No date has been set for the start of construction of the new building.

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