BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A major gift from Frederick J. Kogut, who
earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University at
Buffalo in 1960 and 1965, respectively, will help promote rural
development in third world countries, especially on the African
continent, as well as helping rural communities in upstate New
The gift, named in honor of his late brother, Joseph W. Kogut,
who graduated from UB in 1966, will establish the Joseph W. Kogut
Economic Development Award in the Department of Economics in the
College of Arts and Sciences. Joseph Kogut died on May 1, 2005.
"I'm honored to be able to establish this fund in my brother's
name," said Frederick Kogut. "He was passionate about volunteerism
in rural communities and would be humbled by the thought of
enabling similar experiences for UB students."
A third Kogut brother, Kenneth, also attended UB, earning a
bachelor's degree in 1964. All three brothers played football for
the university and were members of Tau Kappa Epsilon
The Kogut award will be presented to a student majoring in
economics who wishes to enhance his or her experience beyond the
classroom by engaging in efforts related to improving the economic
development of two disparate areas of special interest to Joseph
Kogut: Africa, where he spent time as a member of the Peace Corps,
or his hometown region of upstate New York. The award also will
support a student's desire to join the Peace Corps or conduct
independent research or participate in an internship related to
"We are grateful for Frederick's gift in memory of his brother,"
said Bruce D. McCombe, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
"His recognition of Joseph's commitment to promoting economic
development resonates with UB's commitment to, and strategic
strength in, civic engagement with the regional, national and
international communities we serve."
After Joseph Kogut graduated from UB with a bachelor's degree in
economics, he served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and Nigeria for
three years. His specialty was rural development, focusing
specifically on fish ponds in Nigeria and coffee plantations in
Ethiopia. Following his return to the United States, Kogut became a
partner in Kogut Electric, Inc., in Utica, a company founded after
World War II by his father and uncle.
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public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the
State University of New York.