Established in 2008, the John N. Wilder Award honors an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation whose philanthropy inspires others in support of an “Ever Better” University of Rochester. The award is named for John Wilder, first president (chairman) of the University’s Board of Trustees.
A nationally recognized and highly respected vascular surgeon, Frank LoGerfo brings the tireless dedication he has shown in his medical career to his roles at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. A natural leader with a caring and generous spirit, he is a model alumnus and volunteer leader. As a member of the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council for many years, he provided invaluable advice. Deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of surgeons, he hosted a Year-Out medical student in his vascular surgery research laboratory, providing invaluable experience and support. He and his wife generously established the Frank W. and Judith M. LoGerfo Scholarship to give students who show great promise for a productive career in medicine access to a Rochester medical education. A host and participant in Food for Thought, he also helps undergraduate and medical students explore their career opportunities. As a member of his class’s 45th Reunion Committee, he inspires fellow alumni to take active roles in making the School ever better. He also engages a broader network of alumni through his service on the Boston Regional Cabinet, helping advance key initiatives for the University. His passion for his alma mater is truly inspiring. It is with deepest and heartfelt gratitude that this distinction is bestowed.