May 20, 1947 – April 11, 2016
Paul T. Wietig of Snyder, an educator and administrator in the Amherst and Grand Island schools and at the University at Buffalo, died Monday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 68.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and government from UB, a master’s degree in education from Canisius College and his doctorate in curriculum development from UB.
At the time of his death, Mr. Wietig was vice president of the Office of Interprofessional Education at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine. One of his initiatives involved setting up programs that included law enforcement officials as well as local leaders in public health and health care.
They included Gang Behavior as a Public Health Issue, a Weapons of Mass Destruction Program sponsored by the FBI and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Buffalo Regional Joint Criminal-Epidemiological Investigations Workshop.
For this work, he received the FBI Director’s National Community Leadership Award in 2014.
Previously, he was the core curriculum coordinator for UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. He had lectured at the undergraduate and graduate levels at UB, teaching curriculum planning, social studies methods and development of grant and research proposals.
Before going to UB in 2007, he held numerous positions in the Amherst schools, starting in 1971 as a junior high school history and English teacher and becoming acting junior high school assistant principal in 1982.
He spent five years with the Grand Island School District, serving as assistant principal of the middle school, principal of Huth Road Elementary School and director of curriculum and instruction. He also was athletic director for three months.
He returned to Amherst in 1989 as director of curriculum and staff development, then became deputy superintendent in 1998. He served as interim principal at Windermere Elementary School three times. In 2006, he was interim superintendent for four months.
He also was an adjunct professor at Canisius College.
Mr. Wietig was a co-founder of the Amherst Youth Court and received the Erie County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award.
He was a member of the boards of directors for the Amherst Libraries System, the Amherst Symphony Association and Genesee Country Village and Museum. He had served as co-chairman of the Diocese of Buffalo Board of Education.
He was a member of the Educational Advisory Board for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and WNED, the dean’s advisory council for UB’s School of Social Work and the advisory board for the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs at Daemen College.
He also worked as a consultant for numerous school districts, higher-education institutions and nonprofit organizations.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Margaret Roche; a son, Christopher P.; a daughter, Clair M.; and a brother, Frederick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.