P. Sue Beckwith, M.D. Boathouse

Completed: Summer 2009

Thanks to the power of private support, the University of Iowa and its Athletics Department dedicated the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse in September 2009. The building is named for UI alumna P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., a renowned surgeon in Des Moines, who made a $1 million leadership gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the campaign to build the boathouse. It is the first UI building named solely for a woman benefactor.

Beckwith, a former Hawkeye basketball letterwinner who earned two degrees from the UI (1980 B.A., 1984 M.D.), was motivated to make her gift by her loyalty for her alma mater, her respect for the rowers and their coaches, and—most of all—by the dire need for the rowing team to have a permanent home. In addition to her visionary support for the boathouse, Beckwith has also endowed scholarships for Hawkeye rowers and women’s basketball players.

Andrew Carter

"My family and I are thrilled to be part of this brilliant city and outstanding university," says Hawkeye rowing coach Andrew Carter.
"Combine those things with an unbelievable rowing facility and venue, and you have a recipe for great things. We're excited to be a part of it."


Private support from I-Club friends like you is instrumental in enhancing the student-athlete experience of today’s Hawkeyes, tomorrow’s leaders. Rowing scholarships awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year include:

  • P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Women's Rowing Scholarship, awarded to Anna Herdlein
  • Lawrence (Pops) Harrison Athletic Scholarship, awarded to Katy Kroll

By supporting the I-Club, you can help move us closer to our goal of fully funding scholarships for each of our Hawkeye rowers.

Another important way to support the Hawkeyes is with your voice on the banks of the Iowa River. Specifically, we’d love to invite you to the Head of the Iowa event on October 28 in Lower City Park, Iowa City—your opportunity to come out and support Hawkeye rowing student-athletes. We hope to see you there! 

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