The Heritage Society was created in 1988 to recognize and honor alumni and friends of the State University of New York at Fredonia and the Fredonia College Foundation who have included the foundation in their estate plans. These gifts come in the form of bequests, gifts of paid-up life insurance, charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts.
Dr. Dallas K. Beal came to the Fredonia Normal School in 1958 as the Director of Education. He advanced to Dean of Professional Studies and then in 1969 to Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1970, Dr. Beal was named Interim President of SUNY Fredonia and became the college’s tenth President in 1972, serving in that position until 1984. He then became Acting Executive Vice Chancellor of the SUNY system.
In 1985, Dr. Beal was named President of the Connecticut State University system, overseeing the state’s four colleges with over 37,000 students, and served in that position for nearly 10 years. Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Elizabeth “Kris,” returned to Fredonia. During the Fall 1996 semester, Dr. Beal was again tapped to serve as Interim President of SUNY Fredonia, and in 1997, the SUNY Board of Trustees honored him with the title of President Emeritus.
In light of Dr. Beal’s service to higher education and to SUNY Fredonia in particular, it seems only fitting to change the name of the Heritage Society to the Dr. Dallas K. Beal Legacy Society. Dr. and Mrs. Beal have been consistent and generous donors to the college foundation. They also created the Dr. Dallas K. and Elizabeth W. Beal Award, which is given to an undergraduate student who demonstrates unusually strong and notable campus leadership in student government and or service to the broader college or local community. In addition, the Beals named the Fredonia College Foundation as a beneficiary of a bequest in their estate plans.
Even though SUNY Fredonia has lost a marvelous friend, a tremendous advocate and great leader, his legacy will live on in perpetuity. What a wonderful memory it is and will continue to be for all of us.
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