BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo, The State University of New York alumnus Dr. Burt H. Rubin, BA, ‘74 has made a bequest commitment of $1.5 million, the largest planned gift in program history, to the UB Athletic Department, Athletic Director Danny White announced on Wednesday.
“We are thankful for this commitment and for Burt’s tremendous support of UB Athletics,” White said. “His generosity will help future generations of student-athletes. These types of commitments reiterate the importance of philanthropic dollars in building and maintaining a successful athletic department.”
Rubin, a 1974 UB graduate with a degree in anthropology, is a successful chiropractic orthopedist in Hampton, VA. He served as a manager, trainer and assistant coach for the UB hockey team as a student. During that time, the Bulls had a competitive hockey program and he has kept close ties with a number of former coaches and players from that era.
“It is heartwarming to know what Burt has decided to do for his alma mater, The University at Buffalo,” former UB hockey coach Ed Wright said. “Such a generous and exceptional gift is testament and acknowledgement of what his academic and athletic experience provided in the maturation and developmental aspect of his life. I feel extremely proud to have been a part of his university experience and to witness his successful evolution.”
Rubin attributes the tremendous progress the UB Athletic Department has made under White as a key reason he chose to make the commitment.
“College was a journey, I showed up at 17, I didn’t know anyone. I got involved with the hockey team and became part of a family, which we still are today, 40 years later,” Rubin said. “Sports, no matter the level, teaches kids the larger lessons of life. Lessons that will help them more than they know following their graduation. Ten years ago, I may not have thought of doing this, but the way the department has turned around, the regional and national exposure it has garnered, that has given me immense pride. The thought of helping future generations of UB students to share the opportunity I was given was something I really wanted to do.”
The bequest commitment entitles Rubin to membership in the General Edmund Hayes Society, a special university recognition group that celebrates UB alumni and friends who have the foresight to philanthropically invest in the future of UB through a planned gift arrangement.