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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.


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.


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.


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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