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Mark J. Diamond, PhD ’87, MA ’80, and Stuart A. Diamond, BS ‘82

This is the story of two Long Island brothers who attended the University at Buffalo.

The elder, Mark, had a passion for science and graduated with a master’s degree in biological science in 1980. Stuart was a business major, preparing for a career in the corporate world. Their time at UB intersected briefly before Mark graduated and went to work in the field. Several years later, he returned to pursue a PhD degree and was in the final months of writing his dissertation when he tragically lost his life in an auto accident on February 21, 1986.

The crushing loss was felt throughout the university as well as within the Diamond family. As a student, Mark’s dedication to molecular biology research was truly unmatched. His kind and generous nature earned him the reputation of a man of integrity. A senator in the Graduate Student Association, he had also served as director of the Graduate Research Grant Program. Following his death, the program was renamed the Mark Diamond Research Fund with the addition of contributions from family, students and professors who knew him as “somebody really special.”

Making a gift to name the Mark Diamond Team Breakout Room has enabled Stuart to honor the brother he so admired. A 1982 graduate of the School of Management, Stuart is chief financial officer of GroupM, North America. His career in corporate finance has included positions at Calvin Klein, Ogilvy Healthworld Corporation, National Medical Health Card Systems Inc. and Medicis Pharmaceutical, where is currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.