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A generous gift from the estate of Mary Lou Standish Burt is brightening the main hallway in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.

The gift includes a series of framed antique drawings featuring physicians, surgeons, nurses and other health care providers from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Greek and Roman eras. They were donated by her family.

"Mom was a nurse, and the people who provide health care have always been close to her heart," said her son, Scott Burt.

His sister, Kira Marten, added that her mother "would often comment about how things had changed since she was a nurse. She was also a genealogist, and looking back into history was her hobby."

Mrs. Burt died in October, and her husband, Richard, said the family became interested in a permanent memorial. "When we came upon these prints at an auction," he said, "we knew she would have loved them. We also knew that the best place to put them would be where they could be enjoyed by the most people. Given the subject matter, the choice was obvious - Jones Memorial."

Ann C. Gilpin, president and CEO of Jones Memorial, described the gift as "a unique and wonderful memorial. We are so pleased that Mrs. Burt's family chose the hospital as the recipient of this interesting and beautiful artwork."

Brother Kenneth Thomas has been appointed to the Brothers of Mercy board of directors. He succeeds Brother Brendan Croston, who decided to step down after many years of service at the Clarence organization.

Thomas, who assists in many areas at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Rehabilitation Center, recently renewed his vows in the Brothers of Mercy Chapel in Clarence. His duties include assisting on the nursing units. He also has assisted in the Brothers of Mercy adult care facility, Sacred Heart Home.

Prior to entering the Brothers of Mercy, Thomas served in the Air Force and was a food service supervisor in Clark County, Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree from Park College in Maryland and is a graduate student at D'Youville College.

Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, will deliver the keynote address at the annual celebration of Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County on Oct. 1 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Kissling is known around the world as a leader in the international reproductive health and feminist religious movements. In the 1970s, she directed one of the first family planning clinics to provide legal abortions in the United States.

Dr. Jack Lippes, an internationally recognized researcher for women's health, will be presented the Women's Health Award. He invented an intrauterine birth-control device, the Lippes Loop, which was the most effective birth control available for its time.

Patricia Swift MacClennan, a retired Buffalo News journalist who wrote the "Womanscope" column for 24 years, will receive the William B. Hoyt Advocacy for Choice Award.

Planned Parenthood has served the community for 67 years. Information and ticket reservations about the annual celebration may be obtained by calling 831-2200, Ext. 304.

A paper, "Financial Reporting to Stakeholders of Private Colleges and Universities," was presented by Larry L. Orsini, a professor of accounting at St. Bonaventure University, at the recent annual meeting of the American Accounting Association in Atlanta.

The paper's co-author was Lawrence R. Hudack, associate professor of accounting at Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla. The paper develops and presents a new financial model for measuring financial strengths and weaknesses at educational institutions and includes comparative data for about 200 colleges and universities.

Orsini, who joined St. Bonaventure's faculty in 1979, has a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo and a master's degree from St. Bonaventure. He is a certified public accountant.

Shirley P. Kelly of Colden has been named a finalist in the International Quilt Association's annual judged show, "Quilts: A World of Beauty."

Her entry, ". . . And Friends of the Family," in the pictorial category, will be on display at the International Quilt Festival from Nov. 1 to 4 at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Kelly is among 750 finalists from around the world competing for $72,250 in cash prizes in 18 categories and for five master awards and best-of-show recognition. Categories range from traditional to art quilts and include mixed media and wearable.

The Professional and Businessmen's Association has named Raymond K. Dusza Man of the Year for 2001.

Dusza, who is Erie County legislator for the 8th District, will be recognized at the organization's annual Past Presidents/Man of the Year reception Oct. 14 in Creekside Banquet and Picnic Grove.

Joel Horowitz, professor of history at St. Bonaventure University, is the only North American among the 12 contributors to Volume 7 of a 12-volume history of Argentina called "Nueva Historia Argentina" (The New History of Argentina), published by Editorial Sudamericana, one of Argentina's largest publishing houses.

His contribution is a 43-page chapter titled, in translation, "Economic Crisis. Advance of the State and Political Uncertainty (1930-1943)."

Horowitz, who has been at St. Bonaventure since 1989, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of California, Berkley.

Army Sgt. Joseph T. Chapman, a 1989 graduate of Wellsville High School, has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal and assigned for duty at Camp Humphreys, Pyongtaek-Gun, South Korea.

He received the medal for outstanding achievement and meritorious service in the performance of his duties at Fort Drum in Watertown before he was reassigned to South Korea, where he is a shop foreman with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment.

His parents are Larry G. Chapman of Rural Route 4 and Darlene M. Chapman of Farnum Street, both of Wellsville.

James and Barbara Cuddihy have been chosen to receive the seventh annual Hope for Tomorrow Award from the Community Grief Center of Western New York, 2219 South Park Ave.

The award was established in 1995 to honor individuals showing extraordinary courage and strength after tremendous loss. They lost their children, Jason and Michelle, in a car accident in November 1999.

"Despite their devastating losses, the Cuddihys have come through as an inspiration to those around them," the Grief Center award notes. "They have taken their pain and turned it towards a positive future."

The couple will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 17 in Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Avenue, Blasdell. They will be presented a plaque by the people who nominated them for the award.

Owners and employees of Niagara Bulk Service of Lockport have won the New York State Motor Truck Association Compensation Trust special award for providing an accident-free workplace the past seven consecutive fiscal years.

The trust is a self-insurance group of fleet operators created under the New York Workers' Compensation Law.

K.R. Sundararajan, Ph.D., professor of theology at St. Bonaventure University, has been appointed the external examiner to evaluate two doctoral dissertations on South Indian Vaishnavismfrom the University of Madras, India, where he received a master's degree and doctorate.