BUFFALO, NY – The name Gicewicz has long been associated
with athletics at the University at Buffalo.
Beginning with Edmond J. "Doc" Gicewicz's prowess on the fields
and courts, continuing with his long service to the university and
a lifetime of contributions, including the couple's most recent
through a $200,000 charitable gift annuity, Gicewicz and his wife,
Connie, have helped to ensure UB's continued athletics growth. In
recognition of all they have done in support of the athletics
program at the university, the UB Athletics Hall of Fame will be
renamed the Dr. and Mrs. Edmond J. Gicewicz Family UB Athletics
Hall of Fame. A ceremony recognizing their support will take place
on April 14.
"The long-standing commitment of the Gicewicz family to the
advancement of the university, as well as through their
philanthropic contributions as highlighted by this charitable gift
annuity, is greatly appreciated by the University at Buffalo," said
Warde J. Manuel, director of athletics. "This honor will most
appropriately ensure the continuing legacy of "Doc" Gicewicz, as it
will help provide future UB student-athletes with the enhancements
necessary to compete at a championship level both on and off the
Gicewicz starred at UB in three sports – football,
basketball and baseball – while earning his undergraduate
degree, which was awarded in 1952. He served as captain of the
varsity football, basketball and baseball teams, and was named a
Little All-American in football. He earned his medical degree from
the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1956. His
accomplishments on the court, field and gridiron have been
acknowledged with election to the UB Athletics Hall of Fame and the
Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
The Gicewiczes have remained lifelong friends and supporters of
the Bulls' athletic programs. Ed served 27 years as team
Gicewicz also has filled many other important roles at UB,
including serving as a member of the UB Council, the university's
local governing council, since 1997. Among the leadership roles
have been president of the UB Alumni Association and the University
at Buffalo Medical Alumni Association, and founder and first
medical director of the University Sports Medicine Institute, which
continues to thrive today. Gicewicz has held appointments as an
assistant professor of clinical surgery and an assistant professor
of clinical orthopedics in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences. He has been honored by his alma mater with the
Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as the prestigious Samuel P.
Capen Chancellor's Award.
"Education, educators and sports have been the major factors in
enabling us to make this gift," said Ed Gicewicz. "We therefore
consider this a 'payback' so that others may enjoy the same
opportunities that were presented to us."
The Gicewiczes live in Getzville.