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Chancellor Medalists 1925-present


Chancellor's MedalThe Chancellor's Medal is awarded to individuals whose accomplishments have greatly added to the prestige of the city of Buffalo and often to the University as well. Recipients of the Chancellor's Medal, the highest award given by the University, exemplify what it means to be a "great citizen of Buffalo."

On February 9, 1922 former Chancellor Charles P. Norton added a clause to his will establishing the Chancellor's Medal. In the clause he wrote:

The purpose of the clause in my will relating to the Chancellor's Medal is to personify civic patriotism and vivify public service in the eyes of the citizens of Buffalo. I ask the Council of the University to award it each year on Washington's birthday at the University exercises to some citizen who performed some great thing which is identified with Buffalo. It may be a great civic or political act, a great book, a great work of art, a great scientific achievement, or any other thing which in itself is truly great and ennobling and which dignifies the performer and Buffalo in the eyes of the world.

By Buffalo I mean not only the City of Buffalo as it is circumscribed by its city limits, but also the greater Buffalo of its environing neighborhood to which the City's moral, intellectual, educational and business influence extends. The deed for which the medal is given need not have been performed within the year immediately preceding the time of awarding the decoration. The medal may be awarded to a man, woman, or child.

For Sameul Capen's citations for recipients, 1925-1944, see Great Citizens of Buffalo: The Individuals to whom the University of Buffalo has awarded The Chancellors Medal, together with Chacellor Samuel P. Capen's citations in making such awards, 1925-1944.


List of Recipients

  • 1925 -- Charles Henry Brent
  • 1926 -- Walter P. Cooke
  • 1927 -- Frank B. Baird
  • 1928 -- NO AWARD
  • 1929 -- John J. Albright
  • 1930 -- NO AWARD
  • 1931 -- Chauncey J. Hamlin
  • 1932 -- Frank A. Hartman
  • 1933 -- F. Park Lewis
  • 1934 -- Daniel J. Kenefick
  • 1935 -- Katharine Cornell
  • 1936 -- Alfred H. Schoellkopf
  • 1937 -- NO AWARD
  • 1938 -- E. B. Green
  • 1939 -- David Lawrence
  • 1940 -- John Lord O'Brian
  • 1941 -- Charles B. Sears
  • 1942 -- Thomas B. Lockwood
  • 1943 -- George W. Thorn
  • 1944 -- Charles E. Burchfield
  • 1945 -- Nelson G. Russell
  • 1946 -- William J. Donovan
  • 1947 -- Lawrence D. Bell
  • 1948 -- Louis L. Babcock
  • 1949 -- James McCormick Mitchell (posthumous)
  • 1950 -- Ernest Witebsky
  • 1951 -- Samuel P. Capen
  • 1952 -- Edward H. Letchworth
  • 1953 -- Edward H. Butler
  • 1954 -- Daniel W. Streeter
  • 1955 -- A. Conger Goodyear
  • 1956 -- E. Marguerite Gane
  • 1957 -- Melvin H. Baker
  • 1958 -- Julius W. Pratt
  • 1959 -- Josef Krips
  • 1960 -- Alex F. Osborn
  • 1961 -- Charles H. Diefendorf
  • 1962 -- Lewis G. Harriman, Sr.
  • 1963 -- George E. Moore
  • 1964 -- Albert G. Butzer
  • 1965 -- Frank C. Moore
  • 1966 -- Edwin F. Jaeckle
  • 1967 -- Seymour H. Knox
  • 1968 -- Clifford C. Furnas
  • 1969 -- Gordon Bunshaft
  • 1970 -- Bishop Lauriston L. Scaife
  • 1971 -- Alfred H. Kirchhofer
  • 1972 -- Whitworth Ferguson
  • 1973 -- Charles R. Diebold
  • 1974 -- Gordon M. Smith
  • 1975 -- Ralph W. Loew
  • 1976 -- David J. Laub
  • 1977 -- Joseph Manch
  • 1978 -- William C. Baird
  • 1979 -- Manly Fleischmann
  • 1980 -- Daniel A. Roblin, Jr.
  • 1981 -- Hermann Rahn
  • 1982 -- Howard T. Saperston, Sr.
  • 1983 -- Robert I. Millonzi
  • 1984 -- Reverend James M. Demske, S.J.
  • 1985 -- Charles S. Desmond
  • 1986 -- Herbert A. Hauptman
  • 1987 -- Robert Gutherie
  • 1988 -- Sister Denise A. Roche, G.N.S.H.
  • 1989 -- Leslie Fiedler
  • 1990 -- Wilson Greatbatch
  • 1991 -- Barber B. Conable
  • 1992 -- M. Robert Koren (posthumous)
  • 1993 -- Terry Anderson
  • 1994 -- D. Bruce Johnstone
  • 1995 -- Eleanor V. Millonzi
  • 1996 -- Robert E. Rich
  • 1997 -- John P. Naughton
  • 1998 -- Ruth Kahn Stovroff
  • 1999 -- Robert Creeley & Eli Ruckenstein
  • 2000 -- M. Dolores Denman (posthumous) & Philip B. Wels
  • 2001 -- Paul W. Kurtz
  • 2002 -- Lawrence Jacobs (posthumous)
  • 2003 -- William R. Greiner
  • 2004 -- Stephen B. Sample --
  • 2005 -- Luiz Kahl --
  • 2006 -- Reginald B. Newman II --
  • 2007 -- NO AWARD --
  • 2008 -- Robert M. Bennett
  • 2009 -- Members of the 1958 football team
  • 2010 -- Thomas R. Beecher Jr. and Esther S. Takeuchi
  • 2011 -- JoAnn Falletta
  • 2012 -- NO AWARD --
  • 2013 -- John B. Simpson