Planned Giving - The 1912 Legacy Society

As a donor, you have an opportunity to share your resources with Park by including the School in your estate and financial planning. When making a bequest or other planned gift, you are helping The Park School carry out its mission both now and in the future. A gift through your will often allows you to support Park in a way that you may have thought was beyond your means. In addition, there are opportunities for life income gifts while also supporting Park. We would welcome the opportunity to have a confidential conversation to answer any questions.

Named for the year The Park School of Buffalo was founded, the 1912 Legacy Society recognizes and honors individuals who have included The Park School in their estate plans. Members of the Society include alumni, current and past parents, grandparents, faculty and staff members, trustees, and many others who care deeply about the future of The Park School. By telling us of your intention to support Park in perpetuity, you give us the opportunity to say thank you now. We are extremely grateful for the foresight and generosity of the members of the 1912 Legacy Society listed on this page.
Please read the stories below of some of our generous friends who are members of the 1912 Legacy Society. For more information, contact the Development Office at 716-839-1243 x104 or

Profiles of Giving

List of 4 news stories.

  • Cheryl M. Rosenberg

    “Even though all three of my children have graduated from Park, I think it’s necessary to remember and credit Park for helping them to develop into wonderful adults who are still learning, who were taught they needed to be successful in life, who still value the incredible Park teachers who helped them."

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  • Elizabeth Walker Schroeder '61

    “My broad experiences at Park, along with the curiosity and self-confidence I gained there made me who I am today,” Libby said. Prior to Libby’s death in 2008, she made a visit to Park and presented the school with a generous gift to support the Walker Family Fund.

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  • F. Dale Wettlaufer '87

    "Providing excellence is not cheap, especially in a world where the competition are no dummies. If we can all support the mission, from across generations and abilities to contribute, we can all make a big difference for Park."

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  • Jane Plimpton Plakias '37

    “I loved it. I just adored it,” she said. “Everything I have done since came from the freedom I was given there (at Park) to explore what was around me.”

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1912 Legacy Society

Class of 1925
Jane Balcom Perry (D)

Class of 1927
James G. Dyett (D)
Mary Louise Olmsted (D)

Class of 1931
Charles W. Walker (D)

Class of 1936
Judith A. Schoellkopf (D)

Class of 1937
Jane Plimpton Plakias (D)

Class of 1938
Norman Clement (D)
Leroy S. Wolfe, Jr. (D)

Class of 1940
Donald R. Hinkley (D)

Class of 1941
Grace Rammacher de la Plante Brady
Mary Scheu Teach

Class of 1942
Frederic Sanford Hubbard (D)

Class of 1943
Sylvia Lyman Whitcher

Class of 1944
Margaret Taylor Phelps
Esther Potter Thomas (D)

Class of 1945
Lois Farquharson Hayes
Joy Grady Simpkins (D)
Alice Wadsworth Strong (D)

Class of 1946
Eugene M. Setel (D)

Class of 1947
Taddy Taylor Dann
Harold E. Tweeden (D)

Class of 1948
John P. MacKenzie

Class of 1949
Gordon R. Gross (D)
John H. McDowell (D)
Marguerite Morey Zabriskie

Class of 1950
Barbara Knauff Nicholas

Class of 1951
Barbara Sicherman

Class of 1953
David N. Bunis
Amanda Fisk Hobart 
Gail W. Stumpf (D)
Class of 1954
Joanna Brizdle Lipking (D)
Velma F. Rice (D)

Class of 1955
H. Austin Hoyt
Robert J. Wilson

Class of 1958
Bruce T. Boehringer (D)
Gail Haddaway Bramer
Timothy J. Finnell
Guy W. Gunzberg
Susan Womer Katzev
Patricia Burns Richardson

Class of 1959
Charles C. Cheney
Leslie Fisher Curtiss
Susan Berryhill Hill
Donald C. & Heather Roberts

Class of 1961
Barbara Brizdle
Ann Campbell
Margaret Walls Hamilton
Hilary Piper Harty
Thomas & Nancy Leed
Scott Moss
Elizabeth Walker Schroeder (D)

Class of 1962
Chip Johnston

Class of 1963
David G. Brock

Class of 1964

Class of 1965
W. Lawrence Buck
Suzanne R. Hirsch

Class of 1966
Patricia Cohen Gelman
Gayle Pauly
Susan Weissgerber
Ann L. Wiley

Class of 1967
Edward Michaels II

Class of 1968
Dr. Steven R. Caprow

Class of 1969
Tom Obletz

Class of 1970
Frank Riforgiato

Class of 1971
Thomas L. Munschauer, DVM

Class of 1973
Mark W. Karrer
Douglas L. Obletz

Class of 1978
John H. Hoyt
Spencer H. Patterson

Class of 1981
David S. Knopp
Andrew Morrison
Carolyn Hoyt Stevens
Class of 1982
Thomas A. Doran
Wendy Newman Pratt

Class of 1983
William W. Pfeifer

Class of 1984
Donald L. Katz

Class of 1987
F. Dale Wettlaufer

Class of 1993
Amos W. Marvel

David K. Anderson (D)
Bruce T. & Patricia Barber
Melissa G. Baumgart
P. Jeffrey Birtch
Mrs. Leonard Brizdle (D)
Kate Brown & Michael Halberstam
Mr. & Mrs. William M.E. Clarkson
D. Gregory & Allison Connors
Omar L. & Susanne DeWitt
Helga Doblin (D)
Mrs. John G. (Mary) Karrer (D)
Jacky (D) & Eliane Knopp (D)
Holly W. Levy
Mrs. John H. McDowell (D)
Dr. Winifred Morrison (D)
Cheryl M. Rosenberg
Marian K. Shickler (D)
A. Warren (D) & Gretchen Smith (D)
Cecelia Evans Taylor (D)
Eleanor Treiber (D)
Steven & Barbara Zillig

If you are interested in joining the 1912 Legacy Society,
please contact Carolyn Hoyt Stevens '81, Director of Development, at 716-839-1243 x104.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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