Dr. Jack ’69 and Joan ’71 Nicholson: Supporting Syracuse’s Continued Success

Dr. Jack and Joan NicolsonDr. Jack Nicholson '69 (A&S) and wife Joan '71 (A&S), '89 (HD) go a little further back than most couples that fell in love on the Hill. They first met all the way back in grade school and have been enjoying each other's company ever since. During their time at Syracuse, both were enrolled in the pre-med program that led to extremely successful careers for both in the health field. "The intensity of the course work was challenging and stimulating," said Joan. "We have always felt that the education we received prepared us for the future."

The Nicholsons have long been thinking about the University's future as well, as they have planned on making a substantial gift since their graduation. They recently decided this gift would be a paid up life insurance policy that will help to fund undergraduate research in the life sciences. Joan said they felt strongly about this because, "a major strength of the University is the opportunities that are offered to the undergraduate for research projects that are reserved for graduate students at many other institutions."

Their connection to Syracuse got even stronger over the past decade as all three of their daughters, JoAnna '95 (NEW), Julie '99 (A&S), and Jane '04 (A&S) are now proud alums pursuing graduate studies across the country. The Nicholsons annual contributions have placed them in the Benefactor giving society for a number of years and they plan to continue this support along with their gift of life insurance because, "it only makes sense to support SU's continued success and reputation in a world where endowment can make or break an institution," said Joan.

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