In life, Dorothy (Lockwood) Anderson was a model of all that Fredonia can be. She made the most of her time on campus, then took the lessons she learned as a student and used them to earn personal fulfillment while delivering joy to countless others in the western New York community.
Before Mrs. Anderson passed away, she made provisions that ensured new generations of young learners would be given the opportunity to enjoy the type of educational experience that had made her own life so special.
A native of Ripley, N.Y., Mrs. Anderson was born in 1905 and graduated from the Fredonia Normal School—the institution that would grow into what is now Fredonia—in 1927. As an undergraduate, Mrs. Anderson honed her appreciation of the arts and actively participated in musical and theater productions. She also showed her skill as a composer, penning both the music and lyrics to the Class of 1927 Marching Song.
When she completed her collegiate career, Mrs. Anderson taught music in Elmira Heights, Hamburg and Arcade. She continued to hone her talents as a pianist and maintained a lifelong appreciation of classical music. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Ladies Auxiliary, often volunteering to serve as an accompanist for children's concerts. She also successfully helped, along with her husband to establish the Yorkshire-Delevan Library.
Fredonia administrators were saddened when news of Mrs. Anderson's death reached campus, but were touched to find that she never forgot the importance of her days at "Old Main." Mrs. Anderson bequeathed $500,000 to her alma mater—one of the largest gifts in school history. These funds will be used to establish the Dorothy Anderson Endowment and will help new generations of students receive the same benefits she enjoyed as a Fredonia student.
Planned giving offers an excellent opportunity to make certain that your own connection to Fredonia lives on. Please consider an estate gift in any amount today. If you do decide to leave a gift to Fredonia in your will, we ask that you let us know— because our one regret in the case of Mrs. Anderson is that we never had the chance to thank her personally for her incredible generosity.
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