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William D. Barclay, hospital director
Feb. 24, 1926 -- Jan. 3, 2007

William D. Barclay of Amherst, a retired director of DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 80.

Born in St. Louis, he was an Army veteran, serving as a cryptographic technician in France and Germany from 1944 to 1946.

A 1953 graduate of Saint Louis University, he earned a master's degree in hospital administration and worked at several facilities in the Midwest before coming to this area in 1964 as the assistant director of DeGraff Memorial.

Mr. Barclay was named director of the hospital in 1970 and served in that capacity until 1983, when he was named director of the DeGraff Memorial Hospital Foundation. He retired in 1984.

He was past chairman of the Western New York Hospital Association, past president of the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas and a 41-year member of Post 264, American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dolores Rogles, and a son, William G.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.


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