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Elloeen D. Oughterson, lawyer, workers' compensation law judge
April 21, 1922 -- Jan. 8, 2007

Elloeen D. Oughterson, a workers' compensation judge, community leader and clubwoman, died Monday in Clarence. She was 84.

At the time of her death, she was a member of the Amherst Zoning Board.

She was a graduate of Bennett High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Buffalo.

She was one of the first women to graduate from Yale University Law School.

Miss Oughterson was the first woman outside of New York City to be appointed to the state's Workers' Compensation Board, on which she served as an administrative law judge from 1969 to 1992. She also was the first woman to serve as president of the Buffalo Area Council of Churches.

An architect of the Erie County Family Court system, she was twice nominated as a Republican candidate for Erie County Family Court judge and served as legal counsel from 1954 to 1969. She practiced law with Buffalo firms from 1946 to 1959.

Miss Oughterson was president of the Interclub Council of Western New York and Protestant Home for Children (now Gateway-Longview) and was a founder of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services. She also was active with the Erie County Mental Health Association and the Buffalo Area Council on Alcoholism.

She was an elder of University Presbyterian Church and was chairwoman of Advisory Board for the Amherst Senior Citizens Program.

Miss Oughterson also served on many other civic and community organizations. She was the author of many legal articles.

Her other interests included world travel and photography.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in University Presbyterian Church, 3330 Main St.


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