April 30, 1935 â€“ Feb. 28, 2014
Wallace D. Mohn, of Williamsville, retired deputy director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, died Friday in St. Johnâ€™s Hospice after a struggle with cancer. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School and received a bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1961. He earned his masterâ€™s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky in 1963.
Mr. Mohn began his 33-year career with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library as a junior librarian and advanced to become head of the catalog department, assistant deputy director and deputy director, overseeing the automation of the county library system. He retired in 1996.
As a young man, he worked in veterinary medicine as an animal caretaker at UB and a laboratory assistant at Gaetz Veterinary Hospital.
A former resident of Elma and the Town of Tonawanda, he sang in church choirs for more than 60 years.
Mr. Mohn was a tenor soloist or a member of choirs at St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Calvary Episcopal Church, St. Francis Xavier Church, St. Andrewâ€™s Episcopal Church and Central Park Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Ruth Johnson; and two daughters, Kristin and Nell.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. March 14 in Central Park United Methodist Church, 216 Beard Ave.