John Lynch Society

Lynch Society LogoAlumni, parents and friends who make leadership commitments to Niagara receive special recognition for their generosity by being named members of the John Lynch Society, the university’s leadership gift club.

The Inspiration

Father John J. Lynch was an Irish Vincentian priest who came to the United States in 1840 to do missionary work. In 1856, he was called upon to help select an appropriate site for a seminary to train priests in Western New York. Father Lynch’s efforts resulted in the founding of Our Lady of Angels, later to become Niagara University.

As the first fundraiser for the university, Father Lynch was able to secure the necessary monies to purchase the property at Monteagle Ridge. Later, when the mortgage came due, he found the additional dollars to assure the continuation of the school and the Vincentian tradition he held so dear. Niagara University recognizes the benefactors who follow in Father Lynch’s footsteps by including them in a society that bears his name.

Membership in the John Lynch Society

Gifts to the John Lynch Society must be received by May 31. All gifts made within the fiscal year are counted – including gifts to the Niagara Fund, endowment, and Purple & White, as well as matching gifts from employers. Lynch Society membership is based on giving at least $1,000 annually.

Those giving at the $1,856 level and above will be further recognized within the Founder’s Circle.

Our Most Valued Donors

As a member of the John Lynch Society, you can expect special communication about the status of the university, exclusive invitations to select campus and regional events, as well as year-round accountability regarding the use of your gift.

Niagara University would like to acknowledge the following current members of the Lynch Society:

  • American Funds
  • Anonymous (2)
  • Susan K. Bedard
  • Virgina A. Bedard
  • James M. III, '77  and Carol Bedard
  • Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Kelly G., '83  and Kim Schindler, '83 Besaw
  • Dennis F., '74  and Jean Blake
  • Timothy J.  and Deborah Bobo
  • Mary C. Boldt, '92
  • Rudolph  and Sharon Boleslav
  • George T. Brady, '68*
  • Edward J., '78  and Deborah Skiff Brennan
  • Hubert J., '55  and Claire Manning, '59 Brown
  • Dona M. Buszka
  • Kevin P., '70  and Deolinda DeSousa, '70 Carey
  • Elizabeth S. Sacheli Caruso, '75
  • W. Michael, '80  and Carol Moeller, '79 Cassell
  • Larry P.  and Joan Castellani
  • Helen A.  and T. Christopher, '77 Castellani
  • Diane M. Castellani  and Terrance Bromley
  • Charles W., '76  and Sandra Whissel, '76 Chiampou
  • Kevin J., '73  and Kathryn Hourihan, '73 Clarke
  • CoBank
  • Dr. Debra A. Colley+  and Joseph Pastuszynski
  • Gisela Colon
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Congregation of the Mission, Eastern Province
  • Susan M. Copley
  • Rosemarie S. Selgas, '70  and John Cordes
  • Christopher R., '93  and Yun Coyer
  • Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaboration
  • William J., '55  and Dolores Crerend
  • Brian P., '67  and Dr. Frances Stevralia, '67 Crosby+
  • Mary Ann Kumro, '55  and COL George, '54 Crowe
  • Arthur W., '76  and Anne Crumlish
  • Edward J. Daly, '41*
  • Margaret Ranft, '77  and John Day
  • Deloitte Foundation
  • Robert  and Gayle Perry Denning
  • Mary Pat McCune, '81  and Dan Devine
  • Diocese of Buffalo, NY
  • DonateWell
  • Rev. Richard R. Donovan, '54
  • Rev. James F. Dorr, '52
  • Dr. Jean-Marc Droulers
  • George E., '68  and Ellen Brosnan, '68 Durstin
  • Andrew M., '73  and Deborah Eassa
  • Edward Jones
  • Michael W., '69  and Kathryn Kempf, '69 Edwards
  • Empire Merchants North, LLC
  • Robert B., '75  and Lynda Engel
  • Walter J., '59  and Mary Jo Cofrancesco, '61 Engels
  • Robert E., '77  and Catherine Farnham
  • Joni A. Bonaro, '79  and James Fernandez
  • Fidelity Charity Investments
  • Joyce E. Fink
  • R D. Finn, '66
  • Vincent D. Jr., '88  and Amanda Fibbe, '87 Flaherty
  • Rev. Patrick S. Flanagan, '87
  • Thomas J., '81  and Susan Flannery
  • Rev. John J. Fox, '56*
  • Marc Freidus
  • Dr. Gregory L., '81  and Nancy French
  • Friends of NU Theatre, Inc.
  • Michelle C.+  and Mark, '84 Gabriele
  • William T., '61  and Nancy Gacioch
  • Dr. John J. Garrett, '44
  • Joseph A., '71  and Patricia Genovese
  • Kevin R., '75  and Mary Stepien, '75 Gilman
  • F. James, '70  and Judith Ginnane
  • Kenneth R. Glaser, '60
  • James V., '57  and Mary Gallagher Glynn
  • Hon. Jerome C., '58  and Janet Gorski
  • Dennis J., '76  and Deborah Graziano
  • Mary Jane C. Grajewski, '73  and Benton Gross
  • Dr. Roberta J. Guibord, '87
  • Hon. Charles J., '58  and Marion Hannigan
  • COL (Ret) Kevin F., '67  and Julie Atwood Harrington
  • James S. Hart, '69
  • Hope M. Hastings, '51*
  • Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
  • Ted P. Heim Sr., '57
  • Sean T., '82  and Karen Higman
  • Francis L. Higman, '54
  • Ray W., '64  and Maureen Hopkins
  • David A.  and Gwen Huck
  • Thomas J.  and Anne Castellani Incorvia
  • Independent Health Association, Inc.
  • Matthew M. Sr., '84  and Bridgette Baldwin, '83 Jacob
  • Pamela Ryan Jacobs-Vogt
  • John P. Salamone Memorial Foundation
  • Eugene R., '80  and Denise Johnson
  • Robert E. Jordan, '65
  • Joy Family Foundation
  • Julia M. Cullen Foundation
  • Dr. James T. Karpick, '63
  • Kevin G.  and Abby Crotty Kelly
  • James L. Kenefick, '51
  • Jeffrey D., '76  and Jane Denz, '76 Kney
  • Richard J., '55  and Irene Kossmann
  • Nerses H., '43*  and Katherine Krikorian
  • Carolyn L. Morris Lambert, '62
  • Barbara L. Laughlin
  • Brent J., '94  and Autumn Dalkey, '95 Lawson
  • Francis P., '55  and Barbara Layden
  • Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko*
  • Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, '92+
  • Liberty Mutual
  • William  and Alicia Lipinski
  • Michael B. Jr., '85  and Brenda Lynch
  • M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Charles R. Macris, '71*
  • COL (Ret) Richard A., '52  and Josephine Majka
  • Michael F. Manzulli, '62
  • Everett J., '52  and Muriel Maxwell
  • James R. Jr., '81  and Sharon Coffey McConeghy
  • Harold E., '46  and A. Veronica McDonnell
  • Ed J. III, '81  and Amy McKeegan
  • William D., '66  and Kathy McKnight
  • Gerald C. Mead Jr.
  • Dr. Nora Meaney-Elman, '75  and Dr. Richard Elman
  • Christina Metzler, '71
  • Robert A., '88  and Kristy Minicucci
  • Larry A.  and Mary Montani
  • Morgan Stanley Charitable Spending
  • Morgan Stanley Foundation
  • Kathleen Cichy, '69  and Brian, '68 Mylod
  • National Academy Museum and School
  • National Christian Foundation
  • National Grid
  • Dale M. Cavanaugh, '67  and Edward Nelson
  • Network of Religious Communities
  • Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
  • Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
  • Niagara Shares
  • Niagara University Rugby Football Club
  • Michael J., '88  and Carolyn Marcoux, '91 Nicholson
  • Paul E. O'Leary*
  • Paul E. Jr., '81  and Julianne Grawehr, '83 O'Leary
  • Kevin W. O'Shea, '90
  • Salvatore A., '61  and Doreen Pace
  • Benedict A. Pagnano, MS '56
  • Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
  • Dominic C., '70  and Sharon Pino
  • Karen A. Price, '89  and Dr. Andrew Ondo
  • Walter V., '63  and Judith Chiodo, '64 Ptasiuk
  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  • Edward D., '71  and Julie Riedlinger
  • John A., '86  and Mary Rieger
  • Darrell M.  and Lynda Riley
  • Rosa Bente Lee Ostapenko Trust
  • Christopher D., '82  and Mary Lawley, '82 Ross
  • George C. Jr., '72  and Joanne Lawless, '72 Ruotolo
  • Deacon Michael C. Rupinen, '88
  • Judith Quigley Ruse, '69
  • John M., '69  and Cheryl Ruse
  • John F. Ryan, '49*
  • Benedict A., '60  and Sharon Salamone
  • Barbara Berock, '64  and James Schaye
  • Henry J., '56*  and Lucille Schiefer
  • Dolores A. Schiefer*
  • Joseph R., '83  and Debora Schum
  • Schwab Charitable Fund
  • David K. Seto, '03
  • Joseph O. Jr., '79  and Mary Kathryn Shanahan
  • William P., '74  and Claudia Zink, '74 Shannon
  • John F. Shea
  • Kathleen H. Hillman Simmons, '82
  • John V. Jr., '78  and Kristy Simon
  • COL Paul F., '57  and Carole Somerville
  • Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Charitable Fund
  • St John's University
  • Dr. John B., '59+  and Albertine, '80 Stranges
  • Marsha Joy  and Michael Sullivan
  • John P., '78  and Maureen Sullivan
  • Rocco Sr., '77  and Deborah Rindo, '79 Surace
  • Michael  and Nicole Tevlin
  • The John R. Oishei Foundation
  • The Lawrence P. Castellani Family Foundation
  • The OSC Charitable Foundation
  • The Taylor Family Foundation
  • Ward  and Lisa Thomas
  • Dr. Joan E. Thornton, '80
  • Frank C., '78  and Mary Torchio
  • Anne P. Towey
  • Randy P., '81  and Kathleen Renzo, '81 Traugott
  • Robert J., '77  and Judy Travis
  • Eugene J. Tylenda, '50
  • United Way of Greater Niagara
  • Roger F. VanDyke, '89  and Jane Kelly
  • Dr. Rocco C., '63  and Ann Henry, '64 Venuto
  • Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation
  • F. Joseph, '54*  and Joyce Viola
  • Michael L., '83  and Janice Vitch
  • Franklin K. Wald, '76
  • Rev. Msgr. James E. Wall, '59
  • Dr. Francis J. II, '65  and Patricia Waller
  • Charles J. Walsh Jr., '66
  • Edward M., '76  and Kathleen Hooley, '77 Warnke
  • Robert G., '71  and Maureen Grant, '71 Wellner
  • Mary L. Wells, '72
  • Diane M. Murphy, '82  and Ben Wells
  • George A., '58  and Elizabeth Wiegers
  • Wiegers Family Foundation
  • BG Robert J. Sr., '66  and Marie Sweeney Winzinger
  • Charles E. Wright Sr., '62
  • John, '67  and Patricia Yantz
  • Arnold Zimmer
  • Dr. Michael H., '80+  and Susan Ackerman
  • Dr. Alayne A. Mercier Adams, '59
  • Robert J., '77  and Susan Freel Alexander
  • Dr. Jerome C., '77  and Claudia Andres
  • Brian, '91  and Anna Intini Andrews
  • Anonymous (3)
  • Glenn W.  and Heidi Arthurs
  • COL Robert M., '66  and Margaret Baldau, '67 Asiello
  • Edward J., '74  and Linda Baehr
  • Thomas E. Baker
  • Maryanne Barranco, '68*  and Kevin Byrne, '66
  • Carol A. Barrett
  • John S., '73  and Patricia Barsanti
  • William M. Bobo
  • Carmela Borgese
  • Dr. Glen Brooks
  • Thomas J. Burch III, '75
  • John D., '72  and Claire Burke
  • Thomas J.+  and Maureen Burns
  • Tim J., '85  and Alison Butler
  • Richard J.  and Stephanie Byrne
  • Kenneth A., '61  and Patricia Byrne
  • Dr. Vincent Callanan  and Cheryl Kemp Klass, '77
  • James D., '91  and Angela Campbell
  • David N., '63  and Gay Wind, '63 Campbell
  • James R., '86  and M. Claire Carroll
  • Alfred A.  and Kathleen Castellani
  • Carla A. Castellani
  • Dr. Daniel A. Sr.  and Cynthia Castellani
  • Mark  and Donna Castellani
  • James F. Castellani
  • Susan M. Gagnon, '77  and Al, '76 Cavo
  • Dr. Ronald F., '67  and Arlene Cheff
  • Anthony J. Cipolla
  • Anthony Cipolla
  • Samual J., '63  and Marianne Civiletto
  • Brian S., '81  and Kate Clair
  • Michael C., '00  and Teresa Colao
  • Mary J. Bobo, '76  and Joseph Colosi
  • Salvatore F., '55  and Louise Colozzi
  • Judith S.  and Donald Cornwell
  • Joseph J. Crotty
  • Thomas J., '76  and Mary Cullinan
  • COL Kenneth E., '63  and Alice Cuneo
  • Ellen J. Daly, '77
  • Peter J., '53  and Joan Damick
  • Robert J., '83  and Nancy Dann
  • Dann Holding Company of Erie County, Inc.
  • LTC William J., '57  and Marilyn Darmody
  • Michael W., '76  and Mary Bermel, '75 de la Montaigne
  • Daniel E., '84  and Evelyn DeConinck
  • Michael R., '85  and Suzanne Desmond
  • Dolly Gay Dewey, '54
  • David J., '64  and Monica Kadykowski, '63 DiCamillo+
  • Maureen H. Purcell Diggins, MS '73
  • Rev. Michael L. Diskin, '70
  • Kathleen S. Sullivan, '81  and John Doerner
  • Joseph J., '61  and Janice Donlon
  • LTC (Ret) Robert W., '54*  and Effie Donnelly
  • Michael F. Dunn
  • Diane Myrdek Dwire, '68
  • Richard J., '79  and Jeanette Knorr, '79 Engel
  • Patricia J. Ericksen, '73
  • Erie County Medical Center
  • Thomas G., '76  and Philomena Ferrara
  • Frank A., '85  and Mary Fiannaca
  • Kenneth  and Donna Franasiak
  • Dr. Frank L., '53  and Joan Frani
  • Andrew J., '74  and Mary Galloway
  • Galway Bay Foundation, Inc.
  • Eugene L., '54  and Frances Gazza
  • Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., '72  and Linda Siple Jr.
  • Matthew L., '79  and Patricia Giuliano
  • Harry Gong+
  • Elizabeth A. Burke Goolsby, '69
  • Felix  and Lorraine Gramza
  • Dr. John D., '69  and Carol Cole, '69 Greene
  • COL (Ret) Roy A., '75  and LTC Sheila Howard, '73 Harris
  • Daniel C., '72  and Catherine Brinda, '72 Hauck
  • Patricia Griffin, '79  and William Hayles
  • COL William J. III, '79  and Marcia Malabre, '78 Hoak
  • Dr. J. Shannon Hodges+  and Shoshanna Cogan
  • Kathleen B. Boyle, '72  and Andrew Holt
  • Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, '85
  • Jeffrey R., '82  and Mary Helen Mahoney, '82 Holzschuh
  • Antony C., '75  and Lucia Hui
  • Anne Goodman, '67  and Kenneth Hull
  • Edward+  and Gayle Hutton
  • Dr. Carlos R., '79  and Diane Morasse, '80 Jaen
  • Michael S. Sr.+  and Mary Jaszka
  • Fred M. Jelinek, '67  and Anne Hodges
  • Donald V., '64  and Doris Jellig
  • Jewish Foundation of Greater Buffalo, Inc.
  • Christian Johnson
  • Margaret M. Breier Joynt, '62
  • Michael J., '60  and Aimee Rusinko Kakos
  • Key Bank Foundation
  • Joseph P. III, '70  and Susann Kirlin
  • Lawrence W., '85  and Susan Dolpp, '85 Klock
  • Dr. Thomas E. Kwasigroch, '67
  • Donald  and Janice Laurie
  • Joseph J. Lawton Jr., '50
  • Elaine B. Heyert, '81  and Michael Llanos
  • COL (Ret) Martin R. Loftus, '57
  • Catherine A. Lyons, '75
  • Barbara A. Butry, '59+  and Robert Malinowski
  • Dr. Christopher T., '59*  and Wesley Maloney
  • James D., '56  and Regina McConnell
  • John F., '48  and Virginia McCormack
  • Brian D., '79  and Kathy McDermott
  • Thomas L., '52*  and Elizabeth Carpenter, '52 McDonald
  • James F. Jr., '82  and Mary Kay Leboo, '82 McGann
  • Gregory R., '70  and Allyson Cottier, '70 McGinn
  • John P., '65  and Kathryn McLane
  • William J., '49  and Bernice McLaughlin
  • James P. McMahon, '38*
  • Dr. J. Peter, '58  and Christina McPartlon
  • Joseph A.  and Mary Mihalich
  • Dr. Keith T.  and Nicolette, MS '00 Miller
  • Thomas P., '76  and Lisa Mimnaugh
  • Michael J. Jr., '89  and Dianne Hanus, '89 Moll
  • Joseph V., MS '75  and Kathleen Monachino
  • Margaret M.  and Thomas Montante
  • Thomas Montante
  • Rita K. Karcher, '61  and John Moore
  • Ariane A. Morgante, '99  and William Susino, '00
  • Christine C. Clark Morrison, '72
  • La Verne Mosey-Murphy
  • Michael L., '67  and Anita Mullen
  • Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Michael C. Nugent, '90
  • Alfonso R., '68  and Marianne Oddo
  • Christine S. O'Hara, '88+
  • Timothy J., '85  and Sally Palisano
  • LTC E. Gary, '70  and Rita Pasierb
  • LTC Scott J. Pautz, '80  and Patricia Gough
  • Michael A. Sr., '83  and Tonie Polite
  • Dr. Gary D.  and Carol Praetzel
  • Peter, '88  and Kate Prager
  • Karl V., '07  and Nicole Pryor
  • Peter B. Quinn, '69  and Beth Wilson
  • Joseph L., '58  and Idamarie Randazzo
  • Edward J. Reagan, '83  and Karen Welch
  • Dr. Robert P. Jr., '89  and Christine Reeves
  • Maureen Mooney, '70  and Russell Reid
  • Remy Cointreu USA
  • Robert E. III  and Karin Rich
  • Robert E. Jr.  and Melinda Rich
  • Bryan D., '80  and Karen Richardson
  • William E., '55  and Sandy Riker
  • Edward J. Roberts, MSE '90
  • Theresa Mazzone Roberts, '79
  • Arthur B. Roberts, '78
  • Kim M. Roche, '84
  • Annmarie Barbato Rogers, '67
  • Jean McLees, '69  and Thomas Rollauer
  • Brenda P. Towey Romanski, '72
  • Dr. Bonnie F. Rose+
  • Joseph A., '78  and Teresa Ruffolo
  • Richard F. Ruhl, '75
  • James R., '75  and Carol Ryan
  • Russell J. Salvatore
  • John R., '75  and Karen Glasser, '75 Sanderson
  • Leonard M., '73  and Margaret Santoro
  • Philip J., '67  and Mary Donovan, '67 Schulz
  • William F., '68  and Gloria Sheffield
  • Peter A., '62  and Jeanette Sipple
  • Leonard A., '68  and Sheila Spremulli
  • Clay R. Sprung, '70*
  • Statler Foundation
  • Dr. Thomas C., '64  and Sharon Lutz, '66 Stevens
  • Wendy L. Stone+
  • George T., '82  and Cathy Sweeney
  • Dr. John F.  and Monica Cerina, '59 Sweeney
  • Tara Laurie Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Matthew M., '98  and Jacqui Masters, '98 Tessena
  • Edward F., '75  and Sherry Thaney
  • The Boston Foundation
  • The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
  • James L. Tooke Jr., '84
  • Martha E. Morgan, '88  and Anthony Troia
  • United Way of Summit County
  • Unknown
  • Dr. Paul M., '89  and Kimberly Urbanowski
  • Dr. John F., '75  and Donna Van Schaick
  • Anthony P., '71  and Patricia Venanzi
  • LTC (Ret) Richard J. Walsh, '58
  • David M. Warnick
  • Francis M., '65  and Marie Williams
  • Thomas E., '60*  and Frances Wolff
  • Dr. John F., '69  and Donna Zdrojewski
  • Richard E., '66  and Deborah Ziegler
  • Donald F., '60  and Gail Zorn
  • Brian J. Zwergel, '65