S. Bair, J. Ramsey, and J. RamseySusanne Bair (left), vice president for institutional advancement, with Peterson Society inductees Janet Ramsey, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor emerita, and John Ramsey.

Peterson Society Dinner Celebrates Philanthropy

More than 110 members of the Peterson Society were recognized for their generosity to the college at the annual Peterson Society Dinner on September 16 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.

“Buffalo State is uniquely indebted to this special group of donors,” said Susanne P. Bair, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Buffalo State College Foundation. “Their support is a testimony to our students and the incomparable power of education to improve lives. We witness their gifts every day.”

Bair joined Linda A. Dobmeier, ’71, chair of the Buffalo State College Foundation, in welcoming the gathering. Interim president Dennis K. Ponton; 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.

Twenty-eight new members were inducted into the society this year:

Dr. Ruth T. Auer, ’49
Mrs. Gloria T. Banning*
Mr. and Mrs. William M. E. Clarkson
Dr. Eloise N. Courter*
Dr. Wanda M. Davis
Mrs. Eunice E. Davison, ’50*
Dr. William E. Engelbrecht
Mrs. Maryruth Phelps Glogowski
Dr. D. Bruce Johnstone and Mrs. Gail Johnstone
Mr. Ulysses J. Kontos, ’63, ’68, and Mrs. Melinda M. Kontos, ’88
Ms. Audrey J. Kunz, ’74, ’77, ’91
Mr. Robert W. Laskie, ’63, and Mrs. Gloria M. Laskie, ’67
Mrs. Eunice F. Mason, ’28*
Mr. Russell J. Maxwell
Mr. Gerald C. Mead Jr., ’85, ’86
Ms. Gioia Ottaviano, ’46
Dr. John Ramsey and Dr. Janet Ramsey
Professor Paul L. Thoms
Edgar “Ted” H. Turkle III
Ms. Tsuruyo Yamamoto*
Mrs. Janet B. Zimmerman Zehr, ’73
Dr. Rita M. Zientek, ’90
Miss Clara M. Zink, ’29*


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