Established in 2013, the Legacy Award recognizes an individual or family who has made a significant commitment to the School of Nursing in honor or in memory of a nurse affiliated with the School who has demonstrated exemplary care for patients and their families, or for their service to the nursing profession.
From his successful 27-year career at Xerox Corporation to his exemplary philanthropy at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Dr. John Schottmiller’s commitment to quality has left an indelible imprint. The pioneer of Total Quality Management at Xerox, his leadership was instrumental in the company’s crowning achievement: receiving the esteemed Malcolm Baldridge Quality award. As founder of his own consulting firm in retirement, Dr. Schottmiller shared his expertise with Fortune 500 clients across the US and Canada. His passion for linguistics led him to several volunteer posts in Russia, where he assisted businesses on behalf of the US State Department and helped Linkages of Rochester forge relationships between sister cities. A member of the George Eastman Circle and a loyal advocate for the School of Nursing, he generously supports student scholarships and provides important faculty funding. Honoring their beloved daughter’s memory in perpetuity, Dr. Schottmiller and his wife Anne established the Julia Schottmiller-Koestner Scholarship at the School. Their meaningful gift makes the dream of a nursing education a reality for talented students, particularly those pursuing gerontology, a specialty to which Julia was passionately devoted. In gratitude for his unwavering dedication to the School, we present this much-deserved award with our deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks.