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Obituaries

Updated November 30, 2017

11/30/17
Georg G. Iggers, a SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus and internationally renowned historian and civil rights advocate, died Nov. 26 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 90.
9/25/17
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.
8/24/17
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.
8/16/17
Gerhard Levy, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a pioneer in drug development, died Aug. 3 in Sarasota, Florida. He was 89.
6/23/17
Philip Coppens, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry, died June 21. He was 86.
6/23/17
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.
6/12/17
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.
5/11/17
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.
5/3/17
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.
5/3/17
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.
4/26/17
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.
3/29/17
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.
3/9/17
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.
2/8/17
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.
1/9/17
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.
1/5/17
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.
12/19/16
Carmelo A. Privitera, a research scientist and professor emeritus of biological sciences, died Dec. 11 in Albany after a short illness. He was 93.
11/30/16
Rosemary Mecca, a retired international scholar adviser in the Office of International Education, died Oct. 23. She was 69.
11/29/16
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.
11/8/16
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.