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Updated March 5, 2015

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.
Sherman Merle, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, died Dec. 31 in Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii. He was 90.
Genevieve “Kay” Bishop, recently retired associate professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies, Graduate School of Education, died Jan. 10 after a long illness.
Mary C. (Kay) Harren, a longtime faculty member in the School of Nursing, died Feb. 6. She was 90.
Samuel L. Albert, a dentist and former instructor in the UB School of Dental Medicine, died Jan. 26 in his Town of Tonawanda home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 92.
Mamie Beale Johnson, longtime administrator with UB’s Educational Opportunity Center, died Jan. 26. She was 87.
Rowland Richards Jr., a UB civil engineering professor for 30 years, died Jan. 8 in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 77.

Born in New York City and raised in Southern California, Richards received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1957, a master’s from California Institute of Technology in 1958 and a doctorate from Princeton in 1964.

He taught at Princeton for several years and at the University of Delaware for a decade before his wife, Martha, persuaded him to take a position as a professor in her hometown of Buffalo in 1980.

At UB, Richards taught courses ranging from fluid mechanics to structural aesthetics.

A specialist in seismic soil mechanics, he authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as well as the textbook “Principles of Solid Mechanics,” which contains elegantly hand-drawn diagrams and plentiful footnotes full of literary and observational asides.

He retired from UB in 2010.

As a young man, Richards twice was a U.S. national champion archer and won the 1950 World Junior Archery Championship held in Brussels. He spent his summer vacations as a youth working at Trail Lake Ranch in Wyoming. As a college student, he spent summers gold mining in California and the Yukon Territory of Canada.

In 1960, he purchased farmland in Waitsfield, Vt., where he opened Floodwoods Farm to raise Belted Galloway cattle.

He taught during the school year, but during the summers he worked the farm, which continues to be operated by his family.

Edward L. Nowak, longtime university photographer, died on Nov. 27 in his North Buffalo home. He was 89.
Paul Kurtz, UB professor emeritus of philosophy and a leading figure in the secular humanism movement, died Oct. 20 in his Amherst home. He was 86.
A celebration of the life of Grace S. Lee, wife of SUNY Distinguished Professor and engineering dean emeritus George C. Lee, will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 24 in Faith United Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Road, Williamsville.
Maiken Siebert Naylor, a former UB librarian, died Aug. 24 in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 74.
A celebration of the life of Sherwood Peter “Bud” Prawel Jr., longtime faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will be held from 3-8 p.m. Sept. 7 in St. Charles Borromeo Parish Center at St. John de LaSalle Church, 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.