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Dr. Lawrence J. Emrich, 35, of Snyder, a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, died Saturday (June 23, 1990) in Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Born in Rochester, Emrich earned his doctoral degree in 1983 from the University at Buffalo, where he served as an assistant research professor of biometry at the time of his death. Biometry is the statistical analysis of biological observations.

Emrich also headed the cancer institute's statistical consulting and statistical computing laboratories since 1983. He was a consultant to the UB School of Dentistry's oral biology department and the UB psychiatry department.

He graduated summa cum laude from Niagara University in 1977 before earning his master's degree in statistical science from UB the following year.

In 1979, Emrich worked as a research assistant in the math and statistics department at the State University at Albany before coming to Roswell Park the next year as a research affiliate. He then served as a cancer research scientist at the institute from 1981 to 1983 and became a third-level biostatistician there in 1985.

Emrich was a statistician for the DineSystems Co. in Buffalo since 1985 and had been a consultant to Rochester Bausch & Lomb.

He was a member of the Special Study Sections/Site Visit Teams of the National Institutes of Health in 1986 and helped review grant applications to the institute. He also was on several doctoral dissertation committees. At the time of his death, Emrich was working with other researchers on three grant projects and had completed an earlier project in 1989.

Also, Emrich was a member of Roswell Park's Council of the Association of Scientists, a statistical reviewer for the Journal of Periodontolgy, and a member of the local chapters of the American Statistical Association and the Biometric Society.

From 1982 to 1989, he had presented five abstracts and studies to various professional societies and conferences.

Survivors include his wife, the former Olivia Neely; his parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Emrich of Rochester; two brothers, Jan and Lee, and a sister, Sherry Ann.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 5 Saxon St., Lockport.

The Mass will follow prayers at 9:30 in the Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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