Richard Vossler
March 23, 1922- July 27, 2006





Richard Vossler, (1923-2006) was an Olean, NY native.  He graduated with a BS in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure in 1947.  After his graduation from St. Bonaventure, Vossler taught in the Business department of the Olean High School .  Vossler was also a veteran of the 87th Infantry Division and served in the European Theater during World War II.  He was present at the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.  

Richard Vossler started his St. Bonaventure career in 1952 as an accountant in the Business Office.  In 1962 he was named Comptroller and in 1967 he was named Vice-President for Finance and Treasurer.  Vossler was the first lay person appointed to the post of VP for Finance and Treasurer.  In order for the University to appoint a lay person to this post the bylaws of the University were changed; first the decision had to be approved by the Board of Trustees, then the University’s operating constitution and bylaws could be altered.  Vossler took the post formerly held by Rev. Aurelius Loop, OFM.

            During his Bonaventure career, which lasted 35 years, Vossler helped the University's financial strength.  His responsibilities as VP of Finance and Treasurer included management of all University offices, for example the University’s budget, and all physical and financial resources.  He was also responsible for the maintenance, purchasing, and food service departments as well as the University’s auxiliary services such as the Rathskellar, the bookstore, and the cemetery.  Finally, Vossler supervised the Office of Financial Aid.  Vossler also helped to develop plans for the Reilly Center, Mecom Center, Garden Apartments, Shay-Loughlen Hall, and Hopkins Hall.

            Upon Vossler’s retirement, which was January 4, 1987, he recalled that, “When I came here there were only four buildings, Devereux Hall, Hickey Dining Hall, De La Roche Hall, and Butler Memorial Hall.”  He also noted the improved financial position of the university and the establishment of an endowment account.  The Very Rev. Mathias Doyle, OFM stated, “The University recognizes Mr. Vossler’s years of outstanding service as evidenced by the growth and financial health of the institution.”  Vossler’s retirement plans included spending time with his wife, Mary Kathleen, 8 children and 22 grand children as well as gardening (He was a winner of Public Broadcasting System's Victory Garden Contest), woodworking, traveling, fishing, and hunting.

            Vossler’s other contributions to the local area included: five years on the Allegany Central School Board of Trustees, 24 years as a member of the Committee by the Council of the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Alfred,  and two years as a member of the Executive Board of the Eastern Association.  He also served as a member of Cattaraugus County Legislature and on the Boards of the First National Bank of Olean, Manufacturers Hanover Bank and St. Francis Hospital.

Vossler was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and was awarded the St. Francis Medal.

He died July 27, 2006.


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