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Howard H. Park, emeritus associate professor at Buffalo State taught political science

Dec. 16, 1933 – Feb. 27, 2016

Howard H. Park of Clarence, an emeritus associate professor of political science at SUNY Buffalo State, died Feb. 27 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Born in Gochang, South Korea, he grew up in Seoul. After the Korean War, he served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army. He attended Korea University for two years, then completed his bachelor’s degree in political science at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1964. He taught political science at Bemidji State College in Minnesota for a year, then taught at Fredonia State College for three years. In 1967, he pursued post-doctoral studies at Harvard University for a year, then returned to Fredonia. He joined the Buffalo State faculty in 1969 and retired in 1996.

Mr. Park enjoyed discussing philosophy, politics and religion and read the works of many philosophers and spiritual leaders, notably J. Krishnamurti, whom he met in 1970 and who he credited with changing his life.

He spoke Japanese and French and mastered English by memorizing the dictionary. A horse racing and poker enthusiast, his colorful personality earned him several nicknames, including Gregory, because he resembled actor Gregory Peck as a young man, and Dizzy, for his pen name, Disilleau, “disillusioned” in French.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Jean Leight; a daughter, Jennifer; two sons, Victor and Bertrand; a sister, Eunsoon; and three granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at noon April 2 in North Presbyterian Church, North Forest Road, Williamsville.

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