A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3247 Main St., for Dr. Leendert G. Westerink, 76, distinguished professor emeritus of classics at the University at Buffalo.
He died Wednesday (Jan. 24, 1990) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.
A native of Rheden, the Netherlands, Westerink was awarded three doctorates from the University of Nijmegen, in 1939, 1945 and 1948. He began his career as a teacher of English, Greek and Latin in the Municipal Lyceum of Emmen, the Netherlands, where he published the first five of a long series of text editions for which he was well known. He became professor of classics at UB in 1965 and occupied the Andrew V.V. Raymond Chair in Classics from 1975 through 1984, when he retired.
Westerink was editor of the "Arethusa" monograph series from 1969 through 1985. In 1979, he was given the highest scholarly accolade of his national professional association, the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for his two-volume edition of "The Greek Commentaries on Plato's Phaedo."
He had over 25 books to his credit, three of them in press at the time of his death, as well as numerous articles, mainly textual and manuscript studies in the areas of Neoplatonic philosophy and Byzantine literature.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Amherst; two sons, Rien of Mennecy, France, and Jaap of College Station, Texas; two daughters, Ank DeGruyjter of Leiden, the Netherlands, and Julie of Clarence; four brothers, Gerrit, Rien, Willem and Jan, all of the Netherlands; a sister, Maria of the Netherlands, and 10 grandchildren.