Osborn joined UB in 1952 as chairman of the Department of Biology. During the next 10 years, he more than doubled the staff in biology and inaugurated research programs as well as planning and equipping the biology section of Cary Hall.
Osborn taught at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and at Syracuse University, where he was a professor and director of the Radiation and Isotopes Research Center, before coming to UB. He was the author of more than 40 research papers. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, where he did research on the physiological affects of flight on men.
He held an A.B. from Bates College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. A specialist in animal histology, development and physiology, he was a member of the American Association of Anatomists and the American Society of Zoologists. He was also a member of the Society of Sigma Xi, and a fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science and the New York Academy of Science.
JAMES W. GARGANO, 79, FACULTY MEMBER
A memorial service was held Sept. 14 in Washington, Pa., for James W. Gargano, an English professor and a scholar of Henry James, who died Sept. 10 in Washington Hospital.
Gargano, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University at Buffalo, taught literature at UB for seven years. He earned his doctorate from Cornell University in 1955.
He taught English and American literature for 31 years at Washington & Jefferson College, serving as chairman of the English Department for 10 years. He also taught at the University of Caen in France on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1963-64. Gargano retired in 1986.
In addition to his scholarly writings on Henry James, Gargano published articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe, and edited volumes of literary criticism.