Robert "Bob" Gloor was pleased to provide a leadership gift to Fredonia's Department of Theatre and Dance during the campus' first capital campaign, which began in 1995.
He felt the gift was a way to honor his father's memory, while helping the department he held dear. It was the one which provided him with his second baccalaureate degree, which he earned in 1996-after his retirement.
Providing the resources for the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series, which he named after his dad-and the resulting scholarships it generated for so many deserving students-gave him great pleasure.
I know this because I was the fundraiser who suggested this gift. I was also his wife.
I observed Bob's profound satisfaction with his decision. As a young man, Bob earned his first bachelor's degree in biology from Cornell University.
While he cared about Cornell, so much so that he founded a group study room in its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' library (also named for his dad), Bob had a lifelong passion for live theater, and he recognized that a gift would do far more for Fredonia than for Cornell, which had a considerable head start in fundraising.
Bob's experiences in Fredonia's Department of Theatre and Dance captured his heart and enriched his life in more ways than I can explain.
He marveled at the way the students fully embraced him, never making him feel like the odd man out. It meant the world to him, and as we heard time and again from his many friends at Rockefeller Arts Center after his tragic passing this past February, Bob meant the world to them as well.
Seeing His Efforts Manifest
Bob was always thrilled to meet his Walter Gloor scholarship recipients. He eagerly anticipated seeing them in Mainstage productions and watching them mature as performers and adults. He often told our friends and the students that their performances were as good as or better than those we had seen in professional venues in Buffalo, N.Y., and Sarasota, Fla. I always agreed.
The mechanics of Bob's gift were simple. His pledge included cash gifts spread over several years, with the remainder incorporated into his estate. By committing to his gift and providing some of the resources while he was still alive, he had Y the joy of seeing the outcomes of his philanthropy: meeting the recipients and proudly seeing his dad's name associated with something that truly made a difference in many people's lives.
Bob knew the Fredonia College Foundation would be a good steward of his bequest, and that the theater and dance programs would have the muchneeded resources to continue to grow and strengthen once he passed.
That day came far sooner than any of us expected or wanted, and it was a devastating experience for all who knew and loved him.
Yet, his loss has been made more tolerable with the knowledge of all the good Bob did while he was still with us, and that which will continue to take place for decades to come, thanks to his decision to follow his heart and make a difference at Fredonia.
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