Dana Family Batting Center
For the Dana family, the choice was easy.
Don Dana ’66, an executive vice president at Wells Fargo and SI regent, has served SI over the years helping to secure underwriting from the bank for the school’s annual auction. He and his wife, Jeanne, and their children, Danielle, Paul ’01 and Natalie ’02, wanted to donate to SI in a way that would reflect the unique education and values of the school.
At the December President’s Cabinet Dinner, he and Jeanne found the answer right on their chairs. In a brochure introducing the Genesis V campaign, they saw a naming opportunity for the new batting cages that will be located in the music hall and classroom complex to be built on the west side of the school. As a result, the batting cages will bear the Dana family name when the facility opens in July 2007.“There is nothing better than a Jesuit education to build courage, character, and commitment to the community,” says Don.
At SI, Don’s class included “a great group of guys such as Fred Tocchini, Bill Miller, Steve Tarantino, Pete Devine and Laurence Yep. But we were still a tough, all-boys school, and differences were settled every Friday at ‘the Pitts’ in Golden Gate Park.” The lessons learned at SI “have continued to play a critical role in my business and personal life over the years.”
Paul Dana, who works as a lab technician supervisor at Marina Pet Hospital, played wide receiver on the football team during his freshman and sophomore years until a knee injury sidelined him from the sport. The lessons he learned during those years, however, stayed with him. “Always give it your best, and never give up, even when you’re down,” says Paul. To him, the most important SI values were “community, spirit, and good sportsmanship,” and his favorite teachers were Matt Stecher ’93 and Paul Hanley ’63.
Natalie Dana will graduate from Stanford this June with a degree in human biology. The varsity pitcher for the girls’ softball team all four years at SI, she has fond memories of playing for coaches John Mulkerrins ’89, Carole Nickolai and Barry Potthoff. “They encouraged us to be strong women, to hold our own on the diamond and to work together as a team.” She also found wonderful mentors in Elizabeth Purcell and Chuck Murphy ’61.
“These people prepared me well for Stanford, both academically and socially.”
The entire Dana family believes in giving back to the community. Jeanne works as the director of the enrichment program at Hawthorne Pre-K School in Tiburon. Don is a trustee with the Earthwatch Institute, a trustee and chairman of the grants committee of the Leakey Foundation and president of the African Orphans Foundation (AOF). In addition, two of his children also serve the AOF: Danielle is secretary and development director and Natalie is treasurer and investment director. Also, Danielle works full time as the communications manager for the Leakey Foundation.
If you are interested in making a donation to SI to honor someone in your family, call Director of Development Joe Vollert ’84 at (415) 731-7500, ext. 319 for more information.