Oct. 26, 1934 – Jan. 29, 2017
Dr. Renzo C.A.D. Nylander, of Williamsville, a retired dentist, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 82.
Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1960, studied biochemistry at Brandeis University and received his master’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1965.
He earned his degree at the University at Buffalo Dental School in 1973 and completed a clinical residency in oral pathology at UB in 1979.
Dr. Nylander began his career as an Erie County public health dentist in 1973 and opened a private practice in 1975, retiring in 2010.
He served as a dentist at Attica Correctional Facility from 1974 to 1984, an attending dentist at Buffalo General Medical Center from 1980 to 1986 and dental director at the Wyoming Correctional Facility from 1985 to 2007.
He also was a clinical instructor at the UB Dental School from 1973 to 1979, then returned as a clinical assistant professor in 2004.
He was a past president of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry, a former chapter president of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the American Academy of Oral Pathology and the Academy of General Dentistry.
He was honored as a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Academy of General Dentistry.
He was a former director of a UB student mission to Ghana and was dental consultant to a hospital in Haiti.
He was a lay minister at Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville.
Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine L. Dennis; a daughter, Emmekunla “Emme”; two sons, Desamu “Desi” and Samir; two sisters, Hortensia Blake and Hannen Davis; a brother, Valentine; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville.