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Josephine Wise, taught at UB and Buffalo public schools

Sept. 28, 1923 – Dec. 15, 2017

Josephine Wise, a longtime educator in Buffalo, died suddenly at her home in Maplewood, New Jersey Dec. 15. She was 94.

Born Josephine Corsello in Brooklyn, she was enrolled in the rapid advanced honors program of the New York City public schools. In 1939, she graduated from Brooklyn's Manual High School at age 16. She went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, where she majored in history and political science, and graduated just shy of her 20th birthday in 1943.

While living in Brooklyn, she married Roland Wise.

Mrs. Wise spent her first two years out of college working as an insurance claims adjuster in New York City before moving on to Mercantile, a national department store chain, where she headed the glove-buying department until the birth of her daughter in 1951. In 1955, she moved to Buffalo with her husband, who took a position on the fine arts faculty at Buffalo State College.

In 1960, Mrs. Wise became a substitute teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools before becoming a full-time elementary school teacher in 1962. In 1966, she joined the University at Buffalo as assistant to the chair of the computer science department and, later, the statistics department, where she remained until her retirement in 1982.

Mrs. Wise served on the negotiating team for the New York State United Teachers. She was active in the League of Women Voters and the Buffalo arts community. She and her husband were founding members of the Buffalo Opera Buffs, for which she arranged trips for members to see opera in cities such as Toronto, Hamilton and Pittsburgh. She was also an avid cook and accomplished tailor.

She is survived by a daughter, Meg, and a son, David.

A memorial service will be held in Buffalo in the spring.

 

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