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Anne Heide's Legacy Lives on Through UB Bequest

In 1980, Anne M. Heide retired after a 50-year career at the University at Buffalo as a microbiology professor—a career that she truly enjoyed.

Even after retirement, Anne often returned to campus, attending special events like UB's Distinguished Speaker Series. "Anne was clearly someone who loved her work," says Wendy Irving, assistant vice president for gift planning at UB.

This past summer, Anne passed away at the age of 97. As evidence that Anne had passion for her life's work, she decided to include UB in her will. Anne's bequest will establish the Anne Heide Endowed Fund, which will provide funding for research in the Department of Microbiology at UB's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "This is a classic example of a UB faculty member who wanted to ensure that her good work lives on in perpetuity. In a day and age of economic uncertainty and budget cuts, Anne's support is truly appreciated—and very much needed," Irving says.