A Lifetime of Giving
A Lifetime of Giving
“As good citizens, we believe it’s our duty to give back to our community, whether it is through financial donations or through our time.” This spirit of giving is weaved into the fabric of the daily lives of Dr. John (D.D.S. ’61) and Mrs. Nadia Doroschak. Their generous involvements in the community have included, among many, providing volunteer dentistry to the children of Chernobyl, serving in the House of Delegates of the Minnesota Dental Association, and helping new immigrants establish themselves in the U.S. The School of Dentistry’s Dean’s Circle is yet another way they give of themselves. The Doroschaks urge, “This is one of the best investments you can make into the future of dentistry.”
Dr. Doroschak notes, “My story is one of creating opportunity out of potentially trying situations.” He grew up in Western Ukraine before the end of World War II. His family was displaced due to the war and they relocated to Tyrol, Austria when he was a teenager. During these disruptive years, he had the benefit of attending medical school in Innsbruck for two years as well as learning six languages: Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, German, French, and English. He reflects, “What an opportunity!”
Eventually, another opportunity came to pass that enabled him to come to the United States. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., the Korean War began, and he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Although he lost some hearing due to his time spent volunteering to be a tanker, it was a blessing as the GI Bill enabled him to further his education. He graduated with his D.D.S. degree from the School of Dentistry in 1961, married his sweetheart, Nadia in 1962, and they had four children.
The Doroschaks are grateful for the education, ongoing training and connections the School of Dentistry has provided over the years. They had the opportunity to practice dentistry in their chosen location and to stay current on key developments in the profession. For many years, they were the proud owners of a successful dental practice in Northeast Minneapolis where they served a multi-cultural immigrant community. One of their dentist sons, also a University of Minnesota School of Dentistry graduate, took over the practice and now serves the oral health care needs of this community.
Now enjoying their retirement, the Doroschaks delight in traveling globally, exercising at their local YMCA, volunteering, and spending time with their five grandchildren, to name a few activities. They also continue the tradition of giving of themselves to their community, and that includes maintaining a strong connection to the School of Dentistry. The Doroschaks remark, “We encourage all alumni to lend their support ... Every dollar is well spent to educate the best students in the world...”