Class of '54 alums paying it forward for future generations

A Gift for the Future

A Gift for the Future

When Joan Brannick '54 was a student at Utica College, many of her professors weren't much older than she was.

"We were all youngsters!" she recalls with a laugh.

But those young professors left an indelible mark. Public relations professor Ray Simon taught her to "assimilate information, develop a plan, and work well with all people," says Joan. For her husband, the late Leo Brannick '54 ,it was biology professor (and later UC president) Dr. J. Kenneth Donahue who provided the solid background in the sciences that helped him secure admission to Princeton University, where Leo went on to earn his biology Ph.D.

"Leo and I flourished in our careers because of those professors and their dedication to students," says Joan.

And that's why Joan and her husband became members of Utica College's Heritage Society. Their membership ensures that generations of UC students have access to the same opportunities that proved life-changing for the Brannicks - and many alumni like them.

"We were very blessed to have a great education at UC," she says. "Future students deserve the same."

Learn more about Planned Giving opportunities at Utica College. Call 1-800-456-8278 today.

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