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Dr. Stanley Arbeit, Canisius College professor, WWII vet

Feb. 18, 1926 – July 15, 2016

Dr. Stanley Arbeit, known to many for his quick wit as a Canisius College professor, died Friday in Amberleigh, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 90.

Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from Lincoln High School and enlisted in the Army, serving as an artillery technician during World War II. He served in the European Theater as well as the post-war occupation. After his service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Syracuse University, where he met his future wife, the former Carolee Leiberman of Buffalo. The two would marry in 1949 in the Statler Hotel, then settle in Rochester, raising two daughters. There, he worked as a motor salesman, before moving to Buffalo, where he owned and operated United Liquor Store on William Street.

In 1967, he sold the business to return to school, earning master’s and doctoral degrees in business administration from the University at Buffalo. Then, he went to work as a professor at Canisius College. At Canisius, he taught classes in marketing and consumer behavior, and welcomed students into his home for dinner. He also received numerous teaching awards and served as a department chairman. He retired in 1996.

“He told me he wanted to keep going until he could no longer contribute to the world, and he did (just that),” said a daughter, Holley.

An avid world traveler who loved all things Latin, Dr. Arbeit hosted international visitors, and completed a Spanish immersion program and a sabbatical in El Paso, Texas.

He also retraced his wartime footing with bike rides in Europe, including a journey from Munich to Vienna. Dr. Arbeit also was an award-winning photographer.

Active in the community, he was a board member of the American Lung Assocation, was a volunteer tax preparer and helped veterans connect to the internet.

Survivors in addition to his wife and daughter include another daughter, Judith; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Temple Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

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