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Dr. John M. Bozer cardiologist, UB professor

Jan. 19, 1928 – March 3, 2016

Dr. John Morton Bozer, a cardiologist and former medical director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at Buffalo General Hospital, died Thursday in his Buffalo home. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1945 graduate of Nichols School. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University in 1948 and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1952.

He returned to Buffalo for his medical internship and residency at Buffalo General before joining the Navy, where he served as a medical officer aboard the heavy cruiser USS Newport News.

Returning from service, he pursued a fellowship in cardiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass., and later served as chief resident in medicine at Buffalo General before he began a private practice in internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Bozer retired from private practice at Buffalo Medical Group in 1998, but continued to see patients on a consulting basis for several years.

He also was an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Bozer had a lifelong love of Buffalo’s architecture and its Olmsted parks, which was reflected in the campaign platform of his wife, Joan, in her successful candidacy for a seat on the Erie County Legislature.

Dubbed the “King of Canvassers” by her staff, he walked door to door daily to talk with constituents and ask for their votes during her campaigns.

He was a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder. He also served on the board of the Landmark Society of Western New York.

He was an avid reader of history and loved political debate.

He was a patron of the arts, from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to local theater, and a sports enthusiast who held season tickets for the Bills, Sabres and Braves. He also traveled extensively, visiting numerous presidential libraries.

An indoor and outdoor gardener, he never gave up on seemingly dying plants, his family notes, and always nurtured them back to health.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Joan Kendig; three sons, Alan, Timothy and Thomas; a daughter, Elizabeth Augustus; a sister, Joanne Bozer Rehmus; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

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