New building campaign receives major boost from ’62 graduate and his wife: Couple’s gift lifts class giving to an all-time high
BY MELANIE STAWICKI-AZAM
As UF College of Medicine graduates and their guests celebrated the college’s past and its future at the Oct. 19-21 Alumni Weekend celebration, the highlight of the weekend came with the announcement of a $1 million gift to the college’s new Medical Education Building by Angelo Anaclerio, MD, a member of the class of 1962, and his wife, Alberta.
In honor of their gift, the new building will feature the Dr. Angelo and Alberta Anaclerio Clinical Skills Center, which will have multiple doctor’s offices and hospital rooms set up for students to learn and practice with standardized patient actors.
“Dr. Anaclerio, because of your gift, the Class of 1962 has the largest class gift in the history of the College of Medicine,” said Dean Michael L. Good, MD, at Friday’s reunion class celebration.
Following a standing ovation for Anaclerio, Good thanked him and his wife for a donation that would impact the future of the college’s students for generations to come.
“It’s just great to be back here and see the fantastic improvements since I’ve been here,” said Anaclerio. “It’s a great medical facility, and I’m proud to be associated with it.”
After earning his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and medical degree at UF, Anaclerio founded a successful ophthalmology practice in Danville, Ill., where he practiced for more than 35 years.
In 2008, Anaclerio established the Angelo Anaclerio, MD, Endowed Fund in Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine in support of the educational purposes of the department of ophthalmology.
During the weekend, the classes of 1962 and 1987 celebrated 50th and 25th reunions, respectively, and classes of every five years from 1967-2007 gathered. The class of 1987 also supported the new Medical Education Building fund by joining together to donate an alumni challenge gift in honor of four deceased classmates.