Anne Dolan, the first dean of women at USF, continues her legacy at the university, 50 years later.
Dolan was a trailblazer. In 1943, she was among the first women to enlist in
the U.S. Navy. She then went on to earn a doctoral degree in education from
Northwestern University. And in 1964, shortly after the University of San
Francisco became fully coeducational, Anne Dolan became the first dean of
She arrived in time to welcome the first fall class of women in the day
division in USF history. She became vice president for student development. She
oversaw the inauguration of the first women's intercollegiate athletic teams in
1976. That same year, the first female athletics scholarship was awarded.
During her 23 years at USF, Anne mentored and advised countless students.
Anne retired in 1987, but she continued to support USF every year for more than
20 years, paving the way for others as she always did. She established an
endowed scholarship to help student athletes complete their degrees and became
a member of the Fr. John Lo Schiavo Legacy Society, which honors those who have
included the university in their estate plans.
Her planned gifts included a life income gift, which provided her with monthly
payments until her death last fall, and a bequest designated for her
scholarship. That gift continues the legacy Anne established during her lifetime.
A Simple Gift
have always played a critical role at USF. Over the past 10 years, USF has
received $37.5 million in bequests. And, in the last fiscal year, bequests made
up 37 percent of all gifts.
Bequests offer a simple, flexible way to give the gift of education to students
who want to make the world a better place. Because many bequest gifts help
build our endowment, they benefit both current and future generations. The
endowment, in turn, provides USF with an enduring source of support in the form
of a long-term investment that generates revenue every year for financial aid,
faculty development, and life-changing academic experiences.
A bequest is simple to arrange and allows donors to create a legacy while
retaining assets during their lifetime. USF supporters can designate specific
gifts or a percentage of their estate based on needs and priorities.
Bequests also allow donors to decide what legacy they want to create.
Making a Difference
Fifty years after Anne arrived at USF, she is still paving the way for others.
The Anne Dolan Athletic Scholarship is awarded to men and women who have
completed their athletic eligibility and are completing their degrees.
In 1964, a little more than a quarter of the 4,724 students enrolled at USF
were women. Today, more than 60 percent of the student population is made up of
women. Thanks to people like Anne, they'll become tomorrow's trailblazers.
If you have already included USF in your estate plans, please let us know so we
can thank you. If you'd like more information about making a bequest to USF,
please contact Elizabeth Hill, Director of Planned Giving, at (415) 422-4163 or