“Tzedakah, or righteous charity, is a fundamental tenet of
Judaism that teaches us to share our gifts with others.”
Gordon and Gretchen Gross have long been among the
university’s most generous benefactors. They made a $1
million gift to help fund the first endowed professorship in the
university’s Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage,
establishing the Gordon and Gretchen Gross Professorship in Jewish
They are major donors to the Law School, and an O’Brian
Hall classroom is named in their honor. Gross also gave a
significant gift to the School of Dental Medicine, creating a
dental student fund in memory of his brother, Alan Gross, PhD
’96, MS ’83, BS ’52.
Gordon Gross, who earned his bachelor of laws degree from the UB
Law School in 1955, is semi-retired as a senior partner in the
Buffalo law firm Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan, PC. He is
very active in the Buffalo community and was a member of the State
University of New York Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2008. He
received the Samuel P. Capen Award, the UB Alumni
Association’s highest honor, in 2010.
Gretchen Gross, an early childhood educator, founded Audubon in
College Park, a care center for young children, and served as its
director for more than 30 years.
Gross’s support of UB is rooted in its economic potential.
“The university is the number one economic engine in Western
New York,” he says. “Not only is it an important
employer, but it spawns new businesses and attracts people to the
region. I’ve seen for quite some time that the university is
the future of this community, and the most important thing we can
do for the growth of the community is to help grow the university.
It’s just that simple.”