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Updated September 25, 2017

Elizabeth “Betty” Capaldi Phillips, who became the highest-ranking woman in the history of UB when she was named provost in 2000, died Sept. 23 at her home in Gainesville, Florida, after battling brain cancer for the past year. She was 72.
Jan Per Roalsvig, a retired associate professor of physics whose UB career spanned 35 years, died Aug. 16 in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 89.
Gerhard Levy, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a pioneer in drug development, died Aug. 3 in Sarasota, Florida. He was 89.
Philip Coppens, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry, died June 21. He was 86.
Rabbi Shay E. Mintz, a Jewish educator and spiritual leader who served as director of Hillel at UB for more than a decade, died June 3 in Jerusalem. He was 80.
Ellen Volpe, assistant professor and researcher in the School of Nursing, died June 8 in in a car accident on the Thruway. She was 45.
Peter Ayers Nickerson, a professor emeritus of pathology and anatomical sciences who played a significant role in both the UB and statewide Faculty Senates, died Feb. 2.
Louis Lazar, a longtime family practice physician and one-time chair of UB’s Department of Family Practice, died April 28 in his North Buffalo home. He was 98.
Ronald Elmer Batt, an internationally recognized physician, clinical researcher, medical historian and clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UB, died April 25 in his Lancaster home after a brief illness. He was 83.
Paul S. Guinn, a European historian and associate professor emeritus at UB, died April 22 in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 88.
Mary B. Cassata, a longtime faculty member of the Department of Communication who was a leading authority on the academic analysis of soap operas, died Monday after a brief illness.
A celebration of the life of longtime UB faculty member Brian Henderson will be held at 4 p.m. March 11 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.
Donald Henderson, a leader in the field of noise-induced hearing loss and professor emeritus of communicative disorders and sciences, died Feb. 1 after a long illness. He was 78.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 in Westminster Presbyterian Church for Margaret MacGillivray, a pediatric endocrinologist and longtime UB faculty member who died Sept. 17 from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86.
Donald R. Brutvan Sr., a longtime UB faculty member and dean of Millard Fillmore College, died Dec. 30 under hospice care at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 92.
Carmelo A. Privitera, a research scientist and professor emeritus of biological sciences, died Dec. 11 in Albany after a short illness. He was 93.
Rosemary Mecca, a retired international scholar adviser in the Office of International Education, died Oct. 23. She was 69.
Victor Doyno, longtime UB faculty member and one of the country’s foremost Mark Twain scholars, died Nov. 16 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jiyuan Yu, professor of philosophy and director of UB’s Confucius Institute, died Nov. 3 in Hospice Buffalo after a battle with colon cancer. He was 52.
A remembrance will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the UB Newman Center, 495 Skinnerville Road, for Karen Lee Nemeth, a longtime counselor in the Office of Career Services who died Oct. 10 in her Buffalo home after a short illness. She was 59.
Albert J. Ermanovics, a longtime UB staff member and active member and officer for United University Professions, died Oct. 10 after suffering from congestive heart failure. He was 73.
Harold R. Ortman, a dentist and longtime faculty member in the School of Dental Medicine, died Oct. 14 under hospice care in Wesley Rehabilitation Center, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 98.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at North Presbyterian Church, 300 North Forest Road, Williamsville, for Brenda P. Haughey, associate professor emeritus in the School of Nursing who died Sept. 19. She was 75.
John Ho, a retired longtime UB faculty member and administrator who most recently served as vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School, died Sept. 22 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74.
Patricia A. Burns, a retired UB Nursing faculty member who went on to become dean of the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida, died Sept. 21 after a long illness. She was 77.
Kenneth Levy, professor emeritus of psychology, died Sept. 10 in Florida. He was 69.
Richard A. Sebian, a retired supervisor of grounds for UB, died Sept. 6. He was 92.
Dennis Tedlock, SUNY Distinguished Professor, James H. McNulty Professor in the Department of English and distinguished ethnopoeticist, translator, linguist and poet, died June 3. He was 76.
Michael S. Hudecki, a retired UB faculty member who conducted research on his own illness, died July 30 in his Getzville home. He was 72.
Theodore M. Mills, a retired sociology professor who was considered a leader and innovator in the study of small-group sociology, died June 19 at Schofield Residence Nursing Facility. He was 96.
Helen Stevens, a former director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, died June 22 in San Jose, Calif., of a brain tumor. She was 75.
William A. Sylvester, professor emeritus in the Department of English, died June 12. He was 98.
Elayne Rapping, UB professor emerita of American studies and media study, died June 7 in Atlanta following a battle with breast cancer. She was 77.
Tsan Huang, assistant professor and coordinator of the Chinese Program in the Department of Linguistics, died last month in her native China after an extended illness.
Paul T. Wietig, assistant vice president in the Office of Interprofessional Education in UB’s Academic Health Center, died April 11. He was 68.
Lani J. Burkman, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and pioneering scientist in the study of male infertility, died March 4 of cancer in her home on Grand Island. She was 67.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. April 23 in the chapel at Forest Lawn for Glen E. Gresham, retired chair of the Department of Rehabilitation in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Gresham died Feb. 24 in Fort Myers, Fla., after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 84.
Arun K. Jain, longtime faculty member and Samuel P. Capen Professor of Marketing Research in the School of Management, died unexpectedly March 3. He was 71.
Robert J. Bertholf, longtime curator of the Poetry and Rare Books Collection and specialist in 20th- century poetry, died Feb. 19 at his home in Austin, Texas. He was 75.
Susan A. Michel-Giolando, a longtime UB employee, died Dec. 22.
Richard N. Schmidt, a professor emeritus who introduced computer studies at UB in the late 1950s and early 1960s, died Jan. 30 in Cumberland, Maine. He was 99.
George H. Nancollas, longtime UB faculty member and SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, died Jan. 11.
Jui Hsin Wang, a biochemical researcher and Einstein Professor of Science Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, died Jan. 17 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 94.
Stephen R. Besch, a longtime employee of the SUNY Research Foundation at UB, died Dec. 16 in his Buffalo home after a battle with brain cancer. He was 64.