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Robert W. Mols, conductor, composer, wrote UB’s fight song

Sep. 24, 1921 – Nov. 29, 2013

Robert W. Mols, a conductor and composer who wrote a fight song for the University at Buffalo, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 92.

A graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School, Mr. Mols studied at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, earning a master’s degree and Ph.D.

Mr. Mols was a professor in UB’s music department for 32 years. In 1956, he wrote “Victory March,” which was used as the school’s official fight song, played at the beginning and end of each football game and when the team scored.

Mr. Mols received a grant to study conducting at the prestigious Mozarteum at the University of Salzburg in Austria.

He also founded the University at Buffalo Woodwind Quartet, founded and directed the Western New York Youth Orchestra and the Cheektowaga Symphony, and served as music director and conductor of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra in Batavia.

Original manuscripts for 11 of his compositions are held in the special collections of the Sibley Music Library at the University of Rochester.

He retired from UB in 1985 and was designated a professor emeritus.

Mr. Mols served in the Army Air Forces and played in the Air Force Band. He was an avid golfer and 30-year member of the Springville Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, the former Grace Jaeger; two sons, Robin and Jeffrey; and a daughter, Karen Miranda.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 13 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville.

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