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Emeritus Professor's Gift to Support UB Doctoral Students

By Cynthia Machamer

Release Date: November 5, 2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Emeritus Professor Robert F. Berner, who had a 36-year career at the University at Buffalo, will support the work of doctoral candidates in the UB School of Management through an endowed gift. He also is supporting the UB Graduate School of Education in honor of his late wife, Ruth L. Berner, who did graduate work there, and the Millard Fillmore College, where he served as dean for more than 20 years.

"I enjoyed my teaching career at UB, and it gives me great pleasure to be able to provide this gift to the School of Management in support of doctoral students who are engaged in important research and preparing dissertations," said Berner.

Thanking Berner for his gift, John M. Thomas, dean of the School of Management, added: "We are extremely grateful to Bob for his generosity and longtime commitment to the school. When someone who knows the university as well as he does makes a gift of this nature, it's a wonderful endorsement of our programs. His gift will be most helpful in supporting the research mission of the school."

Berner earned bachelors and MBA degrees from UB in 1939 and 1948, respectively. He received a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.