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A University at Buffalo graduate who became a prominent Western New York attorney has honored his brother's memory through an endowment gift of $100,000 for a student body center in the UB School of Dental Medicine.

Gordon R. Gross, a 1955 graduate of the UB Law School and a senior partner in the Buffalo law firm of Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan, made the gift to establish the Alan J. Gross Student Resource Room.

The attorney said he could think of no better way to remember his brother, a dentist and UB faculty member in the UB Dental School, who died in 1998.

"Alan was an enthusiastic teacher who stayed young because of his actions and attitude of caring about his students and their lives," Gross said.

Alan Gross' widow, Nancy, said, "Nothing meant more to Alan at the school than the students and the quality of education. My children and I are so proud that this fund will keep the spirit and the memory of Alan alive at the Dental School."

Elaine Davis, associate dean for student affairs in the Dental School, said the resource center "is a testament to a wonderful teacher, and it provides a much-needed study space for the Dental School students.

The center opened in the spring with a few desks, a computer and a small library collection. Plans are being made to expand the space, add more study carrels, buy additional books and upgrade the computer.

Although Gross supplied the primary gift, many students, faculty members and friends have contributed to the endowment fund. The fund now has more than $112,000.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Alan J. Gross Student Resource Center fund can get more information by calling Eric Alcott at 829-2052.

A posthumous award for dedication and courage honoring the Rev. Betsy D.I. Smylie, missioner to the deaf for the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York from 1989 to the spring of 1998, will be presented Tuesday night at the St. Mary's School for the Deaf annual Trustees Awards Dinner in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Town of Lancaster.

Mother Smylie, who died Jan. 2, and whose son, Nathan, attended St. Mary's School for the Deaf, was remembered for her strong commitment to deaf people and the deaf community. She began a ministry to deaf parishioners, giving those individuals a strong connection to the church and each other.

Others to be honored include Richard Salvi and Donald Henderson, Communicators of the Year; Patricia Tadak, Alumni Achievement Award; and Denise and Robert Weber, Commitment to Deaf Children Award.

Salvi and Henderson head the University at Buffalo's Center for Hearing and Deafness. The Center received a $5 million federal grant to research acquired hearing loss. The grant will fund four studies.

Ms. Tadak is president of the St. Mary's School for the Deaf Alumni Association and a teacher assistant in the high school. She is being honored "because she is an excellent role model for our students, giving them continuous guidance, support and encouragement."

The Webers were selected "for going above and beyond when they welcomed one of our students into their home first as a foster child, then eventually adopting her."

Patrick L. Daley and June M. Leffler are co-chairmen of the event, and Irv Weinstein is master of ceremonies.

Three alumni of Fredonia State College received Outstanding Achievement Awards during a Homecoming Awards Luncheon Saturday in the Williams Center on campus.

They include:

Buffalo City Judge James A.W. McLeod, class of 1971; Robert Brown of Lakeland, Ohio, class of 1966, who is now a published composer, arranger, writer and college administrator; and Navy Capt. Robert E. Lee of Woodbridge, Va., class of 1975, who is on the staff of the chief of naval operations.

Six alumni were inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame during a Homecoming Awards Banquet, also Saturday in the Williams Center.

Recognized for their sports achievements as undergraduates were:

For baseball, Douglas DeJoe of Nashville, Tenn., now co-owner of Bobbie's Dairy Dip & Grill and staff songwriter for Fat Sam Music Group; for basketball, Dr. Sherri Ervin Dunkelburger, a physician with the Army at Fort Lee, Va.

For soccer, Dr. Jose M. Garcia of St. Petersburg, Fla., a dentist in private practice; for track, Neal Hambleton of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., an engineer and production manager at Anspach Inc.

For swimming, James Healy of Hagatna, Guam, a social studies teacher and athletic director at Simon Sanchez High School; and for track, Jennifer McNerney Schretzmayer of Shoreham, L.I., a staff specialist in the chemistry department of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Brenda McGee Snow, former chief operating officer in the department of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, has joined St. Bonaventure University as its budget analyst.

She assists the vice president for business and finance in the development and monitoring of operating and capital budget allocations and expenditures. She also is responsible for performing financial statistical analysis of all university income and expenditures.

She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania College of Nursing in Philadelphia in 1975 and received a bachelor of science degree in health-care administration from Alfred University in 1977. She graduated in 1991 from the UCLA executive program in health care.

The owners and employees of Niagara Bulk Service of Lockport and Mohawk Truck of Buffalo have won the New York Motor Truck Association Compensation Trust's special award for providing an accident-free workplace during the Trust's last five fiscal years.

The award is presented to Trust members in recognition of their commitment to workplace safety. The Trust is a self-insurance group of fleet operators created under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law.

Karen Kurdziel, a math teacher at Kenmore West High School, was one of 25 participants who recently attended a two-week summer workshop at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

During the workshop, she observed state-of-the-art research and development through direct interaction with NASA scientists, engineers, technicians and educational specialists.

Artwork by five local artists will be on permanent display in the Kenmore Municipal Building council chambers and courtroom as part of the Centennial Celebration of the Village of Kenmore.

Mayor John Beaumont and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Carl Calabrese accepted the gifts of artists Catherine Koenig, Robert Freeland, George Palmer, John Percy and Rita Argen Auerbach.

A dramatic Lake Erie rescue of two young boys by Capt. Kevin Caffery and Detective Chet Krupczyk of the Erie County Sheriff's Department is the cover story in the current issue of "The Empire State Sheriff."

The magazine, published by the New York State Sheriffs Association, has a picture of the officers standing in front of a helicopter and a headline: "How Two Courageous Men Became True Heros."

A Page 3 story in the magazine tells how the men, with the help of the department's helicopter, pulled two boys, ages 7 and 9, from Lake Erie after one of the boys had fallen through the ice 500 yards from shore in mid-January, when the water temperature was 32 degrees and the windchills 30 to 40 degrees below zero.

The article quotes Evans Police Lt. Samuel D'John, who watched the drama through binoculars, as saying: "It was probably the most heroic, gutsy thing I've seen in the 27 years I've been a cop."

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