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Alan L. McCarthy, 90, retired Ken-Ton school principal

April 25, 1927 – Aug. 18, 2017

Alan L. McCarthy, of Williamsville, a teacher, school principal and standout high school and college swimmer, died Aug. 18 after a short illness. He was 90.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the City of Tonawanda and was a 1945 graduate of Kibler High School, where he swam for four years and established the Western New York scholastic 100-yard freestyle record.

He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and competed with the First Army Swim Team. After his discharge in 1947, he enrolled at Buffalo State Teachers College, where he was a member of the varsity swimming team for four years and team captain in his senior year.

He led the team to its best record in history in 1947-48, winning two events in the Western New York Intercollegiate Championships and breaking 19 college records. He also set the Canadian National 100-yard freestyle record in 1948. He was given the Alumni Varsity Club Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award in 1948-49.

At Buffalo State, he also was a member of the A Cappella Choir and the Men’s Glee Club. He completed his bachelor’s degree in education in 1951 and earned his master’s degree in administration from Buffalo State in 1956.

Mr. McCarthy taught in Perry for six years and was Perry’s Red Cross swim school director.

He was elementary supervisor in the Attica Central Schools for three years, then joined the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools, where he served for 27 years. He was principal of the Jefferson Elementary School and the George Washington Elementary School from 1979 until it closed in 1982.

A longtime Town of Tonawanda resident, he was a member of the Kenmore Lions Club and a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir for 43 years.

His wife of 59 years, the former Joan Rub, an art and music teacher, died in 2011.

Survivors include four sons, A. Scott, Timothy, Steven S. and Michael; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A eucharistic memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 128 Pearl St.

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