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A Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. Robert W. Huebsch, dean of the Division of General Academic Studies at Niagara University, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the university's Alumni Chapel following prayers in the Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth streets.

Entombment will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery Mausoleum.

Huebsch, 43, of Morgan Drive, died Monday (Dec. 10, 1990) after being stricken while teaching a class at Niagara University. He was pronounced dead at Mount St. Mary's Hospital.

Born in Buffalo, he moved to Lewiston from North Tonawanda in 1983.

Huebsch, who joined the university's faculty in 1977, also was an associate professor of religious studies. He served as chairman of that department from 1984 to 1988, when he was named director of general academic studies. He became dean in 1989.

A Bible scholar whose expertise was in early Jewish and Christian literature, Huebsch received a bachelor's degree in classical languages in 1968 and a master's degree in religious studies 1972, both from Canisius College. He received his doctorate in religious studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., in 1981.

He taught at McMaster from 1972 to 1977 and, before that, for four years at Victory Academy in Lackawanna.

Huebsch was a member the American Classical League, the Association of Jewish Studies, the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Society of Biblical Literatures and served on the board of directors of the National Conference of Christian and Jews. He was named to Who's Who in Religion in 1985 in recognition of his scholarly achievements and works.

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia A. Mullins; his parents, Raymond and Marion Hahn Huebsch of Eggertsville, and two brothers, Ronald of Snyder and Thomas of Tonawanda.

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