Tadeusz D. Pozniak, 91, a mathematician and former Canisius College professor, died Monday (Jan. 29, 1990) in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after a short illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Transfiguration Catholic Church, Sycamore and Mills streets.
Born in Husiatyn, Poland, Pozniak earned his master's degree in mathematics from Krakow University in 1927 while teaching at the high school and junior college levels. He was a school administrator from 1929 through 1939 and served in the Polish underground army and the Polish forces in the Soviet Union early in World War II.
After working as director of the auxiliary service schools for Polish soldiers in the Middle East from 1943 through 1947, Pozniak went to Britain with the Polish army and served in the Polish Resettlement Corps until 1949.
He worked in the physical therapy department of an Oklahoma hospital in the early 1950s and earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Ottawa in 1956.
From 1953 to 1966, he lived in Buffalo, teaching geometry and mathematics at Canisius College.
Pozniak also became an associate professor at Alliance College in Pennsylvania in 1962 and became a full-time research professor in mathematics at Alliance from 1966 through 1969.
In 1969 and 1970, he headed the department of mathematics at the Diocesan Seminary College in Buffalo, following that job with two years of research work before returning to Poland for a final year as a professor at the Catholic University of Lublin. After his retirement, he returned to live in Buffalo.
He was the author of several articles in professional journals and books, and his honors included the Polish Gold Cross of Merit for educational work and the Polish Army Gold Cross of Merit, with swords, for his war work. He also received honors from the British War Office and the Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta for cultural work.
Pozniak was a life patron of the International Biographical Association and a member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Association of American University Professors, the Research Institute of the University of Ottawa and Polish Veterans of World War II Post 33.
Thursday's Mass will follow prayers at 9:30 a.m. in the Pacer Funeral Home, 1275 Sycamore St. Burial will be in the Polish veterans section of St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.
Surviving are four sons, Erazm, Marian, Jan and Wiktor in Poland; two daughters, Edwarda Pocieszynska in Poland and Janina Ruksc of Cheektowaga; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.