In Memoriam

In Memoriam

We honor the amazing lives of our Nichols alumni, faculty, staff, families and friends. To notify us of a death of a classmate, colleague, or family member, please email an obituary to the Alumni Office at or submit a class note.

We will continue to list names of those who pass in our alumni magazine, Toaxnoes, but here we can share notices in a more timely manner.


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  • Balbach, Charles H'52 - May 23

    Balbach, Charles E., May 23, 2024
    Of Orchard Park, NY, at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Margaret "Peggy" (Crofton) Balbach; dearest father of Melissa T. (John Bace) Balbach and C.Teo (Jennifer) Balbach; devoted grandfather of Aidan C., Lucas J., and Finn C. Balbach, Madeline K. and Margaret W. Bace; dear brother of Karl (Jan) Balbach. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 31st from 5 to 7 PM at the F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 E. Quaker Street, Orchard Park, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Saturday, June 1st at 11 AM in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 960 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 or the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. 
  • Bourne, James '54 - March 15

    Bourne, James A. (Nov. 17, 1936 - Mar. 15, 2024)

    Real Estate & Insurance professional and community volunteer in Western New York passed away in his home on March 15, 2024. James was a lifetime Western New Yorker, attending Nichols School before graduating From Babson College with a BS in Economics and serving in the military with the 209th Artillery Group NYARNG.
    He enjoyed a 45-year career as a real estate broker, selling and leasing industrial and commercial properties in WNY as a member of The Society of Industrial Realtors. James also served his community through volunteer and philanthropic efforts. He served on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels, the Episcopal Church Home and the Children's Guild Foundation and was a board member with several private corporations.
    James pursued many interests throughout his lifetime, including boating, tennis, hunting and woodworking. He especially enjoyed working on his beloved Derby property for the 63 years he resided there. The property proudly served at various times as home to a herd of cattle, several litters of Labrador Retrievers, flower and vegetable gardens, and deer who enjoyed the acres of field James and his father cleared together.
    James is predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Alice (Morey), and longtime companion Lee Ann Steiner. He is survived by his two children, James Jr. (Deborah) and Catherine Fenn (Geoffrey) and four grandchildren, Caroline Fenn, Bradley Bourne, Sarah Fenn and Elizabeth Bourne. The family will be having a private service and burial. Memorial gifts may be made to the Children's Guild Foundation, 726 Exchange Street, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Burke, Margaret '76 - March 30

    Margaret M. "Greta" Burke, 66, of Taos, New Mexico, died March 30, 2024, after a brave fight with cancer.  The seventh child in a large brood of 11, Greta was born in Buffalo, New York on Feb. 18, 1958.
    She grew up surrounded by her many siblings and numerous extended family and friends in Buffalo, and at the family summer house on the Niagara River in Canada. It was an atmosphere of hospitality, laughter, and conviviality that Greta embodied throughout her life. She graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo and pursued artistic talents at Concordia University in Montreal and SUNY-Potsdam.
    But friends and a sense of adventure took her first to Vail, Colorado, and later to Taos. In Vail, she applied her artistic expertise to the clothing shop she managed, while earning a reputation as one of the top skiers in the valley. In Taos, she met her husband Mike Levison, who survives her. Greta and Mike excelled in extreme sports. They skied all over the West, hiked in to the backcountry, and were helicoptered onto glaciers. In warmer weather, they took their mountain bikes over the Taos terrain and drove a camper out to remote sites to bike up and down mountains. Greta was part of a women's biking group in Taos. She especially enjoyed teaching mountain biking to youth as a volunteer for the Field Institute of Taos, a nonprofit that promotes outdoor experiences and healthy lifestyles.
    Greta was a warm and compassionate person, and a fun-loving afficionado of creative word play. She exuded style, whether in ski gear, biking gear, or dressed up for a party.
    She was predeceased by her parents, F. Brendan Burke and Molly Scully Burke Cloutier, her stepfather Dr. Louis Carl Cloutier, and stepsister Sally Stallard (Artie) of Ferndale, Florida. In addition to her husband, she is survived by five sisters: Mollie Burke (Peter Gould) of Brattleboro, Sara Burke Potter (Grove) of Buffalo, Madeline Burke-Vigeland (Nils), of Yonkers, New York, Deirdre Goodrich (Michael) of Norwich, and Mary Alyssa Burke Fagherazzi (Sergio) of Boston; five brothers, F. Brendan Burke Jr. (Mary Ellen) of Buffalo, Christopher Burke (Amy Rowland) of Buffalo, John Burke (Catherine) of San Francisco, Edward Burke (Julie) of Brooklyn, New York, and T. Patrick Burke (Carrie) of Rye, New York. She is also survived by four stepsiblings: Anne Cloutier Montgomery (Warren) of Guilford, Mary Jo O'Connell of Doolin, County Clare, Ireland, Michael Cloutier of Arizona, and Clare Cloutier of Seattle, Washington, along with numerous nieces, nephew, cousins, and extended family members. 
    Memorial information: In Greta's memory, donations can be made to The Field Institute of Taos (
  • Fulciniti, Alexander '14 - April 12

    Alexander N. Fulciniti of Hamburg, NY, passed away on April 12, 2024 in a tragic accident. He was 28 years old. His infuriating disregard for his own health and safety has left everyone who loves him irrevocably gutted. We expect he would be appalled not only with this outcome but also with everyone in his life almost singularly focused on him for any period of time - the thought would give him an ulcer.
    Unfortunately for Alex’s socially anxious sensibilities, he was extremely lovable and drew good people to him, like a dog person in a room full of emotionally needy cats. Alex loved cars, animals, video games, motorcycles, and ignoring text messages. You could tell he knew you loved him when he started looking physically uncomfortable, presumably thanks to the aforementioned stomach ulcer. With his endless length of limbs, fingers, and feet, the visual effect of his discomfort had a certain alien charm. Not quite as charming (and alarming) as his head poking over a roll cage of his prized Mazda Miata convertible, however.
    It was hard for him to care about and for himself, even with the constant prodding of those around him. He’d been making strides that we were all proud of, especially knowing how hard he worked for each small step forward. Everyone who knew Alex has been robbed and our grief is wrapped up in rage given what feels like a crime against nature.
    Alex leaves behind so many people who should never have had to attend his funeral. He was the beloved son of Domenico and Laura Fulciniti; reluctant brother of Francesca Fulciniti (Brandon Silverman) and Joe Fulciniti (Marissa Warren); aloof but tender uncle of Matteo Joseph and Massimo Alexander, whose middle name he once forgot; loving grandson of Nancy Henry, Mariannina Fulciniti and the late Giuseppe Fulciniti; dear nephew of Nicola (Jennifer) Fulciniti and Graziella (Ronald) Young; loving cousin of Ryan Young and Anna Sophia Fulciniti; also survived by numerous loving relatives and many dear friends. The family will be present to receive guests on Friday, April 19th from 4-8pm at the (Hamburg Chapel) JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC. 5453 Southwestern Blvd. (Corner of Rogers Rd.) A Funeral Service will be celebrated on Saturday, April 20th at 10:00 AM at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY. (Please assemble at church). Please share condolences at In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Alex’s memory (make note so we can thank you) to Hope for Cats, Inc ( or Mental Health Advocates (
  • Geckler, Thomas '67 - Feb. 20

    Central Cremation Services respectfully announces the passing of Thomas A. Geckler of Dahlonega Georgia on February 20th, 2024
    No public services were announced.
  • Laub, George '46 - May 1

    In Memory of George W. Laub, February 9, 1928 - May 1, 2024

    George Wesley Laub, the son of George A. and Edith B. Laub, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 1st, 2024 after a wonderful 96 years of life.

    Born and raised in Buffalo and Wanakah, NY, George attended the Elmwood Franklin School and the Nichols School in Buffalo. He completed his high school years at Deerfield Academy, developing his passions for singing in the glee club and for playing lacrosse, passions which continued through his college years at Trinity College. Following military service in the Army, George earned his MBA at the Harvard Business School.

    After returning to Buffalo, he worked for Security Controls before moving to Niagara Share Corporation where he spent several decades managing a portfolio of technology and growth stocks. George then founded his own Registered Investment Advisory firm, George W. Laub & Associates, where for more than 30 years he enjoyed helping his clients and their families achieve their financial goals, while also forging long lasting personal friendships. George was thrilled that his daughter Lori continued in his footsteps. He was one of the very first individuals in western NY to receive the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

     In his youth, George enjoyed skiing, photography, tennis, squash and paddle tennis. Until the age of 92, he could still be found on the tennis courts two days a week, as well as studiously avoiding elevators to log many flights of stairs daily on his way to and from his 5th floor office in the Liberty Building. He was fervently passionate about singing in his church choirs, was a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Bandits, and played an active role in earlier years at Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Elmwood Franklin School, among other local non-for-profit organizations. In his later years he became an avid genealogist, which brought him great pleasure, publishing a book for the family that chronicled the original George Laub's birth in Germany in 1795, through his journey to America in 1831, and his life thereafter in Buffalo building the family tannery business.

    George is survived by his brother Irving Laub (Elaine), three children George T. Laub (Heidi), Lorinda Laub Burger (Van), and Thomas J. Laub (Laura), his former wife Sandra Laub, and three loving grandchildren: George, Kristin, and Elizabeth. He is pre-deceased by his younger brother Robert Laub and adored grandson, Andrew.

    The family will hold a Celebration of Life in late summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either to the Elmwood Franklin School, or the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Buffalo.
  • Lewis, David '70 - March 18

    David Alastair Lewis, 71, died Monday, March 18th, 2024, at Kaiser Hollywood Hospital in Los Angeles, California surrounded by his loved ones and a wonderful team of Emergency and ICU department staff. David was under the care of his physician, team of specialists, and chaplains at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
    He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rosemarie (Perfect) Lewis; his son Alec Lewis; his daughter Abigail (Lewis) Worthington (Jamie Worthington); sisters Cornelia (Lewis) Dopkins, (Richard Dopkins) and Deborah (Lewis) Rodecker ( Robert Rodecker); and brother Kevin Lewis (Becky Lewis); nieces Anne Hoaldridge-Dopkins, Jane Dopkins Broecker, Jessica Rodecker; nephews Jacob Hill, Seth Dopkins, Luke Rodecker; godchildren Thomas Beatty , Dorothy Beatty, Jessica/Navjot Kaur; “extra” godchildren Jon Beatty and Blossom Beatty Pidduck; and many life-long friends.
    David was born in Bennington, Vermont on October 20, 1952, and was raised in East Aurora, New York by parents Burdette Gibson Lewis Jr. and Phebe Ann (Clarke) Lewis where he attended the Nichols School (class of 1970) in Buffalo, New York and spent his summers at the Clarke family home in Manchester, Vermont.
    David followed Cornelia and Kevin’s paths to Harvard College graduating with the class of 1974 and enjoying his time as member of the Delphic Club and Hasty Pudding Club where he proudly presented Gloria Steinem with the club’s first “Person of the Year” award in 1973 and met 1973’s Man of the Year, Jack Lemmon, who encouraged David to give Hollywood a shot. David took Mr. Lemmon’s advice and made the move to the City of Angels to pursue acting and served as a script reader for United Artists for several years. 
    Throughout his 17 years in Los Angeles, David acted in a number of television pilots, AFI and USC Student Films, and several theater productions - during one of which, he met the love of his life Rosemarie Perfect in 1978. The two quickly built a fabulous and loving circle of friends through their acting and church communities. In addition to his work as an actor/producer/director/script reader David followed his spiritual inclinations to pursue a masters in Theology from Claremont School of Theology in 1989.
    On October 29, 1983, David and Rose married at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and welcomed baby boy Alec at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital on December 5, 1988. In the summer of 1991, the Lewises made the “temporary” move to Manchester, Vermont where they welcomed baby girl Abigail on September 20, 1991, at the Rutland Hospital.
    David and Rose spent 31 years in Manchester, slowly building a community through children’s play groups, Dorset Playhouse, Dorset Theater Festival, and Zion Episcopal Church where Rose served as the Parish Administrator for 23 years. David was a jack-of-all-trades in Manchester serving as the editor of the News Guide, teacher at Long Trail School, administrator for the Manchester School Fund, title searcher, and personal chauffeur for Alec and Abigail’s activities. In his retirement, David focused on his creative writing. In the fall of 2022, David and Rose finally decided to end their temporary stay in Manchester, a town they grew to love more than they ever imagined, to venture back to the West Coast, finding an apartment conveniently located in the building next to their daughter’s and within 2 miles of their dear friends in the Hollywood Hills.
    David was a beloved son, husband, father, second-father, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved discovering what people were interested in and utilized his curiosity serving as an alumni admissions interviewer for Harvard for several years. He was the class-clown of any room and embodied the phrase: “why say something in a sentence that could be said in a paragraph”. He had an opinion on and story for everything, deeply appreciated performance both as the actor and viewer, and passed his love of cinema down to his children. He will be missed dearly as he joins loved ones who departed before him including parents Burdette and Phebe Ann; niece Helen Wingard Hill; great uncles Dumont Clarke and James McClure Clarke; great aunt Elspeth Clarke; cousins Ambrose Clarke, Mark Clarke, and Susie (Clarke) Hamilton, William Hamilton, Dr. Will Hamilton; best man Ned Beatty, as well as several dear friends.
    The family plans to hold memorial services at a later date.
  • Milch, Charles '60 - May 30

    Milch, Charles E.

    Sep 16, 1943 - May 30, 2024

    Husband of the late Marjorie Weimert Milch; son of the late Dr. Marvin H. and Esther Milch; loving brother of Philip (Carri) Milch; uncle of Jason (Gina) Milch and Mindy (David) Monkarsh; also survived by five great-nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, 1:30PM at MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., E. Amherst 14051. Shiva will be held Wednesday, 7-9PM at Philip & Carri's residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of WNY. 
  • Pickett, Georgiana '86 - February 5

    Georgiana “Genny”Pickett, longtime Buffalo resident, died unexpectedly of natural causes February 5, 2024 in Brooklyn, NY at the age of 55. Genny, an executive arts director and consultant known for her fierce advocacy for artists and commitment to creating equitable access to creative expression, was an alumna of the Nichols School and SUNY Buffalo. She began her lifelong contributions to the arts at the CEPA gallery in Buffalo in 1993. After college, Genny lived for 7 years in Miami and then resided in Brooklyn, which she called home since 2003. While in Miami, Georgiana was the Artistic Director at Miami-Dade College’s globally recognized Cultura del Lobo Presenting Series, which focused on the performing arts of Latin America and the Caribbean. She then became the Executive Director of 651 ARTS in Brooklyn where she served for 8 years and built upon its legacy of presenting multidisciplinary performance events dedicated to artists of the African Diaspora. From 2011 to 2019, she was the Executive Director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, a residency center and performance space for artists from around the world. Georgiana’s expertise was relied upon by artists and arts leaders nationally and internationally and she served regularly as a curator, panelist, and speaker at educational, philanthropic and arts institutions. In addition to her professional achievements, Genny was never afraid to speak up and take action for the progressive causes she believed in, including feminist justice and voting rights. She was an uproarious raconteur, an accomplished chef, an avid photographer, and a generous, loving friend. Genny was incredibly close to her mother Dorothy Boyd and grandmother Shirley Boyd, who both predeceased her. She leaves behind her aunts Sally, Ellie, and Florence, her cousins and many devoted friends around the world, all who remain devastated by her absence. A memorial service for Genny will be held in Buffalo on June 23 at 2pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
  • Trammell, Wilbur (Parent) - May 1

    Wilbur P. Trammell was a political trailblazer.
    As a young attorney, he was the first African American to serve in Buffalo’s corporation counsel office. He went on to be the first African American to be elected to Buffalo City Court and later was the first to be elected chief City Court judge.
    He stepped down in 1989 in a bid to become Buffalo’s first Black mayor. Running as an independent in a three-way race, he finished second to incumbent James D. Griffin.
    He died May 1 in Atlanta, Ga., where he lived for the past 20 years. He was 97.
    Born in Port Huron, Mich., he was the fifth of six children of the Rev. Peter and Cleona Chambliss Trammell and came to Buffalo when he was 2. His father, one of the leading pastors on the city’s East Side, founded First Calvary Baptist Church.
    He attended Schools 32 and 12. Graduating from Burgard Vocational High School during World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Assigned to the Army Special Reserve Training Program, an all-Black unit, he finished training as a bombardier and navigator just as the war ended.
    He attended Howard University, earned a bachelor’s degree in history and government from the University at Buffalo in 1950, then graduated from UB Law School.
    He played tenor saxophone in college and led a combo called Burt Trammell and the Fabulous Four Cats. A photo in the Colored Musicians Club Museum shows him with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. In law school, he loaned his saxophone to the legendary Elvin Shepard because he no longer had enough time to practice.
    He quickly became prominent as chief counsel for the Buffalo branch of the NAACP. When the special council was formed in 1956 to work on improving East Side neighborhoods, he was named chairman. In the 1960s, he helped found the civil rights organization BUILD.
    Mr. Trammell also was a leader among Ellicott District Republicans and ran unsuccessfully for the district’s Common Council seat in 1956. He became a Democrat in 1957.
    That year, he began dating Evian Tureaud, a Buffalo State Teachers College student he fancied when he saw her walk past his legal offices. They were married in 1958.
    He was named the city’s first Black assistant corporation counsel in 1958, but stepped away after a few months because it conflicted with his defense work on a murder trial.
    His most unusual case was a zoning dispute, employing a religious defense for a minister who attracted crowds to a farm in Elma where a spring produced what he claimed was “healing water.”
    He was elected Ellicott Council Member in 1960, but lost his bid for re-election two years later to Griffin.
    He returned to city government as a deputy comptroller, then became real estate director. He left during a federal probe of the sale of land for the Buffalo Police garage on Seneca Street. He and another city official were acquitted.
    Mayor Frank Sedita then appointed him to City Court in 1967 to fill an unexpired term and he won election to a full 10-year term in 1968. He resigned in 1971 to become counsel for Sterling Homex, a maker of prefabricated homes in Avon and a darling of Wall Street. He left after the company founders were accused of fraud.
    He made his first run for mayor in 1973, losing to Stanley Makowski in the primary. In the meantime, he became a developer of homes for low-income people and the elderly.
    He built Pilgrim Village on Ellicott Street and constructed the first two phases of Towne Gardens. He also built housing in Springville, Ithaca and Rochester and was part of an investment group that attempted to buy WKBW-TV.
    A quirk in state law allowed him to continue his business activities after he was elected again to City Court in 1976. He won another term 10 years later and was elected chief City Court judge in 1987. Highly rated by the Erie County Bar Association, he was considered one of the court’s best jurists.
    In a profile in 1989, Buffalo News reporter Michael Beebe wrote, “He developed a reputation for common sense decisions often delivered from the bench. Lengthy legal opinions were not his style.”
    In his campaign against Griffin, he accused the mayor of being divisive and ignoring the city’s needy neighborhoods in favor of showcase projects downtown and on the waterfront. During the next few years, he considered running for Erie County executive and Buffalo city comptroller.
    He devoted himself to real estate, joining in development projects with his son Mark and buying the Little Harlem Hotel restaurant on Michigan Avenue, a fabled venue where he hung out and played music as a young man. His other son Brent was manager. It burned in February 1993.
    “There were only 10 Blacks at the University at Buffalo at that time and we all came by here,” he told Buffalo News reporter Harold McNeil at the fire scene. “We used to drink 10-cent Manru beer.”
    He sponsored summer music festivals before the fire. He and his son briefly operated a new Little Harlem on Pearl Street in the Theatre District.
    Another development project, conversion of an Elmwood Avenue building into affordable apartments, ran into financial troubles and put a stain on his accomplishments. He was convicted of filing false invoices for construction work, was disbarred and briefly incarcerated. An editorial in The News termed it “a tragedy, but self-inflicted.”
    Mr. Trammell and his wife moved to Atlanta in 2004 to join their two other children. She died in 2005.
    In addition to his sons, survivors include two daughters, Avian Biscoe and Dana Trammell Peck; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
    A private celebration of his life was held in Atlanta.
  • Trivers, Stephen '57 - April

    Trivers, Stephen C.
    9/17/1939 - 4/10/2023
    Stephen C. Trivers passed away peacefully on April 10, 2023 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, Michigan after a lengthy and courageous battle with Lewy body disease.

    Stephen was born on September 17, 1939 in New York City. The eldest of five children, he quickly developed the traits of a natural, inspirational leader which would serve him well for a lifetime. Stephen was well known for speaking in superlatives, so it must be noted that he was quite possibly the most optimistic human being who ever lived. He put forth enormous efforts to cultivate a warm, loving environment for his family, company, and community. His other great love was radio.

    Stephen knew he wanted to be in the radio business from the age of six. After graduating from Phillips Academy in 1957, he worked at WAGA-AM in Atlanta. Stephen attended Harvard College where he spent most of his time at WHRB-FM. He served as the play-by-play announcer for the Crimson hockey and football teams while also honing his craft of selling radio advertising and operating radio stations.

    1968 proved to be a pivotal year for Stephen. While working at a WICE-AM in Providence RI, Stephen met Irene Babarskas and the two were married a year later. They immediately moved to York, Pennsylvania where Stephen managed WSBA-FM, owned by Susquehanna Broadcasting. As general manager, Stephen worked with Bill Wertz to successfully relaunch the station with a new music format, which achieved unprecedented ratings success. This was the beginning of the Trivers/Wertz partnership and in 1972 they founded their own company, Fairfield Broadcasting, and bought WSEO-FM in Kalamazoo. They changed the call letters to WQLR, and on June 26 of that year, began broadcasting with seven employees.

    Throughout the next four decades Fairfield Broadcasting changed shape and size. It expanded to include Kalamusic, which produced programming for radio stations worldwide, and operated a handful of AM and FM radio stations in Fort Wayne, IN and Lexington, KY. Fairfield ultimately focused on four stations in Kalamazoo: WQLR-FM, WQSN-AM, WKLZ-AM, and WKZO-AM. Stephen dedicated himself to the company. Stephen dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the company. His deep love of radio and commitment to his employees was remarkable by all accounts. He was a loyal, honorable, and hilarious leader who worked hard at cultivating a joyful atmosphere. These sentiments were reciprocated, as more than a dozen people worked for him for more than two decades. Today, 17 years after the sale of the company, many of the Fairfield "family" remain friends, a testament to the camaraderie Stephen helped foster.

    Throughout his career, Stephen mentored countless broadcasters who established successful careers across the country. He served on the board of the National Association of Broadcasters and was president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. In 2007, Stephen was inducted to the MAB Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award.

    Stephen loved Kalamazoo and cared deeply about the health and prosperity of the city. An avid supporter of the arts, he often remarked how lucky he felt to live in a city of its size with a wonderful symphony, art museum, theater, and visiting world-class musicians at music festivals. He served on the boards of many arts and music organizations, including the Kalamazoo Symphony and Kalamazoo Junior Symphony.

    When it came to enthusiasm, Stephen always delivered. He made every concert, play or sporting event the most "fabulous" place on earth. As his daughters' AYSO soccer coach for over 10 years, he made the players feel important and valued as if they were Olympic athletes, and he always had a hug for the seven-year-old goalkeeper who punted an own goal (or two). Stephen took his coaching very seriously, as evidenced by his game-day dress: pressed white trousers, blue blazer, and tie to match the team's color-no matter the weather. He held a clipboard, paced the sidelines, and fired up the team in a manner that predated soccer moms.

    Stephen never missed an opportunity to acknowledge the kindness and warmth of others. He had a contagious smile. A magnanimous nature shined in every aspect of his life. No matter the circumstances, he loved it. Or if he didn't, he willed it to be better. He had the ability to make anyone and everyone feel as if they were the most important person in the world.

    Raised a Catholic, he had strong faith and very much enjoyed being a part of the community at St. Thomas Moore.

    Stephen C. Trivers is survived by his wife, Irene, his daughters Andrea Nieto (Edward) and Juliana, his grandchildren Ella, Ana, and Mia, his siblings John (Elizabeth Myers), James, and Mollie (Shelly Cohen), his nephews Beau and Julian, and his niece Tori. His brother Timothy (Helen) preceded him in death in 2010.

    At the family's request, memorial contributions may be made to organizations near to his heart: Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, or Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation-to support the next generation of broadcasters.
  • Williams, Dyke '58 - May 18

  • Kellogg, Stephen '55 - March 7

    Attorney-at-law, who served on many community boards and charitable organizations in Western New York passed away peacefully on March 7th 2024 surrounded by his family. Stephen is survived by his loving wife Carolyn Karcher Kellogg. He is also survived by his children, Carolyn (John) Darby and Justin (Leslie) Kellogg and his daughter-in-law Annie Griffenberg. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Stephen Kellogg III, Lachlan Kellogg, Paige (Cara) Darby, Madeline Darby, Andrew Darby, Case Darby, Samantha Darby, Jack Kellogg, Ian Kellogg, Samuel Kellogg, and Matthew Kellogg. Stephen was pre-deceased by two sons, Stephen Kellogg, Jr. and Loren Kellogg. In addition, he is survived by two brothers, Durrant and Brian Kellogg and many nieces and nephews. Stephen was adored by his large extended family. A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
  • Neil, Ken '61 - January 24

    Kenneth (Ken) M. Neil ’61 passed away peacefully on January 24, 2024 in Liestal, Switzerland.
    Ken was an active member of the Nichols School Class of 1961 and a loyal contributor to the Allen E. Neil Scholarship Fund.
    Established in 2011 in memory of his father, this thoughtful act of generosity has provided financial support for many Nichols students and will continue to honor the Neil family legacy in perpetuity.


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  • Abell, Charles "Lee" '52 - August 11

    June 14, 1934 – Aug. 11, 2023
    Charles L. “Lee” Abell, a Buffalo stockbroker and portfolio manager for more than 50 years, could trace his lineage back to the Mayflower.

    He was a direct descendent of Elder William Brewster, who was among those who landed in Massachusetts in 1620 and later was leader of the Plymouth Colony.

    His father, Harold L. Abell, a leader in the grain industry, was the third-generation head of the Marine Elevator Co.

    His great-grandfather, William H. Abell, arrived in Buffalo in the 1830s and became a banker and a leader in the grain elevator industry.
    Mr. Abell was named after his grandfather, also a banker and grain elevator executive, who was the second owner of the Albert J. Wright House on Linwood Avenue that later became the Beau Fleuve Bed and Breakfast Inn.
    A longtime Delaware District resident, he died Aug. 11 in his summer home in Crescent Beach, Ont., after a long illness. He was 89.

    The younger of two children and known to everyone as Lee, he grew up in the Park Meadow neighborhood and was a 1952 graduate of Nichols School, where he played soccer and managed the tennis team.

    He played club soccer at Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1956 and was a member of Cloister Inn eating club.
    He then served in the Army as a company clerk with a Military Ordnance Field Maintenance unit, was stationed in Orleans, France, and traveled extensively in Europe, visiting the 1958 Brussels World Fair twice. He completed a master’s degree in business administration at Harvard University in 1960.

    Mr. Abell worked in his stepfather William S. Gordon’s business, Roberts-Gordon, a maker of infrared heaters, then began his career as a broker with Doolittle and Co. in 1961. He was associated with the company and its successors for the rest of his career, except for an interval between 1966 and 1971 when he was a trust investment officer at M&T Bank.
    Doolittle merged in 1967 with Putnam, Coffin and Burr of Hartford, Conn., to form Advest Inc. Advest was acquired by Merrill Lynch in 2005.
    During his time at M&T, Mr. Abell became a chartered financial analyst. Shortly after his return to his original firm, he was elected special partner.

    Advest named him senior vice president of investments and he won numerous honors for annual sales. He retired from Merrill Lynch in December 2015 as senior vice president wealth management adviser.

    He was a 54-year member of the Saturn Club and had been a member of the Buffalo Canoe Club since 1952.

    He was a member of the CFA Society of Buffalo, the Bond Club of Buffalo and the Rotary Club of Buffalo. He was a former president of the Buffalo Rotary Foundation, organized Rotary Tennis for many years and mentored students at Lorraine Academy.
    A member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western New York, he taught in the Harvard Business School’s mini-MBA program in Buffalo for more than 20 years.

    Mr. Abell played tennis regularly at the Village Glen Tennis Center, skied at the former Buffalo Ski Club and enjoyed sailing. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and visited several countries in South America and the Middle East.
    Since 1947, he spent summers in Crescent Beach, Ont. He was a former president of the Crescent Beach Association.

    Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Sally Danna, a senior vice president wealth management adviser at Merrill Lynch; their two children, Mark Abell and Sarah Elizabeth Abell; three children from his previous marriage, Charles L. “Chuck” III, Alice O’Malley Abell and Edward S. G. “Frits”; and their mother, Sally McConnell Marks.
    Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville.
  • Adams, Robert '50 - October 3

    Adams, Robert "Bob" J.
    November 8, 1932 - October 3, 2023

    Died shortly before his 91st birthday on October 3, 2023 after a lengthy struggle with dementia. His wife, Mary Ann, died in 2017. He is survived by his children David (Jennifer), Laurie (Matt Bode) of Bethesda, Maryland, Tricia (Sean Brennan), and Chris (Denise) of Sagamore Hills, Ohio and 13 grandchildren: William Bode, Nicholas Bode, Julie Adams, Samuel Adams, Stephanie Bode, Adam Teach, Meghan Brennan, Stella Teach, Emily Adams, Sarah Brennan, Elijah Brennan, Madeline Adams, and Nicolas Adams. He is also survived by his brother Richard and sister Ann (Mark Ledger) of Malvern, PA. Born November 8, 1932 in Buffalo. Bob attended Nichols School and Cornell University (BSME 1956). He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity and rarely missed a Cornell Homecoming or reunion. He met his greatest love, Mary Ann, at Cornell and they married on June 22, 1957. Bob served in the U.S. Army in Aberdeen, Maryland and Korea in the late 1950s, before returning to Buffalo. Bob was a lifelong member of Central Park United Methodist Church. He was the President and CEO of the R. P. Adams Company, an engineering manufacturing company. He served on the Board of the Millard Fillmore Hospital, was active in Rotary, and a longtime member of the Saturn Club. He loved his family, the Buffalo Sabres, Skiing and traveling. Bob was an avid sailor owning several sailboats, and was active in the Buffalo Yacht Club, and the Buffalo Canoe Club, including serving as Commodore of the BCC in 1977. Bob enjoyed spending his summers on the shores of Lake Erie where he and Mary Ann had a summer home and at a family cottage on Lake Raponda in southern Vermont. After retiring Bob and Mary Ann traveled extensively around the US and abroad. A Memorial Service will be held on November 4th at 2 pm at Central Park United Methodist Church, 216 Beard Avenue, Buffalo, New York followed by a reception at the Buffalo Yacht Club (1 Porter Avenue, Buffalo New York) from 4 – 6 PM. Memorial gifts may be made to Cornell University, a youth sailing program of your choice, or the Alzheimer's Association
  • Baird, Cameron '89 - May 31

    Cameron D. ”Cam” Baird, who taught English for nearly three decades at St. Paul’s School for Boys and coached baseball and soccer, died of multiple organ failure and sepsis May 31 at Mercy Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 52.

    “He was a very decent and kind, kind guy, who took his job very seriously,” said Kent W. “Skip” Darrell, a longtime mathematics teacher and coach at St. Paul’s.

    “He was a popular English teacher and the kids found him inspiring, and he related very well with students,” Mr. Darrell said. “He was also well-respected by the faculty. The other day, we had a closing ceremony for the faculty and staff and we held a moment of silence for Cam, which was followed by a standing ovation.”
    Ted Watson had the benefit of being one of Mr. Baird’s students, who later joined him on St. Paul’s faculty.

    “He was just an incredible teacher and a straight-shooter. He was one of those teachers who could dish it out if some knucklehead was disruptive or uncooperative in class,” he said. “He wasn’t afraid to take them on and make them a better student. He was stern, but caring. It was tough love, but more love than tough.” 

    Cameron Dugan Baird, son of Brent Baird, an investment banker, and Ansie Baird, a poet, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.
    In Buffalo, he attended The Park School, Elmwood Franklin School and graduated in 1989 from the Nichols School.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1993 from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he played varsity football, and a master’s degree in literature in 1998 from the Johns Hopkins University.

    Mr. Baird began his teaching career in the English department in the upper school of St. Paul’s in 1998.

    “I like working with upper school students because it wasn’t until my own senior year in high school that I discovered the importance of maintaining strong relationships with teachers,” Mr. Baird said to a St. Paul’s publication. “When you are passionate about your work on a daily basis, no one will ever forget your efforts.”

    Mr. Baird taught Shakespearean plays to his students by turning them into participants in a courtroom trial.

    “He focused my life when it came to learning Shakespeare. He had us do a court case for ‘The Tempest,’” recalled Mr. Watson, who — since 2020 — has been the director of academic development at the Woodberry Forest School in Virginia.

    “We had two teams of lawyers and we had to prove the ownership of the island, whether it was Prospero’s [the protagonist] or Caliban’s [his servant], and we had to mine the book for quotes, and we came to know the play intimately because we so wanted our team to win,” Mr. Watson said. “It was an awesome, and one of the most memorable, experiences I had at St Paul’s and the reason I so love Shakespeare.”

    When Mr. Watson joined the school’s faculty, Mr. Baird became his mentor.

    “I would go to him if I was having trouble about a student and he’d mentor me,” he said. “He would give me good advice and did not beat around the bush.”

    In addition to his classroom duties, Mr. Baird coached varsity and junior varsity soccer and baseball, and was given the Alec Schweizer ‘98 Award for the Advancement of Teaching and Coaching.

    For years, he was commissioner of the annual St. Paul’s Turkey Bowl, a touch football tournament and hot dog eating contest held the day after Thanksgiving that raised scholarship funds for students.

    He also played goalie for the annual faculty-student hockey game.

    Mr. Baird was the adviser to The Monitor, the school’s literary magazine, and was an organizer of the King’s Vision Day Film Festival, named after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    He also was co-leader and organizer of the annual junior trip, which brought students together in the outdoors for two days of bonding and reflection.

    Beside his deep interest in Shakespeare, contemporary poetry and music, he was a Buffalo Bills fan. A dog lover, he enjoyed traveling abroad and watching British television comedies.

    “Indeed, Mr. Baird’s efforts have left an indelible mark on our community and on generations of St. Paul’s graduates,” according to a statement to the school’s faculty, staff and students announcing his death. “His influence, passion, and ideals have made us a stronger, kinder, more creative community, and we will be forever grateful.”

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 17 in the chapel at St. Paul’s School for Boys, 11152 Falls Road, Brooklandville.

    In addition to his wife of 28 years, Sarah Platman, a life coach, he is survived by a son, Ollivander J. Baird of Timonium; a daughter, Charlotte A. Baird of Hunt Valley; his father, Brent Baird of Buffalo; his mother, Asnie Baird of Buffalo; his stepmother, Ann Baird of Buffalo; and three sisters, Cynthia Stark and Sarah M. Baird, both of Buffalo, and Bridget Baird of Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Brown, Robert B. '53 - April 11

    Dr. Robert B. Brown, 88, of Paddock Street, passed away April 11, 2023 at the Samaritan Summit Village.
    Dr. Brown was born March 23, 1935 in Peoria, IL, son of Clarence B. and Pauline (Fisher) Brown. He graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and then attended University of Buffalo Medical School from which he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. After his internship at Buffalo General Hospital, he completed his pediatric residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During his high school years he was quite the athlete, lettering in both ice hockey and track and field. He would later refer to himself as “Varsity Bob” with that trademark twinkle in his eye. While at Cornell he focused on his pre-medical studies; he always loved to say that he singlehandedly helped keep the GPA of his Cornell fraternity just high enough to avoid them being kicked out by the university.
    Dr. Brown was a partner with the Pediatric Associates (formerly Sturtz, Brown and Basik) for four decades, taking kind and compassionate care of many in this community. In the early years he would make house calls to sick children at all hours of the night, once losing the seat of his pants to the family’s dog. He cared deeply about all members of the community, including the less fortunate; he would see patients in the evenings at the North Country Children’s Clinic after his day job and was the school doctor for the Town of Adams schools. Sometimes people would pay him in kind with services or, his favorite, home cooked delicacies like sugar cookies. Once he got paid in venison which took up a whole freezer in the basement. Among his many passions outside of work, he especially loved antique hunting and could regale anyone at length about early Colonial furniture. He had a contagious zest for life and loved the great outdoors.
    On June 20th, 1959 he married Carole Jordan at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY. He proceeded to adore her for nearly 64 years. Surviving besides his wife are, three sons, Wallace (Terry), Suffield, CT, Stephen (Nina), Naples, FL, David (Caroline), Dover, MA, two daughters, Margaret (Tedric) Boyse, Raleigh, NC, Catherine (Jed) Kalkstein, Fayston, VT, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandsons.
    Calling hours will be Friday, April 21, 2023 from 4-6pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 11 am, with Rev. Dr. Andrew Long officiating. The burial will be held at the family’s convenience.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NNY Community Foundation, 131 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, to establish a fund in his name.
    Online condolences may be made to
  • Burke, Stephen '85 - October 13

    Stephen A. Burke died October 13, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer. He lived in (and loved) La Pine, OR, where he resided for several years. He loved the mountains and the outdoors, where he would hike, climb, wander and commune with nature. He especially loved the animals, small and large, of the Oregon High Desert. Steve was a prolific reader his whole life. He preached the benefits of reading to his siblings, nieces and nephews throughout his life. He was the most well-read person any of us knew. Reading and his Buddhist practice were Steve's two greatest passions in life. He was a strong believer in Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, which he has been practicing for the past 25 years. Steve had a keen sense of humor, which he carried with him, and shared with his family and friends, until the end.

    Steve was born July 24, 1967 in Buffalo, New York, the youngest of 11 siblings. He attended St. Mark School on Woodward Avenue, and Nichols School on Amherst St. in Buffalo, and was enrolled for two years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He did graduate work in English Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo for many years, eventually achieving a Masters degree in Literature. He also studied Informatics in his time at SUNY Buffalo. He was an avid sailor, hiker and naturalist. Although he was our youngest brother, Steve is the first to leave us. He leaves behind the following brothers and sisters: Peter (Diane), Jeannie Weirda (Chris), Paul (Beth), Philip (Geri), Josephine J Helene, Robert (Maria Cutrona), Joe (Katie), Harmony Water (Iulia Lee), Brigid Brindley (Kevin), and Margaret Nolen (Carlton). He is remembered by 20 nieces and nephews (and 5 great nieces/nephews) and many adoring friends.

    A Funeral service and visitation is scheduled at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home at 105 NW Irving Avenue in Bend, OR at 1pm on Sunday, October 22, 2023, 2023. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Steve's name to the Oregon Natural Desert Association (
  • Bush, Edward '79 - April 15

    BUSH - Edward Selden "Eddie"
    April 15, 2023 - Loving son of the late Mackay Selden (Douglas) Reed and Robert H. Bush. Loving brother of Martha Bush (John Tracey), Anne (John) DeSalvo, Mary (Kim Lott) Reed and Douglas D. (Joanne) Reed. Survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. All are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Delaware Ave.) on Thursday, June 8th at 4:00 PM. If memorials desired, they may be made in Edward's memory to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc. Please share condolences at
  • Butzer, Timothy '78 - March 31

    BUTZER - Timothy A.
    of Lancaster NY, 63, passed away after a year long battle with cancer on March 31st, 2023. Born September 11th, 1959 in Buffalo NY, son of the late Dorothy J. Avery and Albert G. Butzer, Jr. Loving and supportive father to his two children, Katharine A. Butzer and Albert G. Butzer, IV. He is also survived by his brother, Albert G. Butzer, III (Betsy), nieces, Avery and Emily, and former spouse and mother of his children, Marta Elias. Tim was a Nichols School graduate, class of 1978, where he played goalie on the ice hockey team and traveled internationally for tournaments. He attended Hartwick College with a passion for business leading to his well established career in hospitality. He was employed by McDonalds for over 10 years in management and regional supervisor roles overseeing stores in Buffalo and Rochester NY. More recently he was employed by Templeton Landing and Cecelia's. He was a sports enthusiast who coached the Wayne Wings soccer team in Wayne County NY and also took pride in rooting for his favorite teams, the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. He was a talented pianist and enjoyed camping and spending time building his model train. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 5th at 11:00 AM with reception to follow.
  • Clauss, Julia Ladds '75 - May 6

    May 24, 1957 – May 6, 2023
    Julia Ladds Clauss, who had careers in the fashion industry and as a decorative painter, died May 6 under hospice care in Rockville, Md., 18 days before her 66th birthday.

    Born Julia MacBain Ladds in Sacramento, Calif., she was one of three children and the elder daughter of Herbert P. Ladds Jr. and the former Zelva "Dolly" Warner.

    She lived in Texas, Ohio and West Virginia before coming to Buffalo in 1971 when her father joined Columbus McKinnon Corp., where he became president and CEO.

    She developed her lifelong love of painting and art while attending Buffalo Seminary and then Nichols School, where she was an honor student and graduated in 1975.
    She went on to Middlebury College in Vermont, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 1980 with a concentration in studio art.
    She returned to Buffalo to work at L.L. Berger Co., where she was buyer for bed linens. She was one of two designers for Berger’s contribution to the 1983 Decorator Show House at 267 North St., converting a nook into a private dressing room, “Her Sanctuary,” with a tented ceiling.

    After a marriage in 1983, she moved to New York City. A Middlebury College alumni magazine reported in 1984 that she worked for an Italian firm with luxury stores in the U.S. and lived in Greenwich Village. Another alumnus said she “add(s) much life to what already is a very lively place.”
    Her marriage had ended and she had left the field of fashion when she returned to Buffalo about 1990 and started a decorative painting business, working primarily in restaurants such as the former Rue Franklin West and expensive homes. As an artist, she favored subjects from nature, especially birds, and created numerous pieces from found objects.
    She was married to Buffalo insurance agent Eric T. Clauss in 1991 and became active in the the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund Board and the Children First Coalition, a committee of concerned parents that formed following Kaleida Health's first proposal to move what was then Women and Children's Hospital.

    She moved back to New York City in 2012 to support her daughter Adelaide's attendance at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre and later watched her daughter perform as a member of the Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C.
    She volunteered in the MediaLab at the Metropolian Museum of Art in New York City and was chosen by the group Sing for Hope to paint decorative designs on pianos that were installed in public spaces in New York from 2015 to 2018.

    She also volunteered for five years with Materials for the Arts (MFTA) in Long Island City, which retrieved discarded items and donated them to arts programs in schools and non-profit organizations. A teaching artist for MFTA in Queens and Harlem, one of her notable creations was made up of coffee cup sleeves.
    “Making things … with mud, grass, eggs, paper, tiles, thread, paint, cardboard, etcetera, has always been part of my life,” she told an interviewer from the online news site in 2019.
    Survivors include her daughter, Adelaide Clauss; her son, Dieter Clauss; their father, Eric T. Clauss; a sister, Helen Ladds Marlette; and a brother, H. Preston Ladds III.

    A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m.  Saturday, June 3, in St. Michael's Catholic Church, 651 Washington St.

    In lieu of flowers and in memory of Julia Ladds Clauss memorial donations may be made to @threestonesgallery on Venmo.
  • Cywinski, Maxwell '14 - December 5

    CYWINSKI, Maxwell J.
    January 23, 1996 - December 5, 2023, age 27, beloved son of Dr. Matthew and Bonnie (nee Zmuda) Cywinski; loving grandson of Joseph and the late Christine Cywinski and Diane and the late Edward Zmuda; cherished nephew of Mark Cywinski, John (Karin) Cywinski, Ann (Edward) McGrogan, Tammy (John) Whissel and Scott Zmuda; also survived by many cousins and friends.
    The family will receive friends on Sunday from 12-4 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1132 Delaware Ave. (near West Ferry). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM on Monday at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. Please assemble at church.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Max's name to the Buffalo Zoo. 
  • Dayer, Roger '52 - July 6

    DAYER - Dr. Roger Samuel
    The faithful and devoted husband of Roberta Allbert Dayer, died suddenly on Thursday, July 6, 2023, at Fox Run, Orchard Park, NY. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Lawrence Eugene Dayer (Lisa Barber), Cynthia Dayer Erb (Stephen) of San Diego, CA, and Roger Edward Dayer (Iris Hanna) of Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Dr. Dayer and his wife also were blessed with six grandchildren: Joseph Lawrence Dayer, Natalie Erb Graves, Daniel Erb and Thomas Erb, Kyla and Brianna Dayer (identical twins) and two great-grandchildren: Henry and Michaela Graves. Also survived by a sister-in-law, Margaret Clarke, (John, deceased) a brother-in-law, Roy Rogers of Los Altos, CA, (Ruth E. deceased) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and Donald Dayer, and a sister, Marjorie Dayer Kennedy. Roger was a quiet, gentle person, but also a determined competitor. He graduated from School #66, and played varsity football at Bennett High School, Nichols School, Williams College and University of Buffalo until he was admitted to the UB Medical School. He married Roberta in June, 1956, beginning a happy 67 year marriage. After receiving his MD in 1960, Roger did an internship and surgical residency at the Buffalo General Hospital. When he was drafted in 1967 for the Vietnam War at the age of 34, he became a Captain in the US Army and was assigned to Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, where he, his wife and three children spent the next two years experiencing military and southern culture. Happily, Roger was able to play a lot of golf in addition to performing his surgical duties. Returning to Buffalo in 1969, Roger became a highly respected and well recognized member of the medical community as a clinical associate professor of the State University of Buffalo Medical School, assuming many leadership and administrative positions. He served as Associate Head of the Department of Surgery, President of the Buffalo Surgical Society, President of the Medical Staff and as a member of the Medical School's Admissions Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Physician Sector of the United Way of Erie County. Dr. Dayer also worked half-time at the Veteran's Hospital early in his career and served as the Medical Director of the Tri-County Hospital, Gowanda, NY from 1989-1992. In 1973, he volunteered to go to Vietnam where he served at a private hospital in Can Tho, South Vietnam. He later became a surgeon for Health Care Plan, while also serving as the Associate Director for Professional Affairs at the Buffalo General, where he continued until his retirement in 2001. Doctor Dayer was a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He pioneered the colonoscopy treatment, being one of the first surgeons in Buffalo to perform this procedure. Roger's hobbies included stamp collecting, golf, bridge, music, books and travel. He was a member of the Cherry Hill Club (in Canada) and the Buffalo Club. He and his wife traveled to more than 40 countries. In 2014, Roger and Roberta moved to the Fox Run Continuing Care Community in Orchard Park where for nine years they enjoyed a happy life until his death. He had a valiant heart and was a blessing to all who knew him. Roger donated his body to the University at Buffalo's Anatomical Gift Program. A Memorial Service is planned for September in Buffalo when all friends and family members can attend. Memorial gifts may be given to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra or WNED PBS in Doctor Dayer's honor.
  • Diebold, David '60 - February 2

    As he passed away overseas on February 2, 2023 there is no obituary. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Diebold, brother Peter Diebold '57 (Martha Eaton Diebold), sister Mary Diebold Smith (David Smith) his two sons Kittinger Diebold (Megan) and Franz Diebold (Hillary Carter Diebold). 
  • Dougherty, Burtis '66 - April 23

    Burtis "Burt" Dougherty, 74, of Arlington, VA, died on April 23, 2023, in Washington, NC, near his beloved Outer Banks (OBX), of pneumonia complications from COVID, after successfully battling Leukemia, Lymphoma and metastatic Squamous Cell cancers for over 10 years.

    Born February 16, 1949, in Rochester, NY, Burt was the only child of Rev. Burtis and Elizabeth Dougherty. His father's ministerial career took Burt to Honolulu where he began school at Iolani, and then to Buffalo, NY., where he attended Nichols school, graduating in 1966. He attended Yale University (Pierson College) and graduated in 1970. Following a gap year working on a political campaign and as a substitute teacher, he attended the University of Virginia Law School, graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif in 1974. He then joined the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

    Family was foremost for Burt. On his first day in the Civil Rights Division, he met Salliann Messenger, who became his wife of almost 47 years. He was a devoted father to twin daughters, Meghan and Kelley, and son, Evan. He expressed his love for them in countless ways, including showing unwavering support for their many school and sports activities and their chosen careers. He shared his passion for the Yankees, Jeopardy, and UGA football with Evan, a UGA grad. An adoring grandfather of five, Burt cherished visits, Face Timing, and annual family vacations in OBX with them.

    Throughout Burt's 42 years of service, he made enduring contributions to the work of DOJ's Civil Rights Division, protecting the rights of persons facing unlawful discrimination. At his 2016 retirement, Burt reflected: "There is no greater honor than to be able to stand before the Court and say, as a lawyer in this Division, 'I represent the United States of America.'"

    In the Division's Education Section, Burt litigated numerous school desegregation cases, helping make the promises of Brown v. Board of Education a reality for thousands of public school children. In the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, he helped develop the protocols for DOJ's fair housing testing program and successfully litigated many of the Division's housing and lending cases. Among those, he led a trial team that attained an over $1 million verdict in a sexual harassment case against a landlord in US v Veal, still the largest DOJ fair housing verdict of its type. Most notably, he helped develop and negotiate US v. Countrywide Financial Corp. on behalf of Black and Hispanic borrowers, which led to a $335 million consent decree that remains the largest fair lending settlement ever obtained by DOJ. For his exemplary work on that landmark case, Burt received The John Marshall Award from the Attorney General, the DOJ's highest award for outstanding legal achievements for litigation.

    Burt was greatly valued by his colleagues. Shina Majeed, Chief, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, observed ". . . every attorney soon learned they had won the lottery when they were assigned to a case with Burt. Because when you worked with Burt you truly worked with him. He never sought the limelight for himself. His focus was the case and helping less experienced attorneys develop their skills."

    Burt is remembered for his kindness, generosity of spirit, great laugh and sense of humor. He treasured his family and his many friends throughout his life.

    Burt is survived by his wife, Salliann Messenger Dougherty, his children Meghan Dougherty Pirozzoli (Ken) of Redwood City, CA, Kelley Dougherty Smith (Aaron) of Westlake Village, CA, and Evan Marshall Dougherty (fiancée, Kate Keith) of Palmyra, PA, and five grandchildren, Emory and William Pirozzoli, Reese, Tatum and Brennan Smith.

    Burt requested a party to celebrate his life in lieu of a funeral or memorial service. A date has not yet been determined. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made to The Skin Cancer Foundation or The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.
  • Goodman, Neil '75 - May 8


    May 10, 1957 - May 8, 2023

    Neil Michael Goodman, of Chevy Chase, Maryland and West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died on Monday, May 8, 2023 surrounded by his wife and children.

    A native of Buffalo, New York, Neil was a stalwart fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. He attended Nichols preparatory school, honing his work ethic by washing dishes in his family's businesses, including at the iconic Park Lane restaurant. Neil graduated from Brown University in 1979 with a degree in American History and an affinity for dry historical tomes. His friends from Brown, including his rowing teammates, were a source of adventure and support throughout his adult life.

    Neil went on to law school at Columbia University, graduating in 1983. After a clerkship for Judge Frank Battisti on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio, Neil became an associate at the law firm Arnold & Porter in Washington DC. There, he was relentlessly pursued by a young legal assistant who would become his wife, but he stayed focused on his career, becoming a partner in 1991. Neil's practice in international finance evolved from his role on some of the largest sovereign debt restructurings during the Latin America debt crisis, including the representation of the Ministries of Finance and Central Banks of Venezuela, Brazil, and Panama.

    Neil was an avid runner, completing seven marathons including the New York Marathon, and he was a self-appointed coach for all of his children's athletic events. His retirement in 2021 allowed time to enjoy his family, including grandson Christopher Sweeterman and his daughters' partners David Sweeterman and John Rupp.

    Neil was a naturalist who took great pleasure in exploring the country's national parks, skiing in Telluride, and boating off the coast of Maine with his children. He tracked birds across North America, Africa, and, during the pandemic, at home in Boothbay Harbor, where an elusive Russian Steller's Sea Eagle had resettled. Neil was honored to serve on the Board for Nature Bridge, an organization that provides environmental education opportunities for children.

    Neil's spirit is held by his surviving family, including wife Emily Whiting and their children, Caroline (Sweeterman), Charlotte, and Nathan. He is also mourned by his sister Barbara and by an extended family that includes his father-in-law, Douglas Whiting, and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Neil is predeceased by his parents Seymour and Marian Goodman and by his mother-in-law Charlotte Whiting.

    The family will host a gathering at their home in Chevy Chase, MD in remembrance of Neil and a gathering in Boothbay Harbor, Maine at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Neil's memory may be made to So Others Might Eat or to Nature Bridge.
  • Gretz, Stephen 'Randy' '66 - January 21

    Stephen Randolph “Randy” Gretz, age 74, of South Holland, IL formerly of East Hampton, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 in Chicago, IL.  Beloved husband of Patricia Paarlberg.  Loving father of Laura (Kyle) Cassidy, Stephen Randolph Gretz Jr., James Paul Gretz; and step-father of Brittany Duncan, Catriona Duncan, Peter (Tamara) Paarlberg Stevens and Andrew Paarlberg Stevens.  Cherished grandfather of Theodora Duncan, Theodore Stevens, and Keira Cassidy.  Dear brother of Bill (Helen) Gretz, Rick (Inge) Gretz, and Libby (Randy) Blank.  Preceded in death by his parents William and Janice (nee Dobson) Gretz and his first wife Connie Gretz. Randy was a graduate of The Nichols School ’66 (Buffalo, NY), Trinity College ’70 (Hartford, CT) and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania ’72 (Philadelphia, PA), having served as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in both New York City and Chicago, IL, for over forty-five years.  Randy was also a longtime member of The Maidstone Club and Devon Yacht Club, as well as a generous benefactor of the East Hampton Library.

    Visitation, Friday, February 3, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 94 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Most Holy Trinity Parish, 79 Buell Lane, East Hampton, NY.  Burial services to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and a reception to be held in the Baldwin Room of the East Hampton Library.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the East Hampton Library ( or the East Hampton Healthcare Association ( Local arrangements by Smits Funeral Home – South Holland, IL.  For further information, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online guestbook and obituary at
  • Haidvogel, Dale '67 - March 14

    Dale Haidvogel passed into eternal life on March 14, 2023.

    Beloved husband of Judith Lee; loving father of Ilona (Anthony) Giangreco-Marotta; devoted grandfather of Finn and Daley Giangreco-Marotta; dear brother of Roger (Mary) and the late Gary Haidvogel; proud uncle of Christopher and Michael Haidvogel and David, Bryan, Patrick, and Michael Lee, and thirteen grand-nephews and nieces.

    Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on April 15th at 11am at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Burt, NY (2239 West Creek Road, Burt, NY 14028). Private interment will be at Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville NY.

    Born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Paul (Geza) and Mary Haidvogel, Dale was Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Coastal and Marine Sciences at Rutgers University. He graduated from Nichols School in 1967 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Logarhythms and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He went on to earn a PhD from MIT and the Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography. Prior to retiring from Rutgers, he held positions at John Hopkins University, the National Center of Atmospheric Research, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dale was a pioneer in ocean numerical modeling and was one of the original developers of what has become the global tool for expanding our understanding of the ocean. He was for many years chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of U.S. GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics program). He influenced a generation of scientists not only by his intellectual energy, vision, and passionate commitment to global cooperation, but also by his kindness and his resolve to find elegant solutions to the most complex problems.

    Dale was a loyal fan of the Buffalo Bills and he loved hiking in the Colorado mountains. He enjoyed gathering with friends, cooking, reading, and going to the opera and to action movies. He always had music playing, wherever he was. Most of all, he found great joy with Finn and Daley.

    A scholarship to Nichols changed the course of Dale’s life. In the spirit of honoring Dale, please consider making a contribution to the Nichols School Memorial Scholarship Fund. You can make your gift online using this link and leaving a comment in honor of Dale or by sending a check to “Nichols School” at 1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216.
  • Hoff, Charlie (Former Staff) - April 27

    Former Federal Way School Board director Charles “Charlie” Hoff died April 27 after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 83.

    Hoff was an advocate for quality education in the community, particularly passionate about helping students chart their post-high school career through mentoring and scholarships. He was also a forceful voice on the school board and in the community, unafraid of vigorous debate over how best to serve students.
    Hoff was a man of many interests — flight, sailing, history, engineering and skating, to name a few, said his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Hoff. And he was a curious, tinkering soul with high expectations of others.

    Take, for instance, his response when their then-16-year-old daughter, Valerie, asked him to send her to driver’s ed.

    OK, Hoff told her, but first you have to prove you know how a motor works. So Hoff said she would need to totally disassemble their lawnmower, identify each part and explain to him what its function was.

    “He was very adamant about showing people the pathways to learning, and showing them that there are different ways to learn,” Marilyn said.

    In more recent years, Hoff hosted monthly college information sessions where students and parents could learn about colleges, scholarships and programs in the arts, sciences and other fields. Hoff had previously worked as a college career counselor at an East Coast private school, granting him insight into what college and university admissions officers want from students.

    Hoff thus commanded a deep knowledge of schools and programs, longtime family friend Mark Bofenkamp said, which allowed him to connect students to the programs that were just right for them.

    In just the time Bofenkamp saw Hoff work, he saw Hoff secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants for students to various colleges, usually from those colleges to reduce student expenses — perhaps millions of dollars over Hoff’s entire time helping students.

    There was, for instance, Kristina Kolibab, the assistant production manager for Zip Car in Boston. Charles Hoff helped her obtain a $250,000 scholarship and get accepted to Clarkson University in New York, Marilyn Hoff said.

    “It’s very satisfying work,” Hoff told The Mirror in 2015. “I like to see kids get something out of education because education has done wonders for me and helped me lead an interesting life. I like to see that others have similar opportunities.”

    Hoff also played a major role in bringing schools and programs like the Federal Way Public Academy and the Cambridge Program to the school district, recalled Bofenkamp.

    “He’s always been so passionate about what was going on in the schools, and I think that’s why he was instrumental in helping to found (FWPA),” Marilyn Hoff said.

    Born March 31, 1940, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Hoff earned a bachelor’s degree in earth science from Penn State University. He taught in Pennsylvania, worked as a flight instructor for Pan American Airlines and Boeing, and worked as the assistant superintendent of schools in Mifflin County.

    In October 1967, Charles met his wife, Marilyn, in that superintendent role; she was a teacher at one of the district schools in Mifflin County.

    “I wanted to take my third-graders to a bakery,” Marilyn said. “He would not sign the permission slip for us to go until we made bread in class. So he taught me how to bake bread.”

    Evidently, there was a spark. The two married in 1968.

    “He was kind, and wanted to help people find the best avenues to succeed in life,” Marilyn Hoff said. “He always wanted people to realize their potential. Their full potentials.”

    After the birth of their first son Sherman, Charles and Marilyn Hoff moved to Grand Island, New York, where Hoff taught earth science as the business manager at the Nichols School. A skilled skater with a bronze medal from the Ice Dancing Competition in the Middle Atlantics, Hoff also taught his family to skate around that time.

    Hoff went west with his family in 1976, taking a job as the business manager of the Cate School in Carpinteria, California, and managing a landscape maintenance company. He became a flight instructor at Boeing in 1979, and developed a love of sailing and hiking with his family. He also found a love for narrowboating, and in 2002, he traveled with friends through the Chunnel to Paris and on to the Canal de Midi.

    “I think he was always wanting to see what was on the other side of the horizon,” Marilyn Hoff said.

    Hoff dedicated the final two decades of his life to helping students carve out college opportunities through scholarships and endowment funding.

    During his time on the Federal Way School Board — 2000 through 2007 — Hoff’s perspective on education earned him supporters as well as plenty of critics. Hoff fought for school choice and critiqued the school district for the quality of education students got and how new school buildings were proposed.

    In 2012, Hoff wrote in strong opposition to the proposed $60 million tax levy to replace the dilapidated Federal Way High School, arguing in an opposition statement in the King County voter’s guide that the school’s graduates were underperforming and that the district had refused to show how it would change to improve this situation.

    While the building itself was obviously beyond repair, he wrote to The Mirror, the district had an opportunity to develop a new learning facility that would better lead students to higher education and well-paying vocational jobs.

    Voters said no to the levy that February, but ultimately passed it in November with 60% of the vote.

    Not all would agree with Hoff’s perspective, but he was “no armchair quarterback” when it came to education, Bofenkamp said.

    “Yes, people who knew him knew he was outspoken,” Bofenkamp recalled in an email. “He’d definitely say what was on his mind.”

    Hoff is survived by his wife, Marilyn, son Sherman (daughter-in-law Lana), and daughter, Valerie Eattimo, and four grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held in June. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or Federal Way Public Academy.
  • Irwin II, Theodore '50 - December 2

    Theodore H. Irwin, II (July 3, 1932 – December 2, 2023)

    Theodore Hayward Irwin, II passed away peacefully at home in Essex Fells on December 2, 2023. He was 91 years old.

    Ted was born in 1952 in Buffalo, N.Y., the third of four children to Dudley Marvin and Margaret Smith Irwin. He graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo and Williams College, class of 1954. Ted relished his college years. He was a history major, member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and played ice hockey. But he would tell you his greatest college accomplishment was meeting and falling in love with Miriam Eustis who attended nearby Bennett College.

    In 1955 Ted and Miriam were married at St Aloysius in Caldwell. Subsequently, Ted served in the U.S. Air Force in Niagara Falls, NY and was honorably discharged as a Captain. In 1957 he and Miriam settled in New Jersey and Ted began a career in the securities business in New York City. Initially, he worked for L.A. Mathey, later becoming a partner at Spencer Trask & Co. and its successors. He then became a partner at the specialist firm on the New York Stock Exchange, Agora Securities, and eventually acquired his own seat to become an independent broker. He worked on the American Stock Exchange, was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Bond Club of New York and the Buttonwood Club.

    Ted and Miriam raised six children in Essex Fells, NJ. They are lifelong members of the Fells Brook Club and were members of the Essex Fells Country Club. Ted was an enthusiastic athlete who enjoyed skiing, tennis and golf.

    Upon retiring, Ted and Miriam traveled the world and visited their children and grandchildren. Ted served as a Board member and a term as President of the Cope Center in Montclair, providing outreach services for the community. He was a member of the Saint Aloysius Parish.

    Ted is survived by his beloved Miriam, Catherine (Irwin) and Jeffrey Hipple of Moorestown, NJ, Lisa (Irwin) and Brian Keane of Upper Saddle River, NJ, Marcelle (Irwin) and Buddy Pope of Francestown, NH, Tuck and Kelly Irwin of Falmouth, ME, Jimmy and Liz Irwin of Essex Fells, NJ and Margaret (Irwin) and Oscar Corral. Teddy has 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

    A private service will be held graveside. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Saint Aloysius Parish in Caldwell, NJ.
  • Jayson, Jeffrey '81 - June 13

    Jeffrey M. Jayson passed away June 13th, 2023 at his home in Rochester, NY. Jeffrey was 59 years old.
    To sum up Jeff’s life in only a few paragraphs would be an impossible task – but one we’re still willing to try. Jeffrey Jayson was born to Joseph and Judith Jayson in Buffalo, NY on the bright and sunny day of September 23rd. His favorite hobbies as a child were playing chess, collecting comic books and antique coins. He had a fantastic ability to catch wild rabbits and fish with his bare hands. Jeff was known for his thriving candy business at the Nichols School throughout his academic years and was adored by select teachers.
    After graduating from Canterbury School in New Milford, CT, he attended Indiana University for four years. Then he graduated from Catholic University in Washington D.C. where he received his law degree.
    Jeff lived in Buffalo, NY but loved to travel the world. When pressed to pick a favorite destination, Jeff would typically respond with, “Thailand”.
    Jeff met his wife Merle in Amherst, NY, and was married at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY on September 4th, 1999.
    Jeff is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Judth and is survived by his wife Merle, daughter Jordana and his siblings Jonathan (Jessica) Jayson, Jennifer (Jason) Dunsby and his favorite cousin Thaddeus Stypowany III. In Jeffrey’s memory contributions can be made to Wilmot Cancer Institute – University of Rochester Medical Center Cancer Institute
  • Jewett, Theodore "Ted", III '66 - August 27

    JEWETT - Theodore Carter, III "Ted"
    August 27, 2023; of Buffalo, NY; age 75; Devoted father of Michelle M. Jewett and Christopher C. Jewett. Loving son of the late Dr. Theodore C. Jewett, Jr. and Margaret I. Jewett. Dear brother of Carlton (Joan Miles) Jewett, Mary (Thomas) Harty and Adrian (Mary Lynn) Jewett. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 11:00 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201. Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
    Following graduation from Nichols School in Buffalo, Ted received his degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where he flourished, earning varsity letters in Hockey, Tennis (Captain), and Soccer. During college he began a lifelong career in the food service business, managing restaurants, clubs, and wholesale food companies. His career path was perfectly suited to Ted's outgoing, gregarious nature. He rapidly built a lifelong network of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances through his work. In 2007, he received the Member of the Year Award for his lifelong dedication to the industry by the Buffalo chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Ted's greatest love and devotion was reserved for his family and friends. His son Christopher and daughter Michelle became the central figures in his life up until his passing. He was also an avid gardener and the grounds around his home were seasonally a blast of color from the many flowers and plants he nurtured. Importantly, Ted had a profound and deep place in his heart for the underserved and outcasts in our society. He volunteered for years at St. Luke's Church, finding strength in helping others.
  • John 'Dale' Vogt '59 - January 15

    VOGT - John Dale "Dale"
    Of Town of Tonawanda, entered into rest on January 15, 2023. Beloved husband of over 59 years to Mary Pat (nee Gerstner) Vogt; devoted father of John (Shannon) Vogt, Jennifer (Rick) Jetter, Alissa (Alex) Millar, Mollie Johnson, Andrew (Shauna) Vogt, and Patrick (Savannah) Vogt; dear brother of Richard (Maureen) Vogt; survived by 16 loving grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, on Saturday, January 21st from 2-6PM, where a Memorial Service will immediately follow at 6PM.
  • Lohr, Sydney '20 - July 16

    July 16, 2023, suddenly, age 21, beloved daughter of Bridget (nee Callahan) and Bradley Lohr; loving sister of Riley Lohr; dear granddaughter of William and Maryann Callahan and Richard (Sue MacNaughton) and the late Judith Lohr; dearest niece of William (Brigette) Callahan and Theodore (Kateri) Lohr; cherished cousin of Maeve, Lola Callahan and Katie Lohr; adored girlfriend of Ben LeStage. Sydney attended St. Lawrence University majoring in Government and Psychology, recently studied abroad in Australia and belonged to Chi Omega Epsilon. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 25th, from 4-8 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Ave., (near West Ferry). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 26th, at Blessed Sacrament R. C. Church, 1029 Delaware Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sydney's name to the SPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224. Share condolences at
  • McCarthy, Dennis '52 - August 21

    Dennis McCarthy II of Williamsville NY, passed away August 22, 2023. Beloved husband of Sandra Chaplin McCarthy; loving father of Edmond D. "Ted" McCarthy III (Whitney) and Susan McCarthy Herz (Raphael); grandfather of Gretchen, Elizabeth and Cullen McCarthy, Jacob and Tobias Herz; brother of Pam Kennedy, Bryant and Stephen McCarthy. Visitation and service times to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. McCarthy's name may be made to The Nichols School McCarthy Fund or the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Online condolences may be shared at
  • McCauley, Lewis '50 - August 8

    Lewis D. McCauley was working late one evening in 1964 at the precision machine shop he owned on Buffalo’s East Side when David Dankner, a Mercury dealer on Bailey Avenue, dropped in with a request that wound up turning his 20-man operation into a global enterprise.

    Dankner said thieves had been stealing tires from the cars in his lot, and his service manager wanted to stop them with some kind of wheel lock.

    A few days later, Mr. McCauley and his engineers came up with one – a simple shiny chrome-plated cylindrical lug nut that locked the wheel to the axle and could only be removed with a special key.

    “The dealer came back two months later,” Mr. McCauley told Buffalo News business reporter James T. Madore in 1993, “and told me the wheel locks had stopped the thieves.”
    The company’s breakthrough came in the mid-1970s, when it designed a wheel cover lock for the Cadillac Seville.

    “With Cadillac, we went from the two-bit club to the million-dollar club,” Mr. McCauley told Madore. 

    Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mercedes-Benz followed. The company received Ford’s coveted Total Quality Excellence Award.

    Mr. McCauley, who continued to be active in the business until three years ago, died Aug. 8 in his Orchard Park home after a short illness. He was 90.

    Born in Buffalo, the younger of two boys, Lewis Durham McCauley was the son of Herbert J. McCauley, who owned McCauley Metal Works, a company that made stamped metal components for bicycle manufacturers. He grew up working on his family’s farm in Eden.
    He was an honor student at Nichols School, graduating in 1950, and attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers prize.
    Shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1954, he was married to Harriet Laube Knapp, the daughter of a Buffalo physician. Later that year, he was inducted into the Army and served with the Army Corps of Engineers in France.
    Returning from service, he joined his father’s stamping business as a product engineer, then in 1959 founded L. D. McCauley Inc., producing precision miniature machined parts for the Navy and NASA.
    When the company began making locking wheel nuts, it established a subsidiary, McGard Inc., to market them. Demand for them became so great that Mr. McCauley stopped taking job orders from outside customers.

    After General Motors began adding the wheel lock as standard equipment or an option, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mercedes-Benz followed.

    The success of the wheel lock led the company to start a Special Products Division, which made an array of locking devices, beginning with locks for oil and gas storage tanks, meters and high-pressure valve assemblies.
    It has gone on to produce locks for everything from manhole covers and fire hydrants to the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
    The McCauley and McGard companies moved to a new plant on California Road in Orchard Park in 1990. Branches were opened in Germany in 1994 and Japan in 1999.
    The company, which has 750 employees in Orchard Park and 180 in other locations, is now led by Mr. McCauley’s sons – Durham, who is chairman of the board, and Peter, who is chief executive officer.

    Snyder residents before they moved to Orchard Park in 1996, Mr. McCauley and his wife spent summers at the family cottage in Bay Beach, Ontario, where he enjoyed golf, tennis and was an avid gardener.

    In addition to his wife of 69 years, survivors include two sons, Durham S. and Peter L.; a daughter, Jennifer M. Burger; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday Aug. 24 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.
  • McElvein, Thomas '54 - September 8

    September 8, 2023; of Buffalo, NY; age 87; Beloved husband of 58 years to Ernesta (Frugone) McElvein. Devoted father of Christopher McElvein, Andrew (Gina Dragone) McElvein and Kathryn (Alistair) Firmin. Cherished grandfather of Gregoire McElvein, Chloe McElvein, Andrew Firmin, William Firmin, Julia McElvein, Elisabeth Firmin and Sara Firmin. Loving son of the late Thomas I., Sr. and Edith McElvein. Dear brother of the late Brian McElvein. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made in Thomas's memory to the Akron Newstead Food Pantry, P.O. Box 47, Akron, NY 14001
  • Merckens, Lawrence 'Bud' '53 - November 15

    MANCHESTER – Reverend Lawrence Edward “Bud” Merckens of Manchester, Maine passed from this life on November 15, 2023, at Oak Grove Rehabilitation, Waterville. Raised in Buffalo, New York where he was born on April 11, 1935, Mr. Merckens was associated with the family chocolate business until 1960 when he began his studies at Bangor Theological Seminary. Following completion of his seminary studies and further study at the University of Maine he and his family moved to Hallowell in May 1964 to serve as pastor of the Old South Congregational Church, a position he held through August 1975.
    In September 1975, along with becoming the pastor of the Riverside Congregational Church in Vassalboro where he served until Easter 2019, Mr. Merckens also directed the Cooperative Education program at Hall-Dale High School until 1976. Later that same year he became the coordinator of student work experience for alternative education students at Cony High School, a position he held until June 1999. Since his retirement from public secondary education, along with his pastoral interests and responsibilities he consistently served as an instructor of Ethics and Interpersonal Communication courses through the University of Maine at Augusta at learning centers in Rumford/Mexico, Lewiston/Auburn, Bath/Brunswick as well as Augusta.
    A person with many interests, Mr. Merckens found working with persons most fulfilling and tried always to be available for persons seeking his advice regarding career choices or changes, more effective personal communication skills and harmonious relationship techniques, hunger, consumer justice, environmental issues, and spiritual realities.
    He and his wife Hilda Sperber Merckens were married in August 1959. In addition to being survived by his beloved Hilda, are their daughter Heidi Merckens Chadbourne of Manchester, their son Ernst August Merckens III (named for his paternal grandfather) and his partner Susan Sites of Belgrade, a grandson, Jeffery Tyler Merckens of Jefferson and his wife Jill, and his former son-in-law Steven A. Chadbourne of Wales, two nieces Carol Lee Chappell and Phoebe Dreux Chappell.
    He was predeceased by his parents Ernst August Merckens, Jr. and Alice (Hoffman) Merckens, and his sister Alice Merckens Chappell.
    Very much missed, but deeply appreciated will be Bud’s sense of humor, obvious impatience with malarkey, concern for others, and that responsibility to whom much is given much is required.
    He went forward from life peacefully and with an enthusiasm of an explorer committed to learning more about an area which he had already thought much about and studied and was ready to explore confidently himself.
    While there will be no funeral service an opportunity to celebrate the life of Mr. Merckens is being planned. A time and place will be announced later.
    Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website,
    Persons desiring to remember Mr. Merckens can appropriately do so by contributing in his memory to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72203 or a charity of one’s choice.
  • Norton, Nathaniel '46 - April 5

    Nat Norton Obituary

    We are sad to announce the passing of Nathaniel S. Norton, Jr, age 95, on April 5, 2023. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of seventy years, Shirley Norton, who passed on December 10, 2022. They lived for many years in Ewingville, NJ and later in Pennington, and Freehold, NJ. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.

    Born in Buffalo, NY, he graduated from The Nichols School in 1946 and Lehigh University in 1950, where he was a member of Sigma Phi.

    Deeply patriotic, he enlisted in the US Army in 1953, and joined the 117th Fighter Squadron, US National Guard, Active Duty, during the Korean War. He served as Staff Sargent, in field operations, and was an advanced radio operator and instructor.
    Nat was an active member of his community. A longtime member of The First Presbyterian Church of Ewing, he served as an Elder and Deacon. When he and Shirley moved to Pennington, he served as President of the Board at Pennington Point and joined Pennington Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and Trustee. They were associate members of The First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, in Florida.

    During his career, he worked in sales, marketing and management in the printing business, initially in Manhattan. He later owned and operated Graphic Color Corporation in Trenton, NJ, and DSI in Bristol, PA. Later in his career, he was joint-owner of Information Packaging in Philadelphia, PA. He created and ran their production, printing and packaging division, supporting continuing education programs for healthcare professionals.

    Nat was an avid and knowledgeable photographer, deep-sea fisherman, and writer. He will be remembered always for his beautiful and heartwarming memoir, “From the Beginning, The first Eighty Nine Years”.

    He is survived by his daughters, Lynn Poinier of Asbury Park, NJ, and Camie Norton Otis and her husband, Rob of Annapolis, MD; grand-daughters, Jackie Viramontez and her husband Jake, of Graton, CA, and Lauren Poinier Martin and her husband, Charles, of Plymouth, MN; great-grandsons, Beau and Miles Martin, and Parker Viramontez; and his sister, Mary Louise Flanagan of Marion Station, PA. He is predeceased by his grandson, Miles Poinier.

    A celebration of life will be planned for Nat and Shirley in July, and will be posted on the funeral home website:

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to The Remembrance Garden, Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main St, Pennington, NJ 08534
  • Oestreich, Alan '57 - September 20

    Dr. Alan Emil Oestreich, a compassionate and celebrated individual, passed away on September 20, 2023, at the age of 83 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born on December 4, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York City, to the late Drs. Mitchell and Edith Oestreich.
    Alan's life story was adorned with countless achievements and impactful moments. Alan had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a passion for healing as a Pediatric Radiologist at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital for 43 years. He dedicated his life to caring for the youngest patients and providing comfort and hope to their families. Alan's unwavering commitment to his profession earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and the community he served. Alan is a graduate from Nichols High School in Buffalo, NY, and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton University. He continued his education at John's Hopkins medical school and completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. Alan joined the faculty of the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri, where he met and married his love, Tamar Kahane in 1973. Their son Michael was born in 1983.
    Alan was a member of several organization including the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the National Medical Association, the European Society of Pediatric Radiology, and the German Society of Pediatric Radiology.
    Beyond his dedication to his work, Alan was a lover of adventure and exploration. His wanderlust led him to travel the world, immersing himself in diverse cultures and often learning foreign languages, as well as being an avid reader of history, literature, and poetry.
    He was the author and co-author of several medical textbooks and numerous articles. His greatest passion was teaching his medical students, residents, and fellows, often with his distinct wit and humor.
    Never one to shy away from fighting for what he believed in, Alan was a dedicated civil rights activist, passionately advocating for equality, justice, and inclusion. His unwavering commitment to making the world a better place reverberates through the lives he touched, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew and admired him.
    Alan was a beloved husband to his wife, Tamar of 50 years, who stood by his side through every triumph and challenge they faced together. He is also survived by his son, Michael, his sister, Dr. Janet Bernstein, nieces, nephews, and several cousins.
    A celebration of Alan's remarkable life will be held at a later date at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center.
  • Putnam, Sandra (Former Faculty) - July 27

    Sandra Rae Putnam, 75, entered eternal rest peacefully on July 27, 2023, in Batavia, NY, with several family members at her side. She was born on January 1, 1948, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the eldest of eleven children, daughter of Helen Elizabeth (Harrison) and Robert Merritt Putnam. “Sandy”, as she was known, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder 6 years ago, which resulted in difficulties with speech and muscle coordination. Sandy battled this affliction bravely but passed quickly after a sudden and unexpected decline. In addition to her parents, Sandy is predeceased by her brother, Edward Putnam, sister-in-law Deborah Ann Killian and nephew Matthew Killian Putnam.
    She is survived by her siblings; Pamela (Donald) Hirons of Batavia, Jerry Putnam of FL., Mary Lu (Robert) Hodgins of Alexander, Robert (Sharon) Putnam of Spencerport, Dorothy (Philip) Tagan of CA., Timothy Putnam of CA., Raymond Putnam of Bethany, Kevin Putnam of Batavia, and Margaret (Scott) Miller of TX; along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
    Sandy grew up in Batavia and graduated with honors from Notre Dame High School as president of her Senior Class and was celebrated as “Girl of the Year” of the Class of 1965. After receiving this award, she reminded the administrators that she was, in fact, “Woman of the Year”. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French at D’Youville College, a Master of Science in Education at the University of Buffalo, and studied French in Quebec, Canada as well as abroad in Paris, France. After spending time at the beginning of her career as a teacher in Buffalo, NY, Sandy expanded her horizons and moved to Irvine, CA where she pursued professional advances in human resources, career development and became a forerunner in her area of expertise.
    Sandy was always an advocate for those who were in crisis or had fallen into hard times. She assisted international students in their transitioning phase here in the US. She used her extensive training and talents to help men and women re-enter the workforce and grow in their own careers. During the latter part of her career, she worked for First American Financial Corporation as Director of Training and Development. She was exceptional at developing training programs, and an eloquent public speaker. She was highly recognized by business leaders in the Orange County Business Journal for creating an innovative, first-of-its-kind internship at First American. Her colleagues share that Sandy always put people first and brought the “human” to human resources. She had a gift for coaching young people.
    Sandy loved the arts, history and culture and spent much of her leisure time attending theatre, socializing with friends, sometimes talking for hours on end. She loved traveling with friends and family in California and New York as well as various parts of the US, Canada, and Europe. She always brought back treasures and gifts to those she loved. Most of all, she loved spending time with her large family, often traveling thousands of miles to meet and be with her siblings, their families, and the newest members of her family, her “little rattlesnakes”.
    Sandy had countless close friends and those friendships have endured for decades. While she never married, she kept all her family and friends close at heart and was best known for always going out of her way to stay connected with them. She approached life with grace and a remarkable sense of humor, always finding the silver lining and joy even in difficult situations. Her passion for work and life, her heartwarming smile and her generous heart made those she knew feel loved and respected.
    Our Sandy’s example of strength, faith, friendship, love, and human compassion will never be forgotten. “God, give us all the strength to walk in Sandy’s light”.
    Family and friends are invited to call on Friday August 4, 2023 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday August 5th at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Sandy will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery.
    Per Sandy's request, memorials may be made to the family. To leave an online message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.
  • Schaefer, Clarence "Bud" '54 - January 7

    Clarence B. Schaefer (Bud), affectionately called, “Big Bud” by his family, and a 60-year resident of Laguna Beach, California, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on January 7, 2023. He was 86.

    Bud was born on August 8, 1936, in Buffalo, New York, to Elizabeth Angle Schaefer and Clarence Bott Schaefer, Sr. He attended The Nichols School and graduated from Northwestern University in 1959, where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration, and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He continued his education at the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird), receiving an additional degree in Foreign Trade.

    Bud began his career working in advertising in New York City, but soon changed his path to the pharmaceutical industry. In 1963 he relocated to Orange County with his young bride to start the international division of Allergan. He later worked in consulting for other companies before retiring to manage his investments.

    Throughout his life, Bud loved to travel. He managed to visit one hundred and three countries and all seven continents. Always in pursuit of a new “off the beaten path” adventure by foot, horse, canoe or bush plane, Bud was most enchanted with Africa, as he had a passion for wildlife conservation. Bud shunned materialism and preferred the simple pleasures in life: long hikes and beach walks, a good burger with a Coca-Cola, pacific sunsets, and a competitive game of tennis. People often saw him driving his 1982 dark green Volvo on the streets of Laguna. He was known for his sharp wit and was called, “The Voice”, for his encyclopedic statistical knowledge of sports, geography, cinema, and stocks. Bud was a fan of all sports, especially college and professional football, never missing a Northwestern or Buffalo Bills game. He also enjoyed classic films, especially John Wayne westerns. Bud was a dedicated usher at the Laguna Presbyterian Church.

    Bud is survived by his daughter, Andrea (Schaefer) Truslow, and son-in law Peter Truslow of St. Petersburg, FL; son, Stephen John Schaefer and daughter in law, Marivic Labrador Schaefer of Laguna Beach; his five grandchildren, Austen Truslow, Hannah Truslow, Miles Truslow, Stephen Schaefer, Jr. and Sophia Schaefer.; and his former wife and best friend, Margaret (Meg) Schaefer.
    A private family graveside service for will be held at Pacific View, in Newport Beach. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to the Laguna Presbyterian Church or the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Skogg, Dale '55 - February 20

    It is with profound sadness that the Skoog family announces the passing of our beloved husband and father, Dr. Dale Parker Skoog, on February 20th at his home in North Venice, Florida, following a brief illness. Dr. Skoog was predeceased by his parents, Evar John and Gladys Elizabeth, as well as by his brother Donn Evar (Yuko). He is survived by his adoring wife, Kathleen Quinn Skoog; her daughter, Kim Marie (Thomas) Krug; his children Ingrid Maria, Dr. Erik Dale (Barbara) and Christian Louis (Julissa); as well as by his grandchildren: Parker Thomas, Kathryn Elizabeth and Henry Joseph Krug; Samuel Justin, Frank William, Erik Dale Jr. and Anne Marie Skoog.
    Dr. Skoog attended Nichols School, Cornell University and Tulane University School of Medicine. After completing a residency in urology through the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, where he also served as an assistant clinical professor, Dr. Skoog entered private practice, eventually retiring from surgery in 1995 as a partner of Buffalo Medical Group. Dr. Skoog was a skilled practitioner, being the first urologist in Greater Buffalo to employ ultrasound technology in the treatment of kidney stones. Upon his retirement from Buffalo Medical Group, Dr. Skoog served as Medical Director of Suburban Adult Services Inc., a position he held for twenty-four years.
    His other passions included golf, reading, gardening and croquet. Dr. Skoog was known for his generosity of spirit, his close friendships and his great love of life.
    A celebration of Dr. Skoog's life will take place in North Venice on March 12th; another will take place this summer in Buffalo. Dr. Skoog will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
  • Smith, James H. '44 - January 20

    - James H., Sr. "Wim"
    January 20, 2023, age 97; beloved husband of the late Joan (nee Kahle) Smith; devoted fa-ther of James H. (Terri) Smith, Jr., Elizabeth S. (Richard) Hitchcock, Peter G. (Martha) Smith, Stephen K. (Carol Wiltberger) Smith and Nancy S. (Timothy) Donovan; cherished grandfather of Sarah (Matt), Katie (Chris), Anna, Alex, Alicia, Alan, Ben, Allie and Zach; adored great-grandfather of Jackson, Cameron, and Logan; predeceased by siblings Baldwin (late Betty) Smith, Richard (late Peggy) Smith and Patricia (late Robert) Goodyear; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to assemble Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11 AM to attend a Memorial Service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Trinity Episcopal Church or Meals on Wheels for Western New York Inc., at Af-ter graduating from Williams College in 1949, he spent 50 years working in the family business. James was the face to the customer for the best food processing equipment in the indus-try. He was a United States Navy Veteran during WWII as a Radar Operator aboard the USS Portland (CA-33). During his tour duty, they ferried soldiers back from the European theater as part of Operation Magic Carpet.
  • Talbott, John '53 - November 29

    John A. Talbott, the University of Maryland’s department of psychiatry chair who was also a Parisian food blogger, died of a cardiac condition Nov. 29 at his Tuscany-Canterbury home. He was 88.
    Dr. Talbott had been a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland since 1985 and had earlier taught at Columbia, Cornell and New York universities.
    Born in Boston, he was the son of Dr. John H. Talbott, a former Journal of the American Medical Association editor, and Mildred Cherry, a nurse.
    He attended the Nichols School in Buffalo and earned a degree at Harvard College, where he was a Harvard Lampoon staff member. He received a medical degree at what was then Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and was yearbook editor.
    While living in New York, he met his future wife, Susan Webster, at the Metropolitan Opera House. They were in line for standing room places at the performance.
    He trained at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, the old Presbyterian Hospital-New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
    Dr. Talbott served as an Army captain in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. While there, his base was overrun during the Tet Offensive.
    “While in Vietnam he saw many puzzling cases of soldiers who became psychotic after smoking what they thought was pure marijuana,” his wife said. “He and several reporters who were familiar with the effects of smoking marijuana in the U.S. were suspicious and he sent a sample to be analyzed to his father, then editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, which culminated in his being threatened with a court martial.”
    “The Army reconsidered the court marshal and awarded him a Bronze Star,” his wife said.
    He became an advocate for Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress symptoms.
    He participated in Vietnam Vets Against the War and was its press spokesman at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, which he attended.
    He participated with a group of veterans, mental health professionals and others in a project assessing combat veterans, non-combat veterans and resisters/objectors that became the “Legacies of Vietnam” report.
    In 1978 he published “The Death of the Asylum: A Critical Study of the State Hospital” that railed against putting patients onto the streets.
    “This great plan to provide community based care to mentally ill people was not funded well,” said his wife of the aftereffects of the asylum closures.
    Dr. Talbott moved to Baltimore in 1985 when he was named chair of the University of Maryland’s department of psychiatry.
    Dr. Talbott wrote more than 200 books, chapters and articles that focused on the care of the mentally ill, mental health services and mental illness in disadvantaged populations.
    He wrote about the homeless, Vietnam War veterans and people who abused drugs and alcohol.
    Dr. Talbott’s work that focused attention on the poor care rendered to the chronic mentally ill earned him awards from the American Psychiatric Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Mental Health Association of Manhattan and the Bronx.
    He was a past president of the American Psychiatric Association, among other professional organizations.
    He also was editor in chief of Psychiatric Quarterly, Psychiatric Services and the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
    In 2000 he stepped down as the psychiatry chair and worked on a University of Maryland initiative to bring more compassion to interactions between doctors and patients.
    Dr. Talbott was also a French food critic. He began visiting France in 1953 as part of the cross-cultural Experiment in International Living. He enjoyed travel throughout the country and owned a small apartment in Paris, where he and his wife spent vacations and two sabbaticals.
    “We lived north of Montmartre, down the hill, on a market street, Rue du Poteau, where there were once three horse meat shops,” said his wife. “Our favorite cuisine was French but that didn’t mean we didn’t love other cuisines as well.”
    Around 1985 he began writing about restaurants in a self-published guide distributed by mail and in 2000 wrote for eGullet, Bonjour Paris and Chowhound.
    In 2006 he began his own blog, John Talbott’s Paris. He chronicled his daily lunchtime restaurant meals and helped gain recognition for young chefs.
    Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Susan Webster Talbott, a psychiatric and public health nurse; two daughters, Sieglinde Talbott Peterson, of Greenbelt, and Alexandra Talbott Morrel, of Baltimore; a sister, Cherry Talbott, of Austin, Texas; and six grandchildren.
    No funeral is planned.
  • Terry, Frederick Jr. '49 - January 13

    On 13 January, 2023, Frederick A. Terry, Jr. ("Ted"), loving husband, step-father and colleague to many, died from complications from Parkinson's Disease at 90 years of age, surrounded by loved ones at home.

    Ted was born to Agnes Tranter, of Buffalo, New York, and Frederick Arthur Terry, of Brighton, England, on May 24, 1932 in Buffalo. His father instilled in Teddy a certain English pride in sharing his birthday with Queen Victoria. The Tranter family lived in Buffalo, where Agnes's father was the editor of the Buffalo Courier-Express. Ted attended the Nichols School for boys there until he went off to St. Paul's School.

    An avid reader and history buff, Ted was valedictorian of the class of 1953 at Williams College and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1956, where he was a Kent Scholar and Articles Editor of the Law Review. After clerking for the Honorable Sterry R. Waterman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Ted joined the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in 1957, became a partner in 1965 and was the founding partner of the firm's Estates and Personal group. He became Of Counsel to the Firm after his retirement in 1999. Ted enjoyed his roles at Sullivan and Cromwell for 66 years, caring for his clients until just days prior to his death. He was Co-Executor of the Estate of Paul Mellon and Executor of the Estate of Franklin P. Perdue, among others. He was a trusted counselor who loved his work and came to love his colleagues, many of whom became close friends.

    Ted was also a dedicated advisor to and leader of many charitable and non-profit organizations. He was Trustee Emeritus of The Rockefeller University which in 2007 presented him with The David Rockefeller Award for Extraordinary Service, in recognition of his service on the Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans and on the Board of Trustees at The Rockefeller University. Ted also served on the board of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for 17 years and was thereafter made an Honorary Trustee, was a former director of the Eisenhower Fellowships and a trustee of the Harold K. Hochschild Foundation, the McIntosh Foundation, the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation and the Flagler Foundation. He also served as President and as a member of the Board of Maidstone Club in East Hampton, New York.

    Known for his quick-witted humor, jovial spirit, and boisterous laugh, Ted also had an enthusiastic love for sports - both as a competitive player and an avid fan. Winning a point using his infamous "slice/spin" playing tennis on grass courts gave him immense pleasure, as did cheering on his beloved New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills. When Ted wasn't on the tennis court or golf course, he could be found devouring the New York Times, reading a book on American history or watching a favorite classic flick.

    Ted is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Barbara, her children, BJ Casey (Jack) of New Canaan, Connecticut and William DeMeo (Hyeyoung Shin) of Manhattan, and 3 grandchildren, Charlotte, James and William Casey. He is also survived by his sister, Noel Griffin of Raleigh, North Carolina and her sons, Geoff Griffin (Sandra) of Raleigh, and Peter Griffin (Eileen) of Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

    A funeral will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in East Hampton, New York on Saturday, January 21 at 1:00pm (

    In lieu of flowers the family suggests that friends make a donation to their favorite charity or to an organization that supports Parkinson's Disease, such as National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), The Michael J. Fox Foundation and The Rockefeller University.
  • Vogel, Stephen '63 - August 21

    Dr. Stephen Norman Vogel, Loving husband of Esther nee Strossberg. Beloved father of Michelle Vogel and Dr. Jonathan (Erika) Vogel. Proud grandfather of Lucy and Milo. Dear Brother of Jane (Stuart) Fishman. Fond uncle of Lisa Fishman. Longtime Emergency Room Physician at Evanston Hospital. Stephen will be missed by many family, friends and colleagues. Service Thursday 10AM at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Gross Point Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Yad Sarah, 445 Park Avenue, Suite 1702. New York, NY 10022 or to your favorite charity. 
  • Walsh, Sally P'63,'70,'73 - July 9

    WALSH - Sally K. (nee Keating)
    Of Buffalo, NY, July 9, 2023. At home, surrounded by her loving and appreciative family, peacefully, twelve days before her 101st birthday. Daughter of the late Theodore and Ursula Rogerson Keating; devoted to late sisters Betty Moseley and Winanne Keating; adoring wife of late husband John Walsh, Jr. '39; beloved mother of Jack '63 (late Connie Shepard), Demi Ayres (late Rob Ayres), Michael '70 (Debbie Sweet) and Barney '73 (Amy Clifton); much adored and respected grandmother to Kyle & Blake Walsh; Ursie Ayres Ostrom (Tom Ostrom), Eliot Ayres & Meryl Ayres (Max Wall); Demi Walsh Boyack (Johnny Boyack) & Abbe Walsh (John Bartels); Sam Walsh, Ben Walsh (Dani Levy) & Lucas Walsh (fiancée Kelli Massey ); eight great-grandchildren: Alex & Julian Ostrom; Arlo Wall; Sally Boyack & Jack Bartels ; Jackson, Henry & Mac Walsh; affectionately remembered by twenty-seven nephews and nieces; eternally grateful for the affections of American Field Service exchange student "daughter" Marie-Anne Mallien. Educated at Campus School; graduate of Park School & Wheelock College; teacher; Former Trustee and 80 - year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Past president of Garret Club and Maria Love Boards; member, Children's Hospital Governing & Aid Boards; lifelong volunteer at Hospice, Meals on Wheels, Shamrock Hockey, United Way, Children's Hospital, Millard Fillmore Hospital & Park School. Honored by Maria Love (Founder's Award), Nichols (Honorary Alumna), Park School (Athletic Hall of Fame), United Way & NFJC. Proudly also assisted her husband's significant volunteer leadership efforts for Western New York. Raised children during husband's Navy service on subchaser and destroyer in both WWII and Korean War. Loved working with her hands: skilled craftswoman who generously gifted her creations to all she loved. Remarkably loyal attendance at children and grandchildren's performances. Sustained by family's cottage summers in Georgian Bay: peaceful retreat, myriad family activities and generational transfer of values to children and adults alike. Her family takes instruction from her genuine love and care for others; a life defined by generosity of spirit and attentiveness; never lost sight of her own good fortune in life, modesty evident in all she did; believed in listening before talking; friends repeatedly tell of her warming and inspiring treatment of them and for a breadth of reasons. Values shaped greatly by an orphaned mother who worked as servant employee in a private home. Grateful to her care givers, neighbors, current and departed dear friends and apartment staff for their affection, friendship and the richness of her life. While she will be deeply missed, her lessons will inspire us forever: strong handshakes- eye contact- smiles- courtesy- word is your bond- always give back. We must learn not to live without her but with the love she left behind. No prior visitation; graveside service private for immediate family; Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, October 7, 11am at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Delaware Ave. Memorials may be made to Park School (4625 Harlem Rd., Amherst, NY 14226) and Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209) or to another organization important to the donor.
  • Wood, David '54 - March 10

    Age 86, of Pittsburgh, PA, died Friday, March 10, 2023, in Templeton, Massachusetts. He was born in Buffalo, New York on May 21st, 1936, a son of the late Cedric W. Wood and Martha Shelley Wood. David attended Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, Williams College in Williamstown, MA, the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He achieved his Doctorate degree and became a longtime college professor of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. David was involved with the Sixth Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. His hobbies included woodworking. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Diana Marston Wood; a son, Sargent Wood and his spouse, Bonnie Chen of Northborough; a daughter, Cynthia Henshaw and her spouse, John Henshaw of Templeton; and three grandchildren, Annemarie Wood of Northborough, Gabriella Henshaw of Templeton, and Nathaniel Henshaw of Templeton. A Memorial Service is being planned for the summer. To leave online condolences, please visit Send condolences


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  • Agostinelli, Michelle Isenberg '88 - May 19

    Beloved wife to Pete Agostinelli, loving mother to Mackenzie Agostinelli, daughter to Freddie and Beverly Isenberg, Sister to Andrew Isenberg. Michelle made a huge impact on every person she ever met, as she had a way of meeting people and making them feel like they had known each other forever. She truly had such a bright love for life and for those in her life. The world is already not the same without her in it and she is missed beyond measure. A celebration of life will be held at Innisbrook Resort’s Inverness hall on June 9th at 4pm.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations are made to Moffitt Cancer Center.
  • Andrews, Peter '43 - August 24

    August 24, 2022; of Buffalo, NY; age 96; Beloved husband of 61 years to the late Joan (nee Kostick) Andrews. Devoted father of Julia (Peter Ainsworth), Molly, Peter (Vanessa Lamb), Benjamin (Lynn Jacobs), David (Katharine Greider), Louise (Benjamin Shovlin) and April. Cherished Pop Pops of Louisa, Ella, Charlotte, Peter, Dashiell, Sarah, David, Lucy, Byron, Cecelia, Clara and great-grandfather of Teddy. Dear friend of Anne McLellan. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Peter was a proud Buffalo Courier-Express newspaperman of 32 years. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood.
  • Bellows, Ann Duffy N'67 - July 16

    BELLOWS - Ann Duffy
    (nee Duffy)
    Of Sewall's Point, FL, passed on July 16, 2022. She was the wife of George F. Bellows, mother of Alison Duffy Bellows and sister of Charles G. Duffy, III; also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. Ann was born and grew up in Buffalo. She graduated from Nottingham Academy of the Sacred Heart and Manhattanville College. Ann was dedicated to her family. She very much enjoyed organizing events on holidays, birthdays, summer weekends and other occasions to bring together members of her family and her husband's family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13th, at 11 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Memorials may be made in Ann's name to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Att. Advancement, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo 14222. Arrangements by REGER FUNERAL HOME. Condolences may be shared at
  • Boer, Peter '57 - October 3

    Peter Boer, Nobel-cited Scientist, Author, and Chemical Executive, Dies at 81
    Dr. F. Peter Boer, 81, a Harvard University PhD, chemical executive, author, and Yale University adjunct professor, who contributed to a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died unexpectedly on October 3, in Alexandria, Virginia. His wife of 60 years, Ellen Boer, was by his side.
    A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Boer earned a PhD in chemical physics at Harvard University, and was cited in Dr. William Lipscomb's 1976 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He began his career at Dow Chemical in 1965, and later served as Vice President of Research and Development at American Can Company. He directed the Columbia Maryland Research Division at W.R. Grace, ascending to Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the company. Upon retiring in 1995, Dr. Boer authored 10 books, including the Valuation of Technology and The Real Options Solution, which were translated into multiple languages. He was appointed the John J. Lee Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Engineering, taught at the Yale School of Management, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, where he chaired the Peer and Finance Committees.
    Dr. Boer was a formal advisor to many government and academic organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Princeton, Harvard, University of Chicago, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, and Texas A&M. He was Chairman of the Evaluation Committee for the National Medal of Technology under Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, and elected President of the Industrial Research Institute. Through his company, Tiger Scientific, he was appointed to eight boards of directors, including W.R. Grace, ENSCO and NOVA Chemicals.
    Born in Budapest in 1940 during World War II to an American mother and Hungarian physician, the Boer family, including his younger sister, escaped to the U.S. in 1946. He grew up in Lackawanna, New York, and attended Nichols School, where he was distinguished as the school's highest scholar for two years, as well as a National Merit Scholar. At 16, Boer was admitted to Princeton, where he met his future wife. He enjoyed a lifelong relationship with Princeton, a place that imbued him with an appreciation of the power of higher education, and a bond that continued with his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren. Dr. Boer was very proud of his election to alumni treasurer and vice president of his Princeton class.
    Dr. Boer was constant in his quest for knowledge, especially history, which he could learn, retain, and integrate across cultures, time, and space. He spoke five languages and traveled with his wife to more than 180 countries, including an annual trip with his family to remote and adventurous locales. He co-authored, The Grand Tourist, a trilogy of travel books, and self-published his final book, The Virtual Tourist, during the pandemic, about the few places he would likely never get to visit, except through Wikipedia and Google Earth.
    Dr. Boer will be lovingly remembered as a kind, generous, and brilliant father and grandfather by his wife, children, and four extremely accomplished and talented grandchildren, whom he instilled with his love of travel, history, engineering, science, leadership, tennis, and ice hockey.
    A private burial will be held in Danby Vermont, followed by a celebration of life at a later time. Dr. Boer's family requests that donations in his memory be directed to the Nichols School in Buffalo, New York ( in gratitude for the invaluable foundation the school provided to a talented and curious young boy, enabling him to achieve his dreams in America.
  • Brown, John Willoughby '42 - April 23

    Captain John Willoughby Brown, USN, Retired, passed away peacefully at home in Hanover, NH on April 23, 2022. He was born June 1, 1924 in Buffalo, NY, the son of Harry Lee Brown and Hazel (Robinson) Brown. John married his wife of 52 years, Betty (Butzer) Brown, on July 11, 1953 in Buffalo. Betty preceded him in death.
    John spent his early years in Buffalo and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where his father, a Naval officer and surgeon, was posted. After moving back to Buffalo, John attended PS 52, the Elmwood School, and Nichols School. His father returned to active duty during World War II, and the family moved to Commander Brown’s postings in Baltimore, MD and Charleston, WV. John loved aviation since his early childhood, and earned his pilot’s license at age 16. After graduating from Charleston High School, in 1943 John joined the US Navy and was commissioned as an Ensign. He earned his Wings of Gold at Naval Air Station Pensacola, and as a carrier pilot fought in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot in the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot in 1944 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
    Following the war, John attended Williams College, and then returned to active duty in the Navy. He graduated from the Naval War College and from the George Washington University. During his 26-year career in the Navy, “Honest John“ was a fighter pilot flying supersonic carrier-based jets, a flight instructor and a test pilot, and trained at the US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program (TOPGUN). He served as a squadron leader and commanding officer aboard US Navy attack carriers. His assignments included the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean during the Cold War, and the Office of Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. John retired at the rank of Captain in 1968, and he and Betty moved with their four daughters to Buffalo to be near family, and John served as an executive at Kittinger Furniture Company. John and Betty moved to Hanover, NH in 1977.
    John was devoted to Betty and his daughters. He was admired for his intelligence, humility and punctuality, and was adored for his quick wit and clever, off-the-cuff puns. He loved travel, airplanes, automobiles, woodworking, mechanics and electronics, and was an early adopter of home computers and the internet.
    John is survived by his daughters Margaret Brown Shiverick of Naples, FL; Susan Coe Brown of Silver City, NM; Carolyn Brown Wick (William) of Seabrook Island, SC; and Otie Filkorn (Erik) of Richmond, VT; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He will be interred with his beloved wife Betty at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
  • Butzer, Clayton '48 - January 12

    Clayton Coe Butzer passed away on January 12 at Lancaster General Hospital after a short illness.  Clay was born in Ridgewood, NJ on June 10, 1930, the son of Albert and Katharine (Coe) Butzer. He grew up in Buffalo, NY and graduated from The Nichols School in 1948.  While there, he played soccer, ice hockey and baseball.  At Middlebury College, Clay met and started dating his future bride, Barbara Eckman, during freshman orientation.  They became engaged senior year and graduated in 1952.  Clay was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Middlebury, and served as president.   
    Because of the ongoing Korean War (and despite never having flown on a plane!), Clay enlisted in the U.S. Navy Pilot Training Program at Pensacola, FL, graduating with a commission as an ensign.  He married Barbara in 1953 and they moved to Wickford, RI near the Quonset Point Naval Air Station.  He flew P-2V Neptune aircraft, used to track Soviet submarines and conduct search and rescue missions over water.  Powered by two jets and two propeller engines, it was nicknamed “two burning, two turning.” Deployments took Clay and the squadron to North Africa, Newfoundland, Iceland, Greenland and the Caribbean.  After becoming a patrol plane commander, he and his crew received a Letter of Commendation from the Canadian government for locating and rescuing a ship in distress in the waters north of Hudson Bay.
    After completing four years of active duty in the Navy, Clay’s career continued to foster his love of aviation: first in the aerospace industry, then in metals when titanium was not only used in aircraft engines but was pioneered in the medical field.  He held executive sales positions for several companies in a career that spanned over three decades.   
    While living in two different communities in New Jersey, Clay served as a Presbyterian Church elder and was on the Hunterdon County Board of Elections.  He also participated with Barbara on a variety of school, sports team and community projects. Summers were always special because it meant time spent at their lake house and then beach home in Avalon, NJ, surrounded by children, grandchildren and their golden retrievers.
    In 2006, Clay and Barbara sold their beloved historic farmhouse in New Jersey and moved to Barbara’s hometown of Lancaster, PA.  They quickly became immersed in the community life at Homestead Village and became active members of the Church of the Apostles.      
    Clay loved his family and counted down the days until they arrived for holidays, birthdays, or no occasion at all. If the driveway was packed with cars and the house full of lively pandemonium, he was in the middle of it all.
    He was a gifted story- teller and his vast repertoire of jokes was legendary. Clay was also sentimental. His toasts at special occasions elicited both laughter and tears, and he expressed love, encouragement and gratitude to those who touched his life – especially with his hand-written notes.  He understood that forging lifelong relationships and friendships was an art.   
    He was modest about his legacy and good fortune, and always credited Barbara as “the best thing that ever happened to me.” His devotion to her was unwavering, and she was the true heart and center of his life.
    In addition to Barbara, Clay is survived by four adoring children:  Stephen (Christine), Molly (Tom), Randy (Wendy), Amy (Tom), nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    A memorial service will be planned later this year when friends and family can gather safely to celebrate Clay’s life. To leave an online condolence, please visit
  • Clucas, Nancy (Former Staff) - January 24

    CLUCAS - Nancy J. of East Aurora, NY, January 24, 2022. Departed quietly and left special memories with all who knew her. Predeceased by her parents and sister, Brenda (Michael) Hecht; beloved aunt to her niece, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and perfect "Pippin"; also survived by her dear friend and companion, Nancy Oakes. 
  • Ehrenreich, Neil '51 - November 1

    Neil Ehrenreich of Bradenton Fl.; beloved husband of Joanne Ehrenreich and the late Dorothy (nee D'Ambrosia) passed away peacefully at home on November 1, 2022. Neil was a devoted father of Elizabeth (Timothy) Hare and Molly Mikulski and Stepfather of David (Laura) Diaz III, John J. (Erica) Diaz, Robert G. (Martha) Diaz; Uncle of Steve and Susan Barney, Victor D'Ambrosia; Proud Grandfather of Alexandra, Anastasia and Nathaniel Hare, Scott Mikulski, Lilia and David Diaz, Alexa, Nick, Isabella and Jack Diaz; Great Grandfather of Wailin R. DuPaul. He was predeceased by the late David and Irene Ehrenreich (parents), the late Judith Keller (sister), and the late Mark Mikulski. Neil was an avid sailor and fisherman and a proud Buffalo Booster; he was a member of multiple yachting, curling, and social clubs in the WNY area. He was a curling champion and winner of the Lead of the Year on the Grand National Champion Rink (1968). He was an accomplished executive, and the former owner and President of Riverside Men's Shop. Neil served with the US Army in Korea. Services will be held privately at the request of the family.
  • Ennis, John A. '15 - March 27

    ENNIS - John Arthur
    Age 25, of Orchard Park, NY, passed unexpectedly Sunday, March 27, 2022 while living in San Francisco. John was known for his easygoing personality, beaming smile, great sense of humor, love for the Buffalo Bills, and living life to the fullest with his friends. John was active in sports, playing soccer and lacrosse at Nichols, playing D3 lacrosse at Hamilton College and loved traveling, snowboarding, and surfing. He enjoyed working alongside his brother and father at Continental Paper and Plastics Corp. Beloved son of James Scott and Jacquelyn (nee Draper) Ennis; loving brother of Kathryn and Nicholas George Ennis. Grandparents George and Sally Draper, (late) Arthur and (late) Jean Ennis; aunts and uncles Sharon (Robert) Kazary, Michelle (Brad) Jackson, (late) Laurie Madden, and Alan (Lisa) Draper; cousins Wil, Debra, and Alexander Kazary, Ellen Kazary and Chris Carlin, Ryan Jackson, Shannon and Colleen Jackson, Hillary and Zachary Benuck, Zachary, Shaina, Theodore, and Levi Madden, David, Sol, and Milo Madden, Andrew Madden and Katy Durst, Olivia and Jack Draper.
    Family and friends are invited to attend Mass to celebrate John's life at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Orchard Park, NY (26 Thorn Avenue, OP, NY 14127) on Friday, April 8th at 10am.
    Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial contributions can be made to the John Arthur Ennis Memorial Lacrosse Scholarship Fund at Nichols School at:
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  • Fedchak, William (former staff) - September 14

    FEDCHAK - William R., Sr. "Bill"
    Of Buffalo, entered into rest September 14, 2022, at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Claudia C. Fedchak; devoted father of Martin (Bonnie) and William Jr. (Barb) Fedchak; also survived by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Wednesday (September 21) from 3-7 PM. Military Honors will immediately follow. A private interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

    Bill was employed for 38 years at Nichols School as a supervisor/manager of the ice rink. He was a member of the US Navy during the Korean War and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed watching and participating in all sports, especially football, fishing, bowling, golf and baseball. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to your favorite local youth sports or school sports organizations. Online condolences may be made at
  • Fleischman, Andrew '61 - January 6

    Andrew Fleischman
    January 14, 1943 - January 6, 2022
    Andrew Michael Fleischman, a longtime resident of San Francisco, passed away on January 6, 2022. He had spent the last few years battling numerous chronic medical conditions along with paraplegia. He finally succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's.
    The greatest debacle of Andy's life occurred October 9, 1999 (the day of his daughter's wedding) when he collapsed, paralyzed due to a misdiagnosed staph infection. After many surgeries and months of physical therapy, Andy resumed his previous activities albeit in a
    power wheelchair. Nevertheless, Andy made lemonade out of lemons. He regained much of his former independence, driving an accessible van and traveling nationally and overseas.
    Andy and his wife of 56 years, Molly, lived a true love story. They met in college where Molly was his fraternity sweetheart and he was ultimately the captain of the soccer team. While he was a 3-sport athlete at Nichols School in Buffalo, soccer was his sport of choice in college. Unbelievably, he was invited to try out for kicker with the Cleveland Browns but he declined -- he could not give up playing one more season with the soccer team.
    After graduation from college, Andy began a career in business, becoming Marketing Research Director of Miles Laboratories, Armour Dial and ultimately at Crown Zellerbach in San Francisco. However, Andy was most proud of founding, along with his beloved
    Molly, Fleischman Field Research. Based in San Francisco, the company became a nationally known marketing research company for more than 30 years.
    In his spare time, and over many years, Andy collected stamps and coins. His specialty was Australian minted British sovereigns. Andy also loved travel, especially to Australia naturally. When not working or collecting coins, Andy loved watching sports as he cuddled
    his cherished cats. However, his real passion was baseball, especially the Giants. Andy's idea of heaven was basking in the sun at Giants Stadium while drinking a coke and eating a bratwurst.
    Andy is survived by his wife, Molly, their daughter, Lauren and husband, Daniel, their son, Matthew and wife Nicole, sister, Caryl Fleischman Brent and nephew, Ted Bloomberg. Best known to his grandchildren as "Grumps", Andy will be remembered fondly by Madeleine, Charlotte, Martin, Fin and Becket. Nevertheless, the family's dearest memory will always be of Andy sitting in the sun, wherever he found it, and mumbling "just resting my eyes and working on my tan".
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the SPCA Humane Society. A celebration of Andy's life is planned for April 29 at 2 PM at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco.
  • Forman, James C. '56 - November 1

    FORMAN - James Clark
    Age 85, of Williamsville, NY, passed away peacefully at his home on November 1, 2022 in the loving care of daughter Georgia "Mimi" Coffman and Care Manager Helen Williams. He was born to David Greene Forman and Elizabeth Clark Forman on August 17, 1937 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Nichols School ('56) and Trinity College, Hartford CT ('60) where he received his BA in Spanish and Finance and was an active member of St. Anthony Hall Fraternity. Upon graduation, he completed his basic Army training at Fort Dix, NJ and was then stationed with an infantry unit at Fort Devens, MA. After his service, he moved back to Buffalo and went on to a long and illustrious career in finance. He last managed the Janney Montgomery Scott Williamsville office and retired in 2019 (although begrudgingly as his work was his passion). He was a member of The Country Club of Buffalo for over 50 years where he loved playing golf and traveling with the Baron's group as well as his weekly lunches with "The Boys". He was an accomplished horseback rider and a lifelong Bills fan, holding his season tickets faithfully since 1967. A huge fan of Scrabble, he preferred the "real game" on the dock in Muskoka (his True Happy Place) but in later years settled on Words with Friends where attempting to beat his sisters Fran and Sally was a daily goal. He was a giver of inappropriate greeting/birthday cards that never failed to make people laugh. He was a chef and was always happy to whip up his famous Steak Diane with one hand while holding a gin and orange juice in the other. He was above all a family man and he loved and cared for his family dearly. He will forever be remembered as Big Bad Jim and missed always. He is survived by daughters Holly (Mick) Fogarty and Mimi (Ed) Coffman, stepdaughters Arika (Scott) Pevenstein and Andrea (Bill) Mahoney, his seven grandchildren, Saoirse, Emma, Finn, Edwin, Conor, Warren and Nancy Jane, and three sisters, Sally Brittle, Fran Yardley and Patty Duke. Jim was predeceased by his wife Nancy Forman, parents Dave and Libby Forman, brother David Forman, Jr. and son James C. Forman, Jr. Friends are invited to attend a service on November 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St, Williamsville, 14221. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association of WNY. Online condolences at
  • Friedlander, Alec '13 - January 7

    Alec John Friedlander, our fun-loving wild man, always led with his heart. Growing up, he spent every summer with his family on the beaches of Nantucket Island. In addition to his two human sisters, Zoe and Devin, Alec grew up with many 4-legged sibs. His current pal, Mel, always anxiously awaited Alec’s visits home.
    When Alec was 11, he lost his father, a loss he never quite got over. He was so like John in so many ways. As a kid, he enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding, and playing soccer and hockey, managing to break several bones in the process.
    When Alec moved to Austin, his “Wolfpack” joining him in his new adventure meant the world to him. His friends were his life. Aside from Alex’s thirst for the 716 beer scene, He also loved nothing more than the wind in his face, biking as he jammed to some Widespread Panic, sharing tunes with his mom as they cruised the Outer Harbor together.
    Music was Alec’s passion. His life revolved around it in so many ways — he graduated The College of Charleston with a music minor, hoping to integrate it into a future career.
    Alec was the life of any party he could find. His dance moves are well-documented, especially when shredding up the dance floor at his sisters’ weddings. He was so proud to be walking Zoe and Devin down the aisle on each of their special days. Having always wanted brothers, Alec finally got his wish when Jon and Jeff joined the family.
    Alec lit up any room with his magnetic smile and natural, contagious charm. He was a sweet, shining soul and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

    Friedlander, Alec John Suddenly January 7, 2022 of Austin, TX formerly Buffalo, NY. Beloved son of Diane (nee Zielinski) and late John Friedlander; devoted brother of Zoe (Jon) Jones and Devin (Jeffrey) Iannuzzi; also survived by Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.
  • Hopkins, Richard '52 - August 25

    HOPKINS - Richard Orne
    87 of Charleston, SC passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on August, 25th, 2022. Richard was born on October 21st, 1934 to the late Carolyn P. Hopkins and Willard D. Hopkins in Buffalo, New York. Richard is predeceased in death by his son, Peter F. Hopkins, granddaughter, Carolyn M. Hopkins, sister, Ann K. Nolan and brother Dwight D. Hopkins. Richard is survived by his loving and caring family including his wife of 65 years, Allison Regan Hopkins of Charleston SC (formerly of Buffalo, NY), son, William P. Hopkins of New York City, son, Richard C. Hopkins of Williamsville, NY and daughter, Allison H. Prey (Gregory) of Charleston, SC. Affectionately known as 'Grumpa', Richard is survived by nine of his ten grandchildren: Edward K. Arsenault, William V.B. Arsenault, Cassandra R. Hopkins, (fiancé Dylan Van Cott) Silas C. Hopkins, Clara H. Daniels, William H. Daniels, Emma R. Hopkins, Charlotte L. Hopkins and Bryan T. Lassoe. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Richard was a graduate of The Campus School at State Teacher's College, The Nichols School ('52), Cornell University where he received his BA and was a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity ('56). He received his MBA from Rutgers University Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He was an active US Army Reservist in the early 1960's. Richard enjoyed playing ice hockey while at both Nichols and Cornell. His love of the game continued through his adulthood as a Buffalo Sabres season ticket holder, Town of Amherst Youth Hockey coach and as a devoted spectator at his children's and grandchildren's games and endless games coached by his son, Rick. Richard was a devoted fan of The Buffalo Bills and rarely missed a game. Having grown up in Buffalo, Richard split his summers between Camp Pemigewassett in Wentworth, NH, at his grandparent's home in Woods Hole, MA and on his families' fruit farm on The Niagara River in Lewiston, NY. Summers on Cape Cod were spent sailing, swimming and fishing in Buzzards Bay, volunteering as a fireman in Falmouth and cheering on The Red Sox. In his youth Richard was frequently on a ladder in his grandfather's orchards in Lewiston picking peaches, apples, cherries and plumbs and during World War II, alongside German POW's under the watchful eye of US Army guards. During his adult years he summered on the Canadian shores of Lake Erie with his parents and his own family. A true lover of dogs, he was a proud owner of 14 Golden Retrievers over the span of fifty-five years. Richard spent 21 years in the commercial banking business holding numerous positions from teller to president of Marine Midland Bank. He left banking to join his wife's family wine and liquor distribution company. Once the business was sold Richard accepted the position of Director of Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance at Kaleida Health where he worked until his retirement. Richard found great satisfaction volunteering for and sitting on several boards over the years including: The United Way, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Blind Association of Western NY, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Acme Electric, Gold Dome Bank, Key Bank, Marine Midland, Buffalo China, Buffalo General Health System, The Park School of Buffalo and The Nichols School. He always enjoyed attending (with pride) his children's and grandchildren's sporting events, art shows, dance recitals and theatrical productions. Richard was an avid reader, and enjoyed live theater, movies, golf, tennis, skiing and hunting. He was a former member of The Country Club of Buffalo, The Buffalo Club, Concord Ski Club and Calvary Episcopal Church (for 61 years.) During his retirement years spending time with his family and beloved Golden Retrievers was his top priority and he spent his last three years in Charleston, SC where he was a member of Grace Episcopal Church Cathedral. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00AM with a reception immediately following at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton Street, Williamsville, New York. Live streaming for the service can be found at the lieu of flowers, you may donate in Richard's memory to Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton Street, Williamsville, NY 14221.
  • Hudson, J. Gilbert '52 - February 24

    Gilbert Hudson, former CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, died Feb. 24 at his Florida home with family by his side. 

    He was 87. 

    Known to many as Gil, Hudson descended from a line of philanthropists. His grandfather’s brother was J.L. Hudson, the self-made founder of the J.L. Hudson Company, who started many Detroit-based initiatives and donated substantial funds to different causes.

    Born in Buffalo, New York, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1956, served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and then relocated to metro Detroit to work at J.L. Hudson Company.
    Hudson in 2015 told Our State of Generosity, a Michigan philanthropy archive, that his family’s legacy was a significant factor in his initial curiosity about formal philanthropy, which fueled his interest in joining the organizations that would become the Hudson-Webber Foundation while working for the J.L. Hudson Company.

    In 1973, Hudson led three family foundations, which merged in 1984 to become the Hudson-Webber Foundation, a private, independent grantmaking organization created to support organizations and institutions that help move the city of Detroit forward.

    He led the foundation until his retirement in 1999 and continued his service as chair of the board until 2005, and as a trustee until the time of his death. The foundation, governed by a 15-member board of trustees with assets of approximately $200 million, has contributed more than $200 million to improve the quality of life in Detroit.
    “While my father will be dearly missed, our family is comforted by the legacy he leaves behind,” said daughter Jennifer Hudson-Parke, chair of Hudson-Webber Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Gil’s lifetime of service was characterized by humility, intellectual rigor, and an enduring commitment to the revitalization of the city of Detroit. He left an indelible mark on the many leaders and organizations that he supported, brought together and worked alongside.” 

    Hudson was a lifelong golfer, gardener, skilled bridge player and Detroit sports fan, but his greatest joy was family. He was a caring and supportive father who was particularly delighted by his grandchildren and took great interest in their lives, family members said.

    "Gil was always up for a game — backgammon, golf, flying a kite. He had a quick wit but was a better listener," said grandson Joe Parke, who is also a trustee of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. "His generosity and selflessness are an inspiration for all of us."
    A philanthropic leader and community builder, Hudson provided counsel to numerous community organizations, with long-standing dedication to Council of Michigan Foundations, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation and United Way for Southeastern Michigan, to name a few. 

    “Gil not only shaped the trajectory of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, but through his extraordinary service and civic engagement, helped shape modern philanthropy in the state of Michigan," said Melanca Clark, CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. “I’ll be forever grateful to have had the benefit of his kind and wise counsel during my leadership of the Foundation.”

    Hudson was married to Anne Rouse Hudson for 52 years before her death in 2009. 

    He is survived by the couple’s three children, Jennifer (Joseph) Parke, Elizabeth (Thomas) Griffith and Susan (Bradley) Laffrey; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and his partner of 12 years, Anne LaSalle.   

    A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 14, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms.
    Memorial gifts in Gilbert Hudson’s name can be made to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
  • Johnston, Edwin M., Jr. '51 - January 30

    JOHNSTON - Edwin M., Jr.
    January 30, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Susan (Surdam) Johnston and Sarah (Montgomery) Johnston; father of Jennifer M. Johnston '75, Edwin M. (Alexandra) Johnston III '78 and Sarah F. Johnston '82; step-father of Susan F. (William) Mele '80, J. Fredrick Schoellkopf VI, Kristin S. Borowiak and Olive "Abby" Stevenson; grandfather of Edwin M. Johnston IV '10, Tyler M. Scherbaum, Alison S. Johnston, Diana J. DeMuth, Matthew E. Mitchell Jr., Lorin F. DeMuth and Leyton W. Johnston '16 and four step-grandchildren; son of the late Edwin M. and Emily (Smith) Johnston; brother of the late Henry Oliver Johnston. The family will hold a private burial service. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Erie County SPCA in Edwin's name with his gratitude. Arrangements by DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA, FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences and memories shared at
  • Kinkel, William R. '46 - March 15

    July 4, 1927 – March 15, 2022
    A major chapter in Buffalo medical history began in 1962 when neurologist Dr. William R. Kinkel took on a new patient. It was one of the city’s leading industrialists, Harry M. Dent, founder of Durez Plastics, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
    Dr. Kinkel had been exploring the use of cerebral angiography, an X-ray technique, in treating Parkinson’s and the Dent Family Foundation wanted to support research into the disease.
    The result was a grant that established the Dent Clinic, which Dr. Kinkel founded in 1963 at the former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle. It became the Dent Neurological Institute in 1968 and now is the largest neurological practice in the nation.
    During his 40 years as director of the institute, Dr. Kinkel also pioneered the use of Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning in the U.S. and around the world. He died March 15 in his Orchard Park home. He was 94.
    In a statement on Twitter, the Dent Institute said: “He will forever be remembered as our founder, teacher and foremost leader in patient care and human compassion. He defined our culture. He lives on through all of us.”
    Born in Buffalo, William Revere Kinkel was the son of prominent attorney Edward G. Kinkel. One of six children and the youngest of three boys, he was a 1946 graduate of The Nichols School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1950.
    The first neurology resident trained at the University of Buffalo Medical School, he served in the Air Force, then joined the staff of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle in 1960. He was the first physician in Western New York to limit his practice to neurology.
    Dr. Kinkel was the only neurologist in upstate New York to participate in a 1968 hospital trial to treat Parkinson’s using L-dopa, now a standard part of the therapy.
    He learned of the invention of CT scanning in England while attending a course on cerebral angiography in 1972 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Until then, the only way to see inside the brain was by performing an autopsy.
    “It was mind-boggling,” he wrote in his memoir, “The Neurologist,” published in 2018, which sums up the history of neurology in Buffalo. “We could for the first time see the (structure) of the brain in a non-invasive way, so the patient did not have to die.”
    Dr. Kinkel brought the third-ever CT scanning machine from England to the U.S. in 1973. Ten years later, he brought the first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to Buffalo and installed it at Millard Fillmore Hospital.
    He devoted the rest of his career to refining the use of computerized imaging and the interpretation of the scans.
      In 1976, he brought together 30 leading neurologists for the first Neurology Computed Tomography Symposium at the Dent Institute, which led to the founding the American Society of Neuroimaging the following year.
    He established the first neuroimaging fellowship in the world at the Dent Institute and a second fellowship program for the UB Medical School at then-Buffalo General Hospital.
    He served as director of the Dent Institute until 2003, then established the Kinkel Neurologic Clinic with his son Peter, who also is a neurologist.
    Dr. Kinkel set up an independent neurology residency at Millard Fillmore in 1977 and trained specialists from around the world. The program merged with UB’s in 1986 and he became a tenured professor of neurology. He taught neurology and neuroimaging for 57 years, retiring from the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the age of 91.
    He received a teaching award from the UB Medical School, where a conference room has been named in his honor, and lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad.
    He was granted an honorary doctor of science degree from SUNY in 2021 and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Neuroimaging in 2017. The Dent Institute has named its boardroom in his honor.
    He was a longtime member of the Saturn Club and the Orchard Park Country Club.
    His wife of 47 years, the former Jane deLacy, a volunteer in many civic and cultural groups, died in 1996.
    Survivors include two sons, Dr. Peter R. and Dr. R, Philip “Rip”; two daughters, Christa Kinkel Cornell and Corey Kinkel Kennedy; a sister, Carolyn Catlin; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a longtime friend, Bonnie Flickinger.
    A celebration of his life will be private.
  • Laub, David '56 - August 15

    David Laub age 84, of Buffalo, NY, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 15, 2022. David was born to Raymond and Margaret Craig Laub on July 28, 1938. After attending Nichols High School (1956), David graduated from Brown University (1960), and the University at Buffalo School of Law (1965). He went on to practice Civil Law in Buffalo for over 50 years. The terms 'one of a kind' and 'larger than life' get thrown around too much, but those perfectly described David and his persona. David was known for his "Hey Tiger" greeting which sometimes meant he did not remember your name. His athletic career was something to behold as he played soccer, hockey and baseball at Nichols School where he was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. All three of his children played lacrosse in high school and college, and David swears to the end that he would have excelled in that sport too if it was offered back in his day, After Nichols, David was on the vaunted 'Nichols line' on the Brown University hockey team. He went on to coach his sons in hockey for many years in the Shamrock organization, could be found playing Old Timer hockey up and down the QEW well into his 50's, and loved to cheer on the Nichols hockey squad long after his children had graduated. Things he loved: his siblings, Albert, Patricia, Richard, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, "his" NY Yankees, the Buffalo News morning paper, golfing, horseback riding, being a proud parent in the stands watching his kids play sports, and giving unsolicited commentary afterwards. David will be remembered for the grand stories he told, the smiles and laughter he elicited, and his children who loved him dearly. David is survived by his brother, Richard Laub; three children, David (Jocelyn) Laub Jr., Derek (Michelle) Laub, and Alexa (Chris) Gibson; and his six grandchildren, Dylan, Elle, Creighton, Tyler, Kennedy, and Hayden. A family celebration will be held at a later date. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel).
  • Llugany, Carmen P'86,'88,'92 - February 28

    Carmen P. Llugany died on February 28, 2022 in Naples, Florida with her loving family by her side. Carmen, the daughter of Manuel Pardal and Carmen (Turano) Pardal, was born in Mendoza, Argentina and resided both in Buffalo, New York and Marco Island, Florida where she was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church and San Marco Catholic Church. Carmen received her undergraduate degree and graduate masters degree at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. She met her beloved husband Oscar Jaime Llugany while attending Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Carmen worked first at St. Gregory the Great parish school in Williamsville, New York and then at Nardin Academy High School in Buffalo, New York as a Spanish teacher. While teaching at Nardin Academy, Carmen earned her PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Buffalo.

    Carmen and Oscar raised their 3 children Alejandra '86, Beatriz '88, and Carmen '92 in Buffalo, New York. While busy raising her family, Carmen embraced her passion for friends, golf, travel, volunteering for numerous activities; and mahjong. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Oscar Llugany, her children and their spouses, Alejandra Llugany Montante and her husband Michael, Beatriz Llugany, and Carmen Llugany Fors and her husband Andrew. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Most importantly she is survived by the loves of her life her grandchildren, Michael Jr., Peter, Grac , Thomas, James, Sophia, Andrew Jr. , Alexandra, and Oscar.
  • Magavern, James '51 - March 7

    Feb. 1, 1933 – March 7, 2022
    For decades, whenever Western New Yorkers wanted advice on the fine points of municipal law, they called James L. Magavern.

    Widely respected for his insights on ethical and organizational issues, he was chosen by Mayor Anthony M. Masiello to head the commission revising the charter for the City of Buffalo and wrote most of the 82-page document. He also guided the latest revisions of the charters for Erie County and Niagara County.
    As Erie County attorney from 1972 to 1976, he worked with County Executive Edward V. Regan to craft the agreements that led to the construction of the Buffalo Bills' football stadium in Orchard Park. After Regan became state comptroller in 1979, Mr. Magavern served for two years as his counsel.
    Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed him to a seven-member statewide Commission on Government Integrity in the late 1980s. When Mayor James D. Griffin established a board to revise the Code of Ethics for the City of Buffalo in the early 1990s, he was one of the appointees, chaired the board and had served on it until his death.
    He also drew up a code of ethics for the Buffalo Board of Education, one of his clients, at no charge.

    “It seemed to me like the kind of thing that ought to be done pro bono,” he said at the time.
    He died Monday morning in his home in Buffalo under hospice care after a lengthy illness. He was 89.

    “A giant is taken from us,” Buffalo attorney William F. Savino texted upon hearing of his death.
    A partner for many years in Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP, he became senior counsel to the firm and was an attorney emeritus after he allowed his license to expire. He continued working until about a month ago, his partner Richard A. Grimm III said.

    “He was working on a pro bono basis,” Grimm noted. “That was just fine with him. He loved the law so much. It was his life.”
    The firm’s website noted that his scope included government law, corporate law and land use regulation, and that he represented a variety of governments, public agencies and property developers. He was counsel to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.
    In recent years, he helped draft the Elmwood zoning provisions for Buffalo’s Green Code and was attorney for the project to construct the addition to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
    Born in Buffalo, the oldest of five children, he was the son of Samuel D. Magavern, a corporate attorney active in cultural organizations.
    He graduated from the Campus School and the Nichols School and attended Dartmouth College before enlisting in the Army and serving in Germany as a radio operator. He was editor-in-chief of the law review at the University of Buffalo Law School.
    Upon graduating at the top of his class in 1959, he joined his father and brother William in the family law firm, then Magavern & Magavern.

    Mr. Magavern was Erie County attorney in the early 1970s and went on to become assistant state attorney general. A registered Republican, he was tapped by Masiello to be part of his transition team in 1993.
    In private practice, at various times he represented developers and municipalities, using his vast knowledge of regulations to resolve problems. He also played a leading role in fighting racial discrimination and opened up opportunities for women in the legal profession. He chaired the Buffalo State College President’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Equity and Diversity.
    He also chaired the advisory committee for designing the downtown Buffalo baseball stadium and was attorney for the Buffalo Public Schools Joint Schools Construction Board.
    He was president of the Bar Association of Erie County and was a member, director and officer in many professional and civic organizations.

    An adjunct professor at the UB Law School for decades, Mr. Magavern taught a variety of courses, most recently in state and local government finance.

    The Erie County Bar Association named him Lawyer of the Year in 1998, he was honored with a Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice in 1999 and in 2001 he received the University at Buffalo Law School’s highest honor, the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award.
    He played regularly on the courts at the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club and the Clarksburg Club. He camped at his country property in Concord and organized family canoe trips to the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Algonquin Park.
    An avid reader, he enjoyed jazz, classical music and the theater.
    His wife of 54 years, the former Roberta “Robin” Simon, an English teacher at Buffalo Seminary, died in 2009.

    Survivors include three sons, David D., William J. III and Samuel D. II; a daughter, Molly Magavern; a brother, William; three sisters, Margaret Magavern Hargraves, Mary Magavern Worrell and Jane Magavern Beebe; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
    A memorial service is being planned.
  • McLean, John '54 - September 23

  • More, Philip '72 - February 1

    MORE - Phillip W.
    Age 68, passed away on February 1, 2022. He is survived by his mother, Martje V. More of Sarasota, Florida; two brothers, David H. More and Richard G. More of Buffalo, New York; a daughter, Katie of Toronto, Ontario; a son, Scott of East Aurora, New York; and five grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM, on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at the Serenity Mausoleum, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, where he will be interred at the Hamlin family plot. Phill was a leading figure in tennis, having fashioned a career of the tennis profession spanning his early days competing at local tournaments, owning and operating COURTS and MORE LLC. He is remembered by family and friends as a fierce competitor both on and off the courts, and will be dearly missed.
  • Ohler, Jason '71 - March 29

    Jason Ohler Ph.D.: teacher, author, speaker, digital citizen, husband, grandfather Dec. 21, 1952 to March 29, 2022 Jason Ohler died peacefully, with his wife Terri by his side, on March 29, 2022, in Prescott Valley, Arizona. He was 69. Jason grew up in East Aurora, New York, with his late parents, Richard and Susan Ohler and brothers, Mike and Rick. He went on from there to earn a B.A. from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Alaska Southeast and also earned one of the first-ever Ph.D.s in Distance Education from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Dr. Ohler was a respected teacher whose reach went well beyond the campus. He established himself as an international authority on distance education, educational technology, digital storytelling, digital citizenship and digital literacy. Dr. Ohler was an entertaining speaker with engagements in the Americas and worldwide. He regularly led workshops that helped teachers integrate technology and digital storytelling into their classrooms. He published seven books, wrote countless magazine and academic journal articles, published a blog and a newsletter and composed several pieces of symphonic and popular music. Jason touched the hearts of everyone that knew him and that touch will last a lifetime. He is survived by his wife, Terri; stepchildren Bethany (Dominic) Stringer, Torrey (Jess) Stringer, Micah (Jessi) Stringer, Amanda (Dan) Underwood-Knowles; grandchildren Eaben, Shea, Deklan, Sullivan, Hazel, Blue, Robert, Jordan, Elijah and Layla; brothers Rick (Kateri Ewing), Michael (Megan); nephews Brinton and Gabe; nieces Mariah and Addie; 13 cousins, innumerable Ohler family relatives and friends across the globe. Services will be held in Juneau, Alaska, in June and in New London, New Hampshire in July. Information provided by the family.
  • Osborn, Russell '43 - February 19

    Russell B. Osborn, a born again Christian, went on to be with the Lord peacefully at the age of 95, on February 19, 2022. Russell was born in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Alex F. Osborn and Helen Coatsworth Osborn. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Emma Johnson Osborn (nee Jackson); his children John Osborn, Kenneth Osborn, Elizabeth Fogarty (James), and Daniel Osborn (LeAnne); his grandchildren, Katie, Mary Beth, John, Therese, Grace, and Maia Osborn and William Fogarty; his stepchildren Joseph Johnson (Doris), Sylvester Johnson (Sharon), Vivian Jenkins, Selena Thomas, Donald Johnson, and Wanda Davis (Michael) and many step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eileen Osborn (nee Shea); and his second wife, Catherine Osborn (nee Mosely); as well as one granddaughter, Colleen Osborn. Russell was the brother of the late Katherine O. Chambers, Joan O. Bergantz, Marion C. Osborn, and Elinor O. Gartner. Russell was a graduate of Nichols High School and Hamilton College. He also earned a law degree and a Masters in Education from the University of Buffalo. Russ was drafted into the Army during World War II and served as a glider man during Operation Varsity in 1945, in Germany, as part of the 17th Airborne Division. During his career Russ practiced law and taught Math in Buffalo Public Schools before returning to his law practice until his retirement. He served as a Board Member of the Creative Education Foundation for many years. His family and his Christian faith were very important to Russ. He was an active member of the New Life Assembly of God Church where he served as an elder. He also served as an active member of the Gideons International ministry. He participated in many Bible study and prayer groups. Russ had an amazing memory and enjoyed recounting stories from years gone by. He will be dearly missed. Services will be held Friday, February 25, 2022 with a Wake at 11 AM, followed by the Funeral at 12 Noon, at Expressway Assembly of God Church, 260 Eggert Rd., Buffalo, NY 14215. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn. The service will be live streamed on Facebook live: Search New Life Assembly of God, 410 French Road, to stream. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Gideons International, 25 California Dr., Buffalo, NY 14221.
  • Paine, Jonathan '58 - July 21

    Jonathan Paine, 82, passed away on July 21, 2022.
    There will be no services.

    Jonathan Turner Paine, born March 16, 1940 and passed July 21, 2022, was one of a kind. He identified himself as a Lone gunslinger. “Not a leader, not a follower but someone who came into town, took care of business and moved on.” He was even more to the people who loved him. Husband. Father. Cousin. Grampy. Doctor. Rancher. Outdoor adventurer. “The Old Man.” Life counselor. Wine connoisseur. Sailor. Coach. Teacher. Friend. Construction worker. Dog lover. Story teller. Peacekeeper. He lived life to the fullest and took advantage of every opportunity that came his way. He loved meeting people, telling stories, and getting involved in different actions: Army Reservist, Arthritis Foundation, dog competitions and local activities. He especially enjoyed his time as a ring side doctor for the US Boxing Association in Pocatello and hanging out as a young man with his Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers, who kept the bond throughout life. The stories are endless and full of laughter. Jonathan became a doctor to be of service to people. He touched people with his generosity and if he didn’t have anything he would give you the shirt off his back. My dad was happy to accept a plate of cookies or a chicken for his services. He was definitely one of the good ones whom will be deeply missed for his good nature, sharp wit, and caring attitude towards everyone he met in life. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 55 years, Ann. His children, Randy and Eva, grandson, Benjamin, and an ocean of the most amazing friends. 
  • Quint, Jonathan B. '90 - April 11

  • Sanderson, James '50 - January 14

    James A. Sanderson died unexpectedly of kidney failure at the age of 89 on Jan. 14, 2022 in Ithaca, New York. 
    Born in Buffalo, New York in 1932, Jim was the youngest of three children born to Albert and Beatrice Sanderson.  There, he attended the Charles A. Lindberg elementary school and the Nichols School where he was awarded the most demerits, but was also made captain of the tennis team.  While at Nichols, he also played hockey, culminating in a tournament at Madison Square Garden. He then did a post graduate year at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.
    In 1950, he entered Dartmouth College, where he majored in history, hard cider, and skiing.  Jim, an accomplished jazz pianist, would regale the co-eds who visited Dartmouth with songs like "Moonglow" and "Sarah in Her Chevrolet."  He received his BA, and in 1955, an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School. 
    He was then drafted and served as a finance instructor in the Army, stationed in Indiana.  In 1958, he returned to Buffalo and went to work for Marine Midland Bank, starting out in investments.  He married in 1960 and was later was promoted to Vice President moving his family to Rochester, New York in 1968.  In 1970, Jim went to work at the Cornell University Investment Office in Ithaca, New York and by the mid-1980's was its Chief Investment Officer overseeing one of the largest university endowments in the United States. 
    In 1993, Jim founded Sanderson Capital Management, Inc. where he managed the investment portfolio of Nichols’ endowment and other Buffalo institutions.  After 15 years, he sold the firm to J.W. Burns of Syracuse for which Jim continued to successfully manage investments until his death. 
    He had been a past member of the Saturn Club, Buffalo Country Club, Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club, and the Crag Burn Golf Club.
    Jim was a devoted husband and a wonderful father.  He was predeceased by his siblings, Robert C. Sanderson and Joan S. Rickers, both of Buffalo.  He leaves a widow, Mary, three grown children and four grandchildren.  Services will be private.  The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Jazz Foundation of America.
  • Schnatz, J. David '49 - October 27

    SCHNATZ - J. David
    J. David Schnatz, a man of virtue and strength peacefully passed away on October 27, 2022. Dave was a proud native of Buffalo, NY where he was born, raised and educated. It was in Buffalo, while attending the University of Buffalo (UB) Medical School, where he met Carolyn, the love of his life and steadfast partner for over 65 years. A Magna cum Laude graduate of both Princeton University and the UB Medical School, Dave began his medical career in the Endocrine Fellowship Program at the University of Washington in Seattle where he subsequently joined the faculty. Family and home, however, pulled Dave, Carolyn and their toddler, Julie, back to Buffalo. There he joined Buffalo Children's Hospital, establishing and heading a diabetes program treating patients and training residents. A Professor at the UB Medical School, Dave began a career of teaching and training. Soon after returning to Buffalo,
    Peter was born. Carolyn and Dave happily immersed themselves in Buffalo with family, faith and work filling their lives. But professionally, Dave grew restless. It was a very difficult decision to leave a place where both Dave and Carolyn had deep roots and lifelong friends. In 1977 the Schnatz family left Buffalo and moved to West Hartford where Dave joined Saint Francis Hospital. There he was appointed Director of Medicine as well as Professor of Medicine at the UCONN Health Center. While at SFH he dramatically grew both the faculty and full-time staff. Throughout his career, he trained hundreds of residents with endless devotion to their professional and personal development. Selfless, humble and caring, he led his students by example. The tall man with the great big smile was widely recognized and admired by his colleagues, staff and patients. His attention to detail and care for his students and patients was remarkable. Those characteristics, which he quietly demonstrated daily, were embraced and celebrated by all who knew and worked with him. Dave's devotion to his work was matched only by his devotion to his family. Together with Carolyn, they raised two children they loved unconditionally. As he did at work, he led his children by example. Everything he did had purpose; his kind, gentle, loving way was embraced and easy to emulate. Whether it was how to treat and respect people or how to fix a broken window, Dave showed the way by example. His children and grandchildren adored him and learned so much from him, a lifelong teacher. Tall. Kind. Gentle. Noble. Humble. Compassionate. Precise. Diligent. Nonjudgmental. Faithful. Holy. These are words often used by his friends and colleagues to describe the man we will miss who has left us with so much. J. David Schnatz is survived by his soulmate, partner and wife Carolyn Schnatz. He leaves his daughter, Julie Schnatz Rybeck and her husband Dean Rybeck as well as his son, Peter F. Schnatz D.O. and his wife Melanie. Dave was a proud grandfather to 6 grandchildren he deeply loved: Margo and Lincoln Rybeck, Rebekah, Abigail, Sarah, and David Schnatz. He is also survived by his brother Paul T. Schnatz M.D. and his wife Libby Brough. A celebration of Dave's extraordinary life will be held in the sanctuary of the church he loved and faithfully supported, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut on November 19, 2022, at 10:00 am.
  • Smith, Richard "Sky" '48 - March 2

    July 4, 1930 - March 2, 2022
    His nickname, "Sky," was short for "Skyrocket," and Richard S. Smith Jr. kept the fireworks going throughout his life.
    Whether it was winning awards at summer camp, dancing the limbo or singing ribald songs, Mr. Smith had a blast.
    The chairman and former CEO of Rigidized Metals Corp. died Wednesday in a hospice bed in his home in Pelican Bay, Fla. He was 91.
    His nickname derived from being born on the Fourth of July.
    “Dad taught me how to wear a hat, and a ton about running and managing a business,” said son Richard S. “Rick” Smith III, the third-generation CEO who succeeded his father at the Rigidized helm in 2000. “Oh, and that it’s OK for grown men to skip down the street.”
    Richard S. Smith Sr. founded Rigidized Metals more than 80 years ago, and the specialty steel company has been located on Ohio Street in Buffalo since 1943.
    Mr. Smith was born in Syracuse, but grew up on Meadow Road in Buffalo. He attended Nichols School before going to St. Andrew's, an Episcopal boarding school in Middletown, Del., where he graduated in 1947.
    Mr. Smith told his family he held the record for the fastest mile run in Delaware for more than 50 years. He also excelled in enough other sports that he was awarded the Stephenson Cup at Camp Choconut, a summer camp in Friendsville, Pa.
    He was good at baseball, tennis, track, squash, golf and double solitaire, his family said.
    Mr. Smith entered Lehigh University after graduating from St. Andrew's, but the Army called and interrupted his studies.
    He was honorably discharged in 1955, finished a degree in metallurgical engineering at Lehigh in 1956, and joined Republic Steel in Cleveland.
    Mr. Smith moved to Canton, Ohio, in 1964, but in 1968, his father summoned him to Rigidized, where he became president and CEO in 1972.
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    Steel coils at Rigidized Metals, 658 Ohio St., in Buffalo. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
    After stepping down as CEO, Mr. Smith became the company's chairman of the board in 1976 and served in that capacity until his death.
    He was a Republican Party committeeman in Buffalo, a multi-gallon Red Cross blood donor, a former president of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Saturn Club and the Country Club of Buffalo.
    Mr. Smith also had his own spin on the English language and a taste for naughty songs, which he sang even on his deathbed.
    "He had a certain lexicon. He knew a bunch of those songs," his son said. "We actually recorded them at Outer Limit Studio on Walden Avenue. We had him do that about 10 years ago. He sang those off-color ditties well."
    He had other talents, too.
    "He was the best limbo guy," Richard III said. "I don't know how he did it."
    Mr. Smith married Judith Graves Putnam in Buffalo in 1957. She told one of her daughters that when she married Mr. Smith, she knew she would never be bored.
    Shortly before her death in 1998, Mrs. Smith told her children, “Your father will have to marry again because he cannot cook, and God knows he doesn’t know how to do laundry."
    The following year, he married Beverly Gifford.
    She and Richard Smith III survive him, as do daughters Cynthia Sawyer and Pamela Graver, and nine grandchildren.
    Mr. Smith's first wife is buried in Forest Lawn, in a grave marked by a birdbath with a bronze bird perched on it.
    "The only wish my dad had was to get another bronze bird for the birdbath," Richard III said.
    Rigidized will hold a memorial service at noon July 4 at company headquarters.
  • Straub, Tracy '83 - July 21

    Tracy M. Straub, beloved wife of Brad Johnson, of Bethesda, MD and cherished daughter of Bill and Kathy Straub of Ft. Myers, FL passed into God's loving arms on July 21, 2022.

    Tracy was born in Miami, FL on May 27, 1965, and raised in Buffalo where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987.

    She served as a Page in the House of Representatives in 1980 and, at the time, lived with her uncle James Molloy, then Doorkeeper of the House of Representatives, her Aunt Roseann and cousin Amy.

    In 1987, Tracy was appointed the Director of the New York State Senate's Washington Office where she advised New York State Senators in Albany on federal issues impacting New York State and communicated state concerns with the New York congressional delegation. She then served as a health policy advisor to former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber working closely with the Governor's cabinet, top state officials, and the Oregon congressional delegation. Tracy continued her public service as an officer of the Congressional Federal Credit Union.

    In 2002, Tracy became a licensed mortgage banker and worked at several mortgage banking firms. She received several awards for outstanding service and was employed as a mortgage banker at Bank of America at the time of her passing.

    Tracy's high energy and positive outlook defined her life and close relationships. She was known as a kind and considerate friend with a contagious and freely given laugh. That laugh and Tracy's generous spirit now echo in the many lives she touched. She loved skiing, dancing, body surfing, international travel and spending time with friends and family.

    She is survived by her brother Tim, his wife Jen and their children Will and Sydnee; her brother Tom, his wife Kathie and their children Natalie and Kaitlyn; her Aunt Roseann Molloy; her cousin Amy Bogardus, her husband Mike and their children Catherine and Caroline; her stepson Nathan Smith, his wife Ashley and their children Forrest, Bodi and Sky.

    Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pumphrey's Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD. A Mass will be held on August 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Nativity of Our Lord Church in Orchard Park, New York.
  • Tirrell, Hugh K. '62 - January 23

    Hugh Kennedy Tirrell, 77, of Scottsdale, lost his battle with kidney and heart disease on January 23, 2022. He was raised in Buffalo, NY. He graduated from Northwestern University and earned his MBA from Stanford University.

    His life was influenced by drama, music, sports and art. He created Visucom Productions to write, direct, produce and distribute over 50 education and training films, some of which won National and International awards. He was the Executive Producer of the Claymation feature film "The Adventures of Mark Twain". Hugh envisioned the "I Am America" series of books for children as his legacy. He completed four of them before his passing: Arizona, California, Florida and Colorado.
    Spending time with friends and family was most important to him. He is survived by two sisters, Susen Fagrelius and husband James of Minneapolis, MN, and Priscilla Bisher and husband Frank of Albuquerque, NM; two nieces, Helen Fagrelius and Erika and husband Jeron; two nephews, Miles Bisher and fiancé Lindsey Gordon and Alan Fagrelius and wife Lauren; two grandnephews, Quinton Bisher and Cooper Fagrelius; one grandniece, Giavanna Williams; and many good friends and dedicated caregivers. He was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Stanley Tirrell and brother David.

    The family requests donations in his honor be made to the Hopi Museum
  • Webb, Thomas '55 - August 23

    WEBB - Thomas E., Esq. Of Getzville, NY, August 23, 2022. Beloved husband of Lynn (nee McDonald) Webb; devoted father of Justin (Lisa) Webb, Rachel Webb and Brian (Kelsey) Webb; adored grandfather of Katherine, Haley and Emily; dear brother of Richard (Karen) Webb, the late James (Darlene) Webb and the late Susan Norton; also survived by many nieces and nephews; former husband of Angeline (DiNatale) Webb. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 11am in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY. Please assemble inside the Delavan Ave. gate entrance.
  • Weil, Raymond '71 - May 18

    WEIL - Raymond Ph. Jr.
    May 18, 2022. Beloved husband of Carol (York) Weil; loving father of Brian (Natalie) Weil and Kristin (Timothy) Nichter; loving grandfather of Audrey and Ian Weil and Henry and Luke Nichter; brother of Carrie (Douglas Martin) Weil, Steven Weil, and Emily Weil; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo, NY, on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Please share memories and online condolences at


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  • Anthone, Sidney '42 - April 30

    Jan. 10, 1925 – April 30, 2021
    Dr. Sidney Anthone, a surgeon who performed the first kidney transplant in Western New York with his identical twin brother, died April 30 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 96.
    Born in Buffalo, younger than his brother Roland by minutes, they were the sons of Joseph Anthone, founder of Anthone Furniture Co. on Genesee Street.
    He and his brother were 1942 graduates of the Nichols School and both enrolled at Harvard College. They interrupted their studies to serve together in the Army stateside during World War II, first in the infantry, then in the Corps of Engineers. Both attained rank of corporal.
    Returning to Harvard, the brothers took summer courses and completed their bachelor’s degrees under an accelerated program in two years. They graduated from medical school at the University of Buffalo in 1950.
    As surgical interns at Buffalo General Hospital, one brother often was mistaken for the other. His son, David Anthone, recalled how one patient, seeing both of them at his bedside as he awoke after surgery, feared his eyes had been affected by the procedure because he thought he was seeing double.
    They eventually solved the confusion by wearing different watchbands – Roland’s was gold, Sidney’s was silver – and with their eyeglasses. Later, Sidney grew a mustache, while Roland remained clean-shaven.
    The Anthone brothers helped start a kidney dialysis service at Buffalo General in 1955. To find a better treatment for renal disease, the Anthones researched transplants and performed the first kidney transplant operation in Western New York in 1964.
    The brothers often performed surgery together and for many years did the majority of kidney transplants here.
    They went on to develop comprehensive transplant programs at Buffalo General and Children’s hospitals. In 1979, they started New York State’s ?rst dialysis service outside of a hospital, the Western New York Arti?cial Kidney Center.
    Dr. Sidney Anthone also was clinical assistant professor of surgery at the UB Medical School, medical director of the Hemodialysis Unit at Buffalo General Hospital from 1957 to 1995 and co-director of the renal transplant program at Buffalo General from 1964 to 1995.
    After he stopped practicing in the late 1990s, he served as medical director for Upstate New York Transplant Services from 1998 to 2004.
    He and his brother were authors of more than 30 scientific publications. They were both members of the Organ Procurement Agency of WNY and Upstate New York Transplant Services.
    Dr. Sidney Anthone was a past president of UB Medical Alumni Association, past president of the medical staff at Buffalo General Hospital, former vice-president of the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York and past president of the board of directors of Upstate New York Transplant Services.
    He and his brother received many honors together, including Gift of Life Awards in 1979 from the National Kidney Foundation, its highest honor. He also was recognized as Alumnus of the Year in 1996 by the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western New York and received a lifetime achievement award from the UB Medical Alumni Association.
    In retirement, he took up sculpting and painting. His children noted that he was very prolific – churning out a painting a week. He moved to Los Angeles five years ago.
    His wife of 50 years, Lee Gross Anthone, founder of the Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo, which bears her name, died in 2001. His brother died in 2020.
    In addition to his son, survivors include three daughters, Marcie Anthone, Lauren Anthone and Elle Anthone Barnhart; his companion, Ruth Palanker; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
  • Barber, David (Former Faculty) - October 13

    BARBER - David Lansing
    David Lansing Barber was called home to God October 13th, 2021. He was just a month shy of being 89 years old. David was born November 17th, 1932, in Buffalo to Ruth Vincent and Henry Lansing Barber. He has two surviving siblings, Peter and Brooke Barber. He has two children, Vincent Lansing '74 (wife Karen) and Cristy Ruth Peck '76 (husband Bob); and four grandchildren, Nicole Elisabeth Linsley, Kaitlin Evangeline Barber-Ploof, Byron Joshua Peck and Neal Thomas Peck. For more information please visit, A memorial service will take place at Asbury First Methodist Church in Rochester November 17th at 10:00 AM and his interment will take place at Elmlawn Cemetery in Buffalo at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lollypop Farm (, where he adopted his cat who gave him great companionship or to the American Lung Association ( or to CASA Rochester/Monroe County (
  • Barrett, Edward M. '70 - November 23

    Edward M. Barrett passed away in his home in North Bangor on November 23, 2021 at the age of 69. He was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to North Bangor in 1997.
    He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Edward and Bridget, and one grandchild.
    There was a private memorial service held for the immediate family. To leave a message for the family, please visit
  • Benatovich, Lorelei Fox P'79, '82 - April 29

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    Lorelei Fox Benatovich, forever 39 (FEBRUARY 13, 1935 – APRIL 29, 2021)
    No ordinary woman, funny, warm, loving, generous, smart and a little bit of kookiness, Lorelei Fox Benatovich will be missed by her family more than imaginable. Anyone lucky enough to have known her, was quickly engulfed in her world- whether you wanted to hear about her daughters or her granddaughters or not!
    Although born in the north (Minneapolis, Minnesota), she was raised in Houston, Texas, and always identified as a Texan, even if sometimes “misplaced” in New York or Rhode Island. Lorelei was a true Southerner- complete with a hint of accent (especially after a phone call with her parents or other Texas friends), Southern hospitality, and a few confederate dollars.
    She attended Sophie Newcomb College (the women’s college of Tulane University) in New Orleans and was a member of the AE Phi Sorority.  While visiting family in Buffalo, NY during the summers away from Houston, she met her husband of 62 years, Harvey Benatovich, and lost most of her accent during her first Buffalo blizzard. At parties, the Benatoviches were always the first couple on the dance floor and the last to leave it!  Her favorite dance spot, however, was in the back of the Amphitheater in Chautauqua!
    A favorite nursery school teacher in her early career, she later opened Lorelei Graphics Gallery. However, it was more important to her to never miss a match or game and to root for her kidssports teams. That tradition continued in the next generation and was she was a loyal, snack providing fan of Classical High School Girls’ Tennis Team in Providence, RI.
    Survived by her loving daughters, Penny Benatovich and Lisa Brosofsky, her son in law, Dan Brosofsky, and the loves of her life, her twin granddaughters Sarah and Jillian Brosofsky, as well as Eric Brosofsky, many nieces and nephews, and countless wonderful friends.  She was pre-deceased by her parents,  Sam and Mary Fox, her brother, Myles Fox, as well her husband, Harvey Benatovich.
    No one loved her family more than Lorelei. She lived for her girls” and was a fierce Mombo/Mama Bear.  A force of nature.  Indelibly in our hearts and souls forever. A life full of love.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Loreleis honor and memory to Temple Beth- El of Providence, RI; The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI; Winslow Gardens/Alderbridge Community (E.Providence); Evergreen House Health Center (E.Providence), and  Hope Hospice (Providence, RI).  A memorial service celebrating Lorelei and Harvey will be held at a later date.
  • Brown, Aungela '75 - May 7

    AUNGELA LAVETTE BROWN entered into eternal rest on May 7, 2021. She leaves to cherish her loving memories a host of family and friends. 
  • Brown, Malcom '49 - November 3

    Malcolm Spencer Brown passed from this life, with courage and purpose, on November 3, 2021. He died peacefully at home, his wife, Anne and daughter, Melissa by his side. 
    A Renaissance man, Brown moved easily from philosophy to mathematics to environmental and social justice work. An Emeritus Professor of Greek Philosophy at Brooklyn College and scholar on the works of Plato, Brown was also a pioneer in renewable energy and community-led public radio. 
    Born in Beirut, Lebanon, to missionary doctors Roswell and Enid Crump Brown, on February 27, 1932, Brown was raised in Buffalo, NY, and married three times. With his first wife, Carol Gardner, he had three children, Duncan, Charlotte, and Lydia. With his second, Virginia Hayden, he had two, Melissa and Greg. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Anne Larsen, his brother Norm and family; Carol, Duncan and Lydia Brown; Virginia Brown, and Melissa Brown Neubauer, her husband Kurt, and grandchildren, Tess and Alec Neubauer. Also surviving are special friends, Kevin and Barbara Gref. He is predeceased by his son Greg, his daughter Charlotte, and his granddaughter Haley. 
    Malcolm graduated Amherst College in 1953, received his doctorate from Columbia University, and taught Philosophy in colleges including Reed, St. John's (Annapolis), Barnard, and 17 years at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center. While at Barnard College, he was known for getting to class by biking across the George Washington Bridge from his home in Leonia, NJ. In 1970, he spent a year as a fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in DC pursuing his research into mathematics at the Old Academy. At CUNY, he was a pioneer in integrating computers in humanities research and through the 1970s arduously transliterated Greek to machine-readable form. He published a word concordance to Euclid and other ancient authors using modems, mainframes and aided by his student and lifelong friend, Philippe Charles. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Brown published and presented papers at scholarly conferences in the U.S., France, and England. He also edited texts still in use in college classrooms. 
    After marrying Anne on a bike trip to Alaska in 1985, Malcolm took early retirement from his academic duties to pursue his other interests, moving to an "unrenovated" barn with scant running water, wood heat, and an outhouse in New York's Catskill Mountains. There, he farmed, kept up to 60 beehives, and started another phase of his life. He and Anne developed a micro-hydro facility on a small dam in Jeffersonville, NY, negotiated a contract with the utility company, and founded community public radio station WJFF on adjacent land in 1990, thereby creating the only directly hydro-powered station in the nation. Malcolm joined in the physical labor on all his projects, alongside construction workers and many volunteers, and when it was time to hang the transmitter, he climbed the tower with the engineer. He also took his turn doing on-air announcing with a particularly soothing, yet confident, on-air demeanor, leading one listener to comment, "If I have to hear about the end of the world, I want to hear Malcolm's voice tell me." (
    In 1992, he spent a year in post-Communist Bulgaria, where he taught philosophy, while Anne established a library at a newly established liberal arts college, the American University of Bulgaria. On their return, they opened The Good Earth health food store on Main Street, Jeffersonville. After several years, they moved to Hull, Massachusetts, where Malcolm championed wind power, getting elected to the Light Board on a renewable energy platform. The first commercial-sized turbine on the East Coast, Hull Wind 1, started producing power in 2001, followed by the first turbine on a capped landfill, Hull Wind 2. Malcolm was aptly called "the Johnny Appleseed of Wind" due to his tireless work spreading Hull's accomplishments to other Massachusetts towns. (
    In later years, Malcolm returned to his scholarly work, researching at Harvard University and visiting manuscript collections and scholars in Oxford, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, and Venice. In 2004, he delivered that year's Rosamond Sprague Lecture in South Carolina, "Theaetetus, the Man and his Work: recovering some fragments." In it, he announced his idea of putting up for digital access the A.E. Taylor translation of Plato's Theaetetus, now in manuscript at University of Edinburgh's library. His interest in computerized open access led him to facilitate the digitization of Venetus T at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice. As was often the case, he connected people, asking questions, and discovered the Venetian photographer was the nephew of an Amherst classmate. His scholarship continued to the end, with the last posting to his website in Summer 2021. (
    Some might be tempted to reduce Malcolm's greatest power to his intellect alone, based on his razor-sharp mind and seemingly endless access to the data stored within. It would be a mistake to discount his other charms, which included gifts traditionally attributed to the right brain. He taught himself to whittle wood into art pieces, including a set of figural chess pieces, he sang with a choir, taught himself to play the recorder, devised his own hand-made sundials (including one made by slicing a tennis ball in half), and solved every manner of life's puzzles with his own creatively engineered tools. Malcolm's extraordinarily sensitive nature allowed him to "read" emotions in every given circumstance. He was greatly protective of others' feelings, even restraining himself from owning up to his superior mind if there could be any hint of arrogance attached. He was playful and sly and took pleasure in wordplay and gentle teasing. He was not shy to express his love and approached all people with kindness, interest, and respect. Malcolm was given equal pleasure by a joyful greeting by Roberto, a busman at the Blue Colony Diner, and being complimented on his French by President Mitterrand.
    A social justice activist, he put his body on the line repeatedly, including in his 80s at the massive 2017 anti-Trump Women's March. During the Vietnam War, he proved via solar angle analysis that a magazine cover of an anti-war march had been falsely time stamped to reflect a smaller crowd. He was ahead of his time in many things, from recycling in the '70s to driving electric cars in the '90s, to his present plug-in Volt. Biden administration's actions on climate change, renewable energy, high-speed rail, offshore windfarms, and nationwide charging stations allowed him to die confident about the future.
    Malcolm's scholarship searched for hapax legomena, words, or expressions that occur just once, to identify varying authorship in ancient texts. Hapax legomenon is a transliteration of Greek ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, meaning "being said once." As a human, he was just that: singular and unique and will be sorely missed by the many who loved and admired him.
    There will be no funeral or visitation.
  • Cathey, Eulis M. '71 - April 27

    June 13, 1953 – April 27, 2021
    Jazz lovers locally got to know Eulis Cathey in the 1980s, when his warm, smooth voice and his vast knowledge of the music were on display on the overnight show on WEBR.
    They had a chance to rediscover him in recent years on satellite radio, hosting shows on the Real Jazz and Watercolors channels on SiriusXM.
    In the interim, Mr. Cathey worked in the record business in New York City – first in promotion, then as a producer – and became a major figure in the world of jazz. On the annual jazz cruises in the Caribbean, which are billed as music festivals at sea, he was the host and one of the attractions.
    He died unexpectedly April 27 in his home in Buffalo, having returned here in 2017. He was 67.
    Eulis Merle Cathey Jr. was born in Buffalo, the older of two children. His father, Erie County’s first African American probation officer, had a vocal quartet in Topeka, Kan., that performed with opera singer Marian Anderson in the 1940s. His mother, Ruth H. Cathey, was a physical education teacher and girls’ basketball and track coach at Grover Cleveland High School.
    He attended School 53 and won the Buffalo Public Schools Richmond Speaking Contest. From fourth to eighth grade, he also was a member of the Buffalo Public Schools All City Band. He was admitted to the band a year early because of his talent on the clarinet.
    Enrolled at Nichols School, he was president of his freshman class and was an outstanding athlete in three sports.
    He was a receiver on the football team, which went undefeated during his senior year. He was captain of the basketball team and, playing his final game as guard, scored 30 points. On the track team, where he also was a captain, he was part of the 880-yard relay team that broke the school record in 1971.
    “ ‘Three Sport Varsity’ was a big deal back in the day, particularly for a sophomore to do it,” his classmate T. E. Caulfield said. “You don’t see it much these days. Two-sport captaincies were a big deal, too, as it speaks to the respect his teammates had for him.”
    He also was a member of the Nichols Glee Club and performed a particularly memorable rendition of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.”
    He enrolled first at Ohio Wesleyan University, then transferred in his junior year to the University of Dayton, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
    His first radio experience came in college, hosting jazz shows on the student radio stations at Ohio Wesleyan and UD. He also had a paid job in broadcasting at WDTN-TV in Dayton, writing, producing and scheduling all of the station’s on-air promotions.
    After moving back to Buffalo in the late 1970s, he worked as a counselor at Allentown Youth Service while hosting “Jazz in the Nighttime” in WEBR.
    “During our time working together, I very much admired his devoted and scholarly attention to the music he loved so much,” said Al Wallack, operations manager at the station and founder of the overnight show.
    Writing in 2017, Buffalo News critic Jeff Simon praised him as “one of the greatest jazz radio voices in Buffalo history.”
    The relationships Mr. Cathey developed with jazz musicians prompted him to move to New York City in 1987. He joined the urban promotion staff at Island Records, then went on to be Great Lakes regional promotion manager for urban music at Virgin Records.
    He became director of A&R (artists and repertoire) at Virgin Records, the storied jazz label, in 1990 and held the post for two years.
    He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1994 as co-producer on bassist Jimmy Heath’s Verve release, “Little Man, Big Band.” Other artists he worked with included Joe Henderson, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter and Gary Bartz.
    Mimi Gaber Kantor, who worked for Virgin’s sister label Polygram in the 1990s, recalled on Mr. Cathey's Facebook page that she “would run into him everywhere at all different times of the night. If I did run into him, I knew I was in whatever the coolest place was at the time and would end up having a fantastic conversation. He could put everything in perspective in an instant.”
    A friend, Mark Gaston Pearce, noted on Facebook: “What a treat it was to hang with Eulis and see him approach jazz greats with such familiarity. ... Yet, Eulis was part of our crew, a regular, not above talking trash ... while debating the latest NBA trades.”
    After Virgin Records, he was national director of jazz promotion for Atlantic Records for three years, then in 1996 became part of a start-up company, N2K Encoded Music, later N-Coded Music. Founded by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, who had established the jazz label GRP, it was the first record company to offer digital downloads of its music.
    Mr. Cathey was vice president for promotion there until 2003, working with artists that included Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer. He also produced several of the label’s jazz compilation albums.
    He was nominated multiple times for Promotion Executive of the Year by industry publications Radio & Records and The Gavin Report.
    He returned to radio in 2006 at WBGO-FM in Newark, N.J., the only jazz station in the New York metropolitan area, and was host of the “Sunday Night Music Mix” show until 2017.
    He described it on the WBGO website as “a four-hour musical journey that provides listeners with an opportunity to experience a variety of musical genres: jazz, contemporary jazz, jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Brazilian, classic R&B and more. The program is unique, I think, in that it offers music that, in many instances, can’t be found on the airwaves any more.”
    He also did voice-overs, worked as an independent record producer and was a consultant in promotion and marketing.
    In 2007, he became a program host on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and continued broadcasting until his death.
    Since returning to Buffalo, he was a host of the Pappy Martin Masten Jazz Festival and a board member of the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective. He also served as a consultant for JazzBuffalo.
    Survivors include his mother; his sister Patrice, a poet, interior designer and director of the Liberty Partnerships Program at SUNY Buffalo State; and three nephews.
    Services will be held at noon Saturday in the Alan Core Funeral Home, 1933 Kensington Ave.
  • Collard, Charles E. II '52 - January 3

    Charles E. Collard, 87, passed away on January 3, 2021 after a three-year struggle with dementia. He captured everyone with his wit, humor and kindness. “Charlie” as he was known, was described by friends and colleagues as “one of a kind” and had the biggest heart. He had a zest for enjoying life and was a person of both conviction and passion. Throughout his life Charles always had time to provide advice, offer guidance or mentor family members, colleagues and friends. 

    Charles was born in Buffalo, NY to the late Eugene B. and Eleanor (Talty) Collard and was the oldest of eight children. As a child he enjoyed spending his summers at the family cottage in Crescent Beach, Canada and this tradition continued into adulthood. Tradition was number one in his heart.

    Charles was a veteran of the US Army, stationed in the US and in Germany. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1959. Upon graduating MSU he worked as a Regional Supervisor for the Aetna Casualty & Surety Company in Buffalo NY, Toronto Canada and Garden City, NY. In 1974, he accepted a position with Associated Aviation Underwriters, Inc., now known as Global-Aerospace, Inc., Parsippany, NJ where he was employed as Vice President and Manager of Airline Liability first in New York City, and later in Short Hills, NJ until his retirement in 1998. Charles had a distinguished career in the aviation insurance field, working with major airlines and on disaster teams.

    Upon retirement, he knew he would be bored and set up Collard Network, LLC, a consulting company, where he continued to share his knowledge and expertise with Global-Aerospace and Crawford THG in New York City, among other clients. Charles also served as a trustee on the board of EAI Select Managers Equity Fund in Norwalk CT. Charlie enjoyed community involvement and while living in New York City was active with the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Upon moving to Montvale, NJ he was a member of the Montvale Municipal Committee and served as Treasurer. When he and Christine relocated to New Providence in 1987 Charlie joined the New Providence Republican Committee where he maintained his membership for many years, up until very recently. Charles also served as a trustee on the board of the New Providence Municipal Pool from 1990-1994. More recently Charles joined and was active in the New Providence Lions Club.

    Charles enjoyed traveling with his wife Christine, as well as reading, politics and swimming at the YMCA. He was always available to help others. In his active life and career Charles was an Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada and a member of the American Arbitration Association. He enjoyed attending Michigan State Alumni functions and sitting in the freezing cold watching countless football games. Through the years he received many awards and recognitions, but believed it was “all part of enjoying life”.

    Charles is survived by his wife of 39 years Christine (Borawski) Collard, his siblings: Eugene (Elaine), J. Anthony (Katherine), Dr. Timothy (Patricia), David (Ann), and Ann Genco (Dr. Michael). He is also survived by his sister-in-law Carol as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Charles was predeceased by his siblings Peter and Susan Fanning, and Susan’s late husband, Daniel.

    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial. Once current Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed or lifted, a Memorial Mass will take place at Our Lady of Peace Church, New Providence, NJ followed by a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Charlie’s life. Please visit for future memorial date and to share condolences with the family.

    Memorials to honor Charles may be sent to:
    New Providence Memorial Library, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974

    New Providence Police Department, PBA Local 132, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974

    New Providence Lions Club, PO Box 854, New Providence, NJ 07974

    Michigan State University Alumni, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300, East Lansing, MI 48824 or
  • Congdon, Bradford '56 - March 14

    CONGDON, Bradford A. Age 83, of Manchester by the Sea, died peacefully on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was the loving husband of Monika (Ehl) Congdon, with whom he shared 26 years of marriage.

    Born in Boston, MA on October 24, 1937, to the late Hartwell and Frances (Austin) Congdon, Brad spent his early years in Portland, ME. He graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY in 1956, and Hobart College in 1960. After college, Brad joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve - a very important time in his life. Much of his professional career was spent in Boston as a highly regarded financial advisor at Tucker Anthony, RBC Dain Rauscher, and Janney Montgomery Scott. A member of the Union Boat Club, he loved playing squash, running along the Charles River, and spending time with friends there.

    Brad was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Linda Dietz and Carol Haynes, and by his stepdaughter, Lisa Elwell. He is survived by his wife, his stepdaughter Heidi Cronin and her husband Mike, and their children Patrick and Tyler.

    An avid hiker, skier, biker, swimmer, and traveler...he looked forward to every adventure. In recent years, he loved spending time at the local library, outings on his boat, "Moving On," taking long walks with Monika, and enjoying all the many beautiful spots he made a part of his everyday world. He will be remembered for his engaging smile, the twinkle in his eye, his warmth and caring nature - and his sense of humor. Brad had a huge heart and made a lasting impression on all who knew him.

    There will be no Visiting Hours or Services at this time. The family will plan a Celebration of his Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, they would appreciate donations to the Senior Adult Unit at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 292 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
  • Cooley, Fred '57 - April 6

    Frederick Boyden Cooley passed away peacefully in his Buffalo home on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the age of 82, while listening to music with Val, the light of his life, and wife of 56 years. He spent one month in hospice care after struggling through the winter with multiple medical issues irrevocably complicated by COVID-19. Fred was born on February 24, 1939 in Buffalo, to Robert Adsit and Elizabeth (Westcott) Cooley. After starting his academic career at Nichols School and Albany Academy, he graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1957, and received his B.A. in History from Harvard College in 1961. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1961 to 1966. He often described his crashing of the coming out party of one Valerie Ann Comstock as the best thing that ever happened to him, much to the lasting chagrin of her father. In fact, Fred's mother had called Val's mother in advance to ensure approval, but per family tradition one should "never spoil the story for the sake of the truth!" Fred and Val were married on September 4, 1964 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. They returned to Cambridge where Fred received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1965. After brief stints as a salesman and software entrepreneur in Iowa and Kentucky, and the birth of three children, the family returned to Buffalo in 1976, where Fred discovered his true calling and received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from SUNY Buffalo, in 1981. Fred's compassion and loving advice for everyone he encountered left lasting impressions on friends and family. His constant jokes kept everyone going. He had boundless energy, insatiable curiosity, and a passion for music, especially jam sessions with banjos and a tambourine. His love of learning was lifelong. In retirement he mastered precision woodworking to build boats at the Buffalo Maritime Center and studied watercolor to paint portraits and landscapes. He sailed every chance he got (lordy, there are stories) while studying nautical charts, cloud formations and instrumentation in pursuit of a captain's license. Fred found ways to help just about everyone he met. In addition to serving as an Elder at Westminster, he had a longstanding commitment to the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, mentored formerly incarcerated people, and donated his counseling services to the Jericho Road Community Health Center. In addition to his wife Valerie; he is survived by their children, Sarah (Patrick) Cooleybeck, Robert (Sarah) Cooley, and Katrina (Jeffrey) Weller; grandchildren Anna and Morgen Cooleybeck, Linnea Cooley, Emma and Adam Weller; brother, Benedict (Diane) Cooley, and sister, Rebecca (Roland) Etcheverry; he was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elizabeth (Maurice) Pinto. Fred will be honored in a Celebration of Life in August. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's name can be sent to Jericho Road ( or Westminster Presbyterian Church (
  • Danforth, Frederick W. '46 - June 13

    Frederick Wilcox Danforth, Jr. died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family in North Haven, Connecticut on June 13,2021. He was 92. Fred was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Frederick Wilcox Danforth and Laura Ogden Warner. In 1946, Fred graduated from Nichols School in Buffalo, where he was voted Most Popular, Best Natured, Wittiest and Most Influential. In 1950, he graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics, played varsity hockey and was President of the Cottage Club. After Princeton, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and received his Bachelor and Masters of Law from Cornell and New York Universities respectively. He began his law career in 1954 with a prestigious law firm in Buffalo after which he became Assistant U.S. Attorney, W.D.N.Y. and later a member of the U.S Department of Justice (Tax Division) in Washington D.C. Fred always had an interest in teaching and in 1961, he accepted a position as Professor of Law at American University. He became known for his lecturing style, good sense of humor, great storytelling and easy accessibility for students. He was very well respected and continued teaching until 1972 as a visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Law. In 1964, he became the Executive Director of The New Haven Legal Assistance Association. He was instrumental in the establishment of law offices in the inner city neighborhoods to provide for those in need. In 1978, he became Deputy Corporation Counsel, Head of Litigation for the City of New Haven after which he became Head and Senior Partner of the Hartford and New Haven law offices of The Travelers Insurance Company, where he specialized in civil litigation. In 2000, Fred was honored by the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association with its Annual Award. He served as a member of the Board of Police Commissions in New Haven and chaired its public hearings on illegal wiretapping. He was active as a member and chair of the State Bar committees on the reduction and delay in civil litigation, civil justice and professional ethics. He chaired the Advisory Committee on Legal Services to the Connecticut Welfare Commission and served as Editor of the Connecticut Bar Journal. His publications include, "Court Delay in Civil Litigation," "Argentine Penal Code," and "Criminal Procedure." He studied the courts and law practices under the United Nations Fellowship in London, Copenhagen and Belgrade, and consulted on the development of legal services in numerous states for the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity. In 2000, he was appointed by the President of the World Bank as a consultant on legal services. Fred was known for his values of hard work, generosity, humility, fairness, strength and calmness in a crisis, and a deep concern for others. He was a man who adored his family and was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. His passions were also evident in his love for tennis and squash, which he played frequently at the New Haven Lawn Club, a place he loved and where he later served as President. He enjoyed discussing politics, current events and sports, particularly the statistics of his favorite teams: the Cleveland Indians, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills. Of all his hobbies, it was sailing that consumed him the most. He raced on Lake Erie and Long Island Sound, and spent many pleasurable times on the water with family and friends.
    Fred is survived by his wife of 59 years, Susan, their three children: Francesca Gurney Danforth, Edward Wilcox Danforth (wife Christine), and Mark Ramsdell Danforth (wife Pallavi), and six grandchildren: Carey, Scott, Kevin, Jack, Teddy and Alleigh. Fred will be buried in a private ceremony in Buffalo, N.Y. Donations may be made in his memory to the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, 205 Orange St., New Haven, CT 06510 or to Masonicare Home Health and Hospice, 97 Barnes Rd. Suite 4, Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements were in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, Hamden. To send condolences to Fred's family, please see
  • Dawdy, Cynthia Lee Baird '81 - June 14

    Cynthia Lee Baird Dawdy, of Youngstown, New York, and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, died unexpectedly at her home on June 14, 2021 at the age of 58. Cynthia was born in Niagara Falls, New York, on April 6, 1963 to Rosemary Dawdy (nee Noonan) and Keith Hamilton Dawdy, and grew up in Youngstown from age eight.
    Cynthia embraced life in Youngstown and was an active member of the Youngstown Yacht Club. She was a lifelong and passionate sailor, and gave back by founding the adult sailing program at YYC and forming the first all-women's race committee on Lake Ontario.
    Educated at Nichols School in Buffalo, she received her B.A. in English literature from Middlebury College in 1985, pursued doctoral studies in clinical psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and further graduate studies in psychology and religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Cynthia was a child prodigy as a harpist, studying under Suzanne Thomas, principal harpist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and made her debut with the BPO at the age of 11. She further studied at the Eastman School of Music under Eileen Malone. Cynthia went on to be Principal Harpist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Civic Light Opera, and performed with the San Francisco Symphony while studying under Anne Adams, Principal Harpist. To this day, it is possible to watch the 1984 national PBS broadcast of "A Christmas in Vermont," which featured Cynthia playing with the Middlebury College choir in a performance of Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols."
    Cynthia lived in the Bay Area for 11 years following college, both in San Francisco and in Fairfax in Marin County. After working in retail and as a harpist, she dedicated herself to training to become a clinical psychologist, where she was described by her classmates as the most talented therapist of her cohorts at the Wright Institute. She was awarded an honorary membership to The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco for her work in preventing suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge and offering therapy to children in Oakland gangs. Cynthia loved the music and art scene in San Francisco, regularly socializing with many of the Beat poets, and enjoyed riding horses and mountain biking on Mount Tamalpais. Her favorite activity was taking her beloved dog, Duna, and friends to Kehoe Beach, a secluded beach along Point Reyes.
    In 1996, following her father's death, Cynthia returned to Youngstown, New York, to oversee the closing and sale of her father's business N.B. Newcomb Co., a high-vacuum technology service. For four years, she enjoyed a social and sailing life in her hometown while working as Associate Director of the Research Institute on Addictions at the University of Buffalo, helping to oversee one of the most important generational studies on addictions nationwide.
    In 2000, Cynthia moved to New York City to pursue graduate studies at Union Theological Seminary, where she met her husband, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, a minister, theology professor, and higher education executive. The birth of their son, Hunter, reoriented Cynthia's life, in which she dedicated herself wholly to his flourishing, providing the most imaginative, creative, musical, and joyful upbringing one could imagine. Cynthia, Stephen, and Hunter went on to live in Galway, NY, Salem, MA, and Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, where Cynthia actively partnered with Stephen in his academic and ministerial positions. While Stephen served as the President of Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Cynthia was described fondly as the unofficial Vice President of Development, often welcoming donors, planning events and concerts, and hosting world renowned speakers to their historic home. Cynthia volunteered as the Development Chair on the Board of The Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods and regularly enjoyed the music and theater scene in Detroit.
    In November 2020, Cynthia, Stephen, and Hunter moved back to Youngstown, seeking a close-knit and cherished community of family and friends during the COVID pandemic, and she spent the remainder of her life with people whom she had loved for generations.
    Cynthia is survived by her mother, Rosemary Dawdy of Youngstown, NY; and her husband, Stephen Butler Murray; and their son, Hunter Hamilton Murray of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.
    A celebration of Cynthia's life will take place on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, New York, 505 Cayuga Street, Lewiston, NY 14092, with a reception following at the Youngstown Yacht Club, 491 Water Street, Youngstown, NY 14174.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cynthia L. Dawdy Scholarship with the Youngstown Sailing Foundation in support of the adult sailing program that she founded, or the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • De Graffenried, Michael '77 - February 6

    Micheal De Graffenried, age 61, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 following a lengthy illness. He was born in Buffalo, New York on March 17, 1959, the son of John Willie and Viola (Whitmore) De Graffenried. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Micheal attended a year of law school. Micheal’s career focus was in governmental operations, education, and human services. He subsequently served in a variety of administrative roles in Fort Worth, Texas, Kalamazoo, Cassopolis, and Muskegon Heights, Michigan. He truly enjoyed his vocation and was loved and respected by his supervisors and peers. On October 19, 1991, Micheal married Delonda (Gant) and they most recently celebrated 29 years of marriage. He and Delonda’s happiest moment was the day their beloved daughter, Rebecca LeeAnne was born. Her birth was a treasured gift that brought so much joy to their world! Together, Micheal and Delonda spent their careers helping and serving others, while being actively involved in ministry in area churches. They served as Founding Members of Resurrection Life Church, (now Radiant Church of Richland), and most recently at The Rock, in Kalamazoo. Micheal was a very kind, generous and faith-filled man, who took very seriously his calling to serve God, and God’s people. The foundations of his values were strong and were instilled in Micheal and his five siblings by his parents, and he deeply loved them all. Micheal’s relationship with the Lord, served as the source of his strength, joy and foundation of his character. He impacted lives, leaving an indelible imprint on the hearts of many. Those who knew Micheal, often described him as “One of a kind.” Micheal was preceded in death by his father, John Willie De Graffenried and his brother, John De Graffenried. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Delonda, their daughter Rebecca LeeAnne De Graffenried, both of Kalamazoo, his mother, Viola De Graffenried,  his sisters, Christine  and Mary De Graffenried of Buffalo, NY; Verneda Knight of Fayetteville, NC, brother Kenny (Evelyn) De Graffenried of Buffalo, NY, several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.
  • Diefenbach, Philip R. '52 - December 26

    DIEFENBACH - Philip Robert
    Passed away in Nashville, TN on December 26, 2021 after a long illness.
    He was born in Buffalo, New York, on January 18, 1933, to Norman and Katherine Schmidt Diefenbach. Phil is survived by wife, Susan (nee Wallace); five children, Hans, Gretchen Howell (Pat), Susan Smith (Kevin), Victoria Ahrens (Daniel) and Keith Forsman (Madoka); 5 grandchildren, Mark Diefenbach, Pamela Raymond (Zach), Meagan Ahrens, Elizabeth Gray (Nate) and Christian Howell; and 4 great-grandchildren, Lucas, William and Logan Gray, and Riley Raymond.He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Jean Sawdoo,(late Russell) and brothers, Norman (late Molly) and Christian (late Nancy) Diefenbach. Phil proudly served his country as a medic in the US Navy. He was a graduate of the University of Buffalo, with a degree in Chemistry, and retired as a manager at Dunlop Tire. Phil was a member of Parkside Lutheran Church in Buffalo for over 60 years. A Memorial Service will be held next spring in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory, to Aveanna Hospice, 235 Noah Drive, Suite 300, Franklin, TN 37064 or to Parkside Lutheran Church, 2 Wallace Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214.
  • Doyle, Kevin '73 - October 12

    DOYLE - Kevin S.
    October 12, 2021, age 66; beloved husband of Mary Etta Scaglione; devoted father of Emily, Eamon, Owen and Anna (Ben Tronolone) Doyle; loving brother of Megan (Anthony) Battaglia, Brian Doyle and Vincent (Kerry) Doyle; dearest son Joan (nee Whitehead) and the late Hon. Vincent E. Doyle, Jr.; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family will be present Tuesday. October 19 from 4-8 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Ave. (near W. Ferry), where a Funeral Service will be celebrated Wednesday October 20 at 10 AM. Friends invited. Interment to be held privately. If so desired, memorials may be made in his memory to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center at 665 Elm St., Buffalo, NY 14203 or the SPCA Serving Erie County at 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224. Share memories and condolences on Kevin's Tribute Page at
  • Georgi, Roger '53 - August 3

    GEORGI - Roger D. Died at home, at age 85, with his family all gathered, on August 3, 2021. Generous and kind, he was the Dad who played with all the neighborhood kids. He loved his wife and children, he loved science and clear-thinking, fairness and good conversation, reading, red wine, desserts, and laughter. He’d laugh until his face was red. He was a successful business owner but believed everyone should do what makes them happy. He will be missed very much by his wife, Angela; his three children, Mara, Karen, and David; his daughter-in-law Natalie and his grandson, Iggy; and neighbors who were great friends for decades. A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date. (There will be no wake or viewing.)
  • Gutierrez, Florentina P'80,'86 - July 23

    GUTIERREZ - Dr. Florentina (nee Carangal)
    Of East Amherst, entered into rest on July 23, 2021 at age 90. Beloved wife of the late Irineo Zarraga Gutierrez; devoted mother of Leslie Gutierrez '80 and Cynthia (Steven) Rosenblatt '86; cherished grandmother of Lauren, Alex and Lindsey Rosenblatt; dear sister of eight siblings; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville, on Thursday (August 5, 2021) from 3-5 and 6-9pm and on Friday (August 6, 2021) from 9-10am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct. (corner of Maple Rd.), Williamsville, on Friday (August 6, 2021) at 10:30am. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Please share memories and condolences online at
  • Hazelet, Robert '56 - September 20

    HAZELET - Robert P.
    September 20, 2021. Beloved husband of Margery (nee Rapp) Hazelet. Loving father of Robert Jr. (Sue), Daniel (Barbara), Kelly (Ron Suriano) Scheffler, Michael (Kim) and Rachael (Michael) DiMaio. Father-in-law of the late Gary Scheffler. Cherished grandpa of Lauren, Kyle, Matt, Michael, Luke, Jason, Kara, Greg, Joe and Abby. Great-grandfather of Sofia. Dear brother of Joan (late Tom) Toy and the late Gail (Bob) Nusall and John B. (Jane) Hazelet Jr. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Bob was co-founder of Bob and John's La Hacienda and the Wellington Pub on Hertel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to FeedMore WNY,
  • Healy, Thomas Jr. '46 - February 25

    HEALY, Thomas Bernard
    February 25, 2021, of Tucson, AZ and formerly of Buffalo, NY. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Joanne Healy, and their children, Katherine (Robert) Connelly, Thomas (Molly), Timothy (Oxana), Julia, Marni and Michael (Joy) Healy; seven grandchildren, a great-grandson, his sister, Mary Joanne Healy and nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Thomas B. Healy, Sr. and Frances D. Healy and his brother, Richard F. (Renate) Healy. Tom was a 1946 graduate of Nichols School and a member of the Williams College Class of 1950. In 1952, he earned an MBA at Northwestern University. Tom served his country as a Captain and pilot in the Air National Guard in the 1950's. Tom was employed at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo and enjoyed a career in business in Buffalo and Tucson. In Buffalo, Tom served as President of the Nichols School Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors for Child & Family Services and the Salvation Army. After relocating to Tucson, Tom continued to serve on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army. Tom was a member of the Rotary Clubs of Buffalo and Tucson. He was a passionate advocate for the developmentally disabled. Tom loved his family above all else. He enjoyed spending summers on the Canadian lakeshore and in Colorado. Tom was an avid golfer and fisherman who enjoyed travel and music. A true sportsman, Tom was an original season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Tom placed great value on education. He was a lifelong learner who attended the University of Arizona Humanities Seminars and supported the UofA Wildcats. Tom's family sincerely thanks his caregivers for their steadfast care. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at the Arizona National Veterans' Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to Wright Flight of Tucson ( or The Healy Fund at Williams College (
  • Hurwitz, Donald '47 - May 2

    HURWITZ - Donald Sloan
    Born February 12, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, died May 2, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Don graduated in 1947 from the Nichols School of Buffalo and went on to attend the University of Miami. He was President of Hurwitz Bros. Iron and Metal Company. Don enjoyed sports and was an accomplished golf and tennis player winning several club championships at Westwood Country Club. Above all Don was devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife Sandra; his son Donald Sloan Hurwitz III; his daughter Susan St. Pierre (Scott); his grandchildren Sydney Fay Dieter, Sloane Kane (Jake), Garrett Merdinger, Donald Sloan Hurwitz IV; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Lane Dieter; and his sister Barbara Davis (Michael). Contributions may be made to Ryan House, 110 W. Muhammad Ali Way, second floor, Phoenix, AZ 85013.
  • Jacobs, Jeffrey '63

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  • Karr, Darragh (Former Faculty) - October 10

    Karr-Darragh W. (nee Wright) of Lancaster, NY October 10, 2021.  Beloved wife of James Karr; dear mother of Jason (Michelle) Karr and Jennifer (Jay) Waterman; loving grandmother of Ben, Eliza, Loey, Anna Marie and Josephine; sister of Jonathan (Ginny) Wright and the late Mark (Janice) and Timothy Wright; also survived by numerous other family members.  No prior visitation.  A celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Darragh was a graduate of Buffalo Seminary.  She held two Masters Degrees, one Bachelor Degree and taught English/Literature at Nichols School.  Darragh also taught English as a second language in Ethiopia and Lebanon.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.  Arrangements by the Charles Meyer Funeral Home.  Share your condolences at
  • Kimberly, James B. '58 - June 4

    KIMBERLY - James B.
    Formerly of Santa Barbara, CA, and Buffalo, NY, passed away June 4, 2021, aged 81, in Los Angeles CA. Born and raised in Buffalo, James, also known as “Jamie,” was the youngest of three sons born to the late William F. and Emily (Bosley) Kimberly. He attended Nichols School in Buffalo, Berkshire School (’58) in Sheffield, MA, and Franklin & Marshall College (’62) in Lancaster, PA. Jamie was blessed with a nimble wit, a booming voice in speech and song, a love of art and music, and a jokester’s zest for life that proved an irresistible social magnet to many. A willing story teller, he held listeners in rapt attention with hilarious tales (sometimes tall) about childhood adventures in Buffalo, playing drums for The Fabulous Toads, U.S. Army intrigues in Cold-War Germany and whatever else was on his mind. A graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and later stationed in Frankfurt (West Germany) in the 1960s, his finely-tuned singer’s ear earned him unofficial secret-weapon status for his expert Russian-language skills. Professionally, his genuine and winning ways led to a successful career in fundraising for non-profit organizations. As owner of Kimberly Development Systems he raised capital for churches, schools, museums and other charities throughout Western New York and Southern California. His approach to fundraising was innovative, using computerized direct mail before database software was widespread. Devoted to his clients, he once flew on short notice to attend a client’s wedding in Louisiana, returning before dawn (still in formal attire), in time to host another client at lunch in Buffalo. Jamie was an enthusiastic gourmand who loved a convivial evening with friends, laughter soaring high. Also possessed of a fair share of human quirks, his big heart was fair balance. He had a penchant for seeking out and introducing long-lost relatives to each other (and to himself), and cared deeply enough about family ties that he changed his middle name to Bosley when, as a teenager, he thought his mother’s family name might die out. (It did not, as it happened.) Things became slightly confusing when Jamie moved to Santa Barbara, CA, and began asking everyone to “please call me James.” This solemn request, cheerfully ignored by many, ultimately stuck in his adopted community, where he will be remembered as fondly as in his native Buffalo. In declining health, his last years were spent at the Veterans Home in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Christine LaChance, of Portland, Ore., step-son, Manly Ishwardas, of Buffalo, and several loving cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, William Fiske (“Kim”) Kimberly, Jr. '47 (former Nichols faculty/staff member) and Newton Shepard (“Sam”) Kimberly '49. 
  • Knowles, "Dick" Richard D. '48 - December 5

    MAYVILLE- “Dick” Richard David Knowles, 91, of Mayville and formerly of Gowanda, NY, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 5, 2021 with family at his side.

    He was born January 18, 1930 in Gowanda, NY, the son of the late Coyle E. and Rae B. (Strauss) Knowles. 

    Dick was a 1948 graduate of Nichols School in Buffalo. He received a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Several of his children and grandchildren followed in his footsteps, attending the University of Iowa and/or becoming Engineers. Dick joined the Army Corp. of Engineers where he proudly served his country from 1953 to 1955 building air strips in Korea and Japan, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. 

    After his military service he worked as a Civil Engineer and Contractor as the owner of Terra Marine Dredging in Gowanda, NY. One of his local projects was installing the sewer line around the north end of Chautauqua Lake. Dick lived an adventurous life that included building an Eco Tourism and Sport Fishing Lodge/Business in a remote area of Cost Rica. He also designed and built four of the homes he and his family lived in. 

    He was an active member of the Christian Science Church and the Masons. He enjoyed wood carving, drawing, golf, Westerns, and spending time with his family. Dick taught many of his grandchildren wood carving and was also a Sunday School Teacher. 

    He is survived by one brother; “Rick” Coyle E. Knowles Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada, his loving wife Jacqueline (Duke) Knowles, whom he was married to for 46 yrs., nine children: Lindsey (Barry) Knowles Abrahams, Jody (Mike) Knowles Coulston, Amy (John) Knowles McCall, Bill  (Julie) Hirschman, Carol (Vinny) Hirschman Majchrzak, Scot (Kate) Hirschman, Brad (Sherry) Hirschman, Kurt (Cindy) Hirschman and Mary (Phil) Hirschman Smith, twenty seven grandchildren, and twenty eight great grandchildren. 

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife; Marjorie (Reineman) Knowles, and a son in law; Robert Knowles-Jackman.

    A Celebration of his Life will occur next July.

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  • Kraetz, Richard "Dick" James, Sr. '47 - April 2

    KRAETZ - Richard James, Sr. of Skaneateles, NY, and a Navy veteran of World War II, passed away April 2, 2021. He was 94. After surviving Covid-19 in December 2020, he could not quite fully recover and died peacefully surrounded by his family at the home of his son Rick and daughter-in-law Shelly. Born in Buffalo, NY to William and Enid Kraetz, he is survived by his children, Pamela Odlum (Michael) of Skaneateles, NY and Long Island, Richard J. Kraetz, Jr. (Shelly) of Skaneateles, Suzan Sletteland (Erik) of Bedminster, NJ, and William R. Kraetz (Chrissy) of Derby, NY; grandchildren are Katherine Odlum Moye (Loren) and Emily Odlum Andrews (Kevin), James, Taylor (Katherine) and Kelsey Kraetz, Sam, Peter, and Ben Sletteland and Hannah and Mae Kraetz; great-grandchildren are Andy (Emily and Kevin), and the twins, Alexandria and Augustus (Taylor and Katherine). He is predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lou Weil Kraetz, and his grandson, Andrew M. Odlum of Skaneateles, NY. Richard attended Bennett High School and Nichols School in Buffalo, NY and Hobart College in Geneva, NY. He lived in Buffalo and Rose Hill, Ontario, Canada for many years. He was an avid dog lover with a particular fondness for Golden Retrievers. He owned and operated a Chevrolet dealership in Buffalo, and along with his wife owned the Shop for Pappagallo, in Buffalo on Delaware Avenue, for 28 years. Richard retired to Venice, FL with his wife Mary Lou, and after 15 years they relocated to Skaneateles, NY. For the last three years he was grateful to the assisted living staff at Camillus Ridge Terrace. He was very happy there and in his glory as a crooner and avid participant in nickel bingo. Richard was a member and deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo. For many years he was a volunteer at Roswell Park Hospital in Buffalo and, along with his wife, tended the Memorial Garden at Roswell. Services are private. Contributions may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Box 631 Buffalo, NY 14240.
  • Lewis, Douglas R. '44 - April 2

    Born in Buffalo, NY on March 1, 1927, Douglas Roger Lewis died in Winston-Salem, NC, on April 2, 2021.

    Doug's life was focused on education, the arts, and serving the community. He taught at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, and Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA, before moving to Winston-Salem in 1957 to become headmaster of Summit School. During his 33 years at Summit, he oversaw significant physical expansion of the school and fostered an experiential learning environment that engages the whole person. The annual Pioneer Day at his beloved cabin at Traphill held a special place in his heart.

    He was instrumental in the creation of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the renovation of the Sawtooth Center, the establishment of the Stevens Center, and the creation of Winston-Square Park. He served on boards and committees for the James G. Hanes Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Horizons Residential Care Center, the Urban League, the Special Children's School, Crisis Control Ministries, Old Salem, Salem Academy and College, Wake Forest University's Board of Visitors, Winston-Salem State University, Downtown Rotary, Penland School of Crafts, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Elementary School Heads Association (serving as president from 1987-88). Doug led the initiative known as the Southeast Gateway project, designed to connect the School of the Arts, Old Salem, Winston-Salem State, and Salem College. He was also deeply involved in the creation of the Creative Corridors Coalition to reconnect neighborhoods divided by highways. He is survived by his wife Emilie Gratwick Lewis "Bingle," and children Becky (Roger), Duncan (Ulrike), Celia (Michael), and Malcolm (Marty), and six grandchildren.

    In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Summit School.
  • Lytle, Bruce '60 - August 9

    1942 - 2021
    Bruce Phillips Lytle, born in Buffalo, NY, on October 26, 1942, died on August 9, 2021, in Queens, NY, at age 78, of natural causes. Bruce attended Nichols School, Bates College, and Georgetown Law School. He joined the Bar Association of Erie County in 1967, then served in the army as a litigator during the Vietnam War. Son of the late William E. Lytle and late Emily P. Lytle and brother of the late John R. Lytle, he is survived by his sister, Valerie L. Gunning, and seven nieces and nephews.
  • Magavern, William John "Jack" '51 - January 10

    With heavy hearts, the Magavern family regrets to announce the passing of our beloved father Willard John "Jack" Magavern, Jr., 87, of Orchard Park, New York. Jack was the proud son of Willard J. Magavern and Mildred M. Magavern, of Hamburg, NY. Jack attended the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY and later graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. While at Colgate, Jack participated in the ROTC program, which led to his enlisting with the United States Air Force and became an accomplished fighter jet pilot. He also spent time with the National Guard after returning to Buffalo. After his time in the Air Force, he returned home and attend the University of Buffalo Law School in 1959. Upon his graduation, Jack joined his father in the Magavern & Magavern law firm in Hamburg, NY as a third generation attorney. His thriving practice was focused on real property law, wills and estate law, and banking law. The practice is ongoing today, with his son, Jeffrey C. Magavern, running the firm. Jack loved most sports and outdoor adventure. He acquired his passion for hunting, fishing, camping and skeet shooting from his father. He also was an accomplished sailor and spent most of his summers racing with his family aboard his sailboat "Turkey Shoot" on Lake Ontario, at the Island Yacht Club in Wilson, NY and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Jack was also an avid skier, tennis player, as well as a recreational airplane flyer. Jack frequented the Venice Flying Club in Florida, where he spent the cold winter months with his wife Marcia. His advice was sought by others, as evidenced by his service as President of Hamburg Rotary Club, Red Jacket Ski Club, Hamburg Indoor Tennis Club and NOMIS Hunting Club in the Adirondack Mountains. He served as a Board Member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Riefler Cement Company, Monroe Abstract and Title Corporation, Presbyterian Homes of WNY, First Federal Savings and Loan of Hamburg and Liberty Bank of Hamburg. Jack married the love of his life Marcia (McKeeman) in 1960 and they welcomed four children into their lives and homes, Sarah (Julian) Ambrus, Jeffrey (Jeanne) Magavern, Willard "John" (Diane) Magavern III and Katherine "Katie" Laird. Jack will also be remembered by his five adoring grandchildren, Emily Magavern, Jeffrey "Jace" Magavern, Jr., Courtney Ambrus, Jackson Bredenberg and Jason Laird. He is also survived by two sisters, Joan Gregory and Julie Smith, and a predeceased sister, Joyce Magavern. No prior visitation will be held, with a private family memorial service at this time. A Celebration of his Life will be held by his family for friends at a future date to be named. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to The National Audubon Society, or his favorite charity, The Wounded Warrior
  • McNairy, Rev. Philip E. '55 - May 29

    Philip Edward McNairy (84) of Red Wing died on May 29, 2021. Phil was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 6, 1937 to Philip Frederick and Cary Elizabeth (nee Fleming) McNairy. 
    He attended Breck Military Academy and completed his primary education at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, graduating in 1955. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, attaining a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1959. Phil served as a commissioned officer in the US Air Force from 1960-1963 stationed at Ft. Yukon, AK (radar maintenance and electronics). Upon leaving the military he began a teaching career at Nichols School in math and science, coaching football and hockey. He remained at Nichols through 1967. Feeling the call to pursue a career in the ministry of the Episcopal church, Phil enrolled in the Virginia Theological Seminary, earning his Master’s of Divinity. He was ordained to the deaconate in June 1970 in Minneapolis and to the priesthood on Feb 14, 1971 in Bedford, NY, such ordination being performed by his father, Bishop Philip F. McNairy.
    What followed was fifty years of devoted service as a priest serving in several Episcopal churches from the East coast to the West coast. His parishes included St. Mathew’s in Bedford, NY; Good Shepard in Athens, OH; Trinity in Alliance, OH; Grace in Sandusky, OH; St. Stephen’s in Longview, WA; and Christ Church in Red Wing, MN where he remained until his retirement in 2003. After retirement he continued his ministry by serving St. Mark’s in Lake City, MN, until his death.
    Phil was always involved in the communities in which he lived, focusing on service, ecumenical endeavors and youth projects. A lifelong member of Rotary International, he was highly involved in their youth exchange program as local chairman and personally hosted ten students from various countries. For his outstanding service Phil received the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship award. In Red Wing, Phil served on various boards including the YMCA, MSCST, RW Area Seniors, Rotary, Duff Foundation and the Sister Cities Commission. He also volunteered at the Sheldon Theatre and at Mayo Clinic.
    His favorite place to be was the family cabin on Deer Lake in northern MN, built in 1950, where he enjoyed his wood working hobby, sailing, kayaking, and especially fishing. Having played both football and hockey himself, he supported the Vikings and was an enthusiastic Wild fan. Phil will be missed greatly by his family, the various church communities he served and his lake friends of many years.
    Phil was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest sister Patricia McNairy of MPLS. He is survived by Linda, his wife of 45 years, their son Mark (Ashley) of Eagan, and 3 sons from his first marriage Michael (Lynette) of Sedalia, CO, Timothy (Kim) of Lakewood, CO, Peter of Roswell, GA, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, his sister Judy (Don) LeWin of Edina, MN, plus many nieces and nephews.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing on Tuesday, June 29 at 10 am with Bishop Loya and Rev. Letha Wilson-Barnard officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Christ Episcopal Church, Red Wing Rotary or Red Wing YMCA.
  • Nolan, James P. '47 - June 30

    June 21, 1929 – June 30, 2021
    There’s a newspaper photo from 1943 showing 14-year-old James Paul Nolan Jr. assisting physicians as a volunteer at Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle.
    “He was born to be a doctor,” his son James said. “His uncle died in World War I and he was going to be a doctor, so I guess he fulfilled that.”
    Dr. Nolan went on to become an internationally renowned liver disease expert and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
    He died June 30 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a period of declining health. He was 92.
    Born in Buffalo, the second of three boys, his father was a purchasing agent for Pratt & Lambert Paint Co. and his mother was a teacher. He attended the School of Practice at Buffalo State Teachers College and enrolled in Nichols School on a scholarship, graduating in 1947.
    He also received scholarships for his undergraduate studies at Yale University and to complete his medical degree at Yale Medical School in 1955. He trained in hepatology and internal medicine there under Dr. Gerald Klatskin, who performed the world’s first liver biopsy.
    In the immunology lab at Yale, he met Christa Paul, an epidemiology student from Sweden, and they were married in Stockholm in 1956. They first lived in New Haven, Conn., then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, while Dr. Nolan served in the Navy Medical Corps. He held the rank of lieutenant commander and examined residents of the Marshall Islands for injuries they suffered from atomic testing in the South Pacific.
    Returning to New Haven in 1958, he spent a year as a fellow in liver diseases at Yale Medical School and chief resident in medicine at Grace-New Haven Hospital, now Yale New Haven Hospital.
    Recruited by Dr. Evan Calkins, UB’s first university-wide Medical Department chairman, Dr. Nolan came here in 1963 as an assistant professor of medicine at one of the university’s teaching hospitals, Buffalo General Hospital, and in 1969 was promoted to full professor and chief of medicine at Buffalo General.
    In 1979, he became chair of the Department of Medicine at the UB Medical School and was appointed director of medicine at Erie County Medical Center. As chairman, he strengthened the collaboration between the School of Medicine and its teaching hospitals.
    “He was a kind gentleman,” said Dr. Jan Novak, longtime head of the gastrointestinal department at ECMC who Dr. Nolan recruited from Yale. “He was powerful, but he didn’t abuse the power. He was good to everybody.”
    Dr. Nolan was known for his discoveries about the role of intestinal endotoxins in causing toxic liver damage. From the time he first proposed the connection in the mid 1960s, he published more than 100 articles and lectured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
    He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Medicine Experimental and Clinical, and as a reviewer for a number of leading journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine.
    A past president of the Association of Professors of Medicine, Dr. Nolan began serving on the 26-member Board of Regents for the American College of Physicians in 1989 and was chairman in the mid 1990s. An advocate of establishing national health insurance, he took part in meetings on the topic in the White House.
    Previously, he was the society’s governor for New York State for four years, winning the Governor of the Year Award in 1988, and was president of the New York State chapter from 1987-88.
    He also played a key role in a legal case that brought about a revolutionary change in medical training. Chosen by the Bell Commission to investigate the medical factors behind the death in 1984 of the 18-year-old daughter of a powerful lawyer in a New York City hospital, his findings help exonerate a young intern and a resident accused of 38 counts of gross negligence. The case led to the passage of laws that now limit how many continuous hours that residents can work.
    Elected to mastership in the American College of Physicians in 1995, its highest level of membership, Dr. Nolan was awarded its Alfred Stengel Award for his contributions to internal medicine.
    UB presented him with the Walter A. Cooke Award for Meritorious Service to the University and designated him as a SUNY distinguished service professor in 1996, the year after he stepped down as Medical Department chairman.
    An avid golfer, he enjoyed winters in Florida and family gatherings.
    His wife, who worked as an epidemiologist and started the patient advocate program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, died in March 2020.
    Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Nolan; three sons, James P., Christopher J. and Thomas B.; and seven grandchildren.
    A memorial service is planned in the fall.
  • Pooley, Georgia P'80 - June 26

    POOLEY - Georgia J. (nee Johnson) of Buffalo, NY, June 26, 2021, at age 92. Beloved wife of the late Montgomery G. Pooley; loving mother of Georgia "Gigi" Helliwell, Leslie (Michael) Heffernan and Montgomery (Kate) Pooley '80; devoted grandmother of seven grandchildren; dear sister of the late George (Terry) Johnson, Jermain (late Ellis) Anderson and Wolcott "Skip" (late Joan) Johnson; also survived by nieces and nephews. There are no prior visitations. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
  • Rumsey, Nicholas P. '65 - June 11

    RUMSEY--Nicholas Perry Rumsey, a native of Buffalo, NY, was born on March 12, 1946, and died peacefully at his home in Essex, NY, on June 11, 2021, following a valiant struggle against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). After earning a BA from the University of Vermont, he earned an MA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, then taught industrial arts on both the high school and university levels. His woodworking skills included furniture conservation and detailed cabinetry, including exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, where he applied his skills in carving, marquetry, and inlay. Nicholas also loved the outdoors and was an accomplished skier, ice climber, and hiker, played tennis, squash, and pickleball, and was an angler and competitive sailor. Combining his passion for woodworking and his love of boating, he completed several scale-model RC boats and a classic pond yacht, as well as a small Wee Lassie canoe. In a second, midlife career, he became a RN and worked at the Maguire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
    He was preceded in death by his brother Douglas Rumsey and by his parents R. Douglas and Elizabeth Smith Rumsey. He is survived by his wife, Monica Scanlon Rumsey, his siblings, Margot Rumsey Banta and Ted Rumsey. his sons Adam Page Rumsey and Douglas Charles Rumsey, his stepson Carl M. Hamm, and his grandchildren Ben, Annabelle, and Lucille Rumsey.
    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to ALS Association or our local library, Belden Noble Memorial Library. 

    Additional words from his wife:
    Nick was an active athlete his whole life, including captain of the Nichols Squash Team in 1964-65. He was always proud of the high academic standards that were set for him at Nichols, and grateful for the focus on lifelong learning that was planted there. 
    After earning a Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and a Master's degree in furniture-making at the Rhode Island School of Design, he became an accomplished fine woodworker and an industrial arts teacher on both the high school and college levels. He also studied furniture conservation at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and was invited to work on several priceless pieces owned by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, where he also built exhibition furnishings.
    Nick was commissioned to create a Noah's Ark children's cabinet for St. Thomas' Church in Whitemarsh, PA. I designed a pattern of all the animals and people, and Nick transformed that pattern into a masterpiece of marquetry and inlay. 
    In a second career, beginning around age 50, Nick graduated with high honors from nursing school at the Southside Regional Medical Center and, as a registered nurse, worked another 8 years at the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, tending to the recovery of heart transplant patients.
    Below is a link to his obituary online at the John E. Roberts Funeral Home in Buffalo, which also includes a PowerPoint slide show that highlights his active life before he contracted ALS. He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo.

  • Schmidt, Ronald '54 - July 11

    Ronald F. Schmitt, 86 of Bonita Springs died July 11, 2021. He was born in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Nelson Pete Schmitt and Pearl Full Schmitt. Ron was a sales representative for American Airlines. Surviving are his wife Georgeann Dodd Schmitt; daughters Robin (Christopher) Neale, Lisa (Andy) Burkowitz, Wendy Simonin and Tracey (Jeff) Brann; 7 grandchildren; sister Sandra (William) Malcolm. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday August 21, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. in Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home. To sign Ron's guest register or to leave online condolences, please visit Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home & Crematory Family Owned and Operated Since 1978. 
  • Severance, Roger D. '51 - July 29

    Roger Danforth Severance worked long and hard to do good in this world. He endured seven years of pulmonary fibrosis with grace and humor. He died at home in Portland, Maine, on July 29, 2021 with his family by his side.
    The consummate public servant, Roger served in the federal government for 40 years, first in the U.S. Navy, and then developing and carrying out international trade policy. He served finally as Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Following his retirement from federal service, he founded and ran for 10 years Severance International, Inc., an international trade consultancy in Washington, D.C.
    Roger and his wife, Jane Hurd, moved to her family home in Boothbay Harbor, in his beloved Maine, in 2002. He delighted in sitting on the porch watching the harbor go by, reading or greeting friends who all enjoyed his wisdom, his dry wit and his charm. He and Jane traveled the world together visiting friends they had met in their respective international work. He organized a weekly tennis group for nearly 30 years. He enjoyed skiing with Jane, especially in Utah and in France, and kayaked happily in the Sheepscot River and the Belgrade Lakes. He loved running the Ocean Point 5K with his daughter, and he jogged on Portland’s Western Promenade until he was 80.
    Roger was a devoted baseball fan, following Detroit as a child, later the Orioles (before D.C. had a team) and finally rejoicing in the successes of the Boston Red Sox. While he followed the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, his winter passion was for years the usually triumphant University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.
    Roger believed in giving back to his community. He volunteered at Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, an Episcopal outreach program that helped recently released prisoners write resumes and job applications. He served as the senior trustee of the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor and organized a men’s breakfast group there. He was a longtime volunteer at Portland Adult Education where he fostered the creation of a program to guide immigrants one-on-one through the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The Portland School Board named him Outstanding Volunteer in 2014 in the Portland Public Schools.
    Born in Buffalo, New York, Aug. 20, 1933, the only child of the late Robert and Janet Danforth Severance, he enjoyed early magical summers at his family’s compound at Bay Beach, on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie. Roger’s father died when he was three, and he was sent to the Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut when he was nine. The payoff for tolerating four years of boarding school was summers at his beloved Pine Island Camp on Great Pond in the Belgrade Lakes in Maine. Later, Belgrade provided peaceful summers during annual trips home from diplomatic posts with his young family.
    Roger graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo and from Cornell University in 1955 where he majored in economics and history. He entered the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School, in Newport, Rhode Island in 1955 and was assigned to the staff of the Commander of the 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, and in support of the Taiwan Defense Command in Keelung Harbor, Taiwan.
    While earning an MBA at the Bernard Baruch School of the City University of NY at night and working for a firm that traded precious metals, he visited offices in the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Fascinated by the work generated by committed officers there, he applied and soon entered the program that later was named the Presidential Management Internship. He moved U.S. international trade policy forward in Eastern Europe, in India, in the Middle East and finally in China and other nations of East Asia and Oceania. While his children were young, Roger intermittently held Foreign Service positions in Tokyo, Japan and New Delhi, India, always returning to his home base at the Department of Commerce.
    Roger is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jane N. Hurd of Portland, Maine; his children, John Severance and his wife Jill Baker of Cannon Beach, Oregon, and Dr. Emily Severance and her husband Matthew Garvey of Baltimore, Maryland; his cousin Carolyn Cooperman of Asheville, North Carolina; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law J. Nicholas and Joan H. Hurd of Vero Beach, Florida and Southport, Maine and a loving extended family. Roger was predeceased by his parents and his former wife, Julia Winch Severance.
    A service celebrating Roger’s life will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, 125 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
    Contributions in memory of Roger Severance will be gladly received by the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, 125 Townsend Avenue, Box 468, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538; the Friends of Portland Adult Education, PO Box 3185, Portland, ME 04104; or the Hospice of Southern Maine through which Roger and his family received excellent and comforting care for nearly seven months.
    To offer condolences and share fond memories please visit to view Roger’s online memorial.
  • Smith, Charles A., II "Chic" '57 - January 25

    SMITH - Dr. Charles A., Ii "Chic" Age 82, of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of Williamsville, New York, died suddenly on January 25, 2021. He is survived by his two sons Charles A. Smith III (Amy) and Christian S. Smith, his three loving grandchildren Lucas, Britta and Sophie Smith, as well as many close friends and family. Chic was born in Buffalo, New York January 16, 1939 to Charles A. Smith and Arlene Smith. His father passed away in Germany during WWII and his mother remarried Charles Meiss Smith who lovingly raised Chic as his own. Chic attended Nichols School in Buffalo graduating in 1957. He then went on to study at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY), receiving his undergraduate degree in 1960. In 1964, he completed his dental school studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. From 1964-1966 he worked as an Army Dentist (Captain) in the US Army stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. After this short stint in the US Army, Chic decided to enroll in orthodontic school at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York City, receiving an MS in Orthodontics in 1968. He returned to Buffalo in 1969 and opened his orthodontic practice in Williamsville New York, where he practiced for over 30 years. Chic was a longtime ADA and 8th district dental society member, headed the University at Buffalo Dental Hygiene program from 1969-1971, was an active member of Nichols Alumni Association, Buffalo Yacht Club and an avid Buffalo Bills fan. In fact, the night he passed he had just watched his beloved Buffalo Bills lose in the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Chic was an avid traveler in his younger years, having been to Europe, Central and South America as well as most of the United States. He particularly loved the National Parks throughout the country, the Ronald Reagan Library and Cape Cod. Chic's stories will live on forever!
  • Smith, Marshall '65 - December 24

    SMITH - Marshall Lee
    Age 74, of Bradenton, FL, and formerly of Buffalo, NY, and Rockville, MD, passed away peacefully after a long illness on December 24, 2021. A beloved husband to the late Paula (Lincoln) Smith and son of the late Dr. Henry Lee Smith, Jr. and Virginia (von Wodtke) Smith. He is survived by sisters Heather (Smith) Kleiner and her husband, Dr. Scott Kleiner and Rev. Letitia Lee Smith and her husband Rev. Bradley Laycock and brother, Randolph Lee Smith and his wife, Olivia (Wood) Smith. He leaves behind his nieces Catherine Kleiner and Polly (Smith) Lenihan and nephew Benjamin R. Smith. A graduate of the Nichols School and Syracuse University, he also served in the U.S. Army. A private service will be held at a later date at Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville, NY. Flowers are gratefully declined.
  • Strachan, David G. '51 - November 9

    Jan. 10, 1933 – Nov. 9, 2021
    David G. Strachan was sitting at the annual Nichols School alumni luncheon in December 1956 when the longtime headmaster, Philip M. B. Boocock, approached him from behind, grabbed his shoulders and told him, “I want you in my office Monday morning.”
    Mr. Strachan, a 1951 graduate of the school, complied. At that meeting, Boocock made him an offer: “I want you teaching here in September.”
    Mr. Strachan went on to a 45-year career as a teacher at Nichols and was longtime chair of its Mathematics Department.
    He died Nov. 9 in St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 88.
    Born in Buffalo, he was the grandson of Col. Charles Clifton, chairman of the board of the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. He first attended the Elmwood School, now the Elmwood-Franklin School, and was enrolled at Nichols as a fifth grader. He went on to play varsity hockey and football at Nichols.
    Going on to Middlebury College, he was goalie on the hockey team and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He later earned a master’s degree in teaching from Harvard University.
    At Nichols, Mr. Strachan was credited with introducing the school’s computer class in the late 1960s and with organizing its first lacrosse team.
    In the late 1960s, he earned a National Science Foundation scholarship to study at Bowdoin College in Maine, where he earned a master’s degree. He also took summer continuing education classes at Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He and his family spent the 1970-71 school year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he was awarded an honorary visiting lectureship.
    Mr. Strachan was junior varsity hockey coach and was especially proud of his 1965-66 “golden oldies team,” which included seven seniors whom he successfully lobbied to keep on the roster. Several of those players remained lifelong friends.
    Known as a demanding teacher, he nevertheless had a playful side. He and his colleague Kim Kimberly founded a seventh- and eighth-grade softball league with fanciful team names like the Swormville Bees. They competed to play in “The World’s Serious” and finished the season with an elaborate mock awards ceremony.
    Mr. Strachan was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Nichols in 2000 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.
    He and his older brother, Malcolm, established the first fund at Nichols to provide summer stipends to faculty members who are attending conferences, revising curriculum or pursuing graduate programs.
    He served on the boards of the Elmwood-Franklin School and Buffalo Seminary. He was a 62-year member of the Saturn Club and a member of the Pierce-Arrow Society.
    Beginning in 1936, Mr. Strachan spent every summer at his family’s second home in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he enjoyed the Arundel Beach Club, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and riding in his Mini Moke beach buggy.
    Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Joan Rieckelman, a travel agent; a daughter, Alice Barr; four sons, Charles, James, Edward and David Jr.; and nine grandchildren.
    A celebration of his life will be arranged at Nichols next spring.
    David Strachan
  • Strachan, Malcolm II "Toby" - March 1

    STRACHAN - Malcolm II "Toby" passed on peacefully in Buffalo on March 1, 2021. He was born in Buffalo on August 2, 1930, the elder son of Alice Clifton and Kenneth Strachan. He attended Nichols School and received his diploma from Brooks School, North Andover, MA. Malcolm graduated from Princeton University in 1952 and received his architectural degree from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University, in 1954. After two years' service in the Army at Riley, Kansas and Wurzburg Germany, Toby was awarded a Master's degree in City Planning from Yale University in 1958. Toby worked as a land use planner and architect in western Pennsylvania for over 40 years, working for The Pittsburgh Regional Planning Association. From 1964 through 2001, he continued to provide services through his own firm, Malcolm Strachan, Planning Consultant, in Butler, Pennsylvania. This practice served municipalities throughout western PA with future land use planning and expertise with zoning and subdivision ordinances and land development. Malcolm was also a registered architect in the state, concentrating on park and recreation projects. Malcolm was a Past Chairman of the Pittsburgh Chapter of The American Planning Association, a member of The American Institute of Certified Planners, and Past President of the Butler Rotary Club. He was an Adjunct Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1982 to 1993. He married Claire Anderson of Pittsburgh in 1959. They owned a 40 acre farm in Butler County, raising two sons before Claire's death in 1992. In 2001 Toby married Alma Chapin Owen of Buffalo and returned in retirement to the place of his birth. He is survived by his wife, Alma, a son, Llewelwyn of Butler, PA and his brother, David G. Strachan of Buffalo. His elder son, Malcolm Strachan III, was killed in a 2005 light plane crash. A family Service of Remembrance will be held at a future date. Contributions in Toby's memory may be made to Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214, ( )
  • Walsh, Edward '43 - September 25

    WALSH - Edward F.
    Born in Buffalo on December 28, 1924; died peacefully at Canterbury Woods, on September 25, 2021, with his children by his side and his sister on the phone. His beloved wife for 66 years, Grace S. Walsh, predeceased him in 2018. Devoted father of Edward F. Walsh, Jr., Grace W. Munschauer and Nelson S. Walsh; proud grandfather of Liza, Ellie, Rick, Lyman, Virginia, Charlotte, Grace Louise and Nelson Jr.; loving great-grandfather of Avery, Haley, Grant, Addison, Colette and Alden. Loved all of the special members of his family who married children and grandchildren; Virginia R. Walsh, David A. Munschauer, Victoria S. Walsh, Sean P. Keenan, Andrew G. Beasley, Andrea L. Gaul, Perrin F. Duke and Joanne B. Stiles; two amazing family members surviving him sister; Jerry W. Clauss and sister-in-law Sally K. Walsh. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 11 AM, at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. Memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, 282 Babcock Street, Buffalo, NY 14210 or the Nichols School, 1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216. 
  • Ward, Charles '56 - November 22

    Charles Mead Ward, age 84, of Allegany, NY died Monday, November 22, 2021, after a life well lived.

    Born September 30, 1937, Ward was the son of Madeline and Hamilton Ward III, the former presiding justice of the State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District. His grandfather, Hamilton Ward, Jr., was New York State attorney general from 1929-1931.

    A graduate of the Nichols School in Buffalo, Ward served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1961 where he met life-long friend, Richard "the Corporal" Elliot. He started his career in the newspaper business at the Wellsville Daily Reporter in 1962 before accepting a position as a sports writer at the Olean Times Herald in 1969. Under the direction and mentorship of E.B. Fitzpatrick and his son, Grey, Chuck became news editor and then managing editor in 1976. He remained in that capacity until 1989 when he was named executive editor of the Portsmouth (NH) Herald. He then served as an editorial consultant for Thomson Newspapers in Boston and Pittsburgh visiting papers all along the east coast. Chuck returned to Allegany, NY with his family in 1993 as publisher of the Olean Times Herald, retiring from that position in 1997.

    In 1985, Chuck married the former Kathi Knight. At the time of her death in 1996, Chuck founded the Kathi Ward Foundation to honor her passion as a nurse and to support the professional practice of nursing in the Olean region. As age took its toll, Chuck was proud to find that someone caring for him had benefitted from the Foundation through training and ongoing education.

    Chuck was immensely proud of his roots, his brothers and his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling to Florida or visiting family in Vegas; he took his boys to San Francisco to meet "the Corporal" and took in ball games at Fenway, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. He loved the Bills and the TV always had a game of some sort on. Chuck enjoyed hosting friends for happy hour poolside and steaks on the grill. He loved to tell of escapades with his friends or summers on Hanford Bay with his brothers. Chuck lived for the sun and died with a tan.

    Besides his parents and wife Kathi, Chuck was preceded in death by his brothers, Hamilton Ward IV, Marsh Ward and Wallace Ward.

    Chuck is survived by his first wife, Donna Ward and their three daughters, Barbara Siciliano and husband Dan; Kathleen "Katie" Ward and Tiffany Brairton and husband Terry. In addition, Chuck is survived by two sons with his wife Kathi, Sean Ward and wife Molly Shea and Shane Ward. He is further survived by his grandchildren Joey Siciliano, Jane, Henry and George Brairton, and his best friend, Laura Schaaf and one of his favorite people, her dog Millie. Chuck is also survived by many members of the Ward and Knight families.

    Friends may call Friday, December 3, 2021, from 4-7pm at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 East State Street, Olean NY. Funeral services will be held at Saint Bonaventure Church, Allegany on Saturday (December 4, 2021) at 11am. Father Larry Ford will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany

    In honor of his daughter Katie and in memory of his wife Kathi, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Rehabilitation Foundation, 1439 Buffalo Street, Olean, NY 14760 or to the Kathi Ward Foundation, PO Box 481, Olean, NY 14760.
  • Williams, James 'Jim' '04 - April 28

    James Williams was a gay man who grew up in a conservative and religious milieu in Alabama, where homophobia was rampant. But over time, he saw the United States move toward greater tolerance, which he attributed partly to nonthreatening television shows like “Will & Grace,” the long-running sitcom with an openly gay lead character.

    While on vacation in India in 2017, he met Ayush Thakur and moved to India to live with him. Gay sex had been decriminalized there only in 2018, and Mr. Williams saw that persecution persisted. He thought that if Indian television shows were modeled on “Will & Grace,” they could bring gay people into Indian living rooms and help change hearts and minds.

    So he spent his days meeting with producers and others trying to get such shows off the ground.

    Then, last year, the coronavirus pandemic hit and halted his efforts. In recent weeks an explosion of cases has put India under siege, sapping medical systems, overwhelming crematories and leaving some people to die in lines outside hospitals.

    Mr. Williams tested positive for Covid-19 on April 24 and joined the desperate scramble for a hospital bed and oxygen. He eventually found both, his brother, John, said, but to no avail: He died on April 28 in a hospital in the Delhi region. He was 35.

    James Robert Williams was born on June 30, 1985, in Florence, in northwest Alabama, and grew up in nearby St. Florian. His mother, Kay (Carter) Williams, was a schoolteacher. His father, Paul Kenneth Williams, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War, was an I.R.S. agent.

    James’s mother died in a car accident in 1992, and his father committed suicide in 1995. Jim, 9, and John, 11, went to live with their father’s sister, Sharon Alexander, a volunteer for nonprofits, and her husband, Bill Alexander, a financial executive, in East Amherst, N.Y., near Buffalo.

    In addition to his brother and Mr. Thakur, Mr. Williams is survived by the Alexanders and their two daughters, Christie and Jessica Alexander, and their son, Doug.

    Mr. Williams majored in English at Columbia University. “He was a campus character, a big, tall, funny guy who always had a good story to tell,” Laura Kleinbaum, a former classmate and close friend, said in a phone interview. A talented writer, he loved composing observational essays and especially admired Joan Didion.

    After he graduated in 2008, he became a personal assistant to the writer Daphne Merkin and began traveling the world. “He was really into getting airline points, and he would make random trips to random cities to get them,” Ms. Kleinbaum said. “You’d be texting with him, and he’d be, like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m in Shanghai.’”

    Eager to understand his boyhood and his parents, Mr. Williams had begun an oral history project by interviewing his parents’ friends in Alabama. In those interviews, John Williams said, James was characteristically blunt, typically starting by saying, “You know I’m gay, right?”

    In recent months James was trying to get a visa for Mr. Thakur, who was by then his fiancé, so that they could be married in the United States. They had hoped to settle in Los Angeles and work in the entertainment industry.

    John said that his brother had “really believed in the power of the media to change the way people thought about certain disfavored populations.”
  • Wnek, Shawn M. '97 - December 20

    June 8, 1979 - December 20, 2021

    Wnek, Shawn: December 20, 2021; beloved husband of Sara (nee Smith) Wnek; devoted father of Cole and Kendall Wnek; dearest son of Jackie (nee Zawadzki) and Alfie Wnek; dear brother of Jill (Robert) DePerno and Jayne (Kevin) Osmanski; loving uncle to Mariona, Anthony, Austin, Kirsten, Cara, Jordan, Noah and Peyton. The family will be present Wednesday, December 22nd from 3 to 8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner Parker Blvd.) where prayers will be offered on Thursday at 8:15 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 AM in St. Amelia Church. Share condolences online at


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  • Ackerman, George Robert 'Bob' '45 - April 22

    “Bob” George Robert Ackerman, 92, of Shelley passed away April 22, 2020.

    Private family services will be held at a later time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley.
  • Alford, J. Keith - November 2

    Keith Alford (April 8, 1941 - Nov. 2, 2020) spent nearly all of his working years in the family business.
    You might know that business as Adam Meldrum & Anderson Co., the preferred department store of Western New Yorkers for generations, the eight-story downtown flagship renowned for its glittering Christmas window displays and cozy Yankee Doodle Room.
    Mr. Alford, of Amherst, died after a period of declining health. He was 79.
    "He loved working with people," said Mr. Alford's daughter, Ann Alford, who said he described AM&A's as a "challenging and exciting place to work."
    Mr. Alford was best known among his many friends for his easygoing nature.
    "People repeatedly talk about what a kind, gentle, honest and even-tempered man he was, and many people remember his great laugh," his daughter said.
    Born in Buffalo, Mr. Alford was the middle child of Mary-Louise Kittinger Alford and Dr. J. Edwin Alford.
    He attended Campus School, then Nichols School, and spent his final two years of high school at Williston-Northhampton School in Easthampton, Mass., graduating in 1960.
    On June 14, 1963, in Trinity Church, Mr. Alford married Wende Stevens Adam, the daughter of Robert Borthwick Adam III, grandson of the founder of AM&A's and the store's top executive.
    While the couple had "known each other forever," their daughter said, they had their first date at a New Year's Eve party at the urging of their younger siblings, who were close friends.
    He graduated in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in English from Syracuse University, where he belonged to Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
    From 1965 to 1966, Mr. Alford worked as a salesman for the Kittinger Furniture Co. in Buffalo. He then went to work for AM&A's, first as receiving and marketing manager, then as merchandising contractor. From 1969 to 1980, he was vice president of operations, guiding AM&A's through its expansion heyday. From 1980 to 1994, he was president and chief operating officer, the start of a gradual transition of the company's management, said CEO Robert Borthwick Adam III, Mr. Alford's father-in-law.
    "Instead of a one-man show, it's been a two-man show since 1980," Mr. Adam told The News in 1989.
    In 1989, Mr. Adam stepped down as CEO of the company, making Mr. Alford his successor and remaining as chairman.
    Under Mr. Alford's leadership, the downtown AM&A's store defied trends by outselling its nine suburban stores. In May 1994, AM&A's was sold to The Bon-Ton Stores, a regional retailer based in York, Pa. 
    Mr. Alford worked as a consultant for The Bon-Ton for a while, then joined his longtime friend Stuart Hunt in the Hunt Commercial Real Estate Corp. as a shopping center and retail consultant/licensed agent. 
    Through the years, Mr. Alford was a member of the board of directors of Marine Midland Bank Western Region in Buffalo, of McCurdy & Co. in Rochester and of Frederick Atkins, Inc., in New York City.
    A trustee of Buffalo General Hospital starting in 1985, he was secretary to the board from 1991 to 1996. He was a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Greater Buffalo Partnership between 1993 and 1995.
    A member of the Western New York Retail Merchants Association and its board of directors from 1980 to 1992, he belonged to the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce and served on its board from 1983 to 1985.
    He also served on the board of AAA of Western and Central New York, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the United Way, and was chair of Buffalo Place and the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was on the board of directors of the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation in 1990.
    Mr. Alford was dean of the Saturn Club in 1984 and director of the Buffalo Yacht Club from 1995 to 1998.
    He was listed as a noteworthy department store executive by Marquis Who's Who.
    His major volunteer commitment was to the Salvation Army, where he served on the advisory board for 40 years, starting in 1976. He was secretary of the board of directors from 1984 to 1985, vice chairman in 1989 and chairman in 1990.
    Especially after retirement, Mr. Alford enjoyed visiting his family’s property, Longhouse, in Muskoka, Ont. He was an avid sailor and skier and belonged to the Buffalo Ski Club in the 1970s. He also enjoyed antique cars, woodworking and traveling.
    Mr. Alford was a member of North Presbyterian Church in Amherst, and served on its Session before becoming ill.
    He was devoted to his wife and family, said his daughter, and was "a fantastic 'Poppie' to his seven grandchildren, all of whom adored him."
    Besides his daughter, Ann Alford, Mr. Alford is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wende Adam Alford; two sons, Scott and James Alford; a sister, Gail Gundlah; a brother, Bryant Alford; and seven grandchildren.
    A private family service has been held.
  • Ambrus, Julian Sr. – January 16

    Dr. Julian Ambrus Sr. died in Buffalo, NY on January 16, 2020 at the age of 95. He is survived by his children Madeline Ambrus Lillie, Peter Ambrus ('69), Linda Ambrus Broenniman, Julian Ambrus Jr. ('71), Steven Ambrus ('79), Katherine Ambrus Cheney ('81), and Charles Ambrus ('84); and 8 grandchildren including Christine Lillie ('96) and Sarah Lillie ('00). Dr. Ambrus was born in Budapest, Hungary, emigrated to the United States with his wife Clara in the 1950s, and moved to Buffalo in 1955. He was a hematologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and UB with a very prolific research lab, and inspired countless students on their path in medicine. Dr. Ambrus was also an avid equestrian and rehabilitator of birds of prey; he always welcomed visitors to the Ambrus farm in Boston, NY. Dr. Ambrus will be remembered for his dedication to medicine and teaching, his love for his family, and his assertion that Hungarian wines, language, etc. are superior. He will be missed by many.
  • Anthone, Ronald ’42 - January 28

    Dr. Roland Anthone, a Buffalo surgeon who with his identical twin brother, Dr. Sidney Anthone, were pioneers in kidney transplants locally, died Jan. 28 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 95.
    “They were together in everything in life,” his son Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone said. “The only difference was they married different people.”
    Born in Buffalo, the sons of Joseph Anthone, founder of Anthone Furniture Co. on Genesee Street, he and his brother were 1942 graduates of the Nichols School.
    They interrupted their studies at Harvard College to serve together in the Army stateside during World War II, first in the infantry, then in the engineers. Both attained the rank of corporal.
    Returning to Harvard, the brothers took summer courses and completed their bachelor’s degrees under an accelerated program in two years. They graduated from medical school at the University of Buffalo in 1950.
    When they were surgical interns at Buffalo General Hospital, one brother often was mistaken for the other. An article in The Buffalo News in 1950 noted, “Frequently patients, not realizing that their doctor has been changed, will ask Roland about matters they have previously discussed with Sidney.”
    They eventually distinguished themselves with their watchbands – Roland’s was gold, Sidney’s was silver – and with the frames of their eyeglasses. Later Sidney grew a mustache, while Roland remained clean-shaven.
    The Anthone brothers helped start a kidney dialysis service at Buffalo General in 1955 and built the original dialysis machines. To find a better treatment for renal disease, the Anthones researched transplants and did the first kidney transplant operation in Western New York in 1964.
    The brothers often performed surgery together and for many years did the majority of kidney transplants here.
    They went on to develop comprehensive transplant programs at Buffalo General and Children’s hospitals. In 1979, they started New York State’s first dialysis service outside of a hospital, the Western New York Artificial Kidney Center.
    Dr. Anthone also was a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the UB Medical School and was coordinator of the UB transplantation program.
    He and his brother were authors of more than 30 scientific publications. They were both members of the Organ Procurement Agency of WNY and Upstate New York Transplant Services.
    Dr. Roland Anthone was president of the surgical staff at Children’s Hospital in the 1970s. He also was president of the Buffalo Surgical Society and National Network Coordinating Council 26 for End Stage Renal Disease. In 1970, he succeeded his brother as president of the UB Medical Alumni Association.
    They received many honors together, including Gift of Life Awards in 1979 from the National Kidney Foundation, its highest honor. He also was recognized as Alumnus of the Year in 1996 by the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western New York and received a lifetime achievement award from the UB Medical Alumni Association.
    A former Eggertsville resident, he lived on Buffalo’s waterfront before moving to Sarasota after he retired in the mid-1990s.
    In addition to his brother and son, survivors include his wife of 71 years, the former Betty Seidenberg; two daughters, Peggy Walker and Cathy Bern; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  • Benatovich, Harvey '51 - December 11

  • Biltekoff, Joshua A. - March 22

    BILTEKOFF - Joshua A. March 22, 2020; loving son of Darcy and Robert Biltekoff '80; cherished brother of Elliot Biltekoff; grandson of Linda and Murray Yost, Gloria Doughty and Nicholas Fitzgerald; also survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Josh was a graduate of Hamilton College, with a degree in Mathematics and Music. He found his passion in music. Private Services will be held by the family. Donations may be made in Josh's memory to The Community Music School of Buffalo, at, 415 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222. Please share private condolences at Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME.
  • Brandt, Roger W. Sr. ’46 – January 14

    Roger W. Brandt Sr. (May 12, 1928 – Jan. 14, 2020), a banker active as a volunteer in many community organizations, died Tuesday at his home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 91.
    Born in Kenmore, he was a 1946 graduate of the Nichols School and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University at Buffalo. He then received pilot training in the Navy and served stateside during the Korean War. He later earned a graduate degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
    After working briefly for New York Telephone Co., he joined Marine Midland Bank as a teller in 1955, became a business development officer in the bank’s northwest district and was appointed a vice president in 1974.
    He managed many branch offices in Buffalo and Erie County, including those in East Aurora, Eden and the Town of Tonawanda. When he retired in 1990, he headed the office in the Rand Building downtown.
    An Eden resident for more than 50 years, Mr. Brandt was president of the Eden Chamber of Commerce and helped organize the first Eden Corn Festival.
    He was treasurer of the Eden Red Jacket Ski Club, a member of the Eden Jaycees, a director of the Eden-North Collins Rotary Club and active in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eden. He helped form the Save the Roeller Hotel Task Force to restore the landmark 19th century building in Eden.
    He also served as president of the Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce and the Tonawanda Jaycees and was a chairman for the United Way in Tonawanda.
    He was a longtime adviser to the Eagle Board of Review for the Boy Scouts, treasurer for Erie County Meals on Wheels and president of the Buffalo Gyro Club.
    He developed and led the first architectural bicycle tours in Buffalo and its waterfront in the 1980s.
    Mr. Brandt also was active as a volunteer at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, where his wife was superintendent. In reenactments of Roosevelt’s swearing in, he played the role of U.S. District Judge John R. Hazel, who administered the oath of office.
    When his wife took a national post as chairwoman of the Theodore Roosevelt Foundation, they visited the White House several times and met Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
    In 2016, he accepted the honor when his father, Carl, a runner who set national and world records in the early 1900s, was inducted into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
    He and his wife traveled extensively, visiting 44 nations.
    Nicknamed "Chips," he was known for his ability to bring happiness to people. He entertained by playing the harmonica and spoons. In recent years, he performed in senior centers and hospitals with a group called the Harmonicoots and with a harmonica band in Naples, Fla.
    “He always carried a harmonica in his pocket,” his son Roger Jr. said. “He could play any song by ear.”
    He also appeared as a clown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was conductor of the Eden Kazoo Band. When the band appeared in parades at the Eden Corn Festival and the Erie County Fair, he drove the tractor that pulled its float.
    Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Barbara Berryman; a daughter, Debbie Guckes; another son, Edward; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
  • Bruzgul, Jaron B. '97 - May 1

    BRUZGUL - Jaron B. Of Orchard Park, NY, May 1, 2020, beloved husband of Andrea (Somerville); loving father of George D., Reagan J., Sadie J. and Gordon J.; son of Dr. Joseph (Roxana) Bruzgul and Carol (Dwight) Jenkins; brother of Dr. Joshua (Stephanie) Bruzgul, Dr. Judsen (Elizabeth) Bruzgul, Chelsea (Nathan) Root, Joey Bruzgul and Alexis Bruzgul; grandson of Agnes Ruchin; son-in-law of Lynda and Jeff Somerville. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank of WNY at Online condolences at
  • Buscaglia, John W. '70 - August 14

    John “Jack” William Buscaglia, 68, passed away on August 14th at his home in Wyoming, Rhode Island after a lengthy and determined fight with pancreatic cancer. He maintained his equanimity, dry humor, and hopeful spirit throughout his illness.
    He is survived by his wife, Susan A. Shaw, of Wyoming, RI, his brother, William K.Buscaglia, Jr. of Buffalo New York, sister-in-law Phoebe Shaw  and brother-in-law David Chase of Haydenville, MA; nieces and nephews Elizabeth Buscaglia, David Buscaglia, Alexis Gordon, Andrew Buscaglia, Pyara Meyer, Vincent Manosh, Melissa Meyer, Hannah Sparks, Crystal Killoran, Solomon Chase and Ruby Chase; cousins Tom Mahoney, Robert Mahoney, Joseph Buscaglia, and Sue Buscaglia, and many grand nieces and nephews. Friends are part of one’s family, too. He will be missed by many dear friends who brought light and love to both Susan and John, especially during his illness.
    John is a graduate of Nichols School, Buffalo, NY, (1970), Amherst College (A.B. Philosophy, 1974), University of Massachusetts (A.B. Chinese Studies, 1979), and Yale University (M.A. History of Asian Religions, 1986; M.A. Philosophy, 1986). Following his academic studies he worked translating writings from Japanese into English. John was a master craftsman, having run his own wood turning studio for the better part of thirty years. He was passionate about the medium in which he worked and always strived to let the natural qualities of wood be expressive in his final creations.
    John and Susan were organizers of HopArts Studio Trail, a network of artists and artisans in southern Rhode Island. Though they both put enormous energy into their own artwork, they were equally committed to helping draw attention to the work of other creative professionals in their region. John was both an artist and an advocate.
    Following his love of sailing, the sea, interest in maritime history and culture, John found his way to Mystic Seaport and became part of their interpretation department staff in 2013. He worked in the formal galleries, ships, and trades. His low-key demeanor belied a heartfelt passion for people and a desire to help every visitor appreciate what Mystic Seaport was all about. He read voraciously and visited as many museums and historic sites as he could, always striving to find ways to make himself a better interpreter.
    John and Susan shared a love of traditional dance and were active participants in Irish set dancing, contra dancing and English Country dance in New England. In 2003 they created the Kingston English Country Dance program, funded in part by the Country Dance Society Boston Centre.
    A celebration of John’s life will be held at a future date. Donations in his name can be made to, a non-profit organization that fosters the arts and artists in southern Rhode Island
  • Clinton, DeWitt "Dick" '59 - October 12

    WELLS – DeWitt “Dick” Clinton, a devoted husband and father, financial advisor, and early American history enthusiast, passed away on October 12, 2020, due to cancer at Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough, Maine.
    Dick was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1942 to Marion Zealand Clinton and DeWitt Clinton. After graduating from Buffalo’s Nichols School, Dick attended Williams College, where he received a BA in Mathematics in 1964. He earned his MBA in finance from the Columbia University Business School in 1970, and a certificate in executive education from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 1991.
    Dick met his wife, Nancy Schade Clinton, in New York City in 1967 while both were working at Equitable Life Insurance. They married in 1968 in Nancy’s home state of Maine, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland. After starting work in 1970 with the Digital Equipment Corporation, where he built his career in financial management, Dick and Nancy moved with the company to Geneva, Switzerland, where they had their son, DeWitt. After returning to the United States, Dick continued to work for Digital and eventually settled in Sudbury, Mass., where they lived for 20 years and had two daughters, Margaret (Maggie) and Catherine (Cate). A lifelong Episcopalian, Dick was an active member of Sudbury’s St. Elizabeth’s church. He was also an avid sports fan who enjoyed playing golf, squash, and with the St. Elizabeth’s softball team.
    After leaving Digital in 1996, Dick worked as a business development and finance consultant for numerous companies. He and his son, DeWitt, partnered on a software startup in the early 2000s. During this period, Dick was able to pursue his interests in the history of Colonial and Revolutionary-era America. As a direct descendent of former New York Governor DeWitt Clinton, he served on committees and boards of numerous historical organizations including the Society of the Cincinnati, the New York State Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
    Dick continued these endeavors after he and Nancy moved to Wells, Maine, in 2001. In Wells, he enjoyed the natural beauty of coastal Maine and became an active member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in neighboring Kennebunk. For many years, Dick chaired St. David’s finance committee and participated in services as a lay reader. Since 2018, he served as a Trustee of Diocesan Funds for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
    Dick is survived by his wife, Nancy; their children and children-in-law, DeWitt Clinton and Marijke (Muller) Clinton of Seattle, Washington; Maggie Clinton and Roger White of Middlebury, Vermont; and Cate Clinton and Lucy Budman of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also survived by four grandchildren: DeWitt and Elizabeth Clinton, Helena Clinton-White, and Benjamin Budman-Clinton. Dick was predeceased by his younger brother, George, in April 2020.
  • Cloutier, Molly S. - November 13

    Molly S. (nee Scully) Cloutier, of Buffalo, entered peacefully into rest on November 13, 2020 at age 97. Beloved wife of the late Louis C. Cloutier, M.D. and the late F. Brendan Burke; devoted mother of Mollie (Peter Gould) Burke, F. Brendan (Mary Ellen) Burke, Jr., Sara (M. Grosvenor) Potter, Christopher Burke (Amy Rowland), Madeline (Nils Vigeland) Burke-Vigeland, John (Catherine) Burke, Margaret (Mike Levison) Burke, Edward (Julie) Burke, T. Patrick (Carrie) Burke, Deirdre (Michael) Goodrich, and Mary Alyssa (Sergio Fagherazzi) Burke; cherished step-mother of Anne (Warren) Montgomery, Mary Jo (Michael) O’Connell, Michael Cloutier, Clare (late Denny Jensen) Cloutier, and the late Sally (Artie) Stallard; fond mother-in-law of the late Mary Pat F. Burke; adored grandmother of 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; loving daughter of the late John and Mollie (nee Sullivan) Scully; dear sister of the late Nan Dalton, the late John, late Peter, and late Edward (Elizabeth R.) Scully; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the News Neediest Fund.
  • Davis, Charles '53 - March 12

  • Donaldson, David K. '60 - December 28

  • Dziadaszek, Jean - October 2

    Mother of Gregory Allen '02 and Daniel Dziadaszek '04.
  • Fierle, Betty K. - October 20

    COX-FIERLE - Betty (nee Kleindinst) Died on October 16, 2020, at the age of 94. She was the daughter of Ella and George Kleindinst the longtime President of Liberty Bank. Betty was a proud graduate of The Buffalo Seminary and Elmira College. She was married for over 40 years to prominent local attorney John P. Cox. After Mr. Cox's death in 1991, she married her former neighbor across the street, Ed Fierle. She devoted time to Sem, serving as agent for the Class of 1944, and was honored by the school with their Outstanding Service Award in 2004. She was predeceased by both husbands, her brothers, George Jr, Richard and Robert Kleindinst, and her beloved daughter Susan E. Cox. Betty is survived by her daughter Jane Cox Hettrick '78 (John '73) and son Jonathan Cox '85; grandchildren Emily '07, Laura '09, John III '13 and Robert Hettrick '16 and Ivan Cox '20 as well as her great grandson, Ryder Lord Hettrick. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Kevin D. Cox; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was a long-time resident of Hanford Bay, New York; Sea Island, Georgia and St Simons Island, Georgia. She was a former member of the Country Club of Buffalo; and the Sea Island Golf Club. Gifts in Memory of Betty may be made to The Buffalo Seminary or the Saint Simons Land Trust. A private memorial service was held on October 30, 2020.
  • Fitzhenry, William J. “Bill” - July 24

    William J. “Bill” Fitzhenry Jr., who became legendary as a high school football coach in his 20s while pursuing his career as an attorney, died July 24 under hospice care in Memphis, Tenn., after a short illness. He was 91.
    Hired in 1955 as head football coach at his alma mater, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, his teams went undefeated for four years in a row and won 33 consecutive games.
    He stepped aside in 1960 to devote time to his family and his law practice, but he was drawn back to the gridiron in 1964 at the Nichols School, where he served as an assistant coach for 20 years.
    During his tenure at Nichols, which included two years as head coach in 1975 and 1976, the team enjoyed three undefeated seasons and two more with just one loss.
    Born in Buffalo, the son of a plumber and an only child, he grew up in South Buffalo and attended St. Thomas Aquinas School. Graduating from St. Joe’s in 1945 at the age of 16, he was junior class president and captain of the football team.
    With the encouragement of a referee, longtime muni football coach “Bounce” Brennison, he applied to Colgate University. He played football there and was a member of the boxing team, graduating in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry.
    During his first year at the University of Buffalo Law School, he coached junior varsity football at St. Joe’s. The next summer, as he was helping unload soft drinks for a church function, a priest from Bishop Timon High School offered him a job as that school’s head football coach. He accepted.
    In his second year at the helm, the team went 6-1 in league play and tied Canisius High School for the Catholic League championship.
    After earning his law degree, Mr. Fitzhenry enlisted in the Air Force and served in Houston, Texas, as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. When he returned to Buffalo, he opened a general law practice with Ray McNamara.
    St. Joe’s offered him its head coaching position in 1955. During football season, he left the offices of McNamara and Fitzhenry in the Ellicott Square at 2:15 p.m. every day and went uptown to lead practice sessions with his team.
    He served as a mentor to his players on and off the field and helped many of them gain admission to college.
    As athletic director at Nichols in the mid-1970s, he used his legal and sports expertise to lead the school’s efforts to meet the new Title IX requirements and provide opportunities for young women athletes.
    At Nichols, he also taught a class in constitutional law.
    He retired from his law practice in 1984, spent several years in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Denver, N.C., then moved to Memphis in 2007 to live with his youngest son, James.
    He and his undefeated 1956-59 football teams were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 2006.
    He and his wife, the former Jean Stegman, were married in 1958. She died in 2018.
    Surviving are three other sons, William III, Joseph and Michael, and nine grandchildren.

    There will be no services.
  • Hudson, Joseph Jr. '49 - December 2

    Joseph L. Hudson Jr. — former president and CEO of the J.L. Hudson department store chain, first chief of the Detroit Medical Center, and preeminent Detroit economic leader and philanthropist — passed away peacefully at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. He was 89. 

    Joseph Lowthian Hudson Jr., was born in Buffalo, New York, on July 4, 1931, the son of Joseph L. and Elizabeth (Gilbert) Hudson. He married Jean Bent Wright in 1952 and is survived by her, the couple’s four children, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

    Hudson joined The J. L. Hudson Company after graduation from Yale University in 1953. Between 1954 and 1956, he served as a first lieutenant artillery officer with the U.S. Army in Germany. Following military service, he returned to the company in 1956, and was elected vice president in 1957. He became president and CEO in 1961, and remained with the company until his retirement from J.L. Hudson and Dayton Hudson Corporation in 1982. 
    As leader of the iconic Detroit-based department store chain, Hudson was a driving force behind many of the city's business and cultural institutions. He served on the boards of the National Bank of Detroit, Detroit Edison, Michigan Bell Telephone Company, National Steel, Bundy Corporation, Masco Corporation, and McCormick Oil & Gas. 

    He also served as a member and chair of the Harper Hospital Board of Trustees, and in 1985 was elected the first president and chief executive officer of the newly merged Detroit Medical Center, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.  
    Following Detroit’s civil unrest in July 1967, Hudson became the first chairman of the New Detroit Committee, a 39-member coalition of business, labor, governmental, and community leaders. He served as chairman until 1968, and continued to serve on the board of trustees of New Detroit Inc. through the 1980s.
    In 1984, Hudson convened leaders of the community to create the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and served as its founding chair until 2003, and continued as a trustee.
    Hudson was honored with civic and cultural awards including the Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture; the Lifetime Service Award from the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Max M. Fisher Community Service Award from United Way Community Services; and others too numerous to mention.

    In accordance with the family’s wishes, memorial gifts in Joseph L. Hudson Jr.’s name can be made in any amount to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s COVID-19 Relief Fund at, and the Michigan Justice Fund at
  • Jebb, Mary T. "Bibber" - October 14

  • Kellogg, Stephen J. ‘81 - January 12

    KELLOGG - Stephen, Jr., of Buffalo, at age 57. Beloved father of Stephen Kellogg, III and Lachlan C. Kellogg; loving son of Stephen and Carolyn (ne;e Karcher) Kellogg, Sr.; dear brother of Loren (Annie Griffenberg) Kellogg, Carolyn (John) Kellogg Darby and Justin (Leslie) Kellogg; also survived and loved by many nieces and nephews. Steve was bright, creative, multi-talented, quick-witted, wonderfully funny and enjoyed giving of himself to others. He was caring, thoughtful and empathetic and he greatly loved his family. If desired, memorials may be made in his name to Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14216.
  • Larkin, Charles H. III '49 - January 17

    LARKIN - Charles H., III “Chico” Of East Aurora, NY, January 17, 2020, beloved husband of Judith (nee Martyr) Larkin; loving father of Melissa L. (Robert) Crowell, Charles H. Larkin IV and Molly L. (Keven) Bohanan; devoted grandfather of Klee Van Schoonhoven, Schuyler Van Schoonhoven, Larkin Bohanan and Read Bohanan. Chico was an avid outdoorsman and proudly served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Services will be held privately. Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of WNY.
  • Markel, Ellen '81 - February 12

    Ellen Markel, a gifted Buffalo artist and cabinetmaker, succumbed to anaplastic thyroid cancer on February 12, 2020.
    The youngest of five siblings, Ellen grew up in Kenmore, New York, attending local schools before leaving Buffalo for college in Vermont. 
    After graduating in 1985, Ellen entered into an apprenticeship with a small furniture making firm in Shoreham, Vermont. Beginning with few skills, but indomitable determination, Ellen soon became an accomplished cabinetmaker, designing and making furniture in the European craft tradition.
    In 1995 Ellen moved to Oakland, California where she pursued a variety of artistic and craft projects before returning to Buffalo in 1998.
    In Buffalo, Ellen established P.L.U.M. WORKS Furniture Design & Fabrication in Allentown with one of her Vermont business partners. Ellen also became a regular presence during holidays and wedding weekends at The Floristry, owned by her mother, Fannye Weiss Markel.
    In 2002 Ellen married W. Morgan Smith, whom she had met six years earlier at a mutual friend’s wedding, and who had moved to Buffalo in 1999 to be with her.
    In addition to making custom furniture, working in her gardens, and building and sustaining friendships, Ellen further developed her assemblage box art, showing regularly at local galleries and at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, where her work is in the permanent collection.
    In April, 2018, Ellen was diagnosed with anaplastic thyroid cancer and was given a prognosis of only weeks to live. Through the skill and dedication of the team at the Erie County Medical Center’s Head & Neck Oncology Center, the nurses of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit and other departments, countless other healthcare professionals, and her own strength and persistence, Ellen defied that prognosis with incomparable grace and good humor.
    Ellen is survived by her beloved husband, her mother, her sister Lisa Anne, her brothers Larry and Bill (Lynn), and seven nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Morris, and brother, Tom.
  • Masters, Neil G. '71 - August 31

  • Merrifield, Robert '71 - November 30

    Bob died peacefully in his sleep with his family at his side Nov. 30, 2020, in Los Alamitos, Calif., where he had been a longtime resident and small business owner.
    Bob arrived at Princeton as a graduate of the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y., where he had been school president and a three-sport athlete. At Princeton he played on the freshman soccer team and was an award-winning sports photographer for The Daily Princetonian. He majored in psychology and was a member of Cap and Gown.

    Immediately after graduation, Bob pursued freelance photography for two years before earning his master’s degree in media technology at the University of Texas, Austin)\. While at UT, he met his future wife, Debbie Fielder, an accomplished pianist earning her master’s degree in music education. They married, moved to the Los Angeles area and raised two children, Matthew and Amanda.
    Bob became a broadcast studio engineer for several large media companies and conglomerates. Tiring of the big corporate scene, in 1992 he bought an independent security and access control business based in Los Alamitos. He enjoyed owning and operating a thriving business until selling it to key employees in 2017. 
    For 35 years until his death, Bob was an adjunct professor in media arts at Los Angeles Valley College. He was highly rated by his students, many of whom went on to successful careers in the broadcast industry in Los Angeles. One student subsequently hired Bob to do freelance assignments for ABC News, a third occupation he enjoyed. His favorite assignments were managing the remote live broadcasts in challenging conditions, like Charles Gibson ’65’s nationally broadcast interview of Sarah Palin from her home in Wasilla (challenging in a few ways!) or custom-making a trailer in 2012 to broadcast a Presidential nominating convention in a Florida hurricane. ABC was the only network with a live feed for the proceedings.

    Bob is survived by his two children, Matthew, of San Francisco, Calif., and Amanda (Callum Taylor) of London, England; his mother, Paula, of Washington, D.C.; brothers Bruce ’72 (Tracy) of Aspen, Colo., and Marshall ’82 (Virginia Russell Merrifield ’84) of San Diego, Calif.; five nieces and nephews; and his partner of 15 years, Shelley Rygg. His father, D. Bruce Merrifield ’42 (1942’s class secretary), predeceased Bob in January 2017. Bob then took over writing ’42’s PAW Class Notes column until his own passing. 
  • Montgomery, Henry Ernest II ’47 – January 11

    MONTGOMERY - Henry Ernest, II January 11, 2020. Beloved husband of The Rev. Ellen M. Montgomery (nee Maddigan); loving father of Caroline M. (Anthony L.) Adams, Robin E. Montgomery, and Nelson T. (Deanne) Montgomery; grandfather of Ian Adams, Eliza and Ramsey Tehan, and Lillian Montgomery; great-grandfather of Aila Adams; brother of the late Sarah "Sally" Montgomery.
  • Park, Roswell IV '71 - April 8

    Roswell Park IV, the great-grandson of the founder of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020, after a 20-year battle with cancer, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.
    He was 66.
    Dr. Park was among the original volunteers with the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, which raises funds for cancer research and patient programs, according to a memorial essay distributed to the hospital community. He was also the Chair of the Walk of Life program since its inception in 1997, which brought in more than $1 million.
    Dr. Park was "an important member of the Roswell Park community, loved by so many staff and volunteers alike," said Candace Johnson, president and CEO of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. "He will be deeply missed."
    In 2000, Dr. Park was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that develops in plasma cells. Four months later, he underwent a transplant of his own blood stem cells.
    At the time of his diagnosis, the life expectancy of multiple myeloma patients could be as short as five years, but Dr. Park stayed in remission for 13 years, undergoing a second transplant in 2014 after the disease recurred. He developed acute myeloid leukemia in October of 2018, and underwent a third transplant in January 2019 using the stem cells of an unrelated donor from Germany. The leukemia recurred last month.
    Dr. Park was a member of the faculty at Buffalo State College for more than 40 years, where until his retirement in December of 2019 he served as Director of Individualized Studies. He was a specialist in medieval English literature and taught in Buffalo State's All-College Honors Program.
    Dr. Park, son of Roswell Park III and Dorothy M. Park, was a graduate of the Nichols School, majored in English at Kenyon College and earned a Ph.D. in English at the University at Buffalo.
    Dr. Park is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Debra; his brother, Alexander; his stepmother, Zaida Park; a stepsister, Michele Tyman; stepbrother John Guest; nieces, nephews and cousins.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
  • Pearson, Charles III '41 - May 8

    PEARSON - Charles, III Cmdr. USCG Ret.
    Age 97, of Snyder, NY, died May 8, 2020, under the care of Hospice after a long period of decline. Charles is survived by his beloved partner, Sandra L. Heffler, loving children Linda (Emery) Pence and Charles Warren Pearson, grandson David Andrew Lauer and special friend James Jacobs. He was predeceased by his parents Charles Jr. and Cecelia Plummer Pearson, and his daughter Charlotte Treadwell Pearson. Charles served with the US Coast Guard during World War II in the Mediterranean and the Pacific and was part of the occupation forces in Japan. He witnessed the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima. After the war, Charles worked as a supervising engineer for American Machine & Foundry, and subsequently as a logistics coordinator for Bernal Foam Products and then Recticel Foam Corporation. He also continued with his love of sailing and travel, visiting 64 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. He was a Life Member of the Buffalo Canoe Club. He served on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Buffalo Historical Society and was a founding member of the Rail Barons volunteer group that created and ran the Christmas train exhibit for the Society. For about 20 years, Charles did set design and construction for the Amherst Players. He was also an amazing woodworker and loved making furniture, toys for his grandson and Christmas ornaments which have all become family heirlooms. Graveside Services will be private. A date for a future Memorial Service will be announced. If desired, memorials in Charles' name may be made to the SPCA of Erie County which his parents were instrumental in establishing. Arrangements entrusted to JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME. Please share condolences at
  • Peterson, Raymond George "Pete" II '70 - June 5

    Born September 27, 1952, in Chicago, IL, and raised in Buffalo, passed away June 5, 2020. A graduate of the Nichols School, he attended Boston University, transferred and graduated from Babson College. His career in banking, insurance, and finance took place in Hartford, CT, where he started at Connecticut Bank and Trust. He was a broker and financial adviser for Prudential Bache, Tucker Anthony, and RBC Dain Rauscher. A believer in economic empowerment to obtain social justice, he was an active member and chairman of the Greater Hartford Urban League. After 25 years in financial services, he moved into venture capital for medical research. On his return to Buffalo, he worked for Firstsource Advantage. He is survived by his mother, Sybil Lythcott Peterson; and siblings Lorna and Daryl; also survived by former wife Kathleen "Kitty" Johnson Peterson; and their children, Lena (John) Lee and Kristina Peterson. He was predeceased by brother David and father Raymond. He was a beloved father, grandfather, uncle, godfather, and friend.
  • Robb, David '53 - December 1

    On December 1, 2020, David Larkin Robb of Frederick, Maryland passed away at the age of 85 after a short battle with COVID-19. He was originally from Buffalo, NY, spent many years enjoying retirement in Amelia Island, FL before moving to Maryland. Beloved husband of the late Adelaide S. Robb. Father of Larkin B. Broden (Christopher), and Adelaide S. Gaillard (William). Grandfather of Jonathan R. Gaillard (Aveline) and Schuyler L. Gaillard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For donation information and online condolences, please visit
  • Schiller, Jerome – January 5

    Jerome (Jay) Schiller P'85,'85,'88 of Naples, Florida was a generous family man with a gentle and kind spirit and was truly loved by everyone that knew him. Devoted husband of 53 years to Lois (Taylor) Schiller and loving father to Robin (Fred), Deborah (Christopher), Stephen (Robin), Marc (Gloria), and loving grandfather to Joshua, Noah, Emma, Zachary, Sydney, Anthony (Eliane), Bianca, Carina, and Fernando (Dora).
    Jay was born April 28, 1938 in Buffalo, New York to the parents of Goldie and Sidney Schiller (deceased), and is preceded in death by sister Deborah and brother David. Jay died Sunday, January 5, 2020 of natural causes in his home.
    Bennet High School graduate (1956) and founder of City Mattress of WNY and Florida.
  • Singh, Helen Tang - April 10

    Helen Tang Singh's (Sept. 7, 1939 - April 2, 2020) life started in China, but as a diplomat's daughter, she lived in Egypt, Chile, Korea and Taiwan as a child. Her education brought her to Iowa and Missouri, and work to Buffalo and finally Amherst, where she was a resident for more than 50 years.
    Those experiences shaped her personality, her family said: "Moving from country to country, needing to learn new languages and make new friends, her experiences strengthened her determination, resilience and ability to reach out to others."
    Helen Tang Singh died in her Amherst home on April 2 after a recent diagnosis of advanced cancer. She was 80.
    Mrs. Singh taught chemistry at Calasanctius High School from 1979 to 1983, at Nichols School in the 1980s and at Medaille College in the 1990s. In 1993, she began work as a chemistry professor at Erie Community College, continuing until her death. She served as department chair for 10 years.
    At ECC, her family said, "she was a mentor as well as a teacher, and took great pride in the achievements of her students."
    "She really did care about being a good educator, and it didn't matter at what level you came to her," because she had taught everyone from gifted students to adult learners, said her son Manjit Leo Singh.
    A science award will be established in her name at ECC.
    Born in Chungking, China, to Nationalist Chinese diplomat Tang Wu and Beatrice (Cheng) Tang, after the family's travels, Mrs. Singh came to the United States in 1956 on a scholarship to attend Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa.
    As an undergraduate, she published several papers in prominent journals, laying the groundwork for modern techniques in amino acid and protein separation "that any biochemist would recognize today," her family said.
    She earned a master's degree in physical chemistry from St. Louis University in 1963, one of the few minority women studying natural sciences, her family said. She was also a member of Sigma Xi, a science graduate student honor society whose members perform outstanding research and coursework.
    On June 6, 1964, she married Surjit Singh in Davenport, Iowa. They moved to Buffalo in August 1967 after he took a job as a professor of chemistry at Buffalo State College. In the early 1970s, the family moved to Amherst.
    A parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, Mrs. Singh was active in groups helping victims of abuse and in interfaith organizations.
    In 1992, she served on a committee appointed by the Williamsville Central School Board to recommend a policy for dealing with religion as a subject and with religious issues in the schools. In 2007, she was recognized by the Network of Religious Communities with a Religious Service Award.
    Her family said Mrs. Singh "was a committed citizen of the community," working, often behind the scenes, with many organizations to foster social justice and improve the lives of people facing challenges. She and her husband worked to improve education, the environment, tolerance and good government, her family said.
    "She always sought the best in the people around her, reaching out to all she encountered with a smile and encouragement," her family said, believing that "all were worthy of kindness, compassion, attention and support."
    Her husband died on April 16, 2018, after nearly 54 years of marriage.
    Mrs. Singh is survived by three sons, Buxees Louis T., Manjit Leo and Ranjit "Buddy"; four daughters, Carol Margaret, Beatrice Singh-Arnone, Anne Marie and Christina Singh; a brother, Victor Tang; and six grandchildren.
    Plans for a funeral Mass and memorial will be made once the Covid-19 crisis has passed.
  • Smith, Kathryn R. - March 21

    SMITH - KATHRYN R. (nee Bradford)
    March 21, 2020, age 78.
    Beloved wife of 51 years to the late Donald J. Smith, Sr.; loving mother of Donald J. (Laura) Smith '97, Jr. and Sandra L. Smith '93; cherished grandmother of Vivian and Theodore; dear sister of Barbara (Nick) Custodi and the late Donald Bradford; caring sister-in-law of Ann Paige and the late Alex and Carol Smith; also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no prior visitation. Due to CDC Guidelines for the COVID-19 Virus, the family will hold a Memorial Gathering and Memorial Mass at a later date.
  • Spaulding, Stephen "Rennie" III '55 - May 28

    A long-time resident of San Francisco, California, Stephen V.R. Spaulding (1937-2020) passed away from complications from Multiple Myeloma on May 28th, 2020. He was 83 years old. Born in Buffalo, New York in 1937 to Stephan V.R. and Ellen Watson Spaulding, he grew up in Buffalo and Fort Worth, TX, and attended Nichols School in Buffalo, Fountain Valley School in Colorado, Berkshire School in Mass., and Dartmouth College in N.H. He did graduate work at New York University and Harvard Business School.

    As most of his friends and family knew him, "Rennie" was an accomplished athlete in high school and college, excelling in football, ice hockey, and track. His later love for squash, tennis, golf, rowing, and skiing continued into his adult life.

    Rennie served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and afterwards, joined the Executives Officer's Training Program at First National City Bank of New York (now Citibank/ Citigroup). He was transferred to their Overseas Division's Far Eastern Group and was initially assigned to their Manila, Philippines branch in 1963. Later, he enjoyed various positions in branches in Cebu City, Clark Airbase, Singapore, Karachi, and Lahore, Pakistan before returning to the USA and Los Angeles, California as president of Citibank International – Los Angeles in 1970, an Edge Act subsidiary dealing in international trade financing.

    Before going abroad in 1963, Rennie married Susan Kingsbury and the two traveled to the Far East with Citibank. In 1969, they had a son, Stephen V.R. Spaulding IV. They divorced in 1970 when they returned to the US and shared custody of their son.

    Rennie met Elsa Yannopoulos on a blind date in 1973 in Los Angeles and married soon after and he became stepfather to her son, Lucas, from a previous marriage. Rennie accepted an assignment with Crocker National Bank in San Francisco in 1975. The family moved to San Francisco's Presidio Heights and in 1976 they welcomed their daughter, Christina. Both Rennie and Elsa became active in a number of school and non-profit boards and were well respected residents of the Bay Area.

    In 1982, Rennie joined Bank of America's Domestic Private Banking Group in San Francisco and continued his outside involvements with Board positions at San Francisco University High School, Planned Parenthood, SF Zoological Society and various committees at private clubs in the city. His philosophy was to always give something back to his community. He was Chairman of the San Francisco Zoological Society at the time the Zoo raised $50 million with a city bond to start rebuilding the zoos aging physical plant.

    Rennie was an active and loving parent with his children and spent quality time with them in their school and sports activities. He loved the idea that his children were schooled in the city and attended college across the Bay at UC Berkeley. The family spent many memorable times at their home in Stinson Beach, skiing in the Sierras and travelling to Europe and Mexico. Rennie adored his wife, Elsa, and the two spent quality time together in all their activities, especially in Mexico where they owned a home in San Miguel de Allende.

    Rennie was an active tennis player and golfer at the Burlingame Country Club and made many friends through his club affiliations at the University Club, Pacific-Union Club, the Banker's Club and the World Trade Club.

    Rennie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elsa, sons Stephen and Lucas, daughter Christina and 7 grandchildren. Services are pending due to Covid. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the S.F. Zoo and Gardens.
  • Streich, Richard '48 - September 6

  • Terplan, Peter K. ’51 – January 14

    Peter Kornel Terplan, M.D. was born on December 16th, 1933 and passed away on January 14th, 2020.
    He was a 1951 graduate of Nichols School in Buffalo, New York. Peter attended Dartmouth College where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1955. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1969.
    Dr. Terplan practiced internal medicine for 25 years at Kaiser Permanente/Sunset in Los Angeles.
    He is survived by his loving wife Rosemary, his brother and sister-in-law, his nephews, his stepchildren, and his grandchildren.
  • Ung, Nam C. – February 10

    UNG - Nam C. Of Kenmore, NY, February 10. 2020, at age 89. Beloved husband of Sok Lem; loving father of Huy Ung, Ly W. (Srey Lem) Ung, Ly H. Ung, Kim (Bill) Henel and the late Lee (You Tang) Ung; fond grandfather of Michael, Joseph, Peter, David and Christina. Nam was retired from the maintenance staff at Nichols School.
  • Williams, Reginald Victor "Vic" '49 - September 3

    September 3, 2020, age 89, beloved husband of 65 years of Sidonie (Triepel) Williams; dearest father of Reginald V. III "Tory" of Cordillera, CO, Brina "Nina" W. (Chris) Rogers of Nahant, MA, John D. (Laura), Risa W. McMillan of Hilton Head, SC; "Dadzie" to Lauren (Rick) Sunderland, Reginald V. IV, Meghan C. (Sylvain) Lucarelli, Maddie Cleary, Jennifer Cleary, Jessica McMillan, Catherine Williams, and Lucas McMillan; great-grandfather of Sierra and Sage Sunderland; brother of Donna Klopfer, John A. Williams and the late Georgia Kells; also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was born in Buffalo to the late Reginald and Elizabeth (Prout) Williams on July 19, 1931. A Celebration of Vic's Life will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Vic's memory to Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14216. Arrangements by (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please visit Vic's Tribute Page to share memories and condolences at
    Reginald Victor Williams Jr. passed away peacefully on September 3, at home at the age of 89 holding hands with the love of his life, wife Suggie.
    Vic grew up in Buffalo, NY, and graduated Cum Laude from Nichols School in 1949. He was the recipient of the school’s top class honor the “Cottle Award” with a citation that read in closing, “Musician, Scholar, and Athlete, the school is ever in your debt.” Vic was driven to do well in all he endeavored and developed a competitive edge at a young age which he would pass to the next generation, along with a love of sports.
    The summer between his junior and senior years in high school he was in a float plane crash in the Canadian Woods. Vic suffered four skull fractures and a broken neck. With the very 1st hockey helmet worn in North America designed by his father (inventor of the fishing lure “Williams Wabbler”), Vic was able to return to the rink. He attended Princeton University where he led his hockey team to two National Championships and was twice the recipient of the Ice Hockey trophy for Sportsmanship, Influence, and Play. Scholastically, Vic graduated college with High Honors in the Spanish Department. As preparation for writing his senior thesis, he traveled through the jungles and mountains of Mexico and Central America on his Harley Davidson. With a guitar on his back and a .38 revolver on his hip, he followed the footsteps of Valle Inclan, a Spanish author of romance and adventure. His thesis was featured in the Princeton Library and he was recognized with the National Spanish Award for excellence. Vic sang in the Princeton Glee Club and started his own band, the Tiger Blacknotes, a trio of banjo, guitar, and mandolin.
    Following graduation from Princeton in 1953, Vic entered the Navy as a Communications Specialist and Cryptography Expert and was posted to the Admiral of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. In December of 1954, Vic married Sidonie (Suggie) Triepel of Buffalo. Among their early adventures, Vic and Suggie with guitar and song entertained a crew of over 6,000 on the USS Salem.
    After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Vic joined the family business, Williams Gold Refining Co. He traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe as he expanded the business in his role as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing. Williams Gold became known across the globe as one of the foremost manufacturers of dental precious metal alloys as well as establishing a significant position as developer of industrial alloys used in the first computers made. Branches of his former company, Materion and Ivoclar, still employ over 1,000 people in Western New York.
    Vic was a member of numerous boards, clubs, and charities. He had a unique talent of making all with whom he came into contact smile and feel special – he saw the best in people. He cherished his friends, business associates, and employees.
    Most important to Vic was family. Reunions at their cottage in the beautiful Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario on Slipper Lake were some of his favorite moments. Children’s friends were part of his family. He was blessed with a wife who was a gourmet cook, and he had a passion for fine wines. He and Suggie spent their lifetime entertaining family, friends, and business associates, ending each evening with American and Mexican folk songs. Vic brightened the life of everyone he met, and his songs and smile will resonate in the hearts of those he touched.
    Vic is survived by his wife of 65 years, Suggie, his brother John, sister Donna, his four children Tory Williams, Niña Rogers (Chris), John D. Williams (Laura), and Risa McMillan, as well as 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Vic is preceded in death by his sister Georgia Kells.


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  • Ayres, Robert G. - April 30

    Robert George Ayres, musician, accomplished athlete, coach, nickname generator and lover of dogs and babies, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 30th. Rob (also known as Robin, Robbo, Fabio, Apple Rob, and Ghee) was a loving husband to Demi, proud father of his children, Ursula (Tom) Ostrom, Eliot, and Meryl (Max Wall) Ayres, and enthusiastic co-conspirator to his grandchildren, Alexandra and Julian.
    He is fondly remembered by his sister Margo (Tom) Smith, brother Burgess (Cindy), mother-in-law Sally Walsh, and brothers-in-law Jack (Chris Hannan) Walsh ‘63, Michael (Debbie) Walsh ‘70, and Barney (Amy Clifton) Walsh ‘73, his beloved nieces and nephews, and their children. Rob was predeceased by his dear sister, Susan Noble, and his sister-in-law, Constance "Lucille" Walsh, with whom he shared the belief that all music should be played LOUD.
    A graduate of The Choate School (1963) and Lake Forest College (1967), Rob was a true believer that every day was game day. He was a natural athlete who played two sports at the collegiate level (soccer, hockey) ultimately earning a place in the Lake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame. His love of competition (and of winning) continued throughout his life. He ran multiple Boston Marathons and was a member of the Tour of Greater Boston. He said he loved these sports because they continued to teach him "important lessons about relentless mental toughness, diligent training, and singular passion for challenge".
    No stranger to hard work, Rob started his career at age 12 as a paperboy in Wallingford, CT ultimately becoming a Vice President at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was a champion of women's careers before it was fashionable. Further realizing that the future is female, Rob finished his career as the Chief Operating Officer at the all-girls Dana Hall School where he coached (soccer, golf, hockey) and advised countless young women.
    Rob served his country with honor from 1967 to 1969 as a member of the United States Army 1st Battalion, 48th infantry, promptly catching a ride to Woodstock upon his honorable discharge (little known fact: he can be seen in a panoramic crowd photo published in Life Magazine -- "the only guy there growing out a crew cut").
    A firm beliver in the idea that to whom much is given, much is required, Rob proudly served as a member of the Personnel Board of the Town of Concord, Moderator of Trinitarian Congregational Church, Board Member of Emerson Hospital, and President of the Concord Country Club. From ages 70-73 he rode in the Pan-Mass Challenge raising tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research.
    Rob loved playing his guitar and was a member of the Dana Hall Jug Band. He could often be found at open mic nights playing songs he had written. He was in the process of recording an album of original music at the time of his death.
  • Baker, Russell '49 - July 1

    Age 87, July 1, 2019. Beloved husband of Ruthellen Bunis; former husband of Betty Cohen Baker; loving father of R.J. (Wade St. Germain) Baker, Joseph (Cecilia) Baker, Joshua (Megan) Unger and Abigail Unger; son of the late Louis and Helen Baker; brother of Harriet (late Oscar) Feferman and brother-in-law of Naomi Bunis; grandfather of Jaia, Ariel, Keelin, Ella and Max; uncle of Richard and Linda Feferman.
  • Banta, Charles Urban '34 - May 18

    Charles Urban Banta ‘34 – regarded as the dean of Buffalo stockbrokers – died May 18 at his home in Canterbury Woods in Amherst, after a short illness. He was 102. Born in Buffalo, his father’s family was associated with the Bidwell and Banta shipyard, which built large passenger steamboats for the Great Lakes, and his maternal grandfather, George Urban Jr., was president of the George Urban Milling Co. After his father, a physician, died when he was 6, he and his mother and two sisters lived with his grandfather on the Urban family estate in Pine Ridge in Cheektowaga.
    He attended upper elementary grades at Nichols School and was a 1935 graduate of the prestigious Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., where his classmates included future Pennsylvania Gov. William W. Scranton. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He worked for Ford Motor Co. in Detroit and Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. He served in the Seabees in the Pacific at Guadalcanal, the Philippines and Okinawa, attaining the rank of lieutenant. After the war, Mr. Banta worked in Boston at Rath and Strong Management Consultants, then returned to Buffalo in 1951 to take a position with the First National Bank.
    In 1954, he joined what was then Hamlin and Lunt, an investment banking firm, and became a partner in 1958, when it became S. D. Lunt. He oversaw mergers and acquisitions of local companies and served on the boards of Astronics, the Buffalo Electric Co., Roblin Industries and the George Urban Milling Co. After Lunt closed in 1974, he went to the Buffalo office of Kidder, Peabody and Co., became an assistant vice president, then left with Robert J. Dwyer in 1980 to launch the Buffalo branch of Dean Witter Reynolds. He was senior vice president of investments and oversaw the expansion of the branch to more than 50 brokers before he retired, in 1999, from what then was Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
    “We didn’t know how fast it would grow,” Mr. Banta told Buffalo News financial editor Bill Flynn in 1982, when the branch outgrew its original location and moved into larger offices in the Liberty Bank Building. “In actuality, it surprised Dean Witter, too.”
    He served on the board of directors of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for 24 years, beginning in the 1960s. He was named an honorary director of the gallery in 1991. He was active in fundraising for the American Red Cross, Hallwalls, the United Way, the Hotchkiss School and Yale. He was a past president of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, an honorary member of the Country Club of Buffalo and the Mid Day Club of Buffalo, and a member of the Yale Club of New York City and the Saturn Club. He was a past president of the Yale Association of Western New York. He enjoyed tennis, squash, skiing and golf.
    His wife of 64 years, the former Melissa Wickser, taught at Calasanctius, was assistant to the director of the libraries at the University at Buffalo and was co-owner of the art gallery Les Copains. She died in 2011. Survivors include a daughter, Melissa; two sons, Charles W. and Philip L.; and eight grandchildren.
  • Bean, Susan R. - January 10

    Susan died peacefully at Hospice Buffalo in the presence of her family, after a brief illness. She is survived by her children, Douglas (Elisa) Bean ‘71Philip (Kathryn) Bean ‘73, and Emelie (Mark) Ventling; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and extended family. Susan loved time spent with her family and traveling with her late husband, Ed, in retirement. Her volunteer activities included the Museum of Science Women's Board, the Garret Club Lecture Committee, the Westminster Energy Educational Program, and chairing a major capital campaign, with her husband, for Child and Family Services.
  • Bednarcyk, Norman E. '56 - June 22

    Norman Earle Bednarcyk passed away on June 22, 2019. He enjoyed helping others and dedicated much of his free time to decades of leadership with the Boy Scouts. He was born on October 12, 1938 to Theofil and Gladys Bednarcyk (neé Lee) in Buffalo, NY. Elizabeth (Betsy) (neé Kloeblen), his wife of 46 years, preceded him in death, passing in 2011.
    Norman was an Eagle Scout and an excellent student, attending the Nichols School in Buffalo and going on to do undergraduate work at M.I.T. He obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science from Rutgers and worked for many years at Nabisco as an expert in fats and oils as well as in food labeling.
    Norman and Betsy lived for twenty-four years in Wyckoff, NJ before retiring to Charlottesville, VA. Most recently, Norman resided in Overland Park, KS so as to be close to his daughter, Lauren.
    In addition to Lauren (Kevin) Bond, he is survived by his daughter Marcia Bednarcyk (James R. Strickland), son Brett (Jennifer) Bednarcyk, granddaughter Adia Bednarcyk, and sister Rosanne Cahn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene.
    Norman was a kind soul with a great sense of humor who appreciated the simple things in life. He was also incredibly handy, being able to fix cars and make repairs of all kinds to houses. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
  • Benatovich, Sheldon B. '60 – November 22

    BENATOVICH - Sheldon B., Esq. November 22, 2019, beloved husband of Sheila (nee Bardach) Benatovich; loving father of Brian (Lauren) and Samuel Benatovich; cherished brother of Sandra (F. Steven) Berg and Dr. Howard (Lana) Benatovich; son-in-law of Judith (late Robert) Bardach; brother-in-law of Leah Bardach (Mitchell) Morcelle; also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, 14209. Shiva will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Beth Zion or the Amyloidosis Research Consortium,
  • Benedict, Matthew W. '11 - July 1

    Cherished son of William J. and Anne M. (nee Hertlein) Benedict; loving brother of Kaitlin E. Benedict (Justin Alger), Michael F. Benedict and Elizabeth N. Benedict '12; dear grandson of Jean (late Joseph) Hertlein and the late Jack and Melanie Benedict; loving companion of Kelly Quinn; also survived by a large loving family and many dear friends. Matt served as a JV and 5/6 lacrosse coach at Nichols and remained connected with the School long after his graduation.
    During his time at Nichols, Matt was a member of the Cum Laude Society and a recipient of the 2011 Alumni Cup. He was a three-sport athlete – a member of Nichols’ football, lacrosse and hockey teams. A proud Nichols alumnus, Matt was always ready and willing to serve his alma mater. Matt went on to graduate cum laude from Middlebury College in 2015 where he majored in economics, minored in political science and classical studies, and captained their DIII football program. He most recently was a law student at the University at Buffalo, and was active in the UB Law Buffalo Public Interest Law Program. As a legal intern, he worked with many local Nichols alumni, parents and friends and remained very active within our alumni network.
  • Burke, John P. "Jack" '51 - January 20

    John Patrick Burke (Jack), 85 years old, of Salisbury, NC and Buffalo, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 20 in Alpharetta, GA. Jack attended Nichols School in Buffalo and continued his education at the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Brown University in 1955. He received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1965 and earned his CPA in 1991. He proudly served as a Lieutenant JG in the United States Navy from 1955-1963. During his retirement, Jack shared his knowledge and experience with his community by serving as a Guardian Ad Litem for Rowan County, NC, providing tax preparation services to senior citizens, and counseling small businesses. He also held many volunteer positions in Buffalo, NY. Jack was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. He loved animals, always taking in strays and giving them a caring home. He was a local theater enthusiast and enjoyed skiing, sailing, photography, and traveling throughout the United States and abroad with his wife of 59 years, Jackie. He was also a long time Buffalo Bills fan and booster. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jacqueline (née Harris) Burke; children John Harris Burke (Tamara Davis), Catharine Emma Bagdonis (Anthony), Patricia Lorence (Kent), and Elizabeth Burke; and grandchildren Joshua Maxwell Burke, Eammon James Burke, Ava Marie Lorence, and Audrey Olivia Lorence.

    In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Jack's memory may make donations to an organization that he held close to his heart: Atlanta Humane Society Mansell Campus.
  • Burner, Alison Jones - May 24

    From the LA Times:
    Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, Alison died peacefully at her childhood home in California following a courageous seven month battle with a malignant brain tumor. Typical of her selflessness, Ali chose an experimental immunotherapy regimen, rather than traditional treatment, in the hope that a way could be found to successfully combat this dreaded disease and save others.
    Alison was born and raised in Pacific Palisades, attended Palisades Elementary School and graduated from Marlborough School (1982) and Wellesley College (1986) with a major in Political Science. During college years, she interned for Congressman Anthony Beilenson in Washington D.C. and for the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers. After Wellesley she worked in the education department of the Morgan Library in New York and found her calling. She then obtained a M.Ed. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1990. There she met her future husband of 28 years, Chris Burner. They moved to Hudson, Ohio, where Chris accepted a position at Western Reserve Academy and Alison worked at educational non-profits, first at agencies that help underprivileged students attend college and then as a Program Officer at the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. They had planned a move this summer when Chris retired as Head of School at Western Reserve and accepted a new position as Head of Nichols School in Buffalo, New York.
    A devoted, thoughtful and caring mother, Alison raised two exceptional children. Matthew is completing a Master's Degree in Chinese History at Columbia University and will enter law school at the University of Pennsylvania in August. Abigail will start her sophomore year at Gettysburg College in the fall. Both children relied on their mother for advice, guidance and support, but she also had a wicked, irreverent sense of humor that brightened their lives.Besides her husband and children, Alison is survived by her parents, Judy and Steaven Jones of Pacific Palisades, her loving sister and best friend, Lawry Meister, also of Pacific Palisades, and a number of nieces and nephews. All are devastated by her loss.
  • Callahan, Patrick J. - November 13

    Of all the demolition projects Patrick J. Callahan handled, the one that attracted the most attention was the tearing down of Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium in 2009.
    “We had more people watching in Buffalo than when we took down Yankee Stadium,” said his brother, Kevin, who worked on the project. “The Aud was more of an icon. The only thing I can compare it to was a church. People were so emotionally attached to the Aud. There were people watching all day long.”
    Mr. Callahan, president of DEMCO Inc., one of nation’s leading demolition contractors, died unexpectedly Nov. 13. He was 58.
    Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Derby and was a 1979 graduate of St. Francis High School, where he played varsity football.
    Prior to establishing DEMCO (Dismantlement and Environmental Management Co.) with his sister, Gayle, in 1994, Mr. Callahan had served as vice president of several other demolition firms.
    One of their first big jobs was the demolition in 1996 and 1997 of Cleveland Stadium, the lakeside home of the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians.
    DEMCO went on to specialize in numerous high-profile projects, including the razing of Yankee Stadium in New York City and the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla.
    Mr. Callahan salvaged an 80-foot flagpole from the Orange Bowl and installed it near the beach at his Angola home.
    DEMCO also did extensive demolition work on heavy industrial properties and nuclear sites, including accelerators, reactors, weapons plants and processing plants for uranium and plutonium.
    The company carried out the first demolition in the U.S. of a facility contaminated by plutonium.
    It also demolished the Plutonium Production Facility Building at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado, considered “the most dangerous building in the free world.”
    Mr. Callahan maintained a U.S. government top secret clearance for more than 10 years and was licensed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the handling and storage of explosives.
    A member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Farnham, he was known for his huge July 4 parties on the beach at Angola.
    He enjoyed cooking and fishing, especially for marlin and sailfish in South Florida.
    In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife of more than 35 years, the former Sandra Kaczkowski; his mother, Madonna; a son, Sean; two daughters, Shannon Rautenstrauch and Kelly Moser; three sisters, Bridget '77, Gayle and Brenda; and three grandchildren.
  • Cellino Sr., Ross M. - January 30

    From The Buffalo News:
    Ross M. Cellino Sr., founder of the law firm that became Cellino & Barnes, one of the largest personal injury firms in the nation, died in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 86.
    He joined with Michael Likoudis in 1958 to establish Cellino & Likoudis, later Cellino, Bernstein and Dwyer. For 25 years, he maintained a small office in the Brisbane Building in downtown Buffalo. When it moved in 1990, it had a staff of four attorneys. Although Mr. Cellino handled a number of personal injury clients, his practice focused on real estate, criminal clients and trusts and estates. He retired at age 59, shortly after one of his sons, Ross Jr., and a new attorney, Stephen E. Barnes, joined the firm.
    Another son, Dr. Michael Cellino, noted that his father “was always well-respected in the legal community for his sharp intellect, his quick wit and his charming personality. Having nine children at home, and a wife to support, he rarely turned down a case.” To accommodate one of his poorer clients, Dr. Cellino said, his father took a sewing machine in payment. Another time, he accepted a couple of Frank Sinatra albums.
    Ross Michael Cellino Sr. was born in his parents’ home on a small farm near Dunkirk. The son of Michael D. and Rose (Millonzi) Cellino, he was one of four children and was a 1950 graduate of Dunkirk High School, where he was president of the Honor Society, the History League and the Spanish Club and had starring roles in school plays. His yearbook described him as “a born leader” and “always energetic and enthusiastic.” He had a variety of odd jobs during his school years. He worked on his father’s farm and a neighbor’s farm, had a newspaper delivery route, was a stock boy at Jayne’s dress shop in Dunkirk, set pins in a bowling alley, was a crane operator at Alco in Dunkirk and worked in the Red Wing canning factory in Fredonia. Active in sports, he was a standout third baseman in the Dunkirk City Softball League and undefeated as a wrestler in his freshman year at the University of Buffalo, although he had never wrestled in high school.
    Before starting UB, he had begun dating Jean Maggio. They were married in August 1952 in a double ceremony that included his brother Nicholas and his bride, Clarice, and moved to Buffalo. With their first child on the way, Mr. Cellino took a job as a chemist at Linde Air and continued his studies at UB for another year at night. He enrolled in UB law school in 1954, attending classes by day and working at Bethlehem Steel at night, operating the big cold saw. After he graduated in 1956, he worked briefly as a collection attorney, then as a trial attorney for another firm before establishing his practice.
    He also was an entrepreneur. With Larry Haxton, he bought Mel-O-Dee Pools in West Seneca in 1967, which provided work experience for several of his children. With his wife’s cousin, Al Faso, he founded Al-Ross Sports Screening in the early 1970s. Honored as Business of the Year in 2018 by the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce, it is now run by his sons, Joseph and David. His late daughter, Susan, also was active in the business.
    He gave another son, Anthony, a used sewer cleaning machine, which led Anthony to establish Cellino Plumbing.
    An original member of the board of directors of Ecology and Environment Corp., he continued as a board member in retirement. He also was active with the West Seneca Kiwanis Club.
    He and his wife became world travelers and, in 2017, they hosted 84 members of the Cellino family for a week together at Ocean Isle, N.C. In addition to his wife, survivors include five sons, Dr. Michael, Ross Jr., Joseph, David and Anthony; three daughters, Sharon Davies, Rose Ann Cellino and Julie Bastible; two brothers, Nicholas and Richard; a sister, Josephine “Dolly” Gostomski; 32 grandchildren, including Ross Cellino III ’03Annemarie Cellino ’05, and Brigitte Cellino ‘08; and 25 great-grandchildren.
  • de Perio, Jose A. '81 - October 27

    Age 56, beloved husband of Rowena (nee Dotig) de Perio, MD; devoted father of Joseph Michael JD, Jared Martin and Rachel Alexis de Perio '16; loving son of Virginia V. (nee Villarica) de Perio, MD and the late Jose M. de Perio, Jr., MD; dear brother of Jeffrey A. (Lisa) de Perio, MD '87 and Jamie J. (Jennifer Gurske-de Perio, MD) de Perio; cherished uncle of Justin, Jordan, Jayda, Jarett, Jackson, Adrienne, Alexa, Mico and RJ; son-in-law of Rosario and the late Aurelio Dotig; brother-in-law of Ariel (Maritess) Dotig and Remelyn (Antonio) Asis; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
  • Drake, Kenneth C. - August 7

    From The Buffalo News:
    Kenneth C. Drake discovered his career calling as a financial adviser. The job suited his personality, allowing him to build relationships with clients, said his daughter, Allison Drake '00. "He had everybody's best interests in mind and at heart," she said.
    Mr. Drake, a Snyder resident, died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday at Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. He was 71. Mr. Drake was born in Orchard Park and graduated from high school there. He went on to graduate from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and earned a master's of business administration at the University at Buffalo.
    Mr. Drake was a competitive distance runner in college. "As he would tell me, he wasn't the best, but he would make other people around him the best," Allison Drake said. "That applies to everything in his life." After earning his MBA, Mr. Drake went to work at M&T Bank. It was there that he met his future wife, Shelley Cole, when she stopped by his desk one day in 1972. They married in 1976. Shelley Drake would continue her rise through M&T, and is now the bank's regional president for Western New York.
    After he left M&T, Mr. Drake held management positions for several manufacturing companies. But it was the more than 20 years he spent as a financial adviser with Sagemark Group, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, that he found most fulfilling and rewarding. "I think it was the perfect thing for him because he loved building relationships," Allison Drake said. "People knew they could, and did, trust him. He was a confidant to a ton of people." Mr. Drake was "very analytical and process-oriented," which were good skills for the job, his daughter said.
    Mr. Drake served on a number of boards, including those of the Elmwood Franklin School, Upstate New York Transplant Services, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Olmsted Center for Sight and Hospice Buffalo. "He was very committed to all of them," Allison Drake said.
    He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Zion and the Saturn Club. In his leisure time, Mr. Drake loved running. He ran in more than 40 Turkey Trots, and enjoyed participating in races than went past lighthouses, collecting replicas as mementos of each race. He was an avid golfer — he had a hole-in-one once — and enjoyed skiing and gardening. Mr. Drake and his children also built a kayak from scratch.
    Mr. Drake was diagnosed with cancer late last year, but he remained active and engaged, Allison Drake said. Most recently, he poured time and effort into renovating a newly purchased family cottage on Bertie Bay in Ontario. "It's going to mean so much to us forever," Allison Drake said. Along with his wife and daughter, Mr. Drake is survived by a son, Robert '00; two step-siblings, Lisa Horlein and Amy Loehndorf; and three grandchildren.
  • Drenning, John B. - March 2

    From the Buffalo News:
    John B. Drenning, an attorney specializing in corporate law and a partner in the leading Buffalo law firms, died March 2 in his Buffalo home after a 2½-year battle with leukemia. He was 81. Born in Mount Kisco, John Brabazon Drenning was a graduate of Bedford Hills High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Buffalo in 1961 and went on to Cornell University Law School, where he won the 1963 moot court competition and received his law degree in 1964.
    He was a clerk for two years in the State Supreme Court Appellate Division in Albany for two years, then moved to Buffalo. At the firm of Moot and Sprague from 1966 to 1990, he became a partner and headed the practices in labor law and banking. Mr. Drenning became a partner at Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine and Huber in 1990 and had been a partner at Hodgson Russ in its corporate and securities practice since 2000. In 2002, he was included in the ninth edition of “Best Lawyers in America.” He served on the boards of directors and was corporate secretary for Moog Inc., Acme Electric Corp., MOD-PAC and Astronics Corp., where at the time of his death he had been a board member for nearly 50 years. At Moog, he continued to serve as a trustee of the Supplemental Retirement Plan Trust. He also was a member of the board of directors and corporate secretary to the Western New York Technology Development Center. He was a trustee at Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1979 to 1982 and served as board president in 1982. He also served on the Buffalo State College Foundation board of directors and the Cornell Law Association executive committee.
    A member of the Country Club of Buffalo, he enjoyed golf, tennis, shooting and fly fishing, along with painting and wood carving. He also helped construct boats at the Buffalo Maritime Center, where he built himself an Adirondack guide boat. He arranged for it to be donated to Paul Smith’s College. For more than 30 years, he and his wife had a vacation home in the Adirondacks at Upper Saranac Lake. An avid reader, he was a lifelong student of history and constitutional law. In recent years, he also traveled extensively.
    Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Barbara Shields, active in many community organizations; a daughter, Elizabeth B. ‘84; a son, John B. III ‘87; and a grandson.
  • Eaton, Wyndham '55 - July 18

    From The Buffalo News:
    Wyndham Eaton, of Lake View, retired president of Eaton Equipment Corp. in Hamburg, died July 18 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he was a hockey player at Nichols School, graduating in 1955, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1959 from Brown University, where he was captain of the hockey team.
    He joined Eaton Equipment, a company founded by his father and uncle that became upstate New York’s largest distributor of outdoor power lawn and garden equipment and golf course supplies. He headed the company from 1978 to 1995. He served as president of Queen City Industrial Park from 1986 until his death.
    Mr. Eaton was a former member of the board of directors of First Federal Savings and Loan of Hamburg and was president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in 1970. He was a past president of Wanakah Country Club and a member for more than 50 years. A member of the Ellicottville Ski Club for more than 60 years, he also served as its president.
    Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Wendy Hutton; two sons, Scott and Kevin; two daughters, Dana Garcia-Eaton and Karen Olson; a sister, Ann; and 11 grandchildren.
  • Hughes, Connor - July 2

    Connor, age 23, of North Tonawanda, passed unexpectedly on July 2, 2019. Son of Kevin and Barbara (nee Blair) Hughes; brother of Kevin (Lisa) Hughes II '09 and Sean Hughes '12 and his beloved Dixie. Connor owned and operated A-1 Home Appliances on Main Street in North Tonawanda. Memorial contributions in memory of Connor may be made to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of the Northtowns, 325 Franklin St., Tonawanda, NY 14150.
  • James, W. Craig '62 - March 22

    William Craig James, Esq. of East Aurora, formerly of Boise, Idaho, died on March 22. He was 74.
    Known as Craig, Mr. James was born in Buffalo to Dr. Melvin and Constance (née Howe) James. He graduated from Nichols School, Colby College and Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Wash. He settled in Boise, Idaho, first working for Idaho Legal Services and then joining a small law firm, where he practiced employment law. Eventually, Mr. James gained an expertise in assisting wildland firefighters, mostly in the western states, receive their “promised” benefits from the government. He enjoyed meeting these brave and hardy men and always had plenty of interesting stories about their work.
    Mr. James retired from law at age 50 to manage a sailboat charter company in St Vincent, West Indies. After three years, he returned to Boise to again practice law. He reunited with his high school sweetheart, Connie Marshall and they married in 2002, with Connie relocating to Boise.
    Eventually Mr. James retired and the couple moved back to Western New York living in East Aurora.
    Before entering law school, Mr. James served in the US Army with one tour in Vietnam. He was a 1st lieutenant and received a Bronze star. He always said that the Army was the best experience of his life, teaching him responsibility and commitment.
    Mr. James is survived by his wife Connie; stepsons, Louis (Angela) Marshall of Sandpoint, Idaho and Todd (Carla) Marshall of East Aurora; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers Scott (Jane) James, Brent (Pam) James; and sister Elizabeth James.
    The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.
    Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice Buffalo by visiting
  • Jones, Robert E. '52 - July 18

    Robert Elwell Jones passed away peacefully on July 18th at his home in Overland Park, KS. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Hall Jones, and by his three sons and their families: Michael Jones and his wife Stacy (Prairie Village, KS) and their children Trevor, Colin and Ian; Evan Jones and his wife Tara (Roswell, GA) and their children Marshall, Morgan and Matthew; Eliott Jones and his wife Kim (Menlo Park, CA) and their children Ashley, Gretchen, Eliza and Annika; his sister, Ruth Glascock (Dunwoody, GA); and his niece Jill Glascock (Dunwoody, GA) and nephew Robert Glascock (Atlanta, GA).
    Bob was raised in Buffalo, NY. He attended high school at the Nichols School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He and his sister were the first in a family of coal miners to attend college. To his great surprise, he was admitted to Harvard University where he majored in English Literature and played varsity baseball. Bob spent over 35 years with Archer Daniels Midland in the Kansas City area, where he and Joyce raised their three boys. In addition to his professional achievements in global nutrition, he was well known at home for his leadership within the Kansas City youth ice hockey community. He became an avid golfer in his later years as a member of the Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, KS.
    Bob will be remembered as an outgoing, kind-hearted leader and champion of the underdog. He was always ready to help those in need and to offer advice to those who came seeking his wisdom he had a special talent for making complex problems simple. Bob loved helping others to succeed but never sought credit or accolades for the lives he impacted. Most of all, Bob loved to make people laugh and to remind us not to take life too seriously. It was always a good day when he started a conversation with "Let me tell you a story.”
  • Keating, Brian E. '64 - October 11

    Brian E. Keating, retired regional president for HSBC Bank’s Western New York operations, was the man Buffalo-area business and civic leaders called to get things done.
    When he headed the Catholic Charities Appeal in 1998, it set a record for first-day donations and exceeded its final goal.
    When Buffalo Niagara Enterprise needed someone to lead a multimillion-dollar effort to bring new jobs to the region in 1999, he was the one they picked.
    When the Business Backs the Sabres committee was formed in 2002 to sell enough season tickets to keep the team in Buffalo – after the economic collapse of owner John Rigas – he was one of the co-chairmen.
    He “knows what it takes to bring new business to an area,” a Buffalo News editorial declared in 1999. “A tactician who understands how to attack a problem ... he does that by bringing people together.”
    Mr. Keating died Oct. 11 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 72.
    A Buffalo native, Brian Edward Keating was the son of Dr. Carroll E. Keating, chief of staff at St. Francis Hospital for 40 years.
    He attended Nichols Middle School, was a 1964 graduate of Canisius College High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Canisius College in 1968.
    He completed a master’s of business administration degree in finance from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., in 1970, then spent several months as a research fellow at the London School of Economics in England.
    Later he graduated from the Commercial Banking Management School at Columbia University.
    He joined what was then Marine Midland Bank in 1971, as a management associate, and was working in Marine’s national department when he was promoted to assistant vice president in 1974.
    He became a vice president in 1978.
    The following year, the bank assigned him to London. He was director of loan syndications for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, then served as group head of the international corporate department.
    Returning to Buffalo in 1983, Mr. Keating became the executive responsible for commercial banking. His position expanded in 1985 when he was appointed director of trust and investment services. In 1991, he was named western regional president, overseeing both commercial and retail operations in the Buffalo Niagara region.
    In 2000, he additionally became executive vice president of retail and commercial banking for upstate New York, overseeing activities from Buffalo to Albany. He retained oversight of commercial banking when the retail and commercial divisions became separate in 2006.
    When he stepped down from those posts, in 2007, he was appointed chairman of the bank’s western region advisory board and served until 2012.
    In 2011, he became one of two managing directors at Dopkins Wealth Management LLC in Amherst.
    He received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Junior Achievement of Western New York’s Hall of Fame.
    He served on the boards of directors of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Nichols School, the Buffalo Foundation, the Buffalo Council on World Affairs, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the YMCA of Greater Buffalo, Western New York Public Broadcasting, Unyts, Catholic Charities and the Bishop’s Council of Laity.
    He was a member of the council of the Wehle School of Business at Canisius College and was the first treasurer of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
    He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, a life member of the Buffalo Canoe Club and an avid tennis player, skier and biker.
    Throughout his life, he enjoyed memorable times on the Lake Erie shore in Canada.
    “My dad’s passion for Buffalo was unmatched,” his son, Brennan, said in a eulogy. “He loved living in and being from Buffalo. He honestly didn’t understand how anyone could root for anyone other than the Bills. ... He was always up for a Sahlen’s hot dog with Weber’s mustard, then would have to remind us they were the best in the world.”
    Survivors include another son, Ryan; a daughter, Katherine Maleski; his former wife, Anne; a sister, Clare Nienhaus; and five grandchildren.
  • Klepfer, Thomas '60 - July 25

    From The Buffalo News:
    After almost 20 years in the family business of car sales, Thomas Matthew Klepfer took a new job on the other side of the state as general manager of a waste paper packing plant in Albany. He flew out and back every week for three years, leading the firm from marginal profitability to an annual profit of more than a half-million dollars. After three years, he became a Buffalo-based account executive for the firm.
    Then, in 1990, Mr. Klepfer founded TAMCO Paper Stock Inc., creating the name from his own first initial and those of his two daughters, Marjorie and Caroline. That was the place for him. "I think he was sorry that he didn't start in the paper business sooner than he did," said his wife of 50 years, Sharon Klepfer.
    Although he retired in 2005, his Buffalo company remains family-owned. Mr. Klepfer died on July 25, 2019, in his Snyder home after a long illness. He was 76. He was born in Buffalo on Aug. 4, 1942, the first child of Harlan A. and Lucy L. Klepfer. He attended Nichols School, where, already 6-foot-6, he was a football star and center and captain of the basketball team in his senior year. He also participated in track, setting a local record in the discus throw that stood for some 25 years.  At Nichols, Mr. Klepfer was known for his sense of humor. In his senior profile in 1960, his classmates wrote, "The only place his humor forsakes him is in study hall, where, as proctor, he keeps close rein on over-enthusiastic upperclassmen."
    He attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he belonged to Delta Upsilon fraternity and played on the football team. After graduating in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in sociology, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and went to training camp briefly. He later told his wife that despite his size and strength, he lacked what he called "the killer instinct."
    From 1967 to 1979, he worked at Klepfer Brothers Buick on Main Street in Buffalo, becoming new and used car manager. Mr. Klepfer enlisted in the U.S. Army as a non-commissioned officer, serving at Fort Polk, La. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Master Sergeant.
    On New Years Eve 1968, Mr. Klepfer brought a date to a party at the home of a friend. Also attending, with her own date, was Sharon Barclift. As 1968 became 1969, they caught each other's eyes. After a whirlwind romance, they married on May 3, 1969,  in Amherst Community Church in Snyder.
    In 1979, Mr. Klepfer became president and CEO of his own auto sales company, Tom Klepfer Pontiac-Buick in Yorkshire, in Cattaraugus County. After six years, Mr. Klepfer became general manager at CFI/US Recycling Industries in Albany. His family remained in the home on Washington Highway in Snyder that they occupied for more than 40 years, while he commuted to Albany weekly. "He would fly down on Monday morning and fly back on Friday night," said Mrs. Klepfer.
    In 1988, Mr. Klepfer became a Buffalo-based account executive for the Albany company, then, in 1990, he opened TAMCO Paper Stock Inc. He led the firm to almost a million dollars of annual revenue.
    His family described him as loud, boisterous and "the life of the party," and compassionate, kind, loving and devoted to his friends and family. "Big guy, soft heart," his wife said. He also loved to "scream at the TV during football games," his wife said. "It got to the point that I absolutely hated football season, and I couldn't open the windows, because then everybody could hear," she said.
    Mr. Klepfer was a member of the Torque Kings Classic Car Club who loved his red 1930 "Hi-Boy" Roadster and his red 1940 Ford coupe. He was active in the local automotive community and won many awards at classic car/hot rod shows. He loved boating, especially at Thunder Bay, Ont., where his family had a cottage for many years. He was a member of Amherst Community Church.
    Besides his wife of 50 years, Sharon Barclift Klepfer, Mr. Klepfer is survived by his son, Steven Klepfer; two daughters, Marjorie Brown and Caroline Klepfer; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, James and John Klepfer; a sister, Ann Huffman; and several nieces and nephews.
  • Kluckhorn, Karl F. - February 22

    Karl Kluckhorn of Williamsville, NY, beloved husband of the late Dede and the late Marilyn; loving father of Thomas (Christine), Steven (Cathi), Chuck (Carmen) and stepfather of David (Jocelyn) Laub ‘84 and Derek (Shelly) Laub ‘89; dear grandfather of Melissa, Kyle, Emily, Hannah, Karl, Wyatt, Tia, Dylan, Elle, Creighton and Tyler.
  • Kovach, Bradley '92 - January 20

    Bradley Kovach of Williamsville, NY, passed away on February 20, 2019. Loving father to his two adorable daughters Kennedy Jean and Macey Elizabeth Kovach, and their mother Carrie Kovach; cherished son of Kenneth and Tina (nee Procakiewicz) Kovach; nephew of special aunt Mary Lou (nee Procakiewicz) Zeis; also survived by uncles, cousins and many friends including the incredible loyal and loving family of Homeland Security. After graduating from the Niagara University he worked as a Firearms and Tactics Instructor, Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Officer, Counter-Terrorism Response Officer and most recently as an Entry Specialist. Brad was an imposing defenseman in hockey and a standout All-League outfielder in baseball for Nichols School in Buffalo during the late 80's and early 90's.
  • Kulick, Kevin '68 - February 25

    Dr. Kevin B. Kulick, a dermatologist in private practice and with Buffalo Medical Group for decades, was an active and dedicated leaders of local Jewish organizations. "He did a great deal as a community leader for the Jewish community here in Buffalo," said his wife of nearly 45 years, Rise Kulick. He was also a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother and an avid gardener whose English-style perennial garden was a stop on the Amherst Garden Walk several times, she said.
    Dr. Kulick, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2017, died Feb. 25, 2019, in his Amherst home with care from Hospice Buffalo. He was 68. He was born March 21, 1950, in Buffalo, the first child of Diana Becker, an elementary school teacher, and Sanford Kulick, an attorney who became a state unemployment judge. Dr. Kulick was the brother of Tracy and Wynne Elizabeth.
    He attended grade school at the Campus School on the grounds of SUNY Buffalo State, then graduated from Nichols School in the Class of 1968. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., then attended medical school at the University at Buffalo, followed by two years of residency in family practice and a three-year residence in dermatology, both at UB. In his final year of residency at UB, he worked in a research lab studying lupus erythematosus. Dr. Kulick then spent a year doing research with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City. He returned to Buffalo and spent the next two years researching at UB as a Dr. Henry C. and Bertha H. Buswell Fellow, a program that selects early-career medical doctors who will pursue careers as physician-scientists.
    In 1981, Dr. Kulick began part-time private practice as a dermatologist and in 1984, he began a full-time private practice. He maintained an office on Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda for 25 years. In 2009, he joined Buffalo Medical Group, and he had offices on Essjay Road until he stopped practicing due to his diagnosis. Dr. Kulick was certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology. Between 1983 and 1986, medical journals published four studies on lupus erythematosus he co-authored. In 2007, an article he co-authored on an unusual skin disease in a patient with lymphoma was published.
    Dr. Kulick was president of Kadimah Academy in the late 1980s, president of the Jewish Federation of Buffalo from 2004 to 2006, and president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo from 2007 to 2009. He was chair of the Young Leadership Program of the Jewish Federation of Buffalo and won the organization's Young Men's Leadership Award in 1988.
    He and Rise Pozarny met in 1969 at a reunion of a high school youth group in which Dr. Kulick had been active. "There was a friend who thought that we'd make a good match, so I went," said Mrs. Kulick. They married in Buffalo in 1974 and had been a couple for 50 years.
    In his spare time, Dr. Kulick was "an extraordinary gardener," his wife said. His English-style perennial gardens were featured on the Amherst Garden Walk for several years. "He was a man of extraordinary intellect, curious about science, art, philosophy and life," said his wife. "He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and a loving son and brother."
    Through their fund, the Kevin B. and Rise P. Kulick Philanthropic Fund, the couple supported educational and Jewish organizations, Mrs. Kulick said, as well as such international groups as Doctors Without Borders and the Smile Train. Besides his wife, Dr. Kulick is survived by a daughter, Abigail Gold; two sons, Benjamin and David Kulick; two sisters, Tracy Jacobowitz and Wynne Elizabeth Trinca; four grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
  • Lahan, Claire Manz - January 29

    Claire Elizabeth Lahan, Nottingham '73, of Melbourne Florida, passed away at Viera Health and Rehabilitation Center in Veira, Florida. She was born on October 3, 1955 in Buffalo, New York to the late Victor Edward Manz and Claire Elizabeth Gavin. Claire will be deeply missed by her husband Gerald Lahan; son, Gavin Lahan; brother, David (Carolyn) Manz; niece Gina Manz and nephew Thomas Manz.
  • Madia II, Robert '88 - March 8

    Robert Madia II, Esq. Of Grand Island, died on March 8, 2019, he was 48 years old. Rob is survived by his parents Michael Madia (Sharon) and Antoinette Oros; his grandmother, Rita Madia: his sisters, Jennifer and Cali Madia ‘05 (Daniel); and his brother, Jacob Madia. Rob lettered in 3 sports at Nichols School, was All State in hockey at Oswego and All American at Mercyhurst before playing four years in the coast hockey leagues. Rob was a graduate of The University of San Diego Law School and was admitted to practice law in New York State.
  • Maisel, Lucy - June 17

    Lucy Cowdin Maisel (March 9, 1918 - June 17, 2019)

    Lucy Cowdin Maisel was born in Springfield, Illinois on March 9, 1918. After graduating from public high school in Springfield, she won a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland, California. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she received her B.A. degree from Mills in 1938, and won an exchange fellowship to the University of Paris. Returning to the United States at the outbreak of World War II, she worked as a personnel officer in defense and war agencies in Washington, D.C., where she met Sherman J. Maisel (Nichols class of 1935).

    They had both been chosen to be among the first group of interns at the National Institute for Public Affairs, a program designed to attract recent college graduates to careers in government service. In 1942, she married Sherman Maisel, then an officer in the U.S. Army, and moved with him to several posts in the western states.

    In 1948, when her husband joined the faculty of the University of California, the Maisels moved to Berkeley, where they lived for the next 18 years. During this time, she was active on the board of the Mills College Alumnae Association, in the University Section Club, School Resource Volunteers, and various community organizations.

    After a seven-year sojourn in Washington, D.C, where her husband served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, the Maisels moved to San Francisco, where she volunteered at the International Diplomacy Council, now part of the Institute of International Education.

    All her life, Lucy sang in choral groups wherever she was living, varying from informal madrigal groups to symphony choruses. She was an original member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and sang with it for many years.

    She is survived by a son, Lawrence Maisel and his wife Susan Grant of London, a daughter Margaret (Peggy) Maisel and her husband Ira Horowitz of Miami and Boston, and grandchildren Nicholas Maisel, his wife Kate Hooper, and Elena Horowitz. If you wish to send a donation in Lucy's name please consider a contribution to the Lucy Cowdin Maisel scholarship fund at Mills College
  • May, James G. '62 - October 26

    MAY - James G.G., Sr. James G. G. May, Sr., 75, of Hypoluxo, FL, formerly of Buffalo, NY, died on October 26, 2019. Beloved husband of 46 years to Michele Georger May and father of Michele (Mimi) May (Tom Weidemeyer, Jr.) and James (Jamie) G. G. May, Jr. Mr. May was the grandson of Henry May, Jr., the founder of the Pierce Arrow Motor Company and also son of the late Eleanor Goldsborough May and Henry May, III. Mr. May attended The Nichols School '62 and Williston Academy before graduating from Colgate University in 1966. He served in the United States Navy before earning an MBA at the University of Buffalo. In 1974, he began a career at Frontier Hot Dip Galvanizing, Inc. where he retired as Executive Vice President in 2012. He also partnered with his brother-in-law, Dan Georger, of Dan Georger Mistubishi. Mr. May was a 40 year member of The Saturn Club and a former member of the Cherry Hill Club and The Buffalo Canoe Club where he served as Treasurer. The May family summered for many happy years in Point Abino, Ontario. Jamie will be remembered for his love of British cars, crossword puzzles, classical music, and his sense of humor. He is survived by his brother Henry May IV (Joan). There will be no service at this time due to the uncertain times and burial will be private. Donations can be made in Jamie's honor to The Nichols School, 1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216. 
  • McLean, Lewis F. '51 - December 16

    Lewis F. McLean, PhD., 86, passed away Monday morning, December 16, 2019, at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton Township, PA. He and his wife, Arlene A. McLean, PhD., celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on October 26th of this year. Formerly of Harleysville, PA, they had resided at Meadowood Senior Living in Worcester, PA, since June of 2017. Born December 4, 1933, in Buffalo, NY, he was a son of the late Lewis F. McLean, MD and Florence (Fitzsimons) McLean. He was a graduate of Nichols High School and attended Georgetown University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and his PhD from Jefferson University. Dr. McLean served as a clinical research scientist with Merck for 20 years, retiring in 1992. He then did consulting work for another 15 years. His hobbies included reading, traveling and old movies. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, John McLean of Point Pleasant, NJ. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hugh McLean.
  • Merritt, Reny R. III '71 - November 27

    Renny Merritt died Nov. 27 from Alzheimer’s disease. Diagnosed six years ago, he maintained his infectious good cheer to the very end.

    Renny graduated magna cum laude with a double major in economics and religion from Amherst College, writing a thesis on a famous Japanese temple garden. Upon graduation, he used a Watson Fellowship to apprentice for renowned garden designer Nakane Kinsaku in Japan. Renny subsequently earned a master’s degree from the Conway School of Landscape Design and an M.B.A. from Yale, where he met his wife, Janet Taft. He worked 27 years in commercial real estate finance, primarily in Boston, as a senior marketing executive and chief operating officer.

    With two sets of twin boys, Reny knew chaos. But he “strove to live in the present and embraced the Zen notion that enlightenment was not the sole preserve of the retreat or meditation session. The rough and tumble of work and family life were equally valuable opportunities to practice mindfulness and to be open to insight and self-reflection.

    Reny is survived by Janet and their sons, Breck, Riley, Whit and Sawyer, along with Shane, a friend of his boys who became part of their family. He shared with them his love of physical activity (hockey, lacrosse, golf, cycling, hiking and skiing) as well as his appreciation for landscape and nature.
  • Metzloff, Roland E '45 - January 14

  • Michel, Christopher A. ‘69 – November 14

    Christopher (Chris) A. Michel passed away, peacefully, Thursday morning Nov. 14, while under the compassionate care of the Chase Point Assisted Living staff and friends.
    He was born Feb. 26, 1951 in New Haven, Conn. and, after moving in childhood with his family he happily lived in Buffalo, N.Y., and spent summers in South Bristol. Chris attended the Nichols School in Buffalo, Syracuse University and University of Colorado, Boulder.
    Chris grew up particularly loving athletics like soccer, ice hockey and tennis in which he excelled during his teenage years. After college, while in Colorado, he worked for 10 years in the infancy and development of the health food business. He became a licensed electrician there and later moved to Florida where he worked for many years in residential and commercial construction. His Jeep was his toolbox and he was methodical at every task he undertook.
    He retired to Maine and lived on the “S” Road in South Bristol. He was deeply devoted to his parents, helping them in their final years. He loved to fish and the coast of Maine was where he felt most at home, replacing the propeller on his outboard many times in the search for that new spot to fish and explore. He loved the secluded parts of Seal Cove on the Damariscotta River and was particularly appreciative when large portions of that shoreline became nature preserves. He was proudest of a sturdy dock that he built there from which his mother could swim in her later years.
    Chris had a dry sense of humor and did not like arrogance in any form. He loved being in nature, smoking a cigar on his back porch and croaking with the frogs in a nearby pond. He was a quiet person and very respectful of the privacy of others. Chris was an explorer, patient and measured in his quest. His love of place was deeply felt.
    He will be missed by his family, friends and the wildlife around him, all who knew that he had a good heart and wanted the best for others. We will be reminded of these sides of Chris, in the summer when his ashes are dedicated to nature and forever, when hearing a bullfrog sing.
    Chris is survived by his sister, Maggie; brothers, Toby and his wife Mary, and Laurence and his wife Annie; as well as his nephew and nieces.
  • Munschauer, Sarah J. "Sally" - October 21

    Age 96. Beloved wife of Dr. Richard W. Munschauer; mother of Dr. Thomas L., David A. (Grace), and John J. (Alice) Munschauer; grandmother of Richard II (Andrea), Lyman (fiance;e Joanne), Grace Louise, Patrick, and Margaret. 
  • Newman, Barbara L. - February 5

    From The Buffalo News:
    Barbara L. Newman enjoyed being outdoors, whether she was on the golf course with her husband, NOCO Energy Corp. co-founder Donald F. Newman, or building trails in the woods with their four sons. If she wasn't out on the links, Mrs. Newman could be found on the tennis court, said her son, Michael. "Golf and tennis: She stayed very active. She did like the outdoors quite a bit," he said.
    Mrs. Newman, who devoted hours of her time to sitting on boards and volunteering at community organizations, died Tuesday at her home in Clarence following a lengthy illness. She was 81.
    The daughter of an Army officer, the former Barbara Lutz was born in Los Angeles but lived in various cities across the United States, as well as in Germany, where she attended high school, and in Puerto Rico, where her father was stationed. "She was an Army brat. She traveled around quite a bit because her father kept getting re-stationed to different locations," Michael Newman said.
    It was the Army that brought his parents together, Michael said. They met at the Watertown Arsenal in Watertown, Mass., where his mother's father, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army colonel, was Donald Newman's commanding officer. "At the time, my dad was a lieutenant," Michael Newman added.
    His parents married in 1957 at the historic Old North Church in Boston, Mass., and shortly after, Barbara Newman moved with her husband to his hometown of Buffalo, where he and his brother, Reginald B. Newman II, took over their father's coal delivery company and built it into NOCO Energy Corp., the largest fuel distribution company in Western New York.
    While her husband was helping to build the family business, Mrs. Newman raised their four sons — but it didn't keep her from enjoying the outdoors. "We had a place in West Valley that she used to take us out to every weekend. We'd go out there and make trails and do all kinds of outdoors stuff," Michael Newman recalled.
    "When we were kids, she brought back pheasant eggs, which we incubated. They got hatched and we let them loose at West Valley. I don't know how my mom did it," Michael Newman added.
    As her boys grew more independent, Mrs. Newman gravitated towards golf. "She did love to play golf. In fact, she hit five holes-in-one," said Michael Newman. "There are people that go their whole life and never hit a hole-in-one, and she had five of them."
    Michael Newman said golf was a pastime for both of his parents, which seemed to strengthen their bond. "My dad and her were very close," Michael Newman said. "She played pretty regularly with my dad. That's something they always did together. Like, a lot of guys have their guys group, whereas my mom and my dad would always play together."
    Michael Newman said his mother had a competitive spirit. Never one to allow the men in her home to overshadow her, she often reminded them, especially her husband, of her numerous holes-in-one on the golf course.
    Mrs. Newman served on boards and community organizations, including Artpark, the Buffalo Zoo, the Junior League and the Bristol Home. She was active over the years with the annual WNED-TV Auction and the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns.
    She was predeceased by her husband, who died in 2015. She is survived by four sons, Robert L., Thomas B. '77James D. '79 and Michael F.; two sisters, Susan Lutz and Margaret Lutz; and seven grandchildren, who enjoyed visiting her at her winter home in Jupiter, Fla.
  • Olmsted, C. Bushnell '44 - May 1

    Clarence Bushnell Bush Olmsted was born November 26, 1926 in Buffalo, NY. Bush served the Welfare Federation of Cleveland, OH and its successor, United Way of Cleveland, from 1955 until his retirement in 1991. In the 1960s, he professionalized promotion processes, opening advancement paths for women and minorities and worked with industry executives in Greater Cleveland to establish pay equity and leadership mentors for leaders in not-for-profit organizations. Bush grew up in Buffalo, NY, and attended Nichols School, The Hotchkiss School, and Yale.
    His experiences working with displaced people in Europe after World War II led him into a career in social service. He earned a Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan and an MBA at Western Reserve University. He met the love of his life, Levona Williams Olmsted, MD, on a volunteer project of the Lisle Fellowship, an organization committed to a more just social order in which persons of all cultures, social classes, religious affiliations, nationalities and political persuasions are full participants. They married in 1952 and celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary before she passed. They lived their last decade at Kendal at Oberlin, where their love is legendary. They raised their children, Bob, Sue, Don, Elizabeth, and Marilyn, in Cleveland in the Ludlow community in the Shaker Heights school district. In the 1960s, Ludlow was a nationally renowned demonstration of successful racial integration. Levona and Bush made tremendous volunteer contributions to the Ludlow Community Association and hosted a community caroling event every Christmas.
    Bush loved animals and had pets and tropical fish all his life. After retirement, he spent many years volunteering in the Wildlife program at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where he maintained a large salt water aquarium and cared for young or injured animals. Bush and Levona had 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his wonderful singing and word play, love of animals, games of ping pong, croquet, bridge, chess, and backgammon, teaching kids to fish, play frisbee, fly kites, and ski, as well as his enthusiastic enjoyment of Levona's accomplishments. Bush passed peacefully on May 1, 2019 surrounded by his children. 
  • Parkot, Brian L. - October 12

    From The Buffalo News:
    Brian L. Parkot stepped down last March after 33 years as a fire commissioner with the Snyder Fire District, but he still kept the emergency fire radio at his bedside.
    “I always said he had two loves – me and the fire department,” his wife, Debra, said.
    Mr. Parkot already was a volunteer firefighter, taking classes for an associate degree in fire protection technology at Erie Community College, when he met the former Debra Ryan in 1973, while she was working at Jimmy’s Restaurant at Harlem Road and Kensington Avenue. She became a nurse before they were married in 1978.
    He had joined the Snyder Fire Department in its Torchboy program when he was still in high school. After he turned 18, he became a full-fledged volunteer.
    He went on to serve as a lieutenant and captain before he was appointed a commissioner in 1986.
    He died Saturday, the day after his 66th birthday, in his Snyder home after a lengthy illness.
    Born in Buffalo, the youngest of three boys, he was a lifelong Snyder resident and graduated from Amherst High School in 1971.
    Mr. Parkot had been a security guard in high school and found a job in security at the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda, where he had a 32-year career. He branched into health and safety programs at the plant and headed its volunteer fire brigade.
    With the Snyder Fire Department, he was active with the fire prevention program and gave presentations at schools.
    As commissioner, he helped oversee construction of the new fire headquarters on Main Street.
    To his family’s consternation, he fought one blaze single-handedly in front of his house on the morning of his daughter Kelly’s wedding in 2008.
    An arsonist who set a string of car fires overnight in his neighborhood ignited his nephew’s Jeep and Jet Ski. Mr. Parkot, in jeans and a T-shirt, responded with a garden hose.
    On three occasions, he performed the Heimlich maneuver to save people who were choking. For this, he received a Lifesaving Award.
    He was presented with the Snyder Fire Department’s President and Chiefs Award in April.
    A longtime parishioner at Christ the King Catholic Church, he was a member of the Holy Name Society.
    He was a former Connie Mack softball coach and volunteered in the Amherst town hockey program.
    “He couldn’t skate,” his wife said, “but he would work the clocks and the doors and tie skates.”
    Survivors also include a son, Brian E.; two daughters, Kelly Kacalski and Shannon Friend; two brothers, Sean and Paul; and four grandchildren.
  • Peters, Ray '65 - May 4

    Ray Peters died May 4 in Dallas, Texas. He was known for his extraordinary pitching career from Little League all the way through his graduation from Nichols school. Ray was a 3 sport athlete at Nichols and was elected to the inaugural Nichols Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.  Ray then went to Harvard, where he led the team to the 1968 College World Series.  He went on to a professional baseball career, including a stint with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970.  After baseball, he went into finance where he built a long career in real estate lending.  Ray worked for financial institutions in Arizona, Rhode Island and Texas, retiring at 61 as a senior officer for a national corporation.  All through his adult life, Ray used his curiosity and intelligence to great effect. Be it trivia, book collecting, corresponding with authors, or making new friends wherever he went, Ray lived his life with gusto.  He leaves his wife, Janis, two sons, RJ and Brad, and four grandchildren, Lily, Becca, Ben and Allie.
  • Potter Sr., Rod - September 26

    Father of Roddy Potter '82 and Nancy Potter '85. Grandfather of Vera Potter '17 and Alan Potter '22.
  • Rabow, Julian "Jay" '45 - June 29

    Julian “Jay” Marshall Rabow was born July 27, 1927 in Buffalo, New York, and passed away in Sarasota, Florida on June 29, 2019.  He was 91 years old. Jay was pre-deceased by his parents Ann (Tate) Rabow and Aaron Rabow, brother Bruce Rabow, and Jay’s loving wife of 56 years, Margery “Midge” Rabow.
    Jay graduated from The Nichols School of Buffalo and then enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18.  Upon discharge, he attended the University of Miami, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, which was later applied to a very successful career as a business owner.
    In 1950, he married Claire Cantor, mother of his two sons, Stephen D. Rabow of Sarasota and Andrew H. Rabow of Middletown, New York.  After their divorce, in 1959 he married the love of his life, Margery Jane Ehrenreich and became the stepfather to her three children: Stephen L. Becker (Dennyse Stanford), Barbara L. Becker, both of northern California, and Laurie R. Becker of Arizona.
    Jay was president and owner of Cello-Pack Corp of Buffalo prior to his retirement in 1978.  He and Midge came to Florida aboard their 41-foot sailboat “Euphoria” that same year to find a new home, and settled in Sarasota, where they purchased a condo on the water. For the next 19 years, they sailed the Bahamas every year from January through May, where they cruised, snorkeled, played tennis, and built enduring friendships with other “sunbirds” in the boating community.
    “Jay particularly loved the outdoors and was an accomplished horseman, hunter, fisherman, trap and skeet marksman, racing sailor and avid tennis player.”
    Jay particularly loved the outdoors and was an accomplished horseman, hunter, fisherman, trap and skeet marksman, racing sailor and avid tennis player.  He was named Yachtsman of the Year for Lake Ontario in 1975, and later served as Commodore of the Youngstown Yacht Club in Youngstown, New York. Jay also achieved successes in photography, sculpting and painting, and was knowledgeable about antiques and antique firearms.  He had a tireless spirit and excelled at whatever interest he took up.  A free-spirited and unconventional man in many ways, he was first and foremost a family man, and was unflaggingly devoted to his beloved Midge for the many long years of her illness. His wit, humor, steadfast ways and wise counsel will be missed by many.
    Jay is survived by all of his five children along with six grandchildren: Katherine L. Hiner, Hannah E. McGrath, Eric Becker, Megan Louise Langhoff, Aaron V. Rabow and Josh Rabow, one great-grandson, three nieces: Susan Rabow Sims, Lisa Rabow, Gretchen Rabow Atkins, and their children, grandchildren and numerous cousins.
    The family would like to extend special acknowledgement to Janet Leon, Jay’s loving companion in the last few years of his life.  We owe her an immeasurable debt of gratitude for bringing love and laughter back into his life.  We also extend heartfelt thanks to Carol “Chris” Bell for the superb care she extended to Jay at the end of his life and throughout the many years of Midge’s illness.
  • Roberts, Myron A. ’56 – February 15

    Beloved husband of Judith, to whom he was married for 56 years. Loving father of three daughers: Claire (Francis) Arato, Karen (John) Sullivan and Cindy (Chip) Bartlett. Cherished grandfather of six granddaughters: Emily, Kathryn, Sarah, Isabella, Sofia and Grace. Dear brother of Susan Oberkircher and Donald '59 (Heather) Roberts. Myron was retired from the Internal Revenue Service; he and his family had moved from Kenmore, NY to Long Island in 1962. Myron truly enjoyed his time at Nichols and as an alumnus.
  • Rogers, Danforth W. '55 - December 25

    Danforth William Rogers, born Buffalo, NY on May 13,1937, died December 25, 2019 after an ongoing illness. He is survived by his companion (partner), Gretchen Wilson, 2 children, Danforth W.S. and Ninon, 3 grandchildren, Cannon, Violet Truman and Arthur Truman, and a sister, Grace Smith of Nicasio, California. He is predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Carol, and his brother, Jonathan Trumbull. He was educated at Nichols School in Buffalo, Yale University (1959) and Cornell Law School (1962). He practiced law in New York City for more than 40 years. He was an avid bridge player, achieving Life Master status, opera lover, sailor, and tennis player and a member, serially, of the Buffalo Canoe Club, the Larchmont Yacht Club and the Shinnocock Yacht Club. He was also Commodore and Chief Education Officer of the North River Power Squadron and a life member of the national Power Squadron. He was a life member of the New York Chapter of The Sons of the Revolution.

    In accordance with Dan’s wishes a celebration of his life will be held at a later date in New York City.
    Anyone wishing to make an honorary donation may make it to the Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14216, Yale University, 157 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510-2100 or Cornell Law School, 130 E. Seneca Street, Suite 400, Ithaca, NY 14850. A debt of gratitude to Sue Stuckless of Living Well Rochester for her compassion and humor during these last few months; and to the staff at Glenmere Assisted Living and the skilled nursing facility, The Friendly Home, for their care and comfort.
  • Sessions, John M. '62 - July 8

    July 8, 2019 of pancreatic cancer while under hospice care in Greenville, Maine. He was 75. Born in Rochester, NY to Millard and Elinor Sessions, he grew up in East Aurora. He was a 1962 graduate of the Nichols School in Buffalo. After completing a bachelor's degree at Amherst College, he earned a Ph.D. in French Literature at the University of Rochester, where his research focused on nineteenth-century French theater. He taught at Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls and then joined the Nichols School faculty in 1974. He taught French language and literature before returning to school to pursue an M.A. in History at the University of Buffalo, writing a thesis about a noted seventeenth-century French religious dissident and writer. The last years of his career were devoted to teaching European history and art history, but he remained a champion of foreign languages and international student exchange programs, which he had helped to pioneer at Nichols.
    Dr. Sessions was a loving father and grandfather, as well as a lifelong traveler, accomplished photographer, avid canoeist and outdoorsman, and much-beleaguered fan of Buffalo sports teams and the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-three years, Ann, his sister Anne Sessions Barber, his daughters Jennifer Sessions and Catherine Kersey, his son-in-law, Christopher Kersey, grandchildren, Ryan and Elinor Kersey, and granddog Hannah. A celebration of life will be held in Buffalo in the fall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital Foundation (Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, PO Box 601, Greenville, ME 04441-0601, or the Nichols School to support student scholarships (Development Office, Nichols School, 1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216,
  • Smith, Donald - January 22

    From The Buffalo News:
    Beloved husband of 52 years to Kathryn (nee Bradford); devoted father of Donald (Laura) Smith, Jr. ‘97 and Sandra Smith ’93; cherished grandfather of Vivian and Theodore; loving brother of Anne Page and the late Alex and Carol; cherished brother-in-law of Barbara and Nick Custodi; also survived by nieces and nephews.
    One of the high points of Donald J. Smith's career as Niagara County Commissioner of Public Works happened in 1987, when he was part of a 45-member American delegation to a transportation conference in Beijing. The three-week trip, for which he paid his own way, took place when China was poised to triple its highway network from just 11,000 miles. Roads were still dominated by pedestrians, bicycles and animal-drawn carts. "I remember how pivotal that was for him," said his daughter, Sandy Smith ‘93. "It gave a really important sense of perspective to him in his work. And when he came back and was talking about all the infrastructure work that had to be done, it was kind of overwhelming."
    Mr. Smith, who was Niagara County Commissioner of Public Works from 1977 to 1997, died in Terrace View Long Term Care at Erie County Medical Center, where he had lived since being impaired by a stroke in August 2014. He was 82. Mr. Smith was "such an unbelievably good sport for the last four years," said his daughter. He focused on "working hard at therapy, going to concerts and Bills and Sabres games with us, and being kind to everyone." In fact, said his daughter, on the day he died, his room "was a revolving door of people from Terrace View, from facilities and maintenance employees to administrators" who came to say goodbye. One worker thanked Mr. Smith for being his friend, Sandy said.
    Mr. Smith was born in Buffalo on June 17, 1936, the first child of Alexander W. and Emily E. (Kuczkowski) Smith, and brother of Alexander, Carol and Ann. His father, an immigrant from South Africa, was an electrician on a Great Lakes freighter; his mother was a seamstress. Mr. Smith graduated from Kenmore Senior High School and then from Clarkson College of Technology in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was commissioned in the Army through ROTC at Clarkson in 1957, completed the Signal Corps Officer Basic Course in 1958 and served in the Engineer unit in the Reserve, which was activated during the Berlin Crisis.
    In his Army career, Mr. Smith served as Staff Officer and then the Commander of the 300th Ordnance Battalion, and in several roles with the 969th Engineer Battalion, both in Tonawanda. He was formally trained at the U.S. Army Reserve General Command and Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1980, Mr. Smith retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, remaining an active member of the Reserves. He began working for the State Department of Transportation in 1957, holding several jobs.
    In 1967, Mr. Smith married Kathryn Bradford. In 1974, they moved to Cayuga Island, Niagara Falls, where they raised their daughter and a son, Donald Jr. From 1974 to 1977, Mr. Smith worked as Director of Public Works for the City of Niagara Falls. He was Niagara County Commissioner of Public Works from 1977 to 1997. In 1998, he became interim head of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Committee for a year; from 1998 to 2011, he was vice president of Urban Engineers in Buffalo.
    Mr. Smith was chairman of the Erie and Niagara Counties Regional Planning Board in 1985, and belonged to the New York State Association of Highway Engineers. The Smiths were avid skiers, serving as members of the National Ski Patrol, which named him a senior patrolman in 1971. In 1973, the National Ski Patrol recognized him for an innovative procedure for chair lift evacuations.
    The Smiths were also active in sailing with the Snipe Class International Racing Association and the Olcott Yacht Club. Their backyard was a skating rink in the winter, and Mr. Smith spent many hours coaching and supporting Donald Jr., who went on to play hockey at Clarkson University, and his friends.
    Mr. Smith was a supporter of Nichols athletics and a season ticket-holder to the Bills and Sabres since they began. Described by his daughter as a Renaissance man, Mr. Smith loved music and the arts, particularly the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performances at Shea's, Artpark and the Burchfield Penney. Later in life, he discovered a passion for woodworking and refinishing items from auctions. He also helped run the cooperative at the Sanborn General Store. He was devoted to his grandson and granddaughter.
  • Stratton, Richard G. - October 12

    From The Buffalo News:
    Richard G. Stratton taught English at Nichols School for more than 40 years, but his contributions to the school and its students went well beyond his classroom. He was adviser to the yearbook, the Leviathan. An actor in college, he directed student plays and was in the front row for every student performance. In class, he organized students into the Stratton Roving Players.
    “When they were reading a play, he assigned roles on the spot,” said his Nichols colleague and caregiver Ben Gerhardt. “They acted out the play in the middle of class and he acted with them."
    He was in charge of the school’s famous Lucy and Sherman Maisel '35 General Information Test, which is given to Upper School students every year to test their general knowledge and has appeared in The Buffalo News. Nichols math professor Amanda Simmons noted that when she joined the faculty in the 1990s, “within a week I knew who Mr. Stratton was, by legend.”
    He died Oct. 12 in Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville after a lengthy illness. He was 83. Born in Portland, Maine, Richard George Stratton had an affinity for reading at an early age. His sister, Ann Stratton Castle, said he “could read before he started school by asking about the letters on the cereal boxes and milk bottles. His love of reading lasted his entire life, with Shakespeare at the top of his list.”
    He was a Brown Scholar at Portland High School, where he was a member of the state champion swimming team. Awarded full academic scholarships by several colleges, he chose Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and graduated with honors in 1957. From 1960 to 1973, he was an English and history professor at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, where he also coached swimming and football.
    Gerhardt said that his shining moment at Hebron came when his swimming team defeated the one led by his former coach at Portland. During that time, he earned a master's degree in liberal studies in 1970 from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
    Mr. Stratton came to Nichols School in 1973 and served twice as chairman of the English Department, from 1982 to 1991 and from 1998 to 2003. He was president of the school’s Cum Laude Society from 1982 to 1988.
    His mind was at its quickest when writing letters of recommendation for his students’ college applications. “He was a master of providing solid evidence/anecdotes to support his evaluations of students,” said former Nichols faculty member Anne Thomas, “fleshing out Nichols’ applicants in a way that would distinguish them from those with whom they were competing. So effective and admired were his recommendations that the head of Princeton admissions once wrote to the headmaster of Nichols to praise and thank Dick for the quality of his letters.” He even was revered for his treatment of homework.
    At a retirement tribute to him in 2015, former student Patrick Long, a 1985 graduate, said, “There is simply no one else who devotes such care to every single paper. Night after night, in that armchair, with the plank of wood across his lap, Dick immerses himself in his students’ writing, wrestling with their grammar, fixing their spelling, and most important, engaging their thoughts. ... Submitting a paper to (Mr.) Stratton is to engage in the life of the mind.”
    He was awarded the Austin Fox endowed faculty chair when it was established in 1997. “If there was an award at Nichols, he got it,” Gerhardt said. “The yearbook was dedicated to him three times. In spite of being an incredibly tough grader, the students really got what he brought to the table.”
    Nichols Head of School Christopher Burner said, "His teaching was the embodiment of Nichols’ mission of preparing students’ minds, bodies and hearts for the work of life. He dedicated his life to education, and he taught generations of students how to write exceptionally well. His yearly readings of the poem 'Casey at the Bat' to the school were legendary.”
    He was so renowned for his annual recitation of “Casey at the Bat,” which he delivered in a booming voice on the opening day of baseball season, that donors to the school arranged to place a scoreboard in his name near right field on the baseball diamond. He also marked the occasion of the first serious winter snowfall each year by reciting “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” “He knew it by heart,” Gerhardt said.
    A reception to celebrate his life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St.
  • Sturtevant, Peter M. '61 - May 5

    STURTEVANT--Peter, died on May 5. He ran the CBS News Saigon bureau during the Vietnam War and was later National Editor. Peter worked at CNN and was instrumental in the creation of CNBC. He is survived by his wife, Toni Siegel, daughters Amanda and Gillian, and two grandchildren.
  • Travers, Elise '85 - September 4

    It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Elise Elizabeth Travers, noted philanthropist, endometriosis advocate and Board Member of Worldwide EndoMarch and Worldwide Endometriosis Day. She also served as President of the New York chapter of Worldwide EndoMarch. Ms. Travers passed away peacefully on September 4, 2019 after an extended illness.

    Elise was born November 29, 1967. She was brilliant, kind, beautiful, considerate, strong and a gift to humanity. She fought relentlessly for improved awareness, care and proper diagnosis for patients with endometriosis. Elise heroically faced her illness with strength, dignity and always with the grace that defined her being. Elise was truly a hero to many and for sure a hero to me.

    In Elise’s honor, a moment of silence was observed at the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons’ annual meeting on September 7, 2019.

    We wish peace and patience for her kind and caring mother, Judy; her dearest brothers, Jeff and Mark (Maansi); her treasured nephews, Matthew and Milan; and to Dr. Farr Nezhat, devoted partner and love of each other’s life. Elise will be missed sorely by all of the many people that were fortunate to have known her and whose lives she touched.
  • Uncapher, Willard '74 - July 15

    Of Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Buffalo, age 63, died July 15, 2019 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was the son of Joan Willard Gruen, Buffalo, and the late Mark E. Uncapher, Jr. He graduated from Nichols School, Columbia University, Annenberg School of Communications, the University of Pennsylvania and received his doctorate at the University of Texas, Austin. His teaching career was primarily at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. He was predeceased by his wife Lisa Becker and his stepfather David H. Gruen. Besides his mother, he is survived by his daughter Hannah; his son Isadore; and his brother Mark (Robin) Uncapher; as well as his step brothers, David, Stephen, Edward and William Gruen; stepsister Cathryn Forrest; a nephew and a niece. 
  • Vodraska, Florence Pittaway - June 22

    Florence Pittaway Late of Grand Island, NY, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, a teacher in private schools in Buffalo, NY, died June 22nd, 2019, at home in New Hampshire. She was 84. The only child of Charles L. Pittaway, M.M., and his wife Maud Corlett, Florence Elizabeth Pittaway was formed by World War II, when her family's home and the city of her birth, Barrow-in-Furness in northwest England, were hit by German bombs, and equally by the poetry and rural beauty of the Lake District near the Furness Peninsula.
    She graduated in 1953 from the County Grammar School for Girls in Barrow and earned in 1956 a Bachelor of Arts in Special Studies in German in the University of Leeds. She took a Diploma in Business Administration from St. Godric's College in Hampstead, and in the University of Manchester completed its program for the education of the deaf. She was employed by UNESCO as administrative assistant to successive Secretaries of the International Sociological Association in London (England) and Louvain (Belgium). In 1964 she came with her husband to Buffalo, NY; there, after dedicating herself to their children, she taught German and French at the Calasanctius School (1976-91) and then French at Canisius College, Nichols School, and St. Andrew's Country Day School.
    She was prompt to travel, to be outdoors, to seek antiques, and to invent games for her children and her students. Humble and generous, lively and loving she was faithful to her family and to her friends and, although international in her outlook, remained quietly but firmly British. Predeceased by her parents. Survivors Include Stanley Vodraska, her husband of 55 years; a son Adam (Katharine Fierro); two daughters Sarah (Thomas Berrian) and Rebeccah (Eric Sensenbrenner); and five grandchildren, Andrew Berrian, Rowan Berrian, Zoe Sensenbrenner, C. Augustus Sensenbrenner, and Rayna Teresa Vodraska.
  • Waters, Henry Doubleday '48 - January 4

    From The Buffalo News:
    Five years after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1952, Henry D. Waters became president of the local franchise of the Automatic Canteen Co., a vending and catering business that provided meals and snacks to thousands of workers. Then the stress of the demanding job began to affect his health, said his son, Henry D. "Jay" Waters Jr. ’73. In 1965, "his doctor told him to do one of two things," said Jay Waters. The doctor said, "If you are going to continue to run the business, buy a lot of life insurance, so your family is taken care of. Or you have to cut back."
    Mr. Waters took stock of his life and decided he would be happier at his alma mater, Nichols School, where he had been a stellar student and athlete and was already coaching hockey. Nichols School hired him to teach middle school English in 1965, the start of a 25-year career in which he taught, inspired and guided thousands of students as a teacher, soccer, baseball and hockey coach and lower school dean. "He did something that a lot of people won't do," said Jay Waters. "He gave up a business to do something he really loved."
    Mr. Waters died after a short illness in a hospice facility near his home in Naples, Fla., where he had lived for the last 20 years. He was 88. Nichols Head of School Bill Clough said, "Henry Waters '48 was many things to Nichols School: an alumnus, alumni parent and grandparent, distinguished member of our faculty, admired dean, adviser and coach. Beyond being a genuinely kind person, he clearly loved his time at Nichols. We will miss him."
    Mr. Waters was born in Buffalo, the third child and only son of John M. and Grace (Siegfried) Waters. His father operated a retail candy machine business and the family lived on Nottingham Terrace. In 1948, his senior year at Nichols, Mr. Waters, an honors student, won the Williams Cup, an award given to a senior with a high academic average and a varsity letter. As a senior he was voted most valuable player on the varsity hockey team. At Dartmouth College, he played varsity hockey for four years and graduated in 1952. In December of 1951, when he was a student at Dartmouth, he married his high school sweetheart, Sibyl Dann, who had just graduated from Buffalo Seminary. They raised their two sons and daughter on Middlesex Road.
    At Nichols, Mr. Waters coached varsity hockey from 1966 to 1982 and ran the hockey portion of the Nichols summer day camp for about a decade, his son said. His lessons about sportsmanship were as important as any tactical advice he gave players, Jay Waters said. When he met former students, they "would say that they still use many of the things he taught them in the classroom or on the athletic fields back when he was at Nichols, and they are better for it today, which always put a smile on his face," Jay Waters said. Nichols named Mr. Waters a Distinguished Alumnus in 1986.
    In 1991, Nichols created an award in his name for fifth- and sixth-grade students that honors students who display the qualities he valued: "a willingness to participate in all activities to the best of their ability; fair-mindedness; good sportsmanship; honesty; empathy; citizenship; and a positive sense of humor." In 1995, Mr. Waters was given the William Nichols Award, honoring a faculty member who makes a lasting contribution to the school. He was inducted into the Nichols Athletic Hall of Fame as an athlete and coach in 2003.
    Mr. Waters served on the Elmwood-Franklin School board from 1962 to 1974, including a year as vice president, and as a class representative for the Dartmouth Class of 1952. Mr. Waters was a member of the Country Club of Buffalo and the Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club, where he was the city’s Class B squash champion. He also was a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, a board member of its Early Childhood Program, an original Buffalo Bills season-ticket holder and an avid gardener.
    For many years, Henry and Sibyl Waters wintered in Naples, Fla., and Mr. Waters moved to Naples a few years after his wife of 46 years died in 1994. He shared his life for the past 23 years with Ann Merrick. , Mr. Waters is survived by two sons, Jay Waters ‘73 and John Waters ’70, a daughter, Sibyl Taylor; two sisters, Mary "Molly" Anderson and Joan Keesling; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  • Way, Lavern '49 - September 23

    Beloved husband of Betty; dearest father of Vicki Way; grandfather of Alexander, Emily, and Grant.
  • Yeager, Charles L. '49 - November 3

    Son of the late Orson and Dorothy Yeager; survived by many loving friends. Charles was a retired insurance executive with Yeager and Durant Insurance. He attended Nichols School, was a 1953 graduate of Yale, and member of Yale's Wolf Head Society. He was also a member of the Cherry Hill Golf Club and Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club. 
  • Zemsky, Sam - June 18

    From the Buffalo News:
    Sam Zemsky never owned a home in Buffalo. But his 1969 purchase of a meat processing plant on Perry Street, later Russer Foods, changed the face of the city.
    That purchase "was a very gutsy move," said his son Howard Zemsky, the chairman and former CEO of Empire State Development Corp. "He had no real experience in the processing business, this was all new, and it was a very big investment for the company."
    Mr. Zemsky, 93, died June 18 in his home in Stuart, Fla., after a period of declining health.
    Three decades after Mr. Zemsky started "the Buffalo shuffle," traveling to his Buffalo plant for the work week and home every weekend, his son started the redevelopment of the Larkin Historic District, known as Larkinville, a few blocks north of the former Russer plant.
    "That was not a coincidence," said Howard Zemsky, who recalled looking at the Larkin at Exchange building for years from his office at Russer Foods.
    Mr. Zemsky was born in Brooklyn, the third child of Eastern European immigrants Harry Zemsky and Clara Feigenbaum Zemsky. He graduated from high school in Brooklyn while working with his father in "H. Zemsky and Sons," a distributor of dairy products.
    He served as a U.S. Navy radar instructor during World War II.
    After being honorably discharged, Mr. Zemsky returned to the company, working with his sisters, Sylvia and Ruth. "The family business was in need of the next generation," said Howard Zemsky. Mr. Zemsky's formal education ended there, but he was well read, his son said.
    Mr. Zemsky married Shirley Kushner in Brooklyn on Feb. 19, 1949.
    As Zee Best Brand, the company moved into meat distribution. But Mr. Zemsky realized that he had to own a processing plant if he wanted to control product quality, his son said.
    The search for a meat processing company led him to Buffalo, where Mr. Zemsky's Zemco Industries bought the Perry Street plant in 1969 from Swift Packing. In 1970, he acquired the Russer name from Russer Meats in Rochester.
    "In business, he had a very clear philosophical North Star," said Howard Zemsky. "This business was going to be based on producing premium quality products and providing premium quality service with fabulous relationships with his customers and his associates, period. There was never any interest in cutting corners or compromising."
    Russer Foods grew steadily, employing about 500 people by the end of the 1990s. In 1999, the plant was purchased by IBP Corp., which continued operations for some 15 years.
    Mr. Zemsky was a devoted father, avidly supporting his children's interests. Howard Zemsky chuckled when he recalled that his father installed and equipped a large laboratory in their basement to encourage his brother's interest in chemistry.
    When Howard Zemsky began to play tennis, his father built a court in the backyard of their modest home. And he was overjoyed when his son finally beat him. He "took the greatest satisfaction" in the success of his children, said Howard Zemsky.
    His father was "very understated in his way, a private person, but he could be very social," said Howard Zemsky. "He wasn't big on small talk, but he was a quick study of people."
    Mr. and Mrs. Zemsky were active sponsors of the "Great TV Auction" in support of WNED-TV. They also supported Temple Beth Zion, the Weinberg Campus, Elmwood Franklin School, the Chautauqua Institution, Roswell Park and the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.
    In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Zemsky received the Community Leadership Award from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies in Buffalo.
    "They were charitable by instinct," said Howard Zemsky's wife, Leslie. "They had a natural philanthropic bent, but they also were very appreciative of what the employees at Russer and that business had done for our family. They were also proud of the fact that Howard and our family had such deep roots in Buffalo, to the point that they have chosen to be buried at Forest Lawn."
    "He was the best," Howard Zemsky said. "He made all the difference to me and for me."
    The Zemskys owned a condo at Chautauqua Institution for about a decade before Mrs. Zemsky died on May 8, 2011, after 62 years of marriage.
    Besides his son Howard, survivors include another son, Michael Zemsky; a daughter, Randi Zemsky; and four grandchildren.


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  • Blonski, Edward - August 17

    Father of Rich Blonski '91, Christine Blonski '92 and Patty Blonski '94.
  • Bradley, Don '57 - June 20

    Donald D. Bradley of Williamsville, New York, entered into rest June 20, 2018. Beloved husband of Julie (nee Bishop); loving father of Donald (Megan) Bradley III, Michael Bradley, Allison (fiance Sam Anderson), Tracy (Tracy) Straw, Christopher (Jessica) Pearson and Kelly (Michael) Hanes; cherished grandfather of Cassandra, Claire, Bradley, Samantha, Elizabeth, Jessica, Kieran, Torin and Ashlin; brother of William (Nelly) Bradley and Susan (the late John) Russ. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
  • Butsch, Caty - July 21

    Daughter of John Butsch '84; granddaughter of John Butsch '52.
  • Buyers, Bruce M. '65 - November 28

    Bruce McKelvey Buyers, 71, of Snyder, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Mr. Buyers was born on May 9, 1947, to Marjorie and Jack Buyers. He attended Nichols School and Babson College where he graduated with a degree in business in 1969. After college, he toured Europe before working in California. After returning to Western New York, he spent 46 years growing and cultivating the County Line Stone Co. In 1983, he joined forces with many contractors and suppliers around the area and helped form the Fair Apportionment of Infrastructure Revenue Committee. Mr. Buyers was an avid supporter of the Associated General Contractors of New York. He was a member of the Country Club of Buffalo, Holimont Ski Area and several other local organizations.

    Mr. Buyers is survived by two children, Betsy Lawrence and Brad Buyers; six grandchildren; and three siblings, John Buyers, Margot Hampleman and Wendy Griffin.
  • Carney, Terence '54 - January 31

    From his children: “[Our father, Terry Carney] passed away [on the morning of Jan. 31]. [His son] Sean was with him on his final day, and in the end, he passed quickly and in minimal discomfort. [Terry] was 81 years old, born and raised in Buffalo, New York, was an all-star athlete at Nichols School, and after living all around the South for 10 years, lived much of his adult life in Southern California. He is survived by his son, Sean Carney, and his daughter, Shannon Carney, and her partner, David Pschirer. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Andersen, and all of his nieces and nephews. [Terry] requested that there not be a formal memorial. But rather, in true Irish fashion, when you next are enjoying your favorite beverage (his were chocolate milkshakes from Keedy's Diner and vodka tonics made by his dear friend Steve at his local watering hole), make a toast and share a memory with the friend or family member you are with. Thank you to the Andersen family for helping in various ways these past few months, especially his sister, Joan. And if anyone wishes to make a donation in his honor, please pick a charity of your choice, and if none comes to mind, then perhaps to Music is Art, a Buffalo-based nonprofit that brings instruments and music to youth. [Terry’s] great-nephew Ryan Casullo, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2015, was heavily involved in this great cause. Faced with multiple health challenges, Terry was very well cared for by Family Care Hospice and his nurse, Dan, and a great staff at Absolute Desert Care in Rancho Mirage, California, run by a lovely man named Walter Lowry. Together they created a space where [Terry] spent the last three months in comfort. Also, [Terry] received weekly visits from a Eucharist minister from his church, Sacred Heart, which [included Terry] in its Mass [following his death]. We thank everyone for the time and service to our father!”
  • Cochran, Laurie '71 - January 6

    COCHRAN, Laurie Lee 64, of West Newton, MA, passed away peacefully on January 6, at home, surrounded by adoring family. She was the beloved wife of 39 years of James Cochran, and devoted mother of Landel Cochran of Huntington, VT, Brynne and Reeves Cochran of West Newton. She is survived by her sister Nancy Svensen of Mountain City, TN, brother Daniel Nichols of Maclean, VA, sister Julie Steindler of Maclean, VA. Brother David Nichols of El Paso, TX, predeceased her.

    Laurie was born in Bellevue, IL on April 21, 1953, to parents David H. And Lorraine Nichols. She grew up in Williamsville, NY, graduated from Nottingham Academy in North Buffalo, and attended Boston College, where she met her husband James, graduating in 1975. They married in 1978. Laurie received her Masters from Columbia in 1979, before pursuing a career in marketing and consulting.

    Laurie's family will receive visitors on Tuesday evening, January 9th from 6 pm-8 pm at Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington Street, (Rte 16) WEST NEWTON, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10th at 12:00 noon at the Jesuit Parish of the Church of St. Ignatius, 28 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill. Burke & Blackington Funeral Home.
  • Cole, Daniel "Dutch" '43 - August 30

    Dan “Dutch” Cole, a retired sales executive and sailing enthusiast, died Aug. 30 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a period of declining health. He was 93. Born in Buffalo, he was the son of the automotive editor at the Courier-Express and the grandson of a tailor who pioneered ready-to-wear men’s suits. He attended School 54 and Nichols, then enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He became an officer, trained as a pilot, then served as an engineer stateside. Returning from service, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, then returned to Buffalo and began a career in sales at Franklin-Cowan Paper Co., later Seneca Paper Co. He retired as executive vice president of sales in 1990. He was 8 years old when he acquired his first sailboat, a gift from his grandmother, and he went on to sail and race throughout the Great Lakes. “It was about winning,” his daughter Cynthia said, “But it was more about being on the water. His raison d’etre in life was to be on a boat. It was what he loved more than anything.” For years, he cruised and raced a Knarr sailboat, then switched to a Lyman boat in the 1980s. He continued boating until a few years ago. He was a member of the Buffalo Yacht Club, the Buffalo Canoe Club and the Bertie Bay Yacht Club. He was a founder and commodore of the Royal Vicars Yacht Club. He also enjoyed fishing, skiing and golf. He was a member of the Cherry Hill Golf Club, the Cambria Hunt Club and the Concord Ski Club. He served on the board of the Pythonga Fish and Game Club in Quebec, where he spent many summers. He also was a board member at the Park School and Beaver Meadow Audubon Center. He was a youth hockey coach, coaching teams at the Park School, and served as a volunteer reader in the Buffalo Schools. He acquired his nickname, Dutch, as a boy after his parents vacationed in Holland and brought home a pair of wooden shoes, which he then wore while playing with his friends. A longtime Grand Island and Buffalo resident, in recent years he spent summers in Abino Hills, Ontario, and winters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He was married in 1948 to the former Jane Reed, a dedicated naturalist who had been board president at Beaver Meadow. She died in 2001. He was remarried in 2003 to the former Ruth “Dufie” Knight. In addition to his daughter, survivors include a son, John; two stepdaughters, Barbara Evans and Susan Blair; a stepson, Barton Schneider; a sister, Marion “Polly” Clancey; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
  • Dandes, Marcy - March 8

    Mother of Leo '03 and Arin Dandes '05.
  • Dann, Elizabeth "Delight" - August 27

    Wife of Chet Dann '49; mother of Liz Dann '79.
  • Dates, Richard "Dick" '44 - January 16

  • Donohue, Edwin - February 4

    Father of Britt White (faculty).
  • Dudley, Wes '51 - July 25

    Wesley Coleman Dudley, age 85, of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Bar Harbor, Maine, died July 25, 2018, in Williamsburg. He was born in Buffalo on Dec. 15, 1932, the son of Donald and Annette Dudley. He attended Nichols and graduated from St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, before receiving his bachelor's degree from Yale University. A two-year stint with the U.S. Navy in Hawaii followed before he returned to Buffalo in 1958, and Worthington Pump Company. Six years later, he became an entrepreneur, managing Auto Wheel Coaster Company in North Tonawanda, New York, before joining his family's management office. Four decades ago, he began spending winters in Williamsburg and summers in Bar Harbor, which allowed him to explore his two dominant passions – pipe organs and boating. His interest in pipe organs began at St. Paul's, deepened during his years at Yale and flourished thereafter. He cared deeply about organ music and about those who play that complicated and compelling instrument. A quiet philanthropist, he supported many projects anonymously, but there was one exception: the public radio program "Pipe Dreams." He allowed his name to be used on-air in order to encourage others to support both the program and public radio stations throughout the country. Over half a century, he owned a succession of boats, each named "Donald Duck." He took his family cruising on the Great Lakes, the Intracoastal Waterway and along the East Coast of the United States. Wes, boat, family and smiles – especially his, made for pleasant excursions around the Maine coast. Wes was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Katherine Mary Dudley. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lucinda Nash Dudley; his children, Nanette Schoeder (David) and Donald M. Dudley (Janet); three grandchildren, Nicholas Schoeder, Katherine Dudley and MacLaren Dudley; their mother, Meg Dudley; and two step-grandchildren, Grace and Madeleine Waters.
  • Falls, Naill - February 9

    Husband of Mary Beltz Falls '83.
  • Fatin, Neil '75 - March 15

    Open-heart surgery was not only a lifesaver for Neal Fatin, it was a career changer. “From that experience, he got involved in the medical world from a business basis,” his wife, Peggy, said. “That was his passion.” It prompted Neil to leave a position he held for 10 years as president and chief executive officer of TR Services, the telecommunications equipment company that installed the phone system in what is now the KeyBank Center, and become CEO of the medical group whose doctors performed his surgery in 2001, Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates. “It’s almost like that old Remington razor commercial,” he told The Buffalo News in 2002, “where the guy was so impressed with the product that he bought the company.” He oversaw an expansion of Buffalo Cardiology and a move into new offices in Amherst. He went on to become chairman of the board of managers at Erie County Medical Center in 2003 after serving on the board’s operations and cardiac care committees. Later that year, he was appointed to the full-time post of executive director of strategic planning. Then, in the late 2000s, he served for several years as executive director of external operations for BryLin Hospital. He died March 15 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after battling cancer for almost a year. He was 61. Born in Buffalo, Neal Vincent Fatin III was a 1975 graduate of Nichols School, where he played on the hockey team. He interrupted his studies at Hobart College when his father died, returned home to support his mother and younger sister and resumed taking classes at the University at Buffalo. He began his career as a banker with M&T Bank in the early 1980s, then went to Marine Midland Bank in 1983. He became vice president for sales and marketing in the bank’s investment services division in 1989, then was made vice president and team leader for the regional corporate banking division. He left in 1991 to become head of TR Services. Later he established a financial services company, AP&T Inc., and served as president and CEO. In Bay Beach, Ontario, where he built a summer home, he and a partner formed RN West Shore Limited, which developed properties. He was president of Abino Dune Association. He served on the boards of directors of the Jewett Refrigeration Co., Russlander and Sons Inc. and IPLogic Inc. He also was a member of the advisory board of Dopkins & Co. He was a board member of Child & Family Services, a sustaining board member of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, vice chairman of the Millard Fillmore Health Foundation and Research Foundation and a member of the Millard Fillmore Hospitals Finance Committee. He served as president of the Nichols School Alumni Board and was a member of the board of deacons at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a section leader for the United Way and a committee member for Kids Escaping Drugs. In 1995, he was co-chairman of the World Veterans Games in Buffalo. He was a longtime member of the Buffalo Canoe Club and the Saturn Club, where he served on numerous committees. He also was a board member at the Cherry Hill Club and a member of the Bertie Boating Club. Since he was in his 20s, he coached in the Old Shamrock Hockey Association and the Buffalo Bisons Hockey Association. “He coached his sons and all of their friends,” his wife said. He also enjoyed golfing, boating, squash, chess, water skiing, photography and walking his dogs on the beach. He was a member of the inaugural group of Buffalo Business First’s 40 Under 40 honorees in 1992. In addition to his wife of 29 years, the former Margaret “Peggy” Hughes, survivors include two sons, Neal V. IV and Geoffrey L.; and a sister, Deborah Fatin Burke.
  • Flickinger, Pheobe "Penny" - February 5

    Wife of the late Tom Flickinger ’50; mother of Geoffrey Flickinger ’76, Tom Flickinger ’78 and Holly Flickinger Williams ’83.
  • Flynn, Phyllis - April 26

    Mother of Ann Flynn Wolney '78; grandmother of Andrew Wolney '14.
  • Fromen Sr., John - May 25

    Father of John Fromen '79 and P.J. Fromen '93; grandfather of Haley '10, Lucas '13 and Andrew Fromen '18.
  • Gartner, Rod '47 - July 20

    Rod Gartner, age 88, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He died of natural causes on July 20, 2018, at Heritage Valley Hospital in Beaver, Pennsylvania. He was born Nov. 19, 1929, in Buffalo, the son of Dr. Albert A. Gartner and Edna (Clark) Gartner. He lived in Western Pennsylvania for almost 50 years, most recently at the Masonic Village at Sewickley. Prior to that, he lived in Moon Township, Pennsylvania; Lima, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. He was vice president of engineering product development at the technical center of the H.H. Robertson Co. in Ambridge. Rod graduated from Nichols and received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Union College, Schenectady, New York, and a master’s degree in engineering from Harvard University. He became a lieutenant in the Civil Engineering Corps of the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict before beginning his career as a civil engineer for the Fenestra Corporation in Buffalo. He was active in many community organizations, having served on boards of the Coraopolis and Western Area YMCAs, and the Valley Care Association; as president of the Moon Area School Board, secretary of the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) and as a commissioner on the Aleppo Township Board of Commissioners (2010-2015). He was also an elder at Sharon Community Presbyterian Church, a founding member of the Moon Area Excellence in Education Fund, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and an auditor of Moon Township. More recently, Rod was a member of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church, a committeeman for the Republican Party of Allegheny County, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and a member of the SENIOR Men's Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed tennis, sailing, genealogy, his home workshop and spending time with his four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elinor O. Gartner (Lannie), whom he married Aug. 3, 1957, at Holloway Memorial Chapel, Fort Erie, Ontario; daughters Margaret Clark Gartner and Ellen Osborn Kerr (Jim), both of New York state, and Virginia Gartner Lamison (Mark) of Pennsylvania; and a son, Bruce Warren Gartner of Maryland. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ryan (Debbie) and Kyle (Alexandria) Pixton; Colin and Haylee Kerr; Owen, Emmett and Elias Gartner; Krista, Riley and Connor Lamison; and great-grandchildren Sarah and Theo Pixton.
  • Garver, Theodore '47 - July 24

    Theodore (Ted) Meyer Garver was born July 29, 1929 in Buffalo NY the son of John Newton Garver Jr and Dorothy Millar Garver (nee Millar also named Dorothy Lamy). Ted was predeceased by his parents and his brothers John Newton Garver III (Annelise Garver, surviving), and Edward Bruce Garver. Surviving are his children, in birth order, Douglas Irwin Garver, Robin Garver Cort (Steve), Theodore Meyer Garver Jr. (Caroline L. Stuart), John Irwin Garver (Jacquie Smith), Benjamin Geiger Garver, and Peter Benson Garver (Laura Maylene Walter). Ted's first wife Susie McWilliams and second wife Emily Garver survive. Predeceased by third wife Martha A. F. Garver (Atwell). Ted's seven grandchildren are: Benjamin Cort, Rebecca Cort Kuhnel, Rachel Cort Brownlee, Preston Garver, Samatha Garver Washington, Maxwell Elliot Garver, Noah John Garver. Nine great-grandchildren survive.

    Ted Garver grew up in Buffalo New York and went to Nichols School before attending and graduating from Williams College in 1951. Garver earned his law degree at Cornell University. Garver started out his law career spending three years with the district attorney at the Washington D.C. before joining the Cleveland law firm Jones, Day, Cockley & Reavis (now Jones Day). At Jones Day Garver specialized in tax and corporate law as well as banking. Among a number of high profile clients, Garver worked for years with Nick J. Mileti on the development of the Richfield Coliseum and the acquisition of media interests (WWWE and WWWM) and sports teams Cleveland Barons, Cleveland Crusaders, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians. Garver was on the board of directors of Bank One, Cleveland Magazine and other companies. Garver left Jones Day in about 1990 to form the Fostoria Corporation, a holding company.

    Throughout his life Garver was an avid outdoorsman, naturalist and nature enthusiast who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, canoeing, skiing. Ted retired to his rural home in Beaver Center, Pennsylvania where he maintained a productive garden and cultivated trees, bushes and bees. It is at this country home he established a wetland for waterfowl and planted many trees, bushes and flowers to enhance the environment for wildlife and for the enjoyment of his family and friends. In some respects Garver is a modern day Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and the environment. If you visited him in the summer you might find him barefoot, in the yard, surrounded by trees, flowers and birds.

    Garver attended Living Hope Community church in Conneautville and Youngstown Community Fellowships in Youngstown, Ohio. His devotion to Christian life was important to him in his later years.

    The family will have a private service.
  • Gaughan Jr., Vincent - January 11

    Brother of Kevin Gaughan ’72, Shannon Bowman ’77 and Tricia Burke ’79.
  • Golebiewski, Norbert - May 8

    Grandfather of Kiki Greeley '21 and Claire Greeley '25.
  • Gooderham, Edward "Ted" '54 - December 16

    Ted died peacefully at his farm in Mono with his devoted wife Judy by his side. Ted was adored and loved by Judy for over 60 years; never apart. He was a loving and dedicated father to Cindy (Bernie), Becky, and John (Margaret). He will always have a precious space in the hearts of his grandchildren, Phillip, Nadine and Georgia. Ted is predeceased by his beloved, Mother CC; his father, Edward Hargraft Gooderham (Jean Gooderham); step-father, Eric Hedstrom; as well as his dear aunts, Doris "DoDo" (Captain Eric) Phillips, and Maude "J" (John Angus) McDougald; and his close cousins, Osborne Colson, James (Lucille) Colson and Cecil Fennell. Ted had many friends growing up. He was a true and loyal friend and kept in touch with many of his classmates. He attended several different schools: Upper Canada College in Toronto, Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ and then graduated from Nichols School in Buffalo, NY. Ted went on to achieve a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. Ted was loved dearly by all who knew him. He had a fabulous sense of humor and was a gifted storyteller.
  • Gray, Sandra "Sandie" Kausner - December 11

    Former faculty member.
  • Hamlen, Charles - August 1

    From The New York Times:
    “Charles Hamlen, who co-founded one of classical music’s leading management agencies, helped build the careers of young stars, including the violinist Joshua Bell, and then left the business to raise money to help people with AIDS, died on August 1 at his home in Manhattan. He was 75. Mr. Hamlen’s rise to the zenith of the classical music world — as a co-founder of IMG Artists, which represented many of the biggest stars in the field — was improbable, as he was the first to admit. He taught French [at Nichols], playing piano on the side when he moved to New York in 1977 to try to make it as an artists’ manager. He founded a small firm with Edna Landau and began building a roster of musicians and winning the respect of the industry — even as he and Ms. Landau struggled, often having to borrow, to make ends meet. ‘It was seat of my pants, 11th-hour crises,’ Mr. Hamlen recalled years later, on a panel at Oberlin College. ‘Somehow, magically, something would always happen.’ He developed a reputation as a talent spotter who could forge good, open relationships with both artists and presenters. Mr. Bell recalled that soon after he made his debut, at 14, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Hamlen visited and persuaded him — and his parents — to sign with his firm, which was still quite small in those days. ‘He kind of assured them that he wasn’t a money-hungry manager trying to exploit a young person,’ Mr. Bell said in a telephone interview. He said that early on Mr. Hamlen had taken pains not to push him to play too much too soon, and would sometimes encourage him to take less lucrative chamber music gigs — with smaller fees, and smaller commissions — because he believed they would help him develop. ‘The fact that I’m still in the business now, after many years, without having burned out — I think a lot of that has to do with him,’ Mr. Bell said. But with a small, not-very-well-known roster, the firm never seemed to have enough money to grow, Ms. Landau said in an interview. It began looking for investors. Lightning struck in 1984, when the firm was acquired by the International Management Group, a sports agency behemoth looking to expand into the performing arts. It was the classical music equivalent of a small start-up being bought by Google. (Over a round of golf, the soprano Kiri Te Kanawa had schooled the sports group’s president, Mark McCormack, in the rarefied ways of high culture: ‘The first thing you have to know is it’s intermission, not halftime.’) The firm was renamed IMG Artists, and the company was ultimately able to get out of debt, open offices around the world and attract an ever-starrier roster. They were soon going toe to toe with the biggest agencies of the day, including Columbia Artists Management and ICM Artists Ltd. IMG made headlines in 1986 when the violinist Itzhak Perlman left ICM to join it. Later, Mr. Hamlen flew to Moscow to meet the dazzling young pianist Evgeny Kissin, signed him on and arranged his New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall debuts in 1990; both became major events. Over the years Mr. Hamlen personally managed — or ‘looked after,’ in the genteel phrase preferred by the industry — the flutist James Galway; the pianists Stephen Hough, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and André Watts, in addition to Mr. Kissin; and, besides Mr. Bell, violinists like Leila Josefowicz. More stars flocked to IMG as it grew. But within a few years a personal tragedy, the death of his partner, Carlos Flor, from AIDS in 1988, set him on a new path. As many of his friends became sick in those years, he reassessed his life. ‘I remember thinking then that, as well as I do artist management, others do it as well and better,’ Mr. Hamlen told The New York Times. ‘But I was the only one who could be there for my friends. How this might connect to my professional life in music I didn’t see at first.’ He soon found a way. In 1993 he left IMG, which was then booming, and founded Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS, a charity that went on to stage benefit concerts that raised millions for AIDS groups. He put his Rolodex to work. Dozens of gala-worthy headliners lent their talents, starting with the artists he had personally managed and growing to include Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Cecilia Bartoli, Van Cliburn and Renée Fleming. Charles Ewing Hamlen was born on July 9, 1943, in Schenectady, N.Y., the youngest of four children. His father, Richard, worked at General Electric and his mother, Caroline, was a librarian. He studied piano and cello as a child, graduated from Harvard College, where he majored in French language and literature, in 1965, and started out as a high school French teacher. A marriage in 1969 ended in divorce; he said it was later he understood that he was gay. Music was never far from his life, even when he was teaching French. In summers he coached piano and chamber music at Kinhaven in Weston, Vt., and at one point started a chamber music series. In the 1970s he was the piano accompanist for the mezzo-soprano Hilda Harris. He is survived by two sisters, Ann Goldsmith, a poet, and Katherine Reed, as well as nieces and nephews. Mr. Hamlen led Classical Action for 16 years, sometimes raising money with intimate concerts in private homes with some of classical music’s biggest stars. He cut overhead costs by merging with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, his original inspiration for the group. Then Mr. Hamlen started a new act in music in 2009, when he returned to IMG Artists to try to right the ship after Barrett Wissman, a businessman who had bought a controlling interest in the firm in 2003, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in an investigation into corruption at the New York State pension fund. Mr. Hamlen stayed for three years. When he left, he became artistic adviser to the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York. While he took great pride in the money he had raised to address the AIDS crisis, Mr. Hamlen recalled that it had not been easy to walk away from the successful business he had helped build. ‘I remember grappling with the possibility of changing my life and taking this on,’ he said. ‘One moment you think, What a great thing; the next you think, You are out of your mind.’”
  • Hamlin, Ward '64 - June 30

    Ward Hamlin, an attorney for more than 40 years, kept two large files of index cards. The bigger one was called “Ward Law,” which he used as a reference for legal matters. “He was called upon by his colleagues for his vast knowledge of the law,” his daughter, Emma ’06, said. The other one compiled information on his lifelong passion – music and choral singing. “The choral societies called upon him,” Emma said, “for his vast knowledge of music and music history.” Ward, a senior partner in the Buffalo law firm of Brown and Kelly LLP, retired in 2016. He continued performing until two weeks before his death, his daughter said, when he sang at a wedding. He died June 30 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 71. Born in Buffalo, Ward was a 1964 graduate of Nichols, where he joined the glee club. He continued singing at Hamilton College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968, was manager of the men’s ensemble singing group and was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. He began taking voice lessons at Hamilton and continued them while he attended Albany Law School, where he completed his juris doctor degree in 1971. Beginning his legal career in the Albany area, he also managed the Troy Music Hall. “He once got a brief private performance from Yo-Yo Ma,” his daughter said. “He also liked to tell about putting Kathleen Battle’s performance gown in the trunk of my mother’s Mazda.” Returning to Buffalo, Ward was a defense attorney for the St. Paul Travelers Cos. for 35 years and was a managing attorney in field litigation, overseeing cases across the state. He joined Brown and Kelly in 2007. He frequently served as an arbitrator for alternative dispute resolutions and gave presentations on legal matters for insurance carriers, agents and corporate and municipal clients. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association, where he was chairman of the Practice and Procedures Committee. He also was a member of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York. He was a tenor soloist with the Trinity Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church for many years. From 2004 until about two years ago, he was a member of the Gentlemen of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir and performed with the choir in England, France and Sweden. He served as a lay clerk with the choir and a warden with the church. He also was a board member of the former Friends of Music at St. Paul’s. At St. Paul’s, he met James Burritt, the founder and director of the Vocalis Chamber Choir, and joined the elite a cappella ensemble. He traveled with Vocalis for its 2014 tour of England, which included an appearance at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival. A former Hamburg resident, he lived in Colden since 1997. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, the former Emlynn Samter; another daughter, Grace; a son, Steven; a sister, Susan; and two grandchildren.
  • Hedstrom, Eloise - May 6

    Wife of Eric Hedstrom '41; mother of Gib Hedstrom '71.
  • Hirsch, David '53 - June 27

    HIRSCH--David Steven, born in Buffalo, NY in 1935, died Wednesday at home. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Ellen Rosen Hirsch; children, Andrew (Alexis), Jennifer (John Santelli) and Jessica (Russell Hoffman); grandchildren, Nicholas, Isaac, Natalie, Katriella, Amanda, Jacob, Emet, and Mo; sister Suzanne Hirsch (Bob Roseman) and brother-in-law Harvey (Rita) Rosen, and cousins Anna Resnick and Jacob and Micaela Estrada. David attended The Nichols School, Cornell University ('57) and Harvard Business School ('59). After six months in the US Army, he joined Wertheim & Company, where he became a partner and remained until his retirement. His many contributions to the community exemplified his vision, creativity, and capacity to build enduring institutions. Along with Ellen, he was co-founder and first chair of the board of Village Community School. He created a longstanding Judaic study group for men at Clal and served as a trustee of the Jewish Museum and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He chaired and participated in several Cornell Council activities, expressing his love of travel and good food on the Alumnae Travel and North Campus Food Service Development committees. In recent years he was an active member of the Harvard Business School Seniors Alumni Group. The funeral will be held Friday, June 29, at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Donations may be made in David's memory to Village Community School, Clal, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, Cornell, or the Jewish Museum.
  • Johnson, Wolcott "Skip" H. '48 - February 22

    Wolcott “Skip” H. Johnson, 87, of Brunswick, Maine, died peacefully from complications of a stroke while in the care of the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House of Scarborough, Maine, on Feb. 12, 2018. Skip was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 19, 1930, to Isabelle and George F.B. Johnson. Skip attended Nichols and then Saint Mark’s boarding school in Southborough, Massachusetts. In 1953, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Skip took great care in nurturing the relationships formed while attending the Nichols School, Saint Mark’s and Harvard. He developed a lifelong interest in and talent for athletics, starting with tennis, which he learned during summers at his family’s Canadian home and later ice hockey, which he played while at Nichols, St. Mark’s and Harvard. Skip’s passion and unmatched commitment to sports continued with competitive squash and road races, including completion of several New York City marathons until he met some physical limitations in his late 60s. Never one for giving in, Skip redirected his energies to expand his other curiosities and talents, including the outdoors, photography, travel and sailing. While living in Brunswick, he was active as an incorporator with Rotary International and as a volunteer at the Mid Coast Hospital. Skip’s presence was a warm and welcome addition to the classrooms of nearby Bowdoin College, as he audited college classes well into his 80s. He focused his professional life in sales and marketing, which led him into the aluminum, publishing and real estate investment industries. His final years of work were spent as a partner in a business development and marketing firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Skip’s work took him to several residences to include: Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; Lake Forest, Illinois; Summit, New Jersey; and New Canaan, Connecticut; before he and his wife, Joan, moved to Brunswick in 2003. In 1959, Skip married Ellen Reeves in Lake Forest. They had one daughter, Louise (Lucy) Wightman. In 1980 they divorced, and in 1984, he married Joan Armstrong Whetstone in New Canaan. She passed away in 2011. Skip was preceded in death by his mother and father, Isabelle and George F.B. Johnson; his granddaughter, Victoria “Torri” Wightman; his brother, George F.B. Johnson; and several beloved canine companions. Along with his daughter, Lucy, Skip leaves two sisters, Georgia Pooley of Buffalo, and Jermain Anderson of Princeton, New Jersey; many special godchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his springer spaniel and loyal friend, Maggie. Those who knew Skip will remember his mischievous, warm smile, infectious laugh and bright blue eyes. We will cherish his never-ending optimism, original wit and zest for life. Skip never gave up on anything or anyone (to include a late-night game of backgammon). He made a profound and positive difference in our lives.
  • Kaminski, Lou - January 12

    Former manager of the Nichols Campus Store.
  • Kern, Jean '50 - August 10

    Jean Georges Kern, a former executive with Marine Midland Bank in Buffalo, passed away at his home in Annapolis, Maryland, with his loving family at his side. Jean was born on Aug. 10, 1931, in New York, New York, to Jean Georges Kern and Amy Dunder Kern. He was a 1950 graduate of Nichols and a 1954 graduate of Middlebury College. He later attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Upon graduating from Middlebury, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954 and was stationed in France until 1956. He then returned to Buffalo as an inactive member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He began work with Marine Midland Bank in Buffalo (later HSBC) in 1962 and was a vice president at the time of his retirement in 1990. Jean was a past president of the Buffalo Scalp and Blade. He was also an active member of the Orchard Park Rotary and the Orchard Park Lions clubs. He enjoyed playing tennis at the Hickory Hill Swim and Tennis Club and playing golf as a member of the Brierwood Country Club for many years. He was an original Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres season ticket holder. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Felicia Grenda Kern; and his brother, Jacques Daniel Kern (Judy). Jean is survived by his wife of 14 years, Margaret Kern; daughter Renee of Cleveland; and son David (Susan) of Chicago. Survivors include his stepchildren, Dr. Paul Berger (Julie), Anne Denicoff (Drew), Peter Berger (Suzanne) and Kathryn Berger; nine step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
  • Kim, John '79 - August 22

    Suk-Joong Kim was born October 7, 1961, in Seoul, South Korea to Yong Deok Kim, M.D. and Yongboon (Park) Kim. He took the name John upon immigrating to the U.S. in 1967.
    John graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in English. John served in the Peace Corps as a teacher in the Pacific Island nation of Tonga before entering Cornell Medical School in New York City. Upon graduation, John trained at Georgetown University and practiced internal medicine for many years in Northern Virginia. “Dr. John” is remembered as a kind and diligent physician, making house-calls and taking a personal interest in his patients when such things were considered old-fashioned.
    From his youth, John was an avid athlete, excelling particularly at golf and hockey. He had a brilliant mind and was a gifted storyteller, able to pull out just the right quote from a book or movie at just the right moment. He was a generous and genial host and liked nothing better than to entertain friends and family over a home-cooked meal or outdoor barbecue.
    John is survived by his devoted parents; his beloved wife Seung and children Noah, Hahn Sol, Bella and Sophie, who were the light of his life; his sisters Ann Kim (John Wooley) and Alice Blake (Adrian) and their children; and many other family and friends.
    In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
  • Kluckhorn, Diane - October 22

    Diane "Dede" Kluckhorn, of Williamsville and Venice, FL passed on October 22, 2018 at age 75. Beloved wife of Karl F. Kluckhohn; dear mother of David (Jos) Laub '84, Derek (Shelly) Laub '89, Tom (Christine) Kluckhohn, Steve (Cathi) Kluckhohn and Carl (Carmen) Kluckhohn; loving grandmother of eleven grandchildren; sister of Hollis "Ted" (Leslie) Webster. If desired, memorials may be made in Diane's memory to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. 225 Como Park Blvd. Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
  • Lewis, Pheobe Ann Clark - May 5

    Mother of Kevin Lewis '61, David Lewis '70 and Cornelia Dopkins (former faculty).
  • LoBocchario, Lawrence - June 17

    Father of Jill LoBocchiaro '03.
  • Lockie, L. Maxwell '54 - September

  • Magavern, Linda - August 29

    Mother of Laird Robertson '04; wife of Bill Magavern '52.
  • Marlette, Rosemary - July 13

    Distinguished Alumna Award recipient. Wife of Jack Marlette '42 (deceased); mother of Tricia Nalle '78, John Marlette '80, and Mary Smith '83; grandmother of Newton '05 and Lucy Sears '06.
  • May, Michele Georger - December 15

    Michele Georger May of Hypoluxo, FL and formerly of Buffalo, NY passed away on December 15, 2018 from cancer. She is survived by James G.G. May, Sr., her husband of 46 years and two children; Michele "Mimi" Goldsborough May Weidemeyer '92 and James "Jamie" G.G. May, Jr '94. In 1962, immediately after graduating from St. Mary's Seminary in Buffalo, Michele joined Ice Follies and toured with them, Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice until the late 60's. She later became an assistant coach with the first girls ice hockey team in Western New York, the Buffalo Bisons. She is also a past president of the Nichols School Parent Council.
  • Meyer, Karin - June 30

    Mother of Ben '09, Seth '14, and Luke Meyer '16; wife of Jeff Meyer (trustee).
  • Miller Sr., Robert L. '45 - April 15

    Robert Lang Miller Sr. was his father’s choice to carry on the family’s financial interests. Robert, like his father, had become an executive with Liberty National Bank. In 1969, he and Paul Gesko, who came from M&T Bank, took over the office in the Liberty Building that his father had opened to manage the family’s business affairs. When Liberty National Bank became a subsidiary of a new bank holding company in January 1972, he resigned from the bank to devote full time to what became Miller, Gesko and Co. The firm now manages investments and financial matters for dozens of families across the nation. Robert served as chairman until five years ago. “He would still call us up and tell us what we should be doing,” said his son, Robert L. Jr., a partner in the firm. “He would always come up with something that the rest of us would miss.” He died April 15 at home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 90. Born in Buffalo, the fourth of six children, he was a descendant of Gerhard Lang, owner of the city’s largest brewery before Prohibition, and Edwin G. S. Miller, president of the bank that became Liberty Bank. His maternal grandfather, Daniel Mahony, was captain of Buffalo’s fireboat, the William S. Grattan, now called the Edward M. Cotter. He attended Nichols, enlisted in the Navy at the close of World War II, serving stateside, then earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. Robert began his career at Liberty Bank in 1950, the same year that he and Evelyn R. Gurney, the sister of playwright A.R. Gurney, were married. At the bank, he went on to become a vice president, senior lending officer and head of the national division. He also served as an officer or director for numerous civic, charitable, educational and cultural organizations. “He was very active,” his son said, “He felt it was important to be a good citizen.” He helped lead the Buffalo and Erie County Planning Association, the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation, the Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Buffalo General Hospital and the Buffalo General Foundation. He also was active with the National Council for Community and Justice, the International Institute, the Canisius College Board of Regents, Daemen College, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. He twice was chairman of the Erie County Department of Mental Health and was a leader in the community divisions of the United Jewish Appeal and the United Negro College Fund. He also was vice president of the Buffalo chapter of the New York State Society of Security Analysts. He was a former dean of the Saturn Club and former president of the Mid-Day Club, the Pack Club and the Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club. He also was a member of the Buffalo Canoe Club, the Buffalo Yacht Club and the Thursday Club. An avid skier, sailor and tennis player, he sailed his 35-foot sloop, Algarve, on lakes Erie and Ontario. He also enjoyed traveling and classical music. In addition to his wife and son, survivors include two daughters, Marion M. Matson and Elizabeth M. McClellan; a sister, Claire M. McGowan; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
  • Nilson, Robert "Bob" Martin '54 - September 18

    Bob, 82, passed away peacefully in New London, N.H. Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy; mother, Hazel; 4 children: Sarah (Joe Cox), Robert Jr (Holley), Elizabeth (David Pennino), and Matthew, and 10 grandchildren, Jacob, Brendan, Caroline, Samantha (Cox), Lauryn, Ben (Nilson), Madeline, Annabelle, Emma, and Lila (Pennino).
    Bob lived by the tenet that honesty, respect for others, hard work and setting personal goals were the keys to success in life. He loved his family, spending time with friends and volunteering in local organizations and his church. Bob would describe himself as introverted and quiet, however, those who knew him through various work or church efforts, who played golf or tennis with him, who skied with him or learned to ski from him would probably tell a different story.
    He was born March 18, 1936, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Herbert and Hazel Nilson, both hardworking school teachers. He was an excellent student and was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Nichols School for college-bound men starting in 8th grade, graduating Cum Laude. After Nichols, he attended Princeton University (‘58), graduating with honors and a degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1960, he married his wife, Nancy, and they moved to Charleston, West Virginia, where he was employed by Union Carbide and received his Masters Degree from West Virginia University. Union Carbide was a good match professionally, and the young married couple moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., in the Chicago area. Moving through and up the corporate ladder, Bob was with Union Carbide for more than 25 years in production, sales, management and operations, eventually relocating to Ridgefield, Conn., with his wife and three young children.
    After 17 years in Connecticut, work opportunities brought Bob, Nancy and the youngest child who was born shortly after arriving in Conn., to New London, N.H., in 1991. It is after this time that health challenges began to intrude upon an otherwise active and by traditional definition, productive live. Beginning in 1992, he survived a massive benign brain tumor, knee replacement, serious heart issues and arthritis challenges. This was the beginning of the opportunity for him to challenge himself as he re-learned to enjoy life with a positive spirit and defy medical expectations.
    In his retirement years, he enjoyed several sports, including skiing, tennis and golf, and explored new employment opportunities to keep busy and involved. Exercise of his mind was ongoing, and he loved taking Adventures in learning courses through Colby-Sawyer College. Always an active church member and participant, he attended and served at Kearsarge Presbyterian Church as an usher, and annual Yard Sale helper. While in Connecticut he was equally active at the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield. A long time passport holder, he and Nancy took several cruises with friends to see other parts of the world, or traveled to participate in the growth and milestones of their grandchildren. During quiet times at home, he was an avid reader and watcher of golf.

    Bob will be remembered by many as a fun loving, smiling, trooper of life, and will be greatly missed by all.
  • Osgood, Lawrence '46 - December 13

    Lawrence Osgood died at age 89 in Rhinebeck NY. Born in Buffalo to Ellen and Dr. Howard Osgood, Larry attended Nichols School and Harvard University. Lawrence was pre-deceased by his brother John; he will be missed by his nieces Ellen Bush and Connie Petersen and their families. He was a novelist, playwright, essayist, director, great story-teller, Arctic traveler who lived and worked with the Canadian Inuit; and a lover of music, literature, dogs, and great friends.
  • Prentice, Ted "Beep" '39 - September 6

    Beloved husband of the late Mary-Kent (Jewett) Prentice; loving father of Cricket Gordon, Barney Prentice, M.D., Zandy (late Vin) Barrett, and Holly (Ramsay) Prentice-Stabler. Grandfather of 8, great-grandfather of 3; brother of the late Robert Prentice.
  • Przykuta, Eric '93 - May 13

    From The Buffalo News:
    “Eric D. Przykuta texted his sister-in-law on [May12] to see what he could bring to the family dinner on Mother's Day. He planned on fishing [that] night with some friends and Przykuta wanted to make sure his family had everything it needed for dinner. ‘He had it all ready – Mother's Day cards, flowers,’ recalled Jennifer Przykuta. ‘That's just the way he was. You could always count on Eric to get things done.’ Mr. Przykuta, a science teacher at Lancaster Middle School, died late Saturday in a boating accident while fishing with friends near the Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo. He was 43. On Sunday morning, the Przykuta family gathered at the Small Boat Harbor to await word on the search for him. ‘We were at the water waiting, hoping he would swim up,’ said Jennifer Przykuta. ‘He was a strong man who came from a family of boaters,’ said his father Dennis Przykuta. ‘He was 6-foot-2 and weighed 235 pounds. He loved the water. We went fishing together so many times.’ Mr. Przykuta made many friends working as a schoolteacher, lacrosse coach and president of the Lancaster Central Teachers Association. He was an avid outdoorsman and vocal supporter of the town and its school district. He spent his summers as a child with his family at their cottage near Georgian Bay. The days were filled fishing for salmon and trout. Nights brought a meal built around fresh salmon steaks cut 1-inch thick, grilled and immediately devoured, said Dennis Przykuta. Mr. Przykuta continued the summer vacations at the cottage with his wife Lori, son Landyn, daughter Emersyn and their chocolate Labrador retriever Forrest. He attended Court Street Elementary School in Lancaster, Lancaster Middle School and Nichols School, where he played goalie for the Nichols Vikings ice hockey team. He graduated in 1993, and was drafted by the former Beauport Harfangs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He opted to attend SUNY Fredonia, where he played for the Blue Devils ice hockey team that competed in the NCAA Final Four, said Aaron Przykuta, his brother. As a science teacher for 20 years, Mr. Przykuta injected fun into his lesson plan with classroom science experiments where his students played active roles. A video tweet posted by Lancaster Central School District in 2014 showed Mr. Przykuta in action surrounded by students and fellow teachers. The experiment allowed the students to ‘walk on water’ using a mixture of corn flour, blue food dye and water.
    “He received the Leadership Award from New York State United Teachers. Sean Bruso, 27, was in Mr. Przykuta's eighth-grade science class in 2002-03. ‘He's a teacher you remember because he cared about you,’ said Bruso. ‘Everybody wanted to be around him. He was easy to talk to, and at that age, you needed to know someone was in your corner.’ Mr. Przykuta coached modified lacrosse at the middle school. Twins Andrew and Alexander Reimer, who now are on the Lancaster High School boys' varsity lacrosse team, were among those coached by him. Andrew recalled how Mr. Przykuta would talk to the team from the front of the bus on rides back to middle school after a team loss. He was always optimistic, Andrew said. ‘He told us how good we played and that if we practiced hard we could beat the team we just lost to. He was motivating.’ The high school lacrosse players are honoring Mr. Przykuta by putting stickers of his initials, ‘EP,’ on their helmets and dedicating the rest of the season to his memory, said Andrew. Mr. Przykuta's classroom has been decorated with flowers and other memorials placed by students, parents and colleagues. The Lancaster Central Teachers Association has established a benefit fund for the Przykuta family. Information can be found on the association's Facebook page. Besides his wife and children, Mr. Przykuta is survived by his parents, Dennis and Diana; a brother Aaron; and two nieces.”
  • Reilly, Helen - November 13

    Mother of Dennis Reilly '74, Kevin Reilly '75 and the late Pat Reilly '77.
  • Remington, Frances - July 23

    Mother of Ginna Walsh (former faculty); grandmother of Liza Walsh Keenan '97 and Ellie Walsh Beasley '99.
  • Schneckenberger, Alice Howes Stephens - December 17

    Alice, 98, of Sherman, CT, died at her home surrounded by loving family and friends. Born on July 31, 1920 to D. Mallory and Grace Hine Stephens, Alice grew up in Patterson and Brewster, New York. She was predeceased by her husband Philip M. Schneckenburger ’32. Alice and the Schneckenburger family created the Schneckenburger Scholarship Fund at Nichols in 2009, in Philip’s memory. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who qualifies for financial need and who shows a special interest in, propensity for and demonstrate talent in music with a specific interest in pursuing engagement in the Nichols School music program. Alice is survived by daughter Grace S. Parker of Richmond, VA, brothers Willis H. Stephens of Brewster, NY, and Dr. Mallory Stephens (Delores) of Wolfboro, NH. She was loved as "Oma" by Stephen, Kaitlen, and Gretchen Parker.
  • Taylor, Jeremy '61 - January 3

    The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor died on January 3, 2018 at the age of 75, just two days after his beloved wife Kathryn.

    Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor’s pioneering community ministry of dreamwork broke new ground and changed the landscape for community ministers who followed him forever. He was a fierce, lifelong supporter of community ministry, and believed that community ministry has a crucial and unique role to play in sustaining and preaching the transformative, unifying and healing vision of our Unitarian Universalist faith. He was deeply committed to the value of clergy and lay leaders working in concert to manifest “the priesthood and the prophethood of all believers.” as called for by James Luther Adams. When Jeremy sought an appointment with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee in the early 1970s, he was denied because at that time community ministry had not yet been recognized as a path of ministry. It was not then possible to receive an appointment with the MFC without stating an intention to serve a parish ministry. The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, in recognition of Jeremy’s extraordinary gifts and unshakable commitment to his call to serve a community ministry of dreamwork, ordained him.

    His ministry of dream work was conducted around the world, both online and in person with much of his ongoing work happening in Europe and Asia. As a founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and The Marin Institute for Projective Dreamwork, Rev. Taylor created lasting institutional legacies for dreamwork as a powerful spiritual practice. He also influenced a generation of students at Starr King School for the Ministry where he served as adjunct professor for many years. He was the author of four books on dreamwork which have remained in continuous publication and was a featured speaker at several General Assemblies.

    The Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries is establishing a memorial fund to further the work of community ministry through special Board projects and initiatives. We welcome contributions in Rev. Taylor’s name at

    There could be no greater tribute to Rev.Taylor’s life than for you to bring to life through your ministry, these words by Goethe, which Rev.Taylor often quoted:
    “Whatever you can dream, begin it. Boldness has power and magic in it.”

    The following are links to further tributes to Rev. Taylor’s life.
  • Utley, Charles "Chuck" '44 - August 14

    Chuck was born September 1, 1926 in Buffalo, NY and was the devoted husband and best friend of Cornelia van der Voort, who he affectionately called "Neil". He is survived by sons, Robert B. Utley, and his wife Elisabeth of Sydney, Australia, Nelson V. Utley, and his wife Barbara of Cupertino, CA, and Charles A. Utley, and his wife Teresa of Campbell, CA. He also leaves behind much-loved grandsons, Nicholas and Lucas and precious granddaughter, Emily. Chuck was the son of Charles Bach Utley and Kate (Phelps) Utley. As an only child, he grew up in Buffalo, NY until enlisting in the U.S. Navy during WWII and serving as a signalman on landing crafts in the South Pacific. He graduated from Williams College, Willamstown, MA in 1949. Chuck began his marketing career in Buffalo at Sattlers, a pioneering discount department store, moving later to building products manufacturer National Gypsum Company. He then joined Whitney Seed Company, maker of lawn and garden products, where he was responsible for marketing and advertising. He met his future wife at the wedding of a mutual friend in 1950 and they were married three years later at Neil's family home in Fredonia, NY and then settling in East Aurora, NY. In 1963 he moved his sales and marketing experience from Buffalo to Rumrill-Hoyt Advertising in Rochester, NY, where he became an account supervisor and vice president. Feeling the need for change in 1970, Chuck joined Robert Ebey Company Advertising in Menlo Park, CA but not before the family made a memorable cross-country automobile trip to their new home in Los Altos. He spent the next 20 years helping guide what became Ebey, Utley & Company through the economic ups and downs of Silicon Valley and assisted in the marketing successes of many of the area's important commercial, financial and technology companies. Throughout his life, Chuck enjoyed travel, barbershop quartet singing, skiing, musical theater, reading, cheering on the '49ers and attempting to master the banjo. He was a consummate handy-man, ready to take on anything around the house. Above all, Chuck loved his wife, his sons and their families, and admired the character, accomplishments and joys they continually gave him. He will be forever remembered as a caring husband, extraordinary dad/granddad and passionate community volunteer who lived life to the fullest.
  • Wadsworth, Linda - September 1

    Wife of John Wadsworth '55 (deceased).
  • Wakefield, Bernard "Dick" '49 - January 1

    Dr. Bernard Dick Wakefield, a retired internist and company physician, died unexpectedly Jan. 1, 2018, while visiting family in Hartford, Connecticut. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kenmore, the son of an oral surgeon for whom the University at Buffalo Oral Surgery Clinic is named. He was a 1949 graduate of Nichols School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1953. He completed UB Medical School in 1957 and served his internship and residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital. Dick began a private practice in Amherst, which he maintained for 18 years. At the same time, he was an adjunct professor at the UB Medical School, served at UB’s University Health Services clinic from 1962 to 1972 and was co-director of outpatient services at Millard Fillmore Hospital from 1970 to 1976. He went on to serve as assistant director of the family practice residency program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. At Millard Fillmore Hospital, he helped open the skilled nursing facility in 1983 and served as its medical director. He also was a consultant for Arcata Graphics, corporate medical director for Carborundum Corp. and plant medical director for Occidental Chemical Corp. He retired in 1997 after working for several years in the health care regulations division of the State Office of Health System Management.
    Known to everyone by his middle name, he volunteered to help build and renovate houses for Habitat for Humanity for 15 years. He also assisted in painting and other restoration efforts at Shea’s Performing Arts Center for 16 years. A resident of Niagara Falls and Grand Island before moving to the Town of Tonawanda seven years ago, he and his longtime partner, Cecelia M. Kohlmeier, toured New Zealand, the Alps and the Western United States and Canada by motorcycle. Survivors also include two sons, Brian and Keith; two daughters, Tracy Cross and Shelly; and three grandchildren.
  • Walsh, Holly - June 3

    Wife of Ed Walsh '43; mother of Ted '72 and Nelson Walsh '80; grandmother of Liza Walsh Keenan '97, Ellie Walsh Beasley '99, and Rick '05, Lyman '09 and Grace Louise Muschauer '14.
  • Ward IV, Hamilton "Ham" '49 - December 25

    From The Buffalo News:
    Ham Ward, a veteran attorney who also was an accomplished marathon runner and outdoorsman, died in Buffalo General Medical Center from complications of a stroke. He was 87. A Buffalo native, Mr. Ward graduated from Nichols School in 1949 and Hobart College in 1953. He later earned his law degree at the University at Buffalo Law School, while clerking in the Buffalo office of the Ward, Gorman and Marx firm. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1960. After several years in private practice, Mr. Ward was appointed an assistant attorney general in 1963 by Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz. He then began a long stint as trial lawyer for the Department of Claims and Litigation, trying and settling suits against the state in the Court of Claims in Buffalo and Rochester. Later, he continued in the Court of Claims as clerk to John H. Cooke, presiding judge in Western New York. He continued under Judge Thomas P. McMahon until retiring in 1983. Mr. Ward then partnered with Robert H. Kutzuba in private practice in Arcade, and was recognized by the Erie County Bar Association for his 50 years of membership. Mr. Ward will also be remembered as an accomplished runner, competing in 26 marathons (including four Boston Marathons), and many triathalons throughout the eastern U.S. – including running or cycling alongside his son and daughter during several events. Mr. Ward enjoyed skiing, hunting and fishing, especially his annual expeditions to Piscotossing, Ont. His wife, Ann, whom he married in 1985, died in 2016. During retirement they traveled throughout the country and world, including a 1990 trip to Germany to visit relatives. Besides his brother, Mr. Ward is survived by a son, Hamilton V, and a daughter, Susan Ward-Freeman.
  • Weiksnar, Paul - June 13

    Father of Melissa Weiksnar '73, Jud Weiksnar '75, Greta Weiksnar Pinto '77 and John Weiksnar '84.
  • Williams, Naidine - July 22

    Grandmother of Leo '03 and Arin Dandes '04.
  • Zacher-Schmidt, Wendy '79 - March 10

    Of Buffalo, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida. Born July 25, 1961, in Buffalo to Judy L. and the late William H. Zacher. Wendy was a graduate of Nichols, Hobart William Smith College and The New England School of Law, where she received her juris doctor degree. She was a former member of the Saturn Club, Country Club of Buffalo, the Buffalo Club and the Beach Club in Palm Beach. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Alex W. Schmidt; her son, Alexander William Hugo Schmidt; her sister, Laura Otterbein; and nephews Tyler, Austin and Spencer Otterbein.


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  • Amigone, Madeline - November 9

    Wife of Nick Amigone ’39 (deceased); grandmother of Nick Amigone ’98 and Marc Amigone ’03.
  • Auffinger, Frances - November 5

    Mother of David Auffinger (staff), George Auffinger IV ’72 and Susan Auffinger Ramos '82; former spouse of George Auffinger III ’45 (deceased).
  • Bannon, Timothy John - June 5

    Timothy John Bannon, a retired Nichols School teacher and administrator, died June 5, 2017, in Kensington, Maryland, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 74. Born in Boston, Timothy attended high school in Tupper Lake and graduated in 1964 with a concentration in biology from Harvard University, where he was a resident of Leverett House. He became a science teacher in 1964 at North Shore Country Day School in Chicago and later served as head of the lower and middle schools. In 1974, he took a position as head of the lower school at Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He became head of the lower campus (middle school) at Nichols School in 1978. Earning a master’s degree in earth science from Buffalo State College in 1992, he returned to the classroom as a science teacher. Students dedicated the school yearbook to him in 1997. He retired in 2004. A former resident of East Amherst and North Buffalo, he moved to Maryland in 2013. Survivors include a son, Ned; a daughter, Katie; a brother, William; a sister, Sharon; his ex-wife, the former Elizabeth Lyons; a close friend, Nancy Stanton; and six grandchildren.
  • Brown, James - November 20

    Grandfather of KC Bryan White '97 and Ginny Bryan '00.
  • Castiglia, Jerry - September 19

    Former Nichols School Board of Trustees president; father of Greg Castiglia ’84 and Wendy Castiglia Amato ’86; grandfather of Olivia ’20, Bradley ’18, Nina ’16, Alex ’15 and Jeremy ’12. Jerry was chair of the capital campaign, and he and his wife, Barbara, were incredibly supportive of Nichols. Well-known for his philanthropy and service to Nichols and Western New York, Jerry is greatly missed.
  • Cooke, Fulton '44 - August 19

  • Damerau, Albert - December 8

    Father of Corrine Damerau-Best (former faculty); grandfather of Alexandra Best ’06 and Ryan Best ’11.
  • Doyle, Richard C. '51 - March 14

  • Fors, Richard - December 7

    Father of Andrew Fors ’91, grandfather of Sophia ’19, Alexandra ’22, Andrew ’22 and Oscar Fors ’25.
  • Fox, Linda - July 23

    Former staff, Development Office. Mother of Jamie Fox Marzec '91, John Fox '94, and Jill Fox Gerhardt '97.
  • Gorski, Charlotte - February 13

    Mother of Robert Gorski '55.
  • Gosney, Joe '68 - October 18

    Joseph R. Gosney Jr., age 67, of Newark, Ohio, passed away Oct. 18, 2017. Joe was born on Jan. 26, 1950, to the late Joseph Sr. and Olga (Hacola) Gosney in Buffalo, New York. After growing up in Buffalo, Joe attended Ohio Northern University and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1972. In 1973, he went on to the University of Florida to earn a master's degree and begin a lifelong obsession with the Gators. Joe married Carolyn (Lienert) Gosney on April 2, 1977. They moved to Newark in 1981 and stayed there for the rest of their lives, raising their children and becoming active in the community. Joe loved sports and volunteered to coach both of his children in just about anything as they grew up. The three shared a lifelong love of baseball. He enjoyed traveling, especially family road trips, and loved to vacation at any beach, where he would happily bob in the ocean for hours on end. As his children grew up, Joe would travel the country with his daughter in search of colleges and graduate schools, and take countless road trips to watch his son umpire professional baseball games. When his children married, he welcomed his son- and daughter-in-law to the family with open arms and considered them his kids, too. In recent years, he spent much of his free time visiting his children and grandson in Seattle and Lakeland, Florida. He found a sense of joy in his later years and could often be found participating in Masonic Lodge events, attending concerts, taking long walks with his dog and spending time with friends. Joe is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Timothy Borrelli; his son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Jeffrey, Melissa and Carter Gosney; and his faithful cocker spaniel, Shadow. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
  • Harder, William '55 - November 9

    William (Bill) Hartman Harder Jr. of Rancho Mirage, California, passed away at his home on Nov. 9, 2017, his 80th birthday. Bill was born in Buffalo on Nov. 9, 1937, to the late William Hartman and Jane (Torrence) Harder. He graduated from Nichols in 1955. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology for a year, he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1960. After his army service, he had a long career in the materials handling industry as a salesman, engineer and business owner. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and loved people. He was happiest when he was helping others. He was a member of the Masonic Service Association of North America and the Al Malaikah Shriners. He was an avid amateur ham radio operator and for many years, offered radio communications support to the Tournament of Roses Parade, Special Olympics, Tour de Palm Springs Bike Ride and other events where ham radio communications were requested. He was a longtime board member of Mountain View Villas Homeowners Association, a life member of the Good Sam's Radio Hams RV Club, a longtime member of the Elks Lodge and a member of the Palm Springs Air Museum. He loved and was an enthusiastic supporter of Dixieland Jazz and numerous festivals. In his later years, he loved RV'ing and traveling with his companion, Sharon. He is survived by daughter Emily (Thomas) Garrity, son William (Diana) Hartman Harder III, daughter Liesl (James) Kielp, his loving friend Sharon Hestdalen, brother Torrence Harder, and sisters Luella Johnson and Sarah Harder, as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
  • Holzman, Donald - August 17

    Father of Annette Holzman Fitch '82; grandfather of Elizabeth '13 and John Fitch '17.
  • Krueger, Richard T. '43 - February 6

    KRUEGER - Richard T. Richard Theodore Krueger, age 90, died at his home in Asheville NC on Monday, February 6, 2017. He was born in St. Louis MO on Feb. 3, 1927 to the late Leona and Theodore Krueger. He was predeceased by his sister Carol Carroll in 2009. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elisabeth Felt Krueger; his daughter Jane Montgomery (Curtiss) of Buffalo NY; his son David R. Krueger (Kristin) of Winston-Salem NC; his son Thomas E. Krueger of Sarasota FL; grandchildren Sarah Cash (Derek), Anne Schalk (Greg) and Laura and Scott Krueger: and great-grandchildren Maxwell Schalk, James Cash, and Ivy Schalk.
    Mr. Krueger graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo NY, and served in as an electronics technician in the US Navy in 1945. He held a degree in chemical engineering from MIT, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and received an MBA from the University of Buffalo.
    His career included senior management positions with Occidental Petroleum Co., Diamond Crystal Salt Co. and the Farm Bureau of Michigan. He retired in 1989 as CEO of Farmers Petroleum Cooperative of Michigan. After retirement he and his wife moved to Asheville NC, where his main interests were golf at the Country Club of Asheville, participation in the College for Seniors, classical music and bridge. He was a member of the Asheville New Friends club and served terms on the board of directors of the Asheville Country Club and the Council on Aging.
    A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial gifts may be made to the Endowment Fund of Grace Episcopal Church, Asheville NC, or to a charity of choice.
  • Ladds Jr., Herbert - October 17

    Father of Julia Ladd Clauss ’75 and Helen Marlette '77; grandfather of Peter Marlette '06, Grace Marlette '09, and Dieter Clauss '10.
  • Laettner, Bonnie - November 26

    Mother of Christian Laettner '88.
  • Lenahan, Helen - May 19

    Grandmother of John Lenahan '13.
  • Leous, Alfred '40 - December 7

    Alfred T. "Oppy" Leous passed away peacefully on Dec. 7, 2017, at age 97, with his wife of 68 years, Marguerite E. (Schlau), at his side. Father of Paul (Peggi), Mark (Glenna) and John (Jane) Leous; grandfather of Rose Leous and Jane (Eric) Busillo; brother of his twin sister, Olive Jean Willett, Richard (Mary) and the late Roger (late Tess) Leous.
  • Lombardo Sr., Thomas - October 10

    Grandfather of Laura Yusick ’96 and Lisa Meindel ’00.
  • McCormick, Eleanore - July 21

    Mother of Ann Kern (staff).
  • Miles, Philip '71 - November 4

    Philip Giltner Miles, Jr.
    June 29, 1952 – November 4, 2017 (age 65) of Williamsville, NY.
    Son of Eleanor A. Miles and the late Prof. Philip G. Miles, Sr.; brother of Florence Curtis Miles and Allen Richard Miles (Jin Ge); uncle of Bud Miles (Kyoko), Derek Forrest Miles (Danielle), Courtney Irene Miles, Philip Forrest Miles, Emily Lynn Miles; great-uncle of Fiona Nakada Miles; extended family members reside in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas, Iowa, and Indiana.
    Phil attended Nichols School, The Lawrenceville School, American International College, and SUNY at Buffalo (Music). He was a retiree of Sealed Air Corporation in Springfield, MA, and previously was employed at Johnson’s Bookstore, Springfield, MA, and Follett’s Bookstore, Amherst, NY.
    Phil generously spent the past 15 years taking care of his elderly parents. He loved walking around the ponds at Walton Woods Park where he delighted in interacting with the many dogs and their owners along the way. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and professional wrestling. He is missed beyond words.
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  • Millard, Charles '50 - December 11

    Charles Millard, respected museum director and leading expert in 19th century French sculpture, died in late 2017 at the age of 84. His 1976 book, "The Sculpture of Edgar Degas," remains the definitive work on the subject. As a graceful and wide-ranging essayist, and a curator with expertise in photography, ceramics and sculpture, Charles leaves a legacy of elegant, restless intellectual exploration. His clarion prose is underwritten by impeccable citizenship and personal generosity. Charles’ modesty masked a deep wit and a true gift for friendship. If his home collection embraced everything from color-field painting to Chinese antiquities to North Carolina folk pottery, his circle of acquaintances showed just such strength in variety. Over the years he revisited the studios of many artists usually wary of art historians. Those trusting friends included artistic pioneers like Helen Frankenthaler, Carl Chiarenza, Anthony Caro, George Nick, Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland and Mark Hewitt. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Dec. 20, 1932, Charles graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 1954. From 1956-1959 he served in the U.S. Navy as a staff member at the headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet and the Sixth Fleet. Harvard awarded him a Ph.D. in fine arts in 1971. He worked as curator of 19th century art at the Los Angeles County Museum (1971-197474) before becoming chief curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (1973-1986). From 1986-1993 he made a memorable director of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (In 2015, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate of fine arts.) Charles securely tied the Ackland's mission to university teaching. He invited students to museum events and began a steady public outreach that included local children. Charles described the seven years heading the Ackland as his happiest. If his quiet service intended to go unnoticed, his benefactions could not be hidden. While living in Los Angeles, Charles bought for himself a misattributed sculpture, the life-sized bust of a wildly grimacing man. The piece cost just $200, and for decades, it served as a front-hall hatrack. Of course, Charles had recognized it as the carving of a German eccentric, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1739-1783). When a similar bust by the artist sold for millions in 2010, Charles concocted The Tyche Foundation. He named it not for himself, but in honor of the Roman goddess of good fortune and lucky finds. With the sale's windfall, Charles at once set about strengthening the Ackland's considerable art holdings. Whatever thinness he had found in the collection, Charles could now buttress from within. A year later, the one carved gargoyle had funded 51 works – in all forms and from most centuries. The exhibit of donated works was titled "Fortune Smiles," and it filled the entire Ackland Museum. The Tyche collection, being self-generated and hand-shaped, is a gift both loving and personal. And only incidentally, almost by accident, it leaves the most perfect portrait of its donor.
  • Neureuter, Roy '52 - September 25

    Roy R. Neureuter, active in the financial sector and the community for over 50 years, died Sept. 25, 2017. Born in Buffalo, Roy was a native of this area throughout his life, with the exception of his college and military years. He graduated from Nichols in 1952 and from Lehigh University in 1956 with a degree in business. Afterward, he served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1957, Roy joined the training program of Manufacturers & Traders Trust Company. There he rose through the ranks from assistant investment officer to vice president, heading the investment department. He subsequently was promoted to administrative vice president in charge of the newly formed trust/investment group in 1977. Roy joined Roosevelt & Cross in 1983, where he served as vice president until his retirement. In 1992, he was appointed arbitration panel member for the National Association of Securities Dealers. Roy was past chairman of the New York State Bankers Association Trust Division as well as active in the Independent Bankers Association. Early in his career, Roy served as president of Financiers Toastmasters Club and as an officer of the Bond Club. A well-respected leader of community organizations, he was twice elected president of the Protestant Home for Children and thrice elected chapter chairman of the American Red Cross. He was a long-time member of the American Lung Association board as well as the Bristol Home board. Also, Roy served the council of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College. As a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Roy served three years as a deacon and as stewardship chairman. The Rotary Club of Buffalo honored Roy in 1999 by inducting him as a Phil Harris Fellow, Rotary's highest honor for dedication. Other memberships included: the Buffalo Canoe Club, the Buffalo Club, the Country Club of Buffalo, Lehigh University Alumni Association and the board of Cradle Beach Camp. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Judith R.; his children, John R. Neureuter (Petrina) of Clarence Center, Jed J. Neureuter (Maureen) of Mansfield, Massachusetts, and Jeanne Neureuter Weppner of Williamsville; and six grandchildren, Jamie, Abbey and Jack Neureuter, and Cole, Tucker and Gunar Weppner.
  • Passafiume, Philip - June 28

    Father of Nick Passafiume '15.
  • Phillips, Nick '50 - May 18

    George F. "Nick" Phillips Jr., a distinguished investment manager for more than six decades, died May 18 at Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness. He was 85. Born in Buffalo, Nick was the namesake son of George F. Phillips Sr., an early partner in Phillips Lytle LLP, and Mary Weston Phillips. He was a graduate of Nichols and Groton School, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1954, the same year he entered the U.S. Army. Nick left the military in 1956, having achieved the rank of first lieutenantin the Army Transportation Corps. He then began his long career as an investment manager, working well into his ninth decade. Nick was a past president and secretary of DeGraff Memorial Hospital's board of directors, a past president, vice president and treasurer of the Buffalo Museum of Science board, a former finance chairman of the local SPCA and a former chairman of the United Way of the Tonawandas. He also served on the boards of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Shaw Festival and the Saturn Club of Buffalo, of which he was a former dean. His roles in the community reflected his interest in the arts and history. He also enjoyed skiing, hiking, photography and travel, and he grew orchids. Nick and the former Carin Wyckoff were married in June 1982. In addition to his wife, he is survived by stepsons Robert, Stephen and Carter Kohlmeyer; his sister, Lydia Laub; one brother, Westy Phillips; and five grandchildren.
  • Poth, Mary Ann Eichelburger - December 12

    Mother of Clare Poth ’81 and Paul Poth ’87 (deceased); grandmother of Fred Maynor ’14 and Lydia Maynor ’21.
  • Taheri, Syde - July 5

    Father of Paul Taheri '80.
  • Toohey, Eileen '97 - October 17

    Eileen J. Toohey, age 38, of Orchard Park, New York, passed away on Oct. 17, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with Huntington's disease. Eileen is survived by her parents, Lyle and Philip Toohey of Orchard Park; her brother, Brian, of Los Angeles; her aunt, Eileen (Ronald) Reed of Houston; her uncle, John (Marybeth) Toohey of Huntington Station, New York; her uncle, Douglas (Sarah Doolittle) Geary of New York City; and many cousins. Eileen was a graduate of the Nichols School and Hamilton College.
  • Wolfsohn, Robert '39 - September 26

    Dr. Robert S. Wolfsohn, a periodontist and third-generation Buffalonian, died in September 2017 in southwest Florida. He was a graduate of Nichols and soon after, of the University at Buffalo Dental School. He served in World War II as a regimental dental surgeon in the 23rd Infantry, second division (Indian Head). He was present at the German breakthrough in Belgium and earned a combat medical badge, three battle stars and a Bronze Star. Upon discharge from the Army, he practiced dentistry in Buffalo for over 50 years with his father and brother. He married Inez Laws in 1957, who predeceased him in 2012. They had been full-time residents of Naples, Florida, for almost 25 years. Robert had been a past president of the Erie County Dental Society, the Eighth District Dental Society and the Upper New York State Society of Periodontists. He was a life member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association and a fellow of the American College of Dentists. He proudly served on the board of directors for the AAA of Western New York for many years. He is survived by his son, Robert Laws (Theresa Fuller); and granddaughter, Jennifer Laws (John Minderman).
  • Wright, Lois - September 27

    Wife of the late Bill Wright ’34; mother of Jonathan Wright ’66, the late Timothy Wright ’63 and Darragh Karr (former faculty).

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