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Mary Wilson to receive UB's Norton Medal, university's highest honor

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Posted at 1:11 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 13:14:03-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The University at Buffalo announced Mary Wilson, wife of late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., will receive the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the university's highest honor.

UB says the Norton Medal is awarded annually to a person who has, in Norton’s words, “performed some great thing which is identified with Buffalo … a great civic or political act, a great book, a great work of art, a great scientific achievement or any other thing which, in itself, is truly great and ennobling, and which dignifies the performer and Buffalo in the eyes of the world.”

Mary Wilson, a life trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, has continuously showed her commitment to Buffalo and the Western New York region.

“This year, we were absolutely unanimous in our decision to honor Mary Wilson,” said Jeremy M. Jacobs, chair of the UB Council. “In her leadership of the Wilson Foundation, Mary is making an enduring and unprecedented impact on Buffalo and all of Western New York, which will be felt for many generations to come. Her dedication and work align perfectly with the spirit of the Norton Medal.”