Arthur L. Kaiser, Ph.D., a lifelong educator and administrator at the University at Buffalo, died Sunday after a long illness in the Chautauqua County Home. He was 87.
Dr. Kaiser was born in Buffalo in 1923 and lived almost his entire life in Dunkirk, graduating from Sacred Heart School. At 15, he received his high school diploma from St. Mary's Academy in Dunkirk before earning a bachelor's degree in education from Fredonia State College.
He taught seventh- and eighth-grade social studies in the Ithaca School District after graduation for one year before returning to Dunkirk. While studying for his master's degree at UB, he became a graduate assistant in the school of education.
After receiving his degree in 1946, he became an instructor while studying for his doctorate. He spent the summer of 1948 at Nottingham University in England gathering information for his doctoral thesis. He then became an assistant professor and later a full professor at UB before holding a number of positions at the university, including chairman of the education department, 10 years as university admissions director and as an adviser to master's and doctoral candidates.
Following his 1985 retirement, Dr. Kaiser maintained an office at the university, where he continued to advise students, many of whom stayed in contact with him for years.
"He was very strict with what he expected," said his sister, Katherine Burch. "[But] he was very proud of them when they succeeded, and most of the time they did."
Dr. Kaiser also served on the Medaille College board of directors and was given an honorary degree from the college. He moved to St. Columban's on the Lake retirement home in 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk.