Honoring His Journey
Dave Brown '68 only played basketball for Coach Doug Bolstorff for two years at Macalester before a chronic hip injury forced Dave to quit. But the coach's impact on him has lasted a lifetime.
As Dave approached his 50th Reunion, he decided he wanted to make a gift that honored his experience. "I thought about who meant the most to me during my time there, and I came up with three names: Coach Bolstorff, political science professor Theodore Mitau, and chemistry professor Emil Slowinski," he says. "They all believed in me, and I aspired to meet their expectations." His Douglas Bolstorff Endowed Scholarship, created through a provision in his estate plan and activated with an outright gift, will be awarded to a junior or senior in political science or chemistry, thus honoring all three of Dave's mentors.
On his path to becoming a renowned physician, ophthalmologist, and inventor in treating-and trying to cure-glaucoma, Dave remembers his coach for being a gentleman, Mitau for his tremendous lectures, and Slowinski for helping him get into medical school. Dave and Doug remain friends today. "I treasured my time at Macalester," says Dave. "It's got the kind of people that you look up to. The kids I've met here have bigger dreams."