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Donor Spotlight: Joan Ankner ’76, P’10, ’12

Joan Anker
Joan Ankner of Hingham, Mass., recently created a bequest to celebrate what matters most to her: family and BC athletics.

Joan Ankner became a Superfan the moment she stepped on the BC campus. She’s enthusiastically brought family and friends to campus as a student, an alumna, and, after two of her three children became Eagles, as a proud BC parent. When her youngest son joined the tennis squad, she embraced her role as an unofficial “team mom.” And now, through a legacy gift, she’ll help support student-athletes for generations to come.

ON HER STUDENT EXPERIENCE…

I loved being part of the BC community. I was very active in BC’s academic clubs and the Gold Key Society while working as an usher at countless football, hockey, and basketball games. No matter what I did, the Jesuit ideal of being a better person was present. Faculty and staff stressed that students had a responsibility to go out into the world and give back. That has been my guiding principal ever since, particularly in my work with the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.

ON BEING A BC PARENT…

I came to appreciate the University’s mission through my children’s eyes and saw how BC’s big sister mentoring program made an impact on my daughter. When my son played tennis here, I cheered the team on at matches and really got to know the players and their families. I admired the players’ dedication and maturity as they balanced their academic and athletic commitments.

ON HER LEGACY GIFT…

I was grateful that my parents paid my tuition, and I was able to graduate without any debt. Today’s students are not always so fortunate, which is why I chose to make a bequest that will endow a student-athlete scholarship in my family’s name. For me, it’s a meaningful way to honor my family’s ties to BC—and to help someone else’s child create their own memories at the Heights.

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