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Peterson Society Dinner Celebrates Philanthropy

More than 100 members of the Peterson Society were recognized for their generosity to the college at the annual Peterson Society Dinner on September 17 at the Buffalo Club. The Peterson Society is the college’s honor society for those who have made a gift to the college in their wills or through other estate-planning techniques.

“We cannot thank this group of people enough,” said Susanne P. Bair, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Buffalo State College Foundation. “Their contributions are critical to the mission of this college and to its students.”

Bair joined Linda A. Dobmeier, ’71, chair of the Buffalo State College Foundation, in welcoming the gathering. President Muriel A. Howard; James Brandys, ’71, ’73, chair of the Buffalo State College Foundation Planned Giving Committee; and Bair also offered remarks. Paul R. Homer, professor emeritus of performing arts, served as pianist for the event.

Seventeen new members were inducted into the society this year, including Mark G. Littlefield, professor emeritus of modern and classical languages. When asked why he chose to make a gift to Buffalo State, Littlefield explained that he was grateful for the support his scholarship received from his colleagues and college administrators. “Because of that support,” Littlefield said, “my work received worldwide recognition. More importantly, it shows that Buffalo State College is a place that supports real scholarship.”

Other new members of the Peterson Society are Susanne P. Bair; Dolores E. Battle, ’71, and Charles Battle, ’88; Paula J. Devereaux, ’96; Dorothy Gustafson, ’37 (deceased); Daniel R. Idzik, ’56, and Kathleen Osborne; Daniel Gustave Leskow, ’69, ’75; Essie Gaffin Leskow, ’69, ’74; Phyllis M. Lutwack; Scott W. Phillips, ’94, and Mary C. Carroll, ’75; Hilary Sternberg; Vernon G. Strub, ’41 (deceased); Ralph M. Williams; and Loraine L. Yates.

To become a member of the Peterson Society, contact the Buffalo State College Foundation, Cleveland Hall 511, (716) 878-5536. A planned gift of any amount to Buffalo State College is welcome.