BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A bequest from the late Lois Mae Rinck is
benefiting the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and
the first dental student selected to receive the financial
assistance it provides.
The widow of the late Carlton F. Rinck D.D.S. '46, Rinck
included UB in her will with a $165,000 donation for an endowed
fund to help need third- and fourth-year dental students.
For the first Rinck award recipient, the financial assistance
"The money was so helpful and came at a time when I was out of
options and looking into taking a leave of absence due to financial
circumstances and family and health problems," said the anonymous
third-year dental student. "Without this loan, I would probably not
be in dental school right now."
Rinck, who died in 2003, stipulated that her donation be used
for an endowed fund with the interest earned used for awards
offered in the name of her late husband. Recipients must pay back
these awards, or loans, over a five-year period beginning after
they have worked for seven years.
Richard Buchanan, dean of the UB School of Dental Medicine,
praised Lois Mae Rinck and her generosity.
"With tuition rising, the dental school, now more than ever, is
thrilled to be able to provide this assistance to students in
need," said Buchanan.
"We are grateful to Mrs. Rinck, not only for the gift, but also
for her foresight in making it a loan program, which ensures that
this assistance will be around for many years, creating a 'safety
net' for students to meet the unexpected expenses that might
otherwise force them out of school."
As requested by Mrs. Rinck in her will, the dean will choose the
Dr. Carlton F. Rinck Memorial Fund award recipients.
The Rincks were residents of New Hampshire, where Dr. Rinck, who
died in 1983, had a private dental and orthodontic practice.