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James B. Aikman, 96, retired professor, WWII vet

May 16, 1919 – April 4, 2016

James B. Aikman, a retired professor of industrial technology at SUNY Buffalo State, died Wednesday at his home in Kenmore after a short illness. He was 96.

Born in Larksville, Pa., Aikman moved to Buffalo in 1942 to work for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation after earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University. He entered the Army Air Forces in 1944, and served until 1946, reaching the rank of sergeant as an aircraft mechanic.

Upon his return to Buffalo after his military service, Mr. Aikman earned a master of science degree in engineering at the University of Buffalo. In 1953, he began working for Applied Design Company in Tonawanda, working his way to vice president of the company. He began teaching industrial technology at Buffalo State College in 1970, retiring in 1990.

Mr. Aikman was a member of the International Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where he received several awards for his service to the organization and served as chairman for 10 years. He was also involved with a flying club at Niagara Falls International Airport, and held a pilot’s license, He served as an usher at Church of the Advent in Kenmore, and enjoyed model trains and traveling.

His wife, Doris L. Aikman, died in 2003.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen E. Armstrong; a son, Bruce J. Aikman; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Road, Kenmore.