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Dr. David Shoemaker, A07P

About his gift

Dr. Shoemaker, a Sarasota, Fla., eye surgeon, whose daughter, Kristine, A07, rowed for Tufts, gave $1 million to name the new boathouse on the Malden River for his late father, William A. Shoemaker. The boathouse naming gift also honored Tufts crew director Gary Caldwell and Kristine Shoemaker's teammates in the Tufts crews of 2004-07. Kristine, who rowed in the women's varsity eight, was a member of the crews that competed in the NCAA Div. III Championships in both 2005 and 2006.

On the spirit of Tufts crew

"For four years, the women's crew team spent Spring Break colonizing my home," Dr. Shoemaker said. "They called it 'Camp Shoemaker.' These girls were really thrown together, and formed some bonds that will result in lifelong friendships. I know what crew and Coach Gary Caldwell meant to my daughter. I consider Tufts a part of my extended family."

On the new boathouse

"'Build it and they will come': That's President Bacow's attitude. Prospective students will know there's a commitment to athletics and physical fitness at Tufts. More people will row. Everybody wins here.

President Bacow took a chance building the boathouse. He took the risk. He's a visionary. Day after day, what Larry Bacow, Provost Jamshed Bharucha and Gary Caldwell do, they do on behalf of our children. Anything we as parents can do to support that, we should."