President Jim Collins
(’84) announced today that Loras College has received a real estate donation from Dr. John
(’70) and Cheryl Whalen. The College plans on selling the property, located at 1349 Prairie Street, Dubuque, and utilizing the funds for scholarship and programmatic support through the Inspiring Lives and Leadership: The Loras Legacy
“John and Cheryl Whalen are pillars of our community. They represent a longstanding tradition of legacy enrollment at Loras. Their gift of real estate is a creative and tangible demonstration of their philanthropic hearts. All at Loras join me in offering our gratitude for the support this will afford our students,” said Collins.
Dr. Whalen is a Loras College alum from the class of 1970. After three years at Loras, Dr. Whalen transferred to the University of Iowa, where he received his M.D. in 1973. Dr. Whalen is a nephrologist, and is currently the medical director of the dialysis unit at Dubuque Internal Medicine.
The Whalen family has strong ties to Loras College: Dr. Whalen’s father, Emmett, is a 1939 alum; his brother, Mike, is a 1981 graduate, his brother, Don, is a 1990 graduate; and his sons, Erin and Sean, graduated from Loras in 1994 and 1999 respectively.
Launched on October 10, 2013, the $75 million Inspiring Lives and Leadership: The Loras Legacy
campaign is the largest fundraising campaign in the 175-year history of the college. In addition to raising funds to support student aid and faculty/staff professional development, the campaign seeks funds to build upon the launch of its MBA program, business analytics initiative and other academic programs. As of April 11, 2014 the campaign has raised over $53 million through more than 15,500 donors.