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A memorial Mass for Boris Albini, a University at Buffalo professor of microbiology and research professor of medicine, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

Albini, 57, of Williamsville, died Tuesday (June 20, 2000) in his home after a long illness.

A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Albini came to UB in 1974 from the University of Vienna as a Max Kade Fellow to study immunopathology with Giuseppe Andres, now a UB professor emeritus.

In 1975, Albini was named aBuswell Fellow and a year later joined the faculty of the department of microbiology as an assistant professor.

Much of Albini's research focused on a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including lupus erythematosus, systemic chronic serum sickness, Crohn's disease and others related to kidney disease.

He was named a Fulbright Scholar in 1991 and taught and conducted research in the department of experimental pathology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

His collaborative research with Austrian colleagues focused on studies of immune responses to bacterial components and lymphocyte function in aging.

A compassionate, gentle and generous man, mindful of victims of the ongoing conflict in the Balkans, Albini traveled to Bosnia three years ago under auspices of International Medical Relief of Western New York.

His mission included continuing the organization's efforts to improve medical care and education and to gather information critical in obtaining funds for the program.

His multilingual fluency as well as his scientific and medical expertise were considered invaluable for the organization's success.

Albini devoted many hours to community service, in one year alone volunteering more than 900 hours working for various community, university and international groups. For more than a decade, he served as a member of the board of directors of the International Institute of Buffalo.

In addition, he worked on projects for United University Professions, the faculty and staff union at UB, and for New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. His union-related efforts and other volunteer work earned him the Regina Kociecki Award for Distinguished Achievement from the UB Health Sciences Chapter of the statewide union. He also received a Community Service Award from the state teachers union.

His service to UB included membership on the medical school's admission committee and Faculty Council and on the university's Faculty Senate.

He was a member of the Ernest Witebsky Center for Immunology at UB and was president of the Buffalo Collegium of Immunology at the time of his death.

He was the author or co-author of some 140 scientific publications and served as an associate editor or member of the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals.

A graduate of the University of Vienna, Albini had degrees in medicine and music. He also studied romance languages and the history of the theater. He was an accomplished pianist, painter and playwright and had done journalistic writing in Austria.

Survivors include his wife, Christine, a pediatrician and endocrinologist; two sons, Thomas of Miami and Paul of Williamsville; his mother, Maja of Williamsville; and a grandson.


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