Gift to UB Pharmacy School to Benefit Student Scholarships

Release Date: April 10, 1998 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A new scholarship for students in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy has been established through a $150,000 gift from June Larwood to honor the memory of her late husband, Lorren, a 1939 graduate of the school, who died in 1996.

The Lorren Larwood Memorial Scholarship, set up through a charitable gift annuity, will provide a full scholarship to fourth-year pharmacy students. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership in the pharmacy school and service to the UB and Western New York communities.

June Larwood, who also attended UB and received a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology in 1940, said the gift provides a way to "contribute a sizable amount to the school, as well as provide financial help to students who really need it. After seeing my husband work 30 to 40 hours a week while studying at UB, I hope this scholarship will help make it easier for future students to concentrate more on their studies and not be concerned with paying for their education.

"The state is not offering as much funding to UB as it once did," added Larwood, now a resident of Clearwater, Fla. "When Lorren and I were students at UB, we saw a lot of growth on campus. I'm well aware of how important it is to continue this expansion for today's students and hope my gift will make a difference in students' lives."

Wayne K. Anderson, dean of the pharmacy school, said the scholarships will help the school to expand and open up opportunities for pharmacy students.

"This gift is an investment in the education of the school's students and is, in essence, a strong commitment to ensuring that the best pharmacy students are able to complete their studies and go on to make valuable contributions to the profession," said Anderson.

Lorren was owner of Larwood Pharmacy in East Aurora and was active in various community organizations, including serving as past president of the Kiwanis Club of East Aurora and the East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Ellicott Drug Co. Board of Directors, and UB Pharmacy Alumni Association.

After retiring in 1967, Lorren sold the drugstore to the three pharmacists who worked at the store, which today still bears the Larwood name and continues to thrive. Two years later, Lorren and his family moved to Florida.

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