BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A gift of $50,000 from brothers Leslie Sufrin,
C.P.A., and Gerald Sufrin, M.D., a long-time UB professor, will
support annual lectures in finance, financial economics and
accounting in the University at Buffalo School of Management.
The Helen and Oscar Sufrin Endowed Lectureship is named in honor
of the Sufrins' late parents.
"Through this gift, we hope to enhance the scholarly and
educational atmosphere at the school. It means a lot to me and my
brother to be able to establish this gift in memory of our
parents," said Gerald Sufrin, professor of urology and chair of the
Department of Urology in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences since 1982.
Sufrin said that several years ago he wanted to learn more about
accounting when he was elected treasurer of the American Urological
Association. He subsequently enrolled in courses in finance,
investment and accounting in the UB School of Management.
"I was impressed by the faculty," he added. "They are supportive
of students, dedicated and knowledgeable. I wanted to give
He persuaded his brother, Leslie, who is a certified public
accountant in New York City, to join him in honoring his parents'
memory. The late Oscar Sufrin was a college professor at Long
Island University and an accountant. His wife, Helen, was a
"Our father had a strong commitment to education and learning,"
said Gerald Sufrin. "No matter what field he was in, he had an
educational drive to all of his endeavors. This gift is fitting to
honor his values."
Beginning this academic year, the School of Management annually
will bring to campus a distinguished business professional in the
area of accounting, finance, financial economics or financial
management to deliver the lecture. The inaugural lecture currently
is being arranged.
"I am grateful to the Sufrins for their generous gift and look
forward to the continuing exchange of ideas that occurs by bringing
distinguished scholars to campus," said John M. Thomas, dean of the
UB School of Management.