BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In recognition of a $250,000 gift to the
University at Buffalo Law School, one of the school's most-used
lecture halls will become known as the Gordon and Gretchen Gross
Classroom following dedication ceremonies on July 1.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will inaugurate the newly
renamed classroom, Room 107 on the first floor of John Lord O'Brian
Hall. A reception will follow.
Gordon Gross, who earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the UB
Law School in 1955, is a senior partner in the Buffalo law firm
Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan, P.C. A U.S. Army veteran,
he has been active in the Buffalo community and is a member of the
State University of New York Board of Trustees. Gretchen Gross, an
early childhood educator, founded Audubon in College Park, a care
center for young children, and has served as its director almost
continually for 30 years.
The Grosses have made other significant gifts to UB, including
recently $1 million to establish the Institute for Jewish Thought,
Heritage and Culture, which will focus scholarship on the critical
role that Judaism has played in the development and communication
of Western thought, and a substantial gift to the Dr. Alan J. Gross
Dental Student Fund.
"I got an excellent education at the Law School," Gordon Gross
said, "and I still have strong feelings for it. I have enormous
gratitude that I was able to get a first-class legal education. The
university is critically important to the future of Western New
York, and I hope this gift will help the Law School continue to
gain a great reputation among its peers."
On a lighter note, he said, he remembers with fondness the
endless games of Hearts he played with his fellow law students in
the basement of the Law School's previous home on West Eagle
Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua said, "No law school can aspire
to greatness without devoted alumni. In this respect, Mr. Gross
epitomizes the exemplar alumnus, someone who is key to the
continued success of this Law School. Working closely with Gordon
and Gretchen -- shoulder to shoulder -- we intend to carry UB Law
to even greater heights. It is most appropriate that this signature
classroom bear their names."
The resolution approving the classroom renaming was approved by
the UB Council.
In addition to his service as a SUNY trustee, Gross has served
on the Fourth Department Judicial Screening Committee, as a
director of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Weinberg Campus and St.
Mary's School for the Deaf, as chair of the Foundation for Deaf
Education, the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, the Community
Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Kleinhans Music Hall Management.
He received UB Law's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996. He
concentrates his law practice in business counseling and corporate
law, specializing in commercial transactions and leases.
Gross is also an accomplished bicyclist, and in 2000 completed a
fund-raising ride of 3,250 miles across the United States.
In addition to her professional work at Audubon, Gretchen Gross
has served on the New York State Division of Women Steering
Committee and as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater
Buffalo. She also served on the Advisory Committee of United Way's
Success by Six and has chaired a committee for Kids Voting in
Western New York, among other volunteer activities.
Since its founding in 1887, the University at Buffalo Law School
-- the State University of New York system's only law school -- has
established an excellent reputation and is widely regarded as a
leader in legal education. Its cutting-edge curriculum provides
both a strong theoretical foundation and the practical tools
graduates need to succeed in a competitive marketplace, wherever
they choose to practice. A special emphasis on interdisciplinary
studies, public service and opportunities for hands-on clinical
education makes UB Law unique among the nation's premier public law
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system, and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
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.