SW: Donald and Jan O’Dowd

Former UA President stresses importance of giving

Don and Jan O'Dowd

Former UA President Don O’Dowd and Jan O’Dowd

Donald O’Dowd, past president of the University of Alaska (1984-1990) and his wife Jan O’Dowd have been loyal donors to the University ever since Dr. O’Dowd assumed the UA Presidency.  Now retired and living in California the O’Dowds continue to remain active supporters U of A.

“We started giving to the University because we felt it was an obligation to support the institution that we worked for. We have done this at the other Universities we were affiliated with and we continue to do so to today.

“We still give to support UA because we continue to believe in the University and its mission.  The University will need even more private support in the future and we are pleased to make an annual contribution to insure the well-being of the University in the years ahead.

“We are also gratified that our gifts are being used to provide support for Alaska students, especially those for whom the scholarships can make a real tangible difference in their lives.  Occasionally we even receive thank you letters from the scholarship recipients. We remain involved in the University and its activities – just recently we attended a reunion of some of the Regents and principals involved in the 1986 University restructuring effort – and our on-going gifts are another facet of that involvement.”