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A Commitment to Alverno's Abilities

A Commitment to Alverno's Abilities

Janet Dowler Martin H'11 didn't graduate from Alverno College, yet she was passionate about our mission of educating and empowering women. So much so that through her estate, she left the College a $1 million gift when she passed away in 2020.

"Jan's dedication to education, equity and the arts was matched only by her dedication to our children and grandchildren," said Vince Martin, Jan's husband. "She was known for her intelligence, warmth, leadership and the way that she valued every individual she met. Alverno held a large place in her heart."

Her legacy gift was used to establish the Janet Dowler Martin Endowment Fund, which will support the continuous improvement of ability-based learning and student assessment at the College. Her wish was to help Alverno maintain the vision of the late Sister Austin Doherty, the former vice president for Academic Affairs who was instrumental in creating Alverno's 8 Abilities and self-assessment model.

A longtime member of Alverno's Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary doctorate in 2011, Martin also championed Alverno's Research Center for Women and Girls, helping shape a new outreach strategy for the center in 2009. Her generosity and dedication to Alverno students and girls in the Milwaukee community led to the creation of student research positions and programs that focused on girls' confidence and leadership.

"Jan was a tremendous supporter of Alverno College and was enamored with what Alverno does for women – empowering them to reach their full potential and building leaders for a diverse workplace," Lee said. "It is a privilege to receive this gift from our dear friend Jan and a way for her legacy to live on."


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