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John H. Kent, allergist, UB professor Dec. 28, 1929 -- Jan. 16, 2007

Services for Dr. John H. Kent, a founder of Buffalo Amherst Allergy Associates, died Tuesday in his Buffalo home. He was 77.

Dr. Kent was born in Buffalo. He enrolled in the University of Buffalo during his senior year at Kenmore High School. He was elected Phi Beta Kappa and then graduated in 1955 from UB's Medical School, cum laude.

Dr. Kent did a residency in internal medicine at Millard Fillmore Hospital and then served in the Navy as a medical officer assigned to the Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959.

After completing his residency in allergy at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., he did post-graduate work at UB's department of bacteriology and immunology.

He was a former head of the allergy section at Millard Fillmore and professor emeritus at UB.

Dr. Kent was a member and past president of the Buffalo Allergy Society and New York State Society of Allergy and Immunology, as well as a member of the Buffalo Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Erie County. He was a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Survivors include his wife, the former Christine M. Gillies; two daughters, Karen M. Downing and Elizabeth A.; a son, John A.; and a brother, Douglas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave.


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