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Daniel L. Newcomb, 83, hospital fundraiser and Rotary Rink proponent

Aug. 28, 1934 – Feb. 16, 2018

Daniel L. Newcomb achieved one of his goals when he accepted an executive position at Buffalo General Hospital in 1981.

“It was his dream job,” his son, Bob, said. “He always wanted to come back here. He always wanted to get back to his roots.”

A leader in philanthropic fundraising, Mr. Newcomb went on to serve as executive vice president of the Buffalo General Hospital Foundation. Later he worked with the Philanthropy Development Group and then with Community Counseling Service Company, Inc., where he retired as assistant vice president of the major gift and capital campaign.

He died Feb. 16 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 83.

He was born in Gowanda and graduated from Gowanda High School in 1952. He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Allegheny College before earning his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. There he was chairman of the Student Union board of governors and ran the Student Union snack bar.

After studying higher education administration at Columbia University, Mr. Newcomb accepted a position at a children’s hospital in Pittsburgh.

“He was one of the original people in the field of development,” said his wife, Barbara. “He definitely had a gift for it. He had a knack for being concerned and loving people and helping them.”

Mr. Newcomb worked for positive thinking proponent the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale and in 1971 was named the first executive director of the newly established Kent State University Foundation in Ohio. Before coming to Buffalo, he worked for Chicago-based Donald A. Campbell & Co., which assists nonprofit agencies in fundraising.

A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, in retirement he continued to serve as a consultant.

He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo and led the effort to establish Rotary Rink in downtown Buffalo.

He also was treasurer of Fox Run at Orchard Park and president of the board of Orchard Park CCRC Inc., Fox Run’s parent organization. He served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Gowanda and the Pine Hill Cemetery Association.

An Orchard Park resident after he returned to Buffalo, he moved in 1993 to Perrysburg, where he built a home on family property.

He was a member of St. James United Church of Christ in Hamburg, where he was a church council member and sang in the choir. He also was active in the church at the district and statewide levels.

In addition to his son and his wife of 61 years, the former Barbara Hugan, survivors include three daughters, Jacque Fahrion, Suzanne Rowland and Donna Schumacher; nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Services were held Feb. 23 in St. James United Church of Christ.

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