Updated July 30, 2019

Rodney L. Doran, professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Education and the guiding force in the university’s popular and enduring Science Exploration Day, died July 24. He was 79.
Rocco C. Venuto, a leading researcher on chronic kidney disease and treatment, and a professor in the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, died July 11. He was 77.
Edward J. Massaro, a former faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry, died June 1 in Cary, N.C., a few days before his 85th birthday. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for five years.
Frank Jen, professor emeritus of finance in the School of Management, passed away April 22. He was nearly 88 and worked for the school from 1964 until his retirement in 1997.
Scott C. White, a longtime faculty member in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, passed away unexpectedly May 24. He was 68.
A celebration of the life of Gerald “Gerry” O’Grady, a longtime UB faculty member and pioneering media scholar, will take place at 1 p.m. June 8 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Lewis Mandell, former dean and professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics in the School of Management, passed away May 6 in Austin, Texas. He was 76.
Howard Blane, former director of UB's Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), passed away on April 7.
Debbie Zielinski, a secretary in the School of Nursing, died of cancer Dec. 20. She was 63.
Robert E. Baier, UB Distinguished Professor and an internationally known biomedical engineer and biosurface chemist, died March 2 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a yearlong illness. He was 79.
Eugene R. Mindell, professor emeritus and founder and the inaugural chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, died Feb. 15 in his home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 96.
Melvin J. Tucker, professor emeritus of English, died Feb. 15 in Hospice Buffalo. He was 87.
Frina Arschanska Boldt, associate professor emeritus of music, died Jan. 31. She was 89.
Richard Gonsalves, professor emeritus of physics, died Dec. 19 after an illness of several months.
John William Ellison, associate professor emeritus of information and library studies and a pioneer in the field of distance learning, died Sept. 11 in hospice care in Charlotte, N.C., after a three-month battle with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was 76.
Norman Solkoff, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and a longtime faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, died July 26 in London, England. He was 85.
Jeannette Marie Ludwig, associate professor emerita of French, died July 29 of metastatic colon cancer. She was 68.
Edward P. Furlani, UB engineering professor and fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, whose pioneering work in microfluidics, inkjet systems, optoelectronics and other fields is recognized worldwide, died suddenly July 3. He was 65.
Malcolm J. Slakter a longtime faculty member in the Graduate School of Education, died June 12 at home in Honolulu. He was 89.
Thomas J. Shuell, professor emeritus of counseling, school and educational psychology in the Graduate School of Education, died June 21 in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was 80.