Frances Anne Dolan's Legacy Continues

By Rebecca Salner, Office of Development Communications Posted Mon, 06/02/2014 - 15:24

Anne 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 women.

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

Bequests 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