Lawrence “Larry” Sundram was born and baptized in Ceylon. His parents had been part of the greatest migration in human history as 14 million fled the Indian subcontinent during a mass mutual genocide that pitted Hindus and Sikhs against Muslims. They later moved back to Bombay where they raised Larry and his five siblings before immigrating to Niagara Falls in 1966.
Larry’s father was a professor at Niagara, which met his criteria of being a Catholic university. Larry and all of his siblings attended NU for free. “We were strangers to America,” Larry says. “We were poorly dressed and spoke with an accent, but the students and faculty were so welcoming—inviting us to special events and making us feel at home in a new country.”
Now retired after a 35-year career in insurance and financial services, Larry and his wife of 41 years, Linda, were recently revising their estate plan and named Niagara as a beneficiary in each of their trusts. “Niagara University was my family’s gateway to America,” Larry says. “My education helped shape my priorities. Linda and I believe that our bequests to Niagara demonstrate our gratitude for the blessings we have received during our lifetime.”
The Sundrams have left their gift unrestricted to be used for the greatest needs of the University as determined by the president and trustees at the time. “NU alumni should think about how their education shaped them and contributed to their success,” Larry concludes, “and then make a gift in recognition.”