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Howard A. Meyers Jr., retired Buffalo State sports information director

May 11, 1931 – Sept. 12, 2016

Howard A. Meyers Jr., retired sports information director for SUNY Buffalo State, died Monday in his Town of Tonawanda home following a long illness. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Kensington High School and served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 with the Far East Command in a First Cavalry tank company.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1958 from Buffalo State, where he earned all-state honors as a soccer goalkeeper, played on the college’s first modern-day baseball team and lettered in basketball and track. He completed his master’s degree in exceptional education at Buffalo State in 1962.

Mr. Meyers joined the Athletic Department staff as a physical education instructor in 1961 and became the first full-time athletic trainer. Named the college’s first sports information director in the mid-1960s, he also served as the athletics business manager. He retired in 1990.

He was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

A longtime resident of the Parkview neighborhood, he was an avid player at the Brighton Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Abbiegail Williams; three daughters, Kimberly Saskowski, Jennifer Curletta and Julie Schwab; a sister, Lynne Balogh; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

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