The Impact of Gifts

Retired alumnus supports UW

Even into retirement, John Rowe has a strong affinity for his alma mater, as he and his wife Jeanne passionately support the future of UW-Madison. Among their many generous constributions, including Rowe Center for Research in Virology at the Morgridge Institute, are three endowed chairs in history – Byzantine, Green and American politics, institutions and political economy – to ensure others can find inspiration from the past.

Legacy gift for L&S and SMPH

When Mary Herman Rubinstein earned her MD from UW-Madison in 1960, she was one of four women in her medical school class. Yet, this was hardly first first nor the last time she would blaze an uncommon course. Recognizing the importance of innovative research, Rubinstein set up a generous bequest to support up to seven endowed professorships within the College of Letters & Science.

Hamel Music Center

After decades of rehearsing in the basement of the Mosse Humanities Building, UW’s musicians will now have a state-of-the-art acoustic environment in which to prepare for performances. Pamela Hamel provided the naming gift for the new center, and the Mead and Witter families from Wisconsin Rapids enabled the project to be fully realized at once.