BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A bequest of $484,020 from the late Gretchen
Joyner, daughter of the late Arthur Goetzman, M.D. '27, will be
used to fund scholarships for students in the University at Buffalo
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in memory of her
"It is her gift to the University at Buffalo," said Mrs.
Joyner's husband, Taylor Joyner, Ph.D. "She is respecting what her
parents' wishes were. Arthur wanted to do that and she's carried
Mrs. Joyner's bequest will be put into an endowment, The Arthur
C. Goetzman, M.D. '27, Dorothy D. Goetzman and Gretchen E. Joyner
Endowed Scholarship Fund, the earnings from which will provide
unrestricted scholarship funds for medical students.
"We are very grateful to Gretchen Joyner for her gift to UB's
medical school," said Margaret W. Paroski, M.D., interim dean of
the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and interim vice
president for health affairs. "Scholarships make an incredible
difference in helping our students obtain an education they can
Paroski added: "We also gain a new friend in Dr. Joyner and a
renewed appreciation for his late wife, Gretchen, who understood
the value that her father placed on his medical school training,
and how she could make that same education happen for others."
Taylor Joyner said his late wife's father held fond memories of
his time at UB, where he earned a degree in ophthalmology. Goetzman
practiced in the Rochester area before living in Florida, Arizona
and New Mexico after retiring. Upon his death, he left a
foundation, managed by Gretchen Joyner, who decided to give back to
UB in accordance with her father's wishes.
The Joyners met when her public relations firm sent Gretchen to
work on a photo shoot in Taylor's home, which he had built for
himself in the Mohave Desert. A retired chemist, Joyner at the time
worked for the Navy.
"The architect and the designer thought it was a good house.
They chose to furnish the house of this bachelor chemist living in
the middle of the Mohave Desert," Joyner recalled. After some work
by Gretchen and others, photos of his house were printed in several
home magazines and in the Los Angeles Times. "I spent two years
persuading her to move into the house," Joyner noted.
At the time of Gretchen Joyner's death, the couple lived in