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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
Anonymous A.
Michael A. Abgott, ’71
Andy Anselmo
Gwendolyn O. Arcara, ‘71, ‘74
Eleanor C. Ash, ’77
Ruth T. Auer, ‘49*
Richard C. Auerbach, ‘52, ‘55,* and Rita Argen Auerbach, ‘54, ‘74
Margaret E. Bacon, ‘41*
Susanne P. Bair
Eugene H. Baisch, ‘63
Judy L. Baisch, ‘62
Gloria T. Banning*
Anthony L. Bannon and Elizabeth Black Stewart
Bess Chambos Barber, ‘52, ‘57
Geraldine E. Bard, ‘71
A. Marie Barker, ’41, ‘51*
H. Graham Barkhuff, ‘51*, and Patricia P. Barkhuff
Annamarie C. Barone, ‘50*
Margaret Barr, ‘61*
Dolores E. Battle, ‘71, and Charles Battle, ‘88
R. Bruce Baum
Nancy B. Belfer, ‘51
Florence R. Belinson, ‘11*
Ethel Harper Bennett, ‘46*
John Bentinck-Smith* and Marjory Bentinck-Smith, ‘52*
Marion H. Benz, ‘66
Scott M. Black, ‘04
Karen E. Blankenship, ‘72*
John R. Bobey Jr., ‘91
Raymond F. Boehm* and Mary Kirsch Boehm, ‘56
Judith A. Bondurant-Utz
Maurene Callahan Bouras, ‘69
Beryl M. Bradford and Hilary P. Bradford
James Brandys, ‘71, ‘73, and Joy Brandys
Jean A. May Brett, ’73, ‘77
Dorothy Leichty Brighton, ‘49
George W. Brighton, ‘37*
Richard C. Brown* and Genevieve C. Brown*
Melanie L. Buhrmaster, ‘93
Audré J. Bunis*
Edward H. Butler, Sr.*
Anonymous C.
Mary Caccamo, ‘38*
Grace E. Caines, ‘51*
Mildred Keller Campbell, ‘28*
Elizabeth J. “Betty” Cappella
Maria A. Ceprano
Nancy A. Chicola, ‘66
Phyliss A. Cionni*
Norma Marinelli Clark, ‘50*
Ruth Fogelsanger Clark, ‘22*
William M. E. Clarkson* and Elizabeth H. Clarkson
June M. Clase, ’57, ‘61*
Velma C. Cobb, ‘54*
Helen Latza Cole, ‘47*
Claire Collier
Robert W. Collin, ’78
Joan A. Commerford*
Katherine Sue Conway-Turner and Alvin L. Turner
Helen Wernejowski Costello, ‘50
Richard J. Coughlin, ‘41*
Eloise N. Courter*
Irv Cowle, ’42*
Sharon F. Cramer
Leonarda Cyran, ‘40*
Sandra Morrow Davidson, ’67
Efner “Lucky” Allen Davis
Anonymous D.
Wanda M. Davis
Eunice E. Davison, ‘50*
Leslie K. Day, ‘77
Arline Thompson Deckert, ‘42*
Marie T. Dellas*
Estelle M. DePlanter, ‘17*
Paula J. Devereaux, ‘96
Deborah S. Diehl
Marjorie Dittenhaffer, ‘37, ‘52*
Eugene F. Dobbins, ‘60, ‘64*
Helen Dobmeier*
Linda A. Dobmeier, ‘71
Jean Dolce Doctor, ‘55, ‘71
Elizabeth A. Doherty
Ida J. Doherty, ‘60, ‘72
Verla Alexander Dolliff*
Deborah Fields “Debbie” Dombroff, ‘72
Cynthia Doolittle and R. William Doolittle Jr.*
Rock D. Doyle, ‘99
Leona Wilder DuColon, ‘17*
Todd B. Duval, ‘10
Doris Kerns Eddins*
John H. Eigenbrod, ‘31,* and Eleanora Eigenbrod*
Judy L. Elliott, ‘82
Bernard M. Engel
William E. Engelbrecht
Diane M. English, ‘70
Dorothy M. Epavets, ‘39*
Anonymous F.
Dorothy T. Ferguson
Marie M. Ferraro, ’91, ‘97
Samuel M. Ferraro, ‘78*
James M. Finnerty
Roger L. Firestien, ‘79
Ilene R. Fleischmann, ‘73
Robert L. Flock, ‘59*
Lawrence G. Flood
Tom Fontana, ‘73
Caryl Brennan Forrest, ‘43,* and Casey Forrest*
Gary Forrest
Barbara R. Frey*
Elsie L. Fulton, ‘15*
Joseph M. Fusco, ‘82, ‘03, and Nancy M. Fusco, ‘88
Anonymous G.*
Peter Lewis Gabak
John N. Gartner and Toni Gartner
Gladys Pratt Gill, ‘16*
Maryruth Phelps Glogowski
Annette Goldsman* and Bertha Goldsman*
Lillian L. Gondree, ‘67
George F. Goodyear*
Lee Ann Grace
Jill M. Gradwell
Carmine A. Grande*
Joseph A. Grande, ‘53*
Eleanor W. Greatbatch, ‘42*
Constance A. Greco
Nora B. Green, ‘65*
Grace Whitelock Grey, ‘39*
Helen Grunebaum*
James O. Grunebaum and Penelope A. Prentice
Grunebaum Family Charitable Trust
Dorothy Gustafson, ‘37*
Anonymous H.
Peter M. Hall
F. Dean Hansen, ’59, and Elizabeth J. Hansen, ’59
Shine Kareem Hassanali
Peter J. Heffley, ‘68
Edward O. Helwig, ‘43*, and Annette Cox Helwig, ‘48*
Jean M. Henrich*
Ronald J. Hernandez, ‘93, ‘95, ‘02
Carolyn W. Heyman*
Lorraine M. Hickler, ‘46*
Byron W. Hill, ‘36*
Thomas Y. Hobart Jr., ‘60, and Dorothy Hobart
James E. Hofmeister, ’61, ‘70
Frances Morton Holbrook, ‘23*
Barbara H. Hole, ‘84, and George T. Hole
Joyce Day Homan, ‘55
Kathryn M. Szely Homer, ‘59, ‘62
John T. Hoskins* and Susan S. Hoskins*
Muriel A. Howard and Albert R. Howard
Reine Hauser
Mildred L. Howell, ‘37*
Stanton H. Hudson Jr.
Ruth E. Huppuch, ‘42*
Carmen J. Iannaccone, ‘61
Daniel R. Idzik, ‘56, and Kathleen M. Osborne
Frederick A. Jacob, ‘50*
Thomas A. Jambro, ‘66
Anita Johnson
D. Bruce Johnstone and Gail E. Johnstone
Thelma Popp Jones, ‘44*, and Gordon E. Jones*
Ross B. Kenzie
Jane A. Kirsch, ‘63, ‘67*
Rona L. Knobel, ‘73, ‘78
Ruth E. Kocher*
Carol V. Kociela and John T. Kociela*
Rita T. Kohn, ‘55
Ulysses J. Kontos, ‘63, ‘68, and Melinda M. Kontos, ‘88
Edward John Michael Koszarek, ‘81*
Natalie S. Kubera
Audrey J. Kunz, ‘74, ‘77, ‘91
Velma Jean Laird, ‘40*
Steven Lakomy and Cheryl Lyles
Concetta M. LaPenna, ‘57, ‘67
Daniel A. Lapinski, ‘75*
Robert W. Laskie, ’63, ‘67*, and Gloria M. Laskie, ‘67
Wilma Laux, ‘37*
Kathryn H. Leacock, ‘99
Richard J. Lee, ‘68, ‘72
Velie C. Lee, ‘48*
Debi S. Levin-Stankevich, ‘74
Matthew A. Levin-Stankevich, ‘07
Florence Lewis-Rice, ‘68
Jean T. Lidstrom*
Edna M. Lindemann*
Mark G. Littlefield*
Peter W. Loehr
Robert Valentine Loft, ‘60, ‘63*
Adolphine Long, ‘27*
Jacqueline Vito LoRusso, ‘62, ‘64
Phyllis M. Lutwack*
Anonymous M.*
Hazel G. Macartney*
Donald I. MacDavid*
John E. Mack Jr. and Jayne Mack
Norman E. Mack II*
Horace “Hank” Mann*
Carol L. (Snider) Manne, ‘58
Michele M. Fairchild Marko, ’72, and Tedy B. Marko
Margaret M. Martin*
Eunice F. Mason, ‘28*
Janet E. Mattes, ‘68
Barbara Mautz, ‘53
Russell J. Maxwell
Vivian R. Mc Cullor, ‘22, ‘30*
Gerald C. Mead Jr., ‘85, ‘87
Margaret E. Mead*
Barbara T. Meech*
Lorraine M. Meinke, ‘56, ‘59*
Sylvia Garofalo Miller, ‘43
Vivienne E. Miller, ‘43*
D. Denise Minault*
Mabel D. Montgomery*
Thomas J. Morrisey*
Carolyn A. Morris-Hunt and Timothy M. Hunt, ‘76
Winifred E. Morrison, ‘46, ‘64*
Mary C. Murdock*
Anna Mae Murphy, ‘58*
Anonymous N.*
Donald J. Nelson* and Barbara L. (Czurles) Nelson
Fay Northrop, ‘64, ‘77, and Gordon G. McGuire*
Mary E. O’Leary, ’72
William A. O’Loughlin Jr.
Henry D. Olsen, ‘63, ‘65*, and Florence Olsen
Marcia V. O’Neill, ‘69*
Mary Jane Orcutt, ‘44*
Paul T. Orrange*
Gioia Ottaviano, ‘46*
Doloris A. Parks, ‘53*
Mary J. Pastore, ‘45*
Edward A. Paxson, ‘33*
Dorothy M. Payne, ‘35*
Hal D. Payne
John A. Peckham*
Karen E. Penfold, ‘69
Charles Rand Penney, ‘95*
Beverly N. Perkins, ‘86
Melanie L. Perreault and Karen F. Silverstrim
Ronald J. Peters, ‘59, and Lilia Peters*
Ruth Parker Peters, ‘48, ‘51*
Harold F. Peterson* and Lucille M. Peterson, ‘39*
Richard A. Pfeiffer, ‘74
Judith L. Pfoltzer, ‘80
Dorothy Mierzwa Pieniadz, ‘45
Ted S. Pietrzak and Marlene Longdon
Julia C. Piquette*
Dennis K. Ponton and Libby P. Ponton
Jill A. Powell, ‘84, ‘97
Angela Provenzano, ‘42*
Mary Lou Puleo*
Donald P. Quinlan, ‘53,* and Florence A. Quinlan
Marie L. Ram, ‘22*
Russell J. Ram, ‘74
John S. Ramsey and Janet E. Ramsey
Lloyd Randall* and Emma Randall*
Mary Lou Rath, ‘56
Deborah K. Renzi and Thomas C. Renzi*
Velma F. Rice, ‘69*
George E. Richmond* and Joan Steinmiller Richmond, ‘45*
Beth Richwine, ‘88*
Meyer H. Riwchun* and Ann Riwchun*
Alexandra M. Romanczuk, ‘52
Angelo V. Rosati, ‘50,* and Antoinette Ciancone Rosati, ‘45*
Sylvia L. Rosen, ‘71
Anonymous R.
Natalie Roth*
Alma Roudebush*
Ronald J. Rudnicki and Michelle Y. Rudnicki
Virginia G. Rumsey, ‘45*
Anonymous S.
Anonymous S.
Anonymous S.
Anonymous S.
Samuel Saia Jr.*
Paul H. Sanio, ‘63, ‘66, and Gerda F. Sanio*
Donald J. Savage*
Rebecca “Becky” J. Schenk, ‘77
Ned V. Schimizzi
Alice Wehrung Schmidt, ‘41*
William H. Schmidt, ‘50,* and Doris M. Schmidt, ‘48*
Jerome M. Schnell
Louise Simon Schoene
Carol J. Scorsone, ‘83
Suell E. Scott*
Mildred M. Seegler, ‘42*
Louis Semrau, ‘61 and Barbara Semrau, ‘60
Victor Shanchuk Jr., ‘61, ‘72
Stanley E. Sheets* and Indie S. Sheets
Lynne M. Shuster, ‘68
Leonard S. Sikora, ‘50*, and Irene A. Sikora
Ari Silverstein, ‘03
E. O. Smith Jr.*
M. Madalene Smith, ‘43, ‘69*
Ruth A. Smith, ‘69
Sylvia M. Smith, ‘63
Gertrude Hemstreet Snyder, ‘44*
Joyce Pfeffer Steltenpohl, ‘46*
Hilary I. Sternberg*
Gretchen S. Stevenson, ‘31,* and Richard Stevenson*
Helen Thompson Stone*
Gerald Strauss* and Sue W. Strauss
Vernon G. Strub, ‘41*
Theodore G. Sturgis, ‘53,* and Rita C. Sturgis, ‘71, ‘72
Mary E. Greene Suffoletta
Norma Munger Sutter, ‘42, ‘59*
I. Joyce Swartney*
Dorothy S. Sweet
Marion Thomas Swenson, ‘39*
Anonymous T.
Luba Skolnikoff Taylorson, ‘36*
Anne Thomas, ‘52
Augustus O. Thomas and Gloria J. Thomas*
Paul L. Thoms, ‘63
Dana E. Tillou and Catherine Tillou
Carol A. Townsend
Edgar “Ted” H. Turkle III
Rosalie A. Turton, ‘53, ‘72
Michael E. Urbanski, ‘66
Anonymous V.
Sharon R. Venema, ‘76
Dona M. Venne, ‘50
Mary C. Vucinich*
Peter A. Vukelic
Anonymous W.
Jeannette E. Wagner, ‘25*
Gerald A. Wahlenmayer, ‘62, ’65* and Carol A. Wahlenmayer, ‘64, ‘66
Denia E. Walters, ‘85
Kathryn A. Ward, ‘81
S. Donald Warfe, ‘80
Mark K. Warford
Doris M. Waterworth, ‘42*
Janet Breu Weatherall, ‘53*
Esther E. Westendorf, ‘39*
Ruth E. Westenfelder, ’37, ‘54*
Kate Butler Wallace Wickham*
Ralph M. Williams* in Memory of Arline, ‘65*
Fredric Winer, ‘69, and Jill R. Winer, ‘70
Michael P. Wojtanik, ‘73, ‘93
Jeanette O. Wojtowicz, ‘37*
Muriel H. Wolf* and Albert P. Steger*
Edward J. Wozniak*
Laraine J. Wright
Tsuruyo Yamamoto*
Gerhardt R. Yaskow
Loraine L. Yates
Bernard B. Yormak * and Margaret V. Yormak
Marion B. Young, ‘39*
Sonia L. Young, ‘54, ‘65
Dorothy Hoffman Youngers, ‘27*
Christina F. M. Zawierucha-Zack, ‘75, ‘80
Janet Zimmerman Zehr, ‘73
Rita M. Zientek, ‘90
Clara M. Zink, ‘29*

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