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Dr. Richard A. Siggelkow, UB Student Affairs administrator

Feb. 10, 1918 – May 9, 2014

Dr. Richard A. Siggelkow, who served as dean of students and vice president of Student Affairs at the University at Buffalo, died Friday in Williamsville. He was 96.

Born in Madison, Wis., he was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he received a Ph.D. in counseling and served as associate dean in the School of Education.

Dr. Siggelkow’s career in higher education included more than 25 years of service under six presidents at UB, where he also taught in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. He retired as professor emeritus in 1983. Dr. Siggelkow served on the executive committees of the UB Faculty Senate and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and was the first editor of the NASPA Journal in 1964.

In addition to many articles published professionally, Dr. Siggelkow authored two books, “The Unmaking of a College President” (1996), and “Dissent and Disruption, A University Under Siege” (1999).

A charter member of Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism fraternity, he served as president of the Buffalo chapter for the 1980-81 term.

During World War II, Dr. Siggelkow served as an Army captain in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star.

A graduate of the Fort Leavenworth Command and General Staff school, he retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel.

A resident of Ellicottville for many years, he served as president of the village historical society and as a commissioner for the volunteer Fire Department. He also was a member of the Ellicottville Property Tax Board and Salamanca Hospital Board.

Dr. Siggelkow and Lois, his wife of 69 years, rehabilitated the oldest abandoned cemetery in the town, including the restoration of the grave of a Revolutionary War veteran. The plot, located on Bryant Hill Road in Ellicottville, is now listed in the National Registry of Historic Sites.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Siggelkow is survived by two sons, Richard T. and James; and two granddaughters.

A service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Perna Dengler Roberts Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Road, Amherst.

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