Alumnus Leaves $40-Million to UB

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 8:59 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 8:59 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) University of Buffalo President, Satish Trapathi, announced the school has received a $40-million dollar gift.

It comes from an anonymous donor who graduated from the UB medical school during World War II.

"The day I received the letter of acceptance to the UB Medical School was the happiest day of my life," wrote the donor.

School officials say the generous alumnus practiced medicine for decades and has passed away.

"Throughout his industrious career, he remained connected to UB. He wanted one day to give back to his Alma Mater," commented UB President Trapathi.

The money will be directed to the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

University officials say the gift will help them hire top doctors and scientists from across the globe.

"The best faculty will attract the best students," adds Angelo Fatta, Chairman of the UB Foundation of Trustees.