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Dr. R. Todd Evans, UB dental professor, researcher

Oct. 2, 1932 – July 16, 2015

Dr. R. Todd Evans, 82, of Buffalo, a professor and researcher at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, died Thursday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville.

Born in Evanston, Ill., he attended Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., and earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Missouri.

He also served in the Army, based in Louisiana and Texas, from 1955 to 1957.

Dr. Evans began his career with the National Institutes of Health before moving to Buffalo, where he worked as a professor of oral biology in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Buffalo.

In addition to teaching countless dental students, Dr. Evans also was a research scientist, with an emphasis on the causes of gum disease. He worked on a team of researchers that developed an antibacterial compound with the potential to treat acne and gingivitis. During his career, he received eight patents for complex chemical compounds.

Dr. Evans served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and active in visiting the elderly.

He spent summers on Hunter Lake in Longville, Minn., where he enjoyed camping, fishing and hiking with his family. He also was a fan of Buffalo sports teams and enjoyed crossword puzzles, photography and genealogy.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Jo; a daughter, Ann Self; two sons, David and Douglas; a sister, Nancy Jane Smith; and five grandchildren.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder.

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