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Clifford C. Furnas Collection

About the Collection

The Clifford C. Furnas Collection consists of photographs and memorabilia celebrating his life and career. Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969) was a scientist, educator, and administrator. He participated in the 1920 Olympic Games, taught Chemical Engineering at Yale, and directed the airplane division of Curtiss-Wright during the Second World War. He became the ninth chancellor of the private University of Buffalo in 1954. After guiding the university through the merger process with the State University of New York in 1962 Furnas became the first president of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Between 1955 and 1957 he was on a leave of absence to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Eisenhower administration. He retired from the UB in 1966.

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