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Alumna Ann Rock gives back to UW-Superior

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
Donor Ann Rock’s commitment to UW-Superior is 42 years and going strong
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UW-Superior Foundation board member Ann Rock

UW-Superior Foundation board member Ann Rock

Dr. Ann Rock is committed to the University of Wisconsin-Superior - always has and always will.

She graduated from UW-Superior 42 years ago and can still be found on campus today as a member of the UW-Superior Foundation board of directors. She graduated with the Class of 1971 and then headed south to the UW-Madison Medical School where she graduated in 1975. She went on to make her impact in the health community both locally and nationally.

Ann understands first-hand the challenges of working and going to school. She had to work during the summers to pay for school and took out loans through a local community bank in order to pay for books and other college expenses.

"At the time that I was going to college, there were no scholarships available, even though I had a 4.0 GPA. You can imagine that making ends meet was not easy," Ann said. "Being the eldest of five children, my parents were not able to give any other monetary help other than allowing me to live at home. Even though UW-Superior was my only option for a higher education, I received an excellent education with small class sizes and dedicated faculty that helped me achieve my goal of acceptance to medical school."

Ann is also a member of the Old Main Society, a program initiated by the UW-Superior Foundation that honors alumni and friends who have made the ultimate gift by naming the UW-Superior Foundation as a benefactor in an estate plan. She is proud to partner with the university.

"Looking back on my time at UW-Superior and knowing that a scholarship would have made life easier for me while attending college, I decided to start giving back by establishing a biology scholarship for a woman who was interested in a medical career.

"Because of our love of music and the arts, my husband and I also established a keyboard scholarship in the music department. Even after my husband's death, I continue to fund both of these scholarships to the present day. I initially chose to include UW-Superior in my estate planning in order to keep these two scholarships funded in perpetuity."

Ann believes in a quality education, and she wants to make sure others get the chance to go to school as she did. She knows how fortunate she is to be in a position to help others and is happy to make a difference.

"It also was a way for me to give financial support to students who I know need it, just as I needed it when I was attending UW-Superior, but didn't have the opportunity. Since then, my commitment to UW-Superior has grown more cemented," Ann said.

"I have been accepted as a director on the UW-Superior Foundation Board and I have had first-hand experience with seeing what a little money can do, not only for student scholarships, but also for faculty development and new facilities. All of this has made me very proud to be an alumna of UW-Superior."

Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor of university advancement at UW-Superior, said Dr. Rock's commitment to UW-Superior and its students "is amazing. Ann has established a legacy that will live into perpetuity, and we are proud to induct her into our newly established Old Main Society as a way of saying 'thank you'."

Ann did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., where she was chief resident. Her practice began in Superior where she was the first female ob-gyn physician in the area. In 1990, she joined Northland Ob-Gyn Associates in Duluth where she practiced until retiring in 2010.

Ann was awarded the "Teacher of the Year" award from the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program, and during her years in practice she was elected as chief of Ob-Gyn at St. Luke's Hospital and chief of staff at St. Luke's Hospital. She also served as medical director of the Care North Health System for several years.

Ann is widowed, and since her retirement enjoys fishing, travel, skiing and spending time volunteering.

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