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Philosophy Professor William H. Baumer’s Family’s Generous Gift

The family of Professor William H. Baumer, who died last June at age 81 after 52 years as a University at Buffalo faculty member, has made a $500,000 gift to create the William H. Baumer Excellence Fund to benefit the Department of Philosophy. The gift will provide financial assistance for graduate and undergraduate students, travel money for tenured faculty, and funding to bring noted philosophers to speak in the department’s colloquium series.

Professor Baumer held many roles during his years at the university, including assistant vice president for academic affairs and program consultant and officer for MCEER (the extreme events engineering research center). In the philosophy department, he had served as director of graduate and undergraduate studies, and taught several of its most well-known courses.

Baumer’s family members are carrying out his “plan to give this gift in his retirement, which was motivated by a desire to strengthen the philosophy department.” Planning the gift made him happy, knowing he would still be contributing to UB.

The Department of Philosophy will host a memorial service for Professor Baumer at 11:00 a.m. on May 7 in 280 Park Hall on UB’s North Campus. Those interested in giving to the William H. Baumer Excellence Fund may contact the College of Arts and Sciences Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Office at 716-645-0850.

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