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The Travers’ Thoughtful Estate Planning Will Help Future NU Theatre Students

Arthur and Barbara (Nagengast) Traver

Longtime volunteers and supporters Arthur and Barbara (Nagengast) Traver have decided to make an additional gift as part of their thoughtful estate planning, designating Niagara University’s theatre program as the beneficiary of life insurance policies that they both own.

“We wanted to leave a legacy that will benefit NU’s future theatre students,” they said.

Barb and Art are ardent supporters of the theater program and also of the nursing program from which Barb graduated. In 2004 the university presented the Alumni Award to Barb and Art.

As a youth, Barb knew she wanted to be a nurse. When it came time to choose a college, she selected Niagara University because of its excellent nursing program. She also thought that, with a 5:1 male to female ratio, she might find a husband. It all came to pass. Barbara met and married Art, a Niagara University accounting major. They both graduated in 1969 and went on to have three children and fulfilling careers in their respective fields.

Both have been officers and board members for the Friends of NU Theatre for a number of years. Barb also volunteers for the nursing program.

For more information on how to include Niagara University in your estate plan, please contact Leslie K. Wise, ’82, at 716-286-8590 or