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 true visionary leader, Barbara Vallone has been instrumental in structuring the role of the registered nurse for the future of health care. Her keen insight fostered numerous advancements in patient care, while her innovations in nursing management created groundbreaking opportunities for collaboration among nurses and physicians. Countless lives are “Ever Better” thanks to her incredible generosity and unwavering support.