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Updated September 16, 2016

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.
George R. Levine, a Fulbright scholar and highly respected UB English professor died Dec. 16 in Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness. He was 86.
Edwin E. Gordon, an internationally recognized scholar of the psychology of music who researched and defined his world-famous music learning theory while serving as director of music education at UB, died Dec. 4 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was 88.
Byron J. Koekkoek, a retired professor of modern languages and linguistics, died Nov. 28 in Beechwood Home. He was 91.
Richard H. Cox, professor emeritus of political philosophy, died Oct. 22 in Erie County Medical Center following a fall in his Buffalo home. He was 90.
Mark Shechner, longtime English department faculty member and noted James Joyce scholar, died Oct. 16 in his home in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 75.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 13 for longtime anthropology department faculty member Keith F. Otterbein, who died June 17 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 79.
Kenneth H. Kurtz, a faculty member for more than 40 years in the Department of Psychology, died Sept. 21 in Elderwood at Williamsville. He was 86.
Duayne Hatchett, a prolific sculptor, painter and UB faculty member, died Sept. 7 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 90.
Wilma Jean Newberry, a longtime Spanish professor at UB, died July 11 in Buffalo. She was 88.
Eliezer Schwarzberg, a former electrician at UB, died July 24 in hospice at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 90. 
Jean S. Hamlin, a longtime piano teacher who was on the UB music department staff for more than 30 years, died Aug. 7 in Elderwood at Williamsville. She was 95.
Anne M. Piazza-Westmorland, a longtime UB employee, died July 24.
Richard Todd Evans, a professor and researcher in the School of Dental Medicine, died July 16 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 82.
John A. “Jack” Baker, a longtime UB faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science, and community volunteer, died May 27 in his second home in Sarasota, Florida. He was 79.
Howard L. Wolfsohn, who practiced dentistry in Buffalo for nearly 60 years and taught UB dental students for more than 30, died June 28 after he became ill in his family’s summer home in Waverly Beach, Ont. He was 88.
Elizabeth A. “Betty” Kopra, a longtime UB employee and retired assistant vice president for sponsored programs, died May 6.
Gerald L. Logue, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Hematology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, died June 7 in the VA Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 73.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 6 in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville, for Lynne Hochberg Pace, an ophthalmologist and former UB clinical faculty member who died April 14 from brain cancer at her winter home in Arizona. She was 63.
Barbara J. Christy, a longtime UB employee and former president of the university’s CSEA chapter, died April 22 at home after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was 84.
William A. Hamlen Jr., associate professor emeritus in the School of Management, died April 15 in his East Amherst home after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 69.
C. Brian Preston, chair of the Department of Orthodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, died March 25 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a short illness. He was 77.
Rita C. Gless, a longtime employee in the offices of Student Affairs and Veterans Affairs, died April 10 in the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Cheektowaga. She was 90.
Walter J. “Jim” Sarjeant, a UB emeritus chair professor of electrical engineering who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory on what eventually became the International Space Station, died April 2, 2015 in Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida, after a nearly yearlong battle with complications from pneumonia. He was 70.
Susan M. Nochajski, clinical associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and director of the Occupational Therapy Program, died March 5.
Frederick S. Wood, an engineer who was instrumental in developing UB’s telecommunications system, died March 27 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 82.
Joseph T. Quinlivan, a retired faculty member in the School of Dental Medicine, died March 21. He was 88.
Sally A. Pasternak, who manned the UB switchboard for more than two decades, died Oct. 20.
Professor Emeritus Adeline “Addie” Gordon Levine, an expert on community responses to environmental disasters and one of the founders of the field of environmental sociology, died of cancer Feb. 26 in her Buffalo home. She was 89.
Meir Wetzler, chief of the Leukemia Section at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and professor of medicine at UB, died Feb. 23 in the Swedish Medical Center in Denver, where he had been a patient in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit following a Feb. 7 skiing accident. He was 60.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 25 in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., for James M. “Jamie” Shiffner, a longtime clinical psychologist and UB faculty member.
Nelson E. Townsend, former UB athletics director who guided the move of the athletics program from NCAA Division III to Division I, died Jan. 8 in Florida. Townsend collapsed before a meeting at Florida A&M University, where he was interim athletic director. He was 73.
Patricia Doeing, a longtime staff person in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, died Dec. 18.
Gregory J. Dimitriadis, an accomplished and much-loved professor and administrator in the Graduate School of Education, died unexpectedly Dec. 29. He was 45.
Donald B. Rosenthal, professor emeritus of political science, died Dec. 5 in his home in Charlotte, N.C. He was 77.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Jan. 3 for Gerald J. Miller, longtime faculty member in the School of Social Work, who died Nov. 28.
Avery K. Ellis, senior associate dean for medical curriculum in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, died Nov. 7 after becoming ill in Chicago, where he was attending a medical conference. He was 64.
John Garetson Dings, 75, a member of the English department faculty for more than three decades, died Oct. 28 in his home in Boulder, Colorado, of Parkinson’s disease complicated by the effects of a fall.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 10 for Kenneth M. Kiser, professor emeritus and associate dean in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who died Oct. 28 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a long illness. He was 84.
James Cletus Adrian, a retired professor of dentistry and an oral pathologist, died Nov. 2 under hospice care in Bristol Village, Clarence Center, after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Robert T. Cryan, a longtime purchasing agent at UB, died Sept. 11. He was 79.
Michael Anbar, professor emeritus of physiology and biophysics, died Oct. 2 in his home in Fountain Hills, Ariz., after a long illness. He was 87.
Kenneth H. Conklin, retired manager of employee relations, died Aug. 1. He was 86.
Charles Jackson Hutchison, an electrical engineer and facilities program coordinator at UB, died Sept. 12 in his home in Clarence Center. He was 83.
Kerry S. Grant, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, vice provost of academic affairs and respected music historian, died Sept. 6 in Hospice Buffalo after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 68.
David B. Filvaroff, a faculty member and former dean of the UB Law School who, as an aide to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, was one of the drafters of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, died Sept. 6 in Erie County Medical Center. He was 82.
Warren Bennis, a one-time UB administrator and internationally known expert on leadership, died July 31 in Los Angeles. He was 89.
Judith Hopkins, longtime UB librarian and active member of the Faculty Senate, died Aug. 8 in Atlanta after a yearlong battle with lymphoma. She was 80.
William J. Baker, a supervisor in University Facilities, died suddenly on July 17 after suffering a heart attack. He was 61.
Pamela Gearhart, a violinist, conductor and former faculty member in the UB Department of Music, died July 6 in Rochester. She was 79.
Cedric M. Smith, professor emeritus of pharmacology and toxicology, and founding director of UB’s Research Institute on Addictions, died June 3 in Tampa, Fla. He was 87.
Bruce Allen Kolesnick, a UB staff member known for his upbeat personality, wry wit and smooth, baritone voice that made him the popular master of ceremonies at countless UB events, died on July 4 after suffering a heart attack in his Buffalo home. He was 60.
Wade J. Newhouse Jr., a longtime UB Law School faculty member and dean of the school from July 1986 to December 1987, died May 21. A resident of Getzville, N.Y., he was 91.
Gary Burgess, celebrated Bermudian singer and stage director who founded UB’s opera workshop while serving on the faculty of the Department of Music, died June 27 in Bermuda. He was 76.
A celebration of the life of Peter K. Gessner, emeritus professor of pharmacology, will take place at 9:30 a.m. July 8 in Windows on the Green at the Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Williamsville.
Sek Yen Kim-Cho, a leading Korean language scholar and founder of UB’s Korean Language and Culture Program, died June 15 in her Williamsville home. She was 86.
Alison Flakes, a popular adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work, died June 5. She was 64.
William H. Baumer, a longtime UB philosophy professor known for his no-nonsense manner, institutional memory and service to the university, died June 2 after a short illness. He was 82.
Richard A. Siggelkow, who served as dean of students and vice president of student affairs at UB during the time of campus unrest during the 1960 and early 1970s, died May 9 in Williamsville. He was 96.
Thomas L. Schroeder, associate professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Education, died suddenly April 23 at Gates Vascular Institute, Buffalo.
Elliot F. Ellis, UB professor emeritus of pediatrics and a leader and mentor in the field of pediatric allergy and immunology, died Feb. 22 in his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 84.
Newton Garver, for 34  years a distinguished, well-known and respected professor in the UB Department of Philosophy, died Feb. 8 in the country home built by his grandparents in East Concord, N.Y. He was 85.
A. (Alvan) Donald Arsem, a longtime School of Management faculty member whose easygoing demeanor and good humor made him an admired figure in the corporate boardroom, the university classroom and beyond, died Jan. 2 in West Roxbury, Mass., after a long illness. He was 90.
Marion Evelyn Faller, renowned documentary photo artist and retired UB faculty member, died Jan. 15 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. She was 72.
Charles W. Bishop, professor emeritus of medicine, died Jan. 11 in his Amherst home after living with prostate cancer for more than a decade. He was 93.
Services were held Jan. 12 for Adrian O. Vladutiu, a medical researcher and retired UB faculty member died Jan. 9 in his Amherst home after a lengthy illness. He was 73.
Russell J. Nisengard, a longtime faculty member and administrator in the School of Dental Medicine, died Dec. 5 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 70.
A memorial service was held today for Madeleine Stern, associate librarian emeritus in Lockwood Library, who died Nov. 30 in her home in Amherst. She was 89.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 13 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville, for Robert W. Mols, a longtime member of the music faculty and composer of the UB fight song who died Nov. 29 after a short illness. He was 92.
Howard E. Strauss, a professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering and former associate dean in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, died on Nov. 13 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 92.
George D. Unger, founding director of UB’s Educational Opportunity Center who then went on to lead the university’s affirmative action efforts, died Aug. 29 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She was 89.
Franco Mattei, associate professor emeritus of political science, died Aug. 11 while visiting family in Florence, Italy.
Helen Davis Zettle, a longtime UB administrative assistant known as “The Voice of Norton Union,” died June 22 at the home of her daughter in Williamsville after a short illness. She was 88.
Ernst Herman Beutner, professor emeritus of microbiology and dermatology who took part in groundbreaking research on autoimmune diseases of the skin, died June 10 in his Amherst home after a short illness. He was 89.
Richard P. Shaw, professor emeritus of civil engineering, died May 19 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 79.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. June 24 in Slee Concert Hall, North Campus, for Richard V. Lee, internationally renowned professor of medicine and a physician in private practice who died May 7 in his Orchard Park home. He was 75.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 17 in the School of Dental Medicine for Harvey D. Sprowl, retired associate dean in the school who died April 27 in Hospice Buffalo. He was 83.
John S. King, professor emeritus of geology, died March 15 in his Tonawanda home. He was 85.
James F. Reineck, longtime professor of mathematics, died on April 13 in his home in Pendleton after a long illness. He was 55.
Paul F. Hoffman, an internist and director of student health at UB for two decades, died March 30 in Amherst after a brief illness. He was 95.
Goran Enhorning, an emeritus professor whose research has helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands of premature babies, died Jan. 25 in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 88.
William S. Allen, a retired professor in the Department of History, died on March 14 in his Buffalo home after a long illness. He was 80.