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Gift Honors Longtime Faculty Member and Provides Facelift to Dental School Library

Dr. James Felli

Dr. A. James and Gaile Felli

Dr. A. James Felli, a 1976 graduate of the School of Dental Medicine, recently committed $100,000 to provide a major facelift to the current library space within the Department of Orthodontics. Prior to making his most recent commitment, Dr. Felli had been a longtime supporter of the School of Dental Medicine. Back in 2011, he set up a charitable gift annuity that benefits the dental school and provides him with fixed income for life.

Dr. Felli's gift is made in memory of longtime department member Dr. John Cunat, '52, who passed away in July of 2016. Dr. Cunat, a professor emeritus, retired from the UB School of Dental Medicine in 1995 after having served as chair of the Department of Orthodontics for over 30 years. The newly renovated space funded by Dr. Felli's philanthropic gift will be known as the Dr. John Cunat Library, and is among the first of numerous upgrades within the department.

Dr. Cunat

Dr. Felli’s gift honors longtime department member Dr. John Cunat ’52.

"We're so grateful to Dr. Felli for his generosity," says Neil Dengler, assistant dean and director of philanthropy for the School of Dental Medicine. "Gone are the days of New York State paying for everything. Now, more than ever, we need private support from individuals and corporations to keep up our facilities, build endowments and support students."

As Dr. Felli's generosity shows, a charitable gift annuity can be a great way to advance your charitable wishes while also providing you or a family member with fixed income for life.

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To learn more about planning a gift in honor of someone who has had an impact on your life, please contact Wendy Irving, Esq. at (877) 825-3422 or