Shirley A. D'Auria, 52, a former Buffalo resident whose career as a teacher took her to the Philippines with the Peace Corps, died Tuesday (Aug. 31, 1999) in Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital after a long illness.
Ms. D'Auria graduated from Buffalo State College in 1967. She taught English at John F. Kennedy High School in Sloan for one year before joining the Peace Corps. She served in the Philippines, teaching English and working to benefit the community through nutrition programs.
After her Peace Corps service, she traveled through Asia, working as a singer. She received a master's degree in Southeast Asian foreign affairs from the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, then served as director of foreign student affairs.
While working at Ohio University, Ms. D'Auria received many awards for her work, including one from the prime minister of Malaysia for her kindness and effective guidance to Malaysian students.
In 1979, she moved to New York City, where she began a career in development for Southeast Asian and African causes.
In 1988, she received certification to practice financial planning and enjoyed a second successful career at Oldham Resource Group in Norwalk, Conn.
She was an avid sailor and was a member of the Flying Scot 7th Fleet in Greenwich. She was active in the National Organization for Women and served on the board of directors for Girls Inc. She was a member and student of the Empty Hand Zendo in Rye.
She is survived by her mother, Irene Dearlove; her partner of 15 years, Susan Ziering of Cos Cob, Conn.; a brother, B. John of Miami; and a sister, Irene of Washington, D.C.
Memorial services are being planned in Connecticut and Buffalo.