A life and beyond giving back

In 2015, UW-Madison launched the global All Ways Forward fundraising campaign to advance the university and its mission.

As the campaign ends in December, it has collectively inspired a wave of generosity and hope as people use their power to give to create the future they want to see. This includes at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, where to date the school has raised over $ 135 million through the All Ways Forward campaign.

The funds raised through this campaign supported the expansion of the school building and enabled investments in our faculty, research and substantial new commitments in favor of scholarships for students. Importantly, the success of the school’s campaign includes $ 78.5 million in future estate donations that have been documented, securing long-term investments in the school. Below is an example of this generous support.

If a person’s character can be discerned from the first photos, the adage holds true for June Harper. “She had a genuine connection with animals from the start”, her daughter, Jacira Paolino, said sharing a photo of a young June riding a bike with her first dog, Rex, in the front basket.

June showed an early affinity for animals and was often photographed with them throughout her 95 years of her well-lived life. Her daughter shared a photo of her mother when she was two, comfortably sitting on a pony in the yard of her childhood home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. And another, beaming during his student years at UW-Madison.

“She was an intelligent, capable, observant and likeable woman,” says Paolino proudly. Having graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1943, then working as an efficiency expert in a department store, Paolino says Harper was ahead of his time. “Mom was in her prime as a woman at UW.”

“She enjoyed learning throughout her life and also giving back to the community. His rule of thumb was “You participate in your community and you give back to your community!” “”

After Madison, she got married and moved to Denver, Colorado. June and her husband Jene also owned and operated a ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park, where they hosted guests, lived among real cowboys, tended a herd of over 180 cattle, and lovingly looked after a menagerie. of domestic animals. As a result, Harper grew in respect and admiration for the veterinary profession and has kept in touch with the UW School of Veterinary Medicine over the years as the ranch and petroleum supply business their family were growing.

“She enjoyed learning throughout her life and also giving back to the community. His rule of thumb was ‘You participate in your community and give back to your community!’ », Remembers his daughter. Harper has followed the credo closely, both in his adopted state of Colorado, supporting the local animal shelter, and in his birth state of Wisconsin, with giveaways to UW-Madison. “I think his true love of animals is what ignited his gift of succession to vet school,” concludes Paolino.

The hope provided by cutting-edge veterinary medical care for Harper’s own beloved pets fueled her desire to give back. His unrestricted inheritance gift to the UW School of Veterinary Medicine will support the expansion of the new school building, as well as greater needs of the school and the teaching hospital.

“When my sister’s dog Poco was diagnosed with cancer, mom took him to the university hospital. She appreciated their advanced training and insight, ”recalls Paolino. “Poco was saved and lived a little longer – and I guess Poco was on her mind when she made her estate plans. It would have made her happy to know that her donation is supporting others who are going through the same difficult experiences at UW School of Veterinary Medicine. “

Denise garlow

This article appears in the Winter 2021-22 issue of On Call magazine.

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