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Dr. C. William Aungst, cancer researcher

Oct. 8, 1926 – May 11, 2015

Dr. C. William Aungst, of the Town of Tonawanda, an internist and cancer researcher, died May 11 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 88.

Dr. Aungst, who retired from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 1990 after 30 years of service, was a member of the pioneering team that established the current treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Born in Chicago, he moved with his family to Kenmore, where his father was fire chief. His mother was head nurse at Roswell Park.

He was a graduate of Kenmore High School and served in the Army as a military policeman at the close of World War II.

He attended Sampson College, where he received a certificate for superior academic achievement, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo.

In 1956, he received his medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he was secretary of the Knocker’s Society and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He served his internship and residency at Buffalo General Hospital.

Dr. Aungst joined the staff at Roswell Park in 1960 as a senior cancer research internist. His specialty was lymphoma, Hodgkin’s diseases, chronic leukemias and myeloproliferative disorders. He was author or co-author of numerous scientific papers.

In 1974, he was appointed associate director of the Institute for Clinical Affairs. He received Roswell Park’s highest honor, the William H. Wehr Award, in 1992.

Active with the New York State division of the American Cancer Society, he was chairman of its Medical Affairs, Professional Education and Nominating committees and served as division president. In 1992, the division honored him with its Decade of Volunteer Service Award.

He also received an award in 1984 from the American Cancer Society of outstanding contributions to the control of cancer. Then-Mayor James Griffin proclaimed March 18, 1992, as Dr. C. William Aungst Day for his many contributions.

He was an adjunct professor for the UB School of Medicine and served on the board of directors of Kevin Guest House.

An avid golfer, he was one of the original foursome that founded the Roswell Park Golf Tournament.

He played jazz drums throughout his life and was a devoted Buffalo Bills fan, holding season tickets for many years.

His first wife of 31 years, the former Catherine M. Deinzer, died in 1988. He married Elizabeth Lawn Horrigan in 1996.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, William, Frank and Edward; three daughters, Catherine Kazukiewicz, Caroline and Claire Granville; three step-sons, Jeremiah Horrigan, Joseph Horrigan and John Horrigan; five step-daughters, Karen Shea, Patricia Horrigan, Margaret Gillig, Elizabeth Horrigan and Kathleen Flaherty; a sister, Jewel Wink; 26 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on May 16 in St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.