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Samuel N. Block, 94, retired school administrator

Sept. 16, 1919 – March 10, 2014

Samuel Nathan Block, Ph.D, a retired school administrator, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo Inpatient Unit after a brief illness. He was 94.

He held a master’s degree from Canisius College, a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Buffalo and a post-doctoral master’s from Syracuse University.

Dr. Block had been a teacher of history and a principal in the Buffalo Public Schools. Later, he was a lecturer in social studies and education at Medaille College.

He was a past president of the Buffalo School Masters’ Association, thesis director for graduate students at Medaille, director of programs to train teacher aides at D’Youville College, a member of the Council for Administrative Leadership, editor of Journal of Supervisors and Administrators, a member of Cornell University’s statewide commission to study nutrition in the New York State schools, and a guest lecturer in education at State Teachers College.

Dr. Block held an honor certificate from Yale University for studies in African ethnology and history.

He received an American Educators’ medal and citation from the Freedom Foundation, Valley Forge, Pa., and received an honorary doctorate from Medaille.

Dr. Block had numerous articles published in such publications as American School Board Journal, Clearinghouse, Catholic School Journal, Quarterly Review of Higher Education Among Negroes, Administrators’ Journal of the New York State Administrators’ Association, the Principal and the Buffalo Courier-Express’ Sunday magazine section.

He received the Gold Cup Award from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School for Teacher of the Year in 1956.

Dr. Block was historian of the Buffalo Elementary Principals’ Association in 1965-66 and chairman of the Educational Research Committee of the New York State Association of Elementary School Principals from 1969 to 1972.

After his retirement, he was a home instructor for BOCES and the Williamsville Central School District.

He enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and home improvement projects.

He was a member of Transportation Lodge 0842, F&AM.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Lois Loonsk Block; a daughter, Jennifer Block; a son David Block; and two granddaughters.

A service will be at noon today in Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.

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