Marquette University News Release

Marquette College of Nursing receives $1.8 million gift

December 18, 2009

Alumna’s bequest is the largest donation in the college’s history

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University College of Nursing students have about two million reasons to celebrate: Alumna Vivian Ann Hotuiz bequeathed a $1.8 million gift for scholarship aid, the largest donation in the college’s history. Hotuiz, who passed away Sept. 14, 2009, at age 94 in Tulsa, Okla., was a 1953 College of Nursing graduate.

The gift is also something of an early birthday present for the college, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2010-11 academic year.

“As with the rest of the university, the Marquette College of Nursing’s fund-raising priority is for scholarship aid for our students,” said Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, dean of nursing. “This wonderful gift, from a very generous, visionary alumna, will help us provide substantial financial aid to our nursing students.”

Hotuiz worked at the Wood Veterans Hospital (now the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center) when she enrolled at Marquette to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She served in World War II as a Navy nurse and continued in the medical profession throughout her career.

The last surviving member of her family, Hotuiz named the Marquette College of Nursing as the sole beneficiary of her estate—a gift she designated 15 years prior to her death.

“Planned giving can be a creative method of making a gift to Marquette, while maximizing the benefits to the donor and the university,” said Vice President of University Advancement Julie Tolan. “Estate planning enables our benefactors to designate how they want to strengthen and enhance Marquette’s educational experience.”

Rooted in Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit education, the College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge. The college offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.

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