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The Peterson Society


The Peterson Society is Buffalo State's planned giving or legacy society. The society recognizes those who have made a commitment to Buffalo State through a bequest, gift annuity, charitable trust, life insurance, or other estate-planning technique.

The Peterson Society is named after the late Harold F. Peterson and his late wife, Lucille Mattern Peterson, '39, in honor of their legacy of giving to Buffalo State. Dr. Peterson served Buffalo State as professor and chair of the History Department and became the first faculty member from Buffalo State to receive the State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was later honored with the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest honor awarded by the State University of New York system. Upon retirement, he established a trust that first provided for Lucille during her lifetime, and now provides scholarships for Buffalo State students. Previously known as the Heritage Society, the planned giving society was renamed the Peterson Society in recognition of Harold and Lucille's commitment to the college and their encouragement to others to leave a lasting legacy at Buffalo State. Their legacy and dedication to Buffalo State lives on today, continuing to benefit students who aspire to follow in their footsteps of scholarship and leadership.

As a Peterson Society member, you are eligible to receive special recognition and other privileges, including:

  • Presidential invitation to annual Peterson Society luncheon and induction ceremony every September
  • Recognition in Buffalo State Foundation publications (except when anonymity is requested)
  • Special invitations to significant activities on campus, such as exhibitions, concerts, lectures, convocations and athletic events
  • A ribbon and pin of recognition that may be worn at Society events

Peterson Society Members 2016


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