Brent and Ellen Feller
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The success of our student athletes in the classroom and on the field of competition is at the forefront of everything that we do. Each student-athlete must strive to earn a degree, compete to the best of their ability and work to become a quality teammate and citizen. This is what it means to be a Hawkeye.
The Hawkeyes have been a part of Dr. Brent Feller’s (1982 B.S., 1987 M.D.) life ever since he was a kid watching football games at Kinnick Stadium from the knothole section with his grandfather. He put in his time at the Iowa Field House watching Hawkeye men’s basketball games, too.
“I vividly remember going to the Iowa Fieldhouse in the 1969-70 undefeated season, watching Brown, Johnson, Calabria and Vidnovic compete in that loud, hot and sweaty barn! We sat behind a pillar obstructed view and I loved every minute of it. Kinnick was a part of my life even earlier. I remember homecoming mums, quarterback Larry Lawrence and dreaming of going to Iowa to become a physician. It is where all of my dreams started.”
Feller hasn’t lost his love for the black and gold – in fact his passion for the Hawkeyes is stronger than ever. Now a successful anesthesiologist with Linn County Anesthesiologists, P.C., a group of physicians providing services to Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities, he and his wife, Ellen, are doing everything they can to help Iowa Hawkeye student-athletes reach for their personal and professional dreams.
In addition to significant ongoing annual support for the I-Club, the Fellers contributed to the Kinnick Stadium Campaign and to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Enhancement Fund – the new hospitality space in the arena is named the Feller Club in their honor. They also made gifts to the Iowa Scholarship Fund, establishing the Dr. Brent and Ellen Feller Men’s Basketball Scholarship, and have made a commitment to the Football Legacy Campaign which is the indoor practice facility and operations center initiative.
Feller sees his and Ellen’s support as a way to thank the UI for his success while supporting a department that means so much to them personally. He encourages others to follow in their footsteps. “You have no clue how wonderful it feels to give back to the institution that enabled you to reach your goals. Our dream now is to help others reach their goals,” Feller says. “It’s just tremendously fulfilling. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
Ellen agrees, “I love watching the kids grow athletically, academically and personally. Anything we can do to enhance that maturation is fabulous. Go Hawks!”
Visit www.jointheiclub.com to read more about how private support helps Hawkeye student-athletes succeed on and off the field.