The 1970 campus plan called for the construction of 20
identical, linked towers to house the health sciences on the new
North Campus. After the decision to keep the health sciences at the
original South Campus, only these two were built. Their
extensive teaching and research facilities include small classrooms
and large lecture halls, as well as laboratories and faculty
Walter Platt Cooke (1869-1931) was a Buffalo attorney active in
university life. He was chair of the University Council from 1920
to 1931 and received the Chancellor's Medal in 1926. Cooke
recognized the university as the community's most potentially
important institution. An expert fundraiser, Cooke organized two
endowment drives in the 1920's, earning millions of dollars from
subscribers. Director of Depew Lake Em. Water Company, Western N.Y.
Water Company, People's Bank of Buffalo, Buffalo General Electric
Company, Buffalo Abstract and Title Company, Buffalo and
Susquehanna Railway Company, and Frontier Telephone Company.
In his role as UB Council chair, he was responsible for bringing Samuel Capen to UB and is credited with spurring the development of both the physical campus and the College of Arts and Sciences as a distinct entity. He also led the university through two unprecedented successful endowment campaigns in the 1920s. Earlier, he enjoyed a distinguished diplomatic career, at one point serving as president of a tribunal at the Hague set up to settle reparations disputes in the aftermath of World War I.