The co-founder of Sysco Corp., Houston, and his wife, Herbert and Florence Irving, have donated $40 million to the Columbia University Medical Center that bears his name, the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Irvings have committed nearly $200 million to the university’s medical center and its partner, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to a news release.

The Irvings have supported Columbia since 1987.

“Columbia’s top-notch researchers and their devotion to bettering the lives of our world’s citizens through medical advancements are what move Florence and me to continue to support their work,” Herbert Irving said in a news release.

They have also created the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Herbert Irving Pavilion, and the Irving Cancer Research Center, according to the release.