Photo of Dr. Laurence C. Wright ‘84

Photo of Dr. Laurence C. Wright ‘84Dr. Laurence C. Wright, former Daemen College campus minister, passed away August 1, 2011, in Getzville, New York. He was 83.

Dr. Wright was a 1955 graduate of the School of Dental Medicine at what is now Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His graduate degree was from the Department of Orthodontics at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wright retired from his orthodontics practice approximately 10 years ago.

Dr. Wright went back to college while in his 50s, earning a bachelor’s degree in religion from Daemen in 1984. He earned a master’s degree in ministry from the International Seminary, and a doctorate in church affairs from Trinity Seminary.

Dr. Wright was Daemen campus minister for 18 years, and served as director of campus ministry from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Wright was a favorite with Daemen students; during his years at the College he was honored as an outstanding alumnus, and for his dedication to students. In 1987, he established the Wright Family Scholarship, a fund that has distributed scholarship assistance to hundreds of students. Also in 1987, the Daemen Chapel was dedicated and named the Wright Chapel.

Dr. Wright was active in the Delta Sigma dental fraternity for 50 years, serving as its international chaplain and president of the Buffalo Chapter.  In 1971, he received a national award for preventive dentistry from the American Dental Association. He was also active in community organizations, including the YMCA; Amherst South Rotary Club; Buffalo Banjo Band; and the Amherst Community Church. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 60 years; four sons, David, Douglas, James, and Jonathan; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grand children.