Donor Profile: Ruth J. Schwendler

March 2, 2017


BUFFALO, NY - She did not attend Canisius. Nor did she have a relationship with the college.  But beginning in fall 2017, several students – who otherwise would not be able to afford a Canisius education – will benefit from the legacy of the late Ruth J. Schwendler. 

The Amherst resident, who passed away last year, bequeathed $1 million to Canisius.  The gift will be used to endow the Ruth J. Schwendler Scholarship, in memory of her parents, Henry and Clara Schwendler.  At her request, the scholarship will provide financial support to Canisius students in need. 

Ruth Schwendler was a cousin to the late Francis J. Walter ’48, PhD, a professor of history at the college.