Cecele M. Dautch, 70, a former trustee and director of Children's Hospital and the founder of a local foundation for children with growth-hormone problems, died Tuesday (June 19, 1990) in her Buffalo home.
Mrs. Dautch, known to everyone as "Kewpie," was the widow of Harold A. Dautch, chairman of Jenss department stores, who died in 1988.
She was a member of the Children's Hospital board of directors for about 10 years and served as a trustee and treasurer of the hospital. While working as a volunteer there in the 1960s, she learned of the need for more research into hormone treatments for pituitary dwarfs, whose glands do not produce enough growth hormone.
Working with Dr. Thomas Aceto, who headed the endocrine unit at the hospital, Mrs. Dautch founded the local Human Growth Foundation in 1965. That agency, now known as Children's Growth, helped fund research and provided the growth hormone used to treat these children.
The former Cecele Marcus was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Niagara Falls as a child. She later moved to Buffalo, where she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1937.
After earning her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1941, she worked as a licensed insurance agent for the Tabor Agency.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, and again in the late 1980s, Mrs. Dautch worked as a buyer for Jenss.
She was a member of the Westwood County Club and Temple Beth Zion.
Survivors include two sons, Lawrence H. of Williamsville and Robert M. of Carpinteria, Calif.; a daughter, Patricia E. of Boston, Mass.; her mother, Rose R. Marcus; a brother, Frank Marcus of Tonawanda, and two grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave. A private interment will follow.