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Arthur D. Arent, tech teacher, audiovisual coordinator

Feb. 9, 1945 – Nov. 4, 2013

Arthur D. Arent, an educator and audiovisual coordinator at SUNY Buffalo State, died Nov. 4 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 68.

Mr. Arent, a Buffalo native, graduated from Burgard Vocational High School, where he excelled on the football field.

After completing an apprenticeship in printing, he was hired as a master printer at Boncraft Inc.

Mr. Arent attended the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

He was the assistant director of Title III Federal Project SAFE (Systems Approach for Educables) at Oneonta State College.

In 1991, Mr. Arent became the audiovisual campus coordinator at Buffalo State and taught in the technology program. He coordinated the installation of audiovisual equipment for classrooms, lecture halls and three television studios used for instruction in TV production, networking, broadcasting and radio.

In addition, he coordinated the installation of sound system equipment for the athletic fields and gymnasiums.

In 1967, Mr. Arent also coordinated the installation of equipment at Buffalo State’s Whitworth-Ferguson Planetarium.

He retired in 1995.

Mr. Arent was a member of the New York State Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa fraternity, the Boy Scouts and the Boys Club.

He enjoyed boating, scuba diving, fishing, carpentry and ballroom dancing.

He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Elaine Azzarella.

He is survived by his wife, the former Vicky Ann Niederpruem; two daughters, Michele Passine and Beth Ann Cursie; a sister, Jacqueline; a brother, Donald; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Pinelawn Cemetery Chapel, 2951 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.

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