Updated April 8, 2024

  • James Edward Ponzo II
    4/11/24
    A service will be held April 13 for James Edward Ponzo II, assistant professor in the Department of Africana and American Studies who died April 4. He was 46.
  • Lawrence Southwick Jr.
    4/8/24
    Lawrence “Larry” Southwick Jr., associate professor emeritus and University Research Scholar in the School of Management’s Finance Department, passed away March 15 in Venice, Florida. He was 85.
  • Tyrone Williams
    3/18/24
    Tyrone Williams, professor and David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters in the Department of English, died March 11 shortly after a cancer diagnosis. He was 70.
  • Dale M. Landi
    2/14/24
    Dale M. “Mike” Landi, a former vice president for research at UB, died May 25 in East Amherst after a brief illness. He was 84.
  • Robert L. Palmer Jr.
    2/7/24
    Robert L. Palmer Jr., a longtime UB administrator who served as vice president for student affairs for six years, died Jan. 29. He was 80.
  • E. Brooke Lerner
    10/9/23
    E. Brooke Lerner, professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, died Oct. 4 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 52.
  • Kathryn Sawner
    8/23/23
    Kathryn A. Sawner, whose 33-year career at UB included serving as an assistant to two of its presidents, died Aug. 17, in Sisters Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 81.
  • Celebration of Life set for Steven Shaw
    8/18/23
    A service celebrating the life of longtime UB staff member Steven L. Shaw will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Student Union Theatre, North Campus. A reception will follow in the Student Union Social Hall.
  • Kristina Young
    6/21/23
    Kristina Young, a retired clinical faculty member in the School of Public Health and Health Professions who was instrumental in helping the school develop its master’s degree program in public health, died May 6 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a brief illness. She was 72.
  • Anthony J. Rozak Jr.
    6/21/23
    Anthony “Tony” J. Rozak Jr., professor emeritus of computer art and communication design in the Department of Art, died May 5. He was 83.
  • Steven L. Shaw, longtime UB staff member, advocate for international education, dies at 63
    5/9/23
    Steven L. Shaw, associate vice provost and director of the Office of International Admissions, died May 2 at his Amherst home. He was 63.
  • Jay Leavitt
    3/17/23
    Jay Leavitt, a computer scientist who helped to lead UB into the computer age during the 1980s, died Feb. 25 in Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir, N.C. He was 85.
  • Kenneth F. Joyce
    3/9/23
    Every institution of higher learning develops a character, a uniqueness that reflects the place, the time and most of all the people who’ve shaped it. Few have done more to mold the ethos of UB School of Law than Professor Kenneth F. Joyce.
  • Walter Simpson
    2/20/23
    Walter Simpson, who served as UB’s energy officer for 26 years, died Feb. 2 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 73.
  • F. William Lawvere
    2/15/23
    Francis William Lawvere, a longtime member of the UB mathematics faculty, died Jan. 23 in Chapel Hill, N.C., after a long illness. He was 85.
  • John R. “Jack” Davis
    2/7/23
    John R. “Jack” Davis, an industrialist and the largest individual donor to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, died Jan. 23 after a long illness. He was 89.
  • Robert Hoeing
    2/1/23
    Robert “Bob” Hoeing, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, died unexpectedly Jan. 19. He was 67.
  • Grace Dean
    1/12/23
    Grace Dean, a professor in the School of Nursing, died Jan. 10. She was 66.
  • Joseph Tufariello
    1/11/23
    Joseph J. Tufariello, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and former dean of UB’s Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, died on Nov. 28 in Eugene, Oregon, where he had moved to be near family. He was 87.
  • Charles E. Carr
    1/5/23
    Charles E. Carr, a professor in the School of Law for 28 years, died suddenly Dec. 6 in his sister’s home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.