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Peter E. Demmin, Amherst High chemistry teacher March 18, 1938 -- May 7, 2012

Peter E. Demmin, Ph.D., of Amherst, a chemistry teacher at Amherst Senior High School for 36 years, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 74.

Born in the City of Tonawanda, he was a 1955 graduate of Tonawanda High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Buffalo. He completed his doctorate in education at UB in 1978.

Dr Demmin was chairman of the science department at Amherst Senior High School for 26 years and taught Advanced Placement chemistry. After his retirement, he was a consultant for the College Board for Advanced Placement chemistry.

He co-authored a chemistry textbook for Prentice-Hall and authored a New York State Regents review book, as well as a test preparatory book for Advanced Placement chemistry. He also was active in science teaching organizations on the local, state and national levels.

He also served as manager of the Amherst Federal Credit Union for several years.

Dr. Demmin was a former treasurer of the Amherst Lions Club and a former president of the Buffalo Torch Club. He also was a member of Clarence United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed traveling, the theater, collecting unique chess sets and writing chemistry questions for the College Board.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Ruth M. Huyett; two sons, Richard and Jeffrey; and two brothers, Joseph and Timothy.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in John O. Roth Funeral Home, 25 William St., City of Tonawanda.

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