The University at Buffalo posthumously honored Ralph Wilson, Jr. with the university’s highest honor, the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, at their 168th general commencement over the weekend.
Mary Wilson accepted the award and addressed the crowd on her late husband’s behalf, speaking on his devotion to the region and the team he loved so dearly.
“Ralph was so passionate about Western New York as well as his beloved Buffalo Bills,” she said. “He truly had a soft spot in his heart for all Western New Yorkers and he loved the region of the City of Buffalo, and so do I.”
The Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal is presented annually to an individual who “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.”
Through the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Wilson established the Buffalo Bills Team Physician’s Fund to support UB’s Department of Sports Medicine among countless other philanthropic acts that will continue to impact WNY and beyond as a part of his enormous legacy.
Channeling Ralph Wilson’s characteristic entrepreneurial spirit, Mary Wilson offered a motivating message to UB’s graduating class to finish her address.
“Ralph would have been so proud of you, graduates, here today, and would have encouraged each and every one of you to go forward from today and be the best you can be regardless of your future profession.”
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