Members of the Arthur F. Dobson family along with Carl J. Montante and his wife Carol pose in front of the new gateway to the newly named Dobson Field. Mr. Montante is a member of the D'Youville Board of Trustees and his wife Carol is a D'Youville alumna. Ms. Dobson is a past member of the Board.
DYC Names New Athletic Facility "Dobson Field"
The Porter Avenue field is dedicated to the late Arthur F. Dobson, a prominent Buffalo attorney.
Buffalo, New York – August 21, 2015 – D’Youville’s new athletic field now has a permanent name: it’s the Dobson Athletic Field, named after the late Arthur F. Dobson, a prominent Buffalo attorney who died following a cycling accident while in Slovenia, in southern central Europe, on an annual summer bike trip in 2013.
The sports facility, located at the foot of Porter Avenue across from Front Park, was named in a private ceremony at the field on Saturday morning, August 15, 2015 under sunny skies with his wife Nancy, his children, granddaughter, and a multitude of friends attending.
A wrought iron sign over the entrance to the field with the new name and a memorial plaque adjacent to the entrance were unveiled by family members.
D’Youville held a ribbon cutting event in 2013 for the new facility which is home to men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball and women’s club lacrosse is planned for next spring.
The naming rights were secured by Mr. Dobson’s longtime and close friend Carl J. Montante who was on the cycling trip with him. Montante is the President and CEO of Uniland Development Company and a current member of D’Youville’s Board of Trustees.
Montante and Mrs. Dobson founded the company in 1974 and Art Dobson provided legal expertise to the company for more than 30 years. Today, Mrs. Dobson is Executive Vice President of Uniland Development Company.
In remarks at the ceremony, Mrs. Dobson said the D’Youville field was the perfect venue for her husband’s name as he loved sports especially cycling, golfing and skiing with his friends. She is former member of the College Board of Trustees. Dobson was also a baseball coach, volunteer and official scorer of the Sacred Heart varsity basketball team and an avid fan of his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
He graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1972 and went into private practice working with a number of firms in the area. Dobson was a partner in Michalak & Dobson based in Williamsville specializing in real estate development, representing contractors, property and business owners in contract negotiation, drafting and other business issues.
Arthur F. Dobson was 66.
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