Dr. Ross Louis Fanara ’63 Establishes Gift Annuity in Gratitude for His Pre-Med Education

Dr. Ross L. Fanara

Dr. Ross L. Fanara ’63 DPM is grateful for the Niagara University education that led to a 50-year career as a podiatrist in nearby Batavia. He recently created a charitable gift annuity with the university, a portion of which will pay him income for life. The remaining funds will support the Niagara University Science Undergraduate Research Fellow (NUSURF) program for students majoring in the sciences to conduct cutting-edge research. Ross set up the gift annuity with the help of his CPA and financial advisor; both agreed that it was a good financial decision.

“I am greatly appreciative of my education, including a strong science curriculum that prepared me for podiatry school,” Ross says. “I also learned Christian principles and values, self-sacrifice, to be a team player, respect for others, to be non-judgmental, and to be appreciative and thankful.”

Ross attended Catholic schools in Batavia prior to entering Niagara. After earning his degree as a pre-med chemistry major, he attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery—graduating in 1967. He is now retired after working for half a century. He and his wife Shirley have three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Ross urges other alumni to support Niagara. “A Catholic education cannot be measured; making a gift to Niagara is a small token of all that you received,” he said. “Try to live each day with passion, keep yourself constructively busy, count your blessings, make good choices, and stay close to God.”