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Russell F. Grauer, a former junior and senior high school principal in Niagara Falls, retired director of admissions at Niagara University, a former tour guide for visiting celebrities at Niagara Falls and an active golfer and bowler until he was 80, died Thursday (March 30, 1995) in Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna, after a long illness.

Grauer, 83, of Elkins Drive, Cheektowaga, was a native of Niagara Falls and a longtime resident of Niagara County. He moved to Cheektowaga two years ago.

Grauer graduated in 1927 from Niagara Falls High School. He attended Buffalo Normal School and was a substitute teacher in Niagara Falls. Degrees were not awarded then at teachers colleges, so Grauer went on to Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1933 and a master's degree in 1934.

In 1935, he was appointed a math teacher and guidance counselor at South Junior High School in Niagara Falls. He became a guidance counselor at the former LaSalle Junior-Senior High School in Niagara Falls in 1945 and became vice principal there in 1954. When LaSalle Junior-Senior High School was separated into two schools, he became principal at LaSalle Junior High School.

In 1963, he was appointed principal of Niagara Falls High School, becoming the first graduate of the school to return as its principal.

Upon retiring from the Niagara Falls public school system in 1966, he became director of admissions at Niagara University. He retired from the university in 1976.

Grauer was a charter member and past president of the LaSalle Lions Club, a member of the Niagara Falls Lions Club and former deputy district governor of 16 regional Lions Clubs. He was a member of the DeMolay Alumni, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Coordinating Youth Council, Secondary Principals Association, National Education Association, State Teachers Association and Niagara Falls Citizens Committee for Public Schools.

He was on the original organizing committee for the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights and was a past president of the Retired Men's Association of Niagara Falls, continuing to serve on its board of directors until the time of his death.

He was an avid bowler and golfer, participating actively in both sports until 1991 and playing at least nine holes of golf almost daily, weather permitting. He was secretary of the Inter-Club Bowling League for many years and was treasurer of the Retired Men's Bowling League until 1993.

Survivors include his wife, the former Winifred Obernhack; a son, Jon F. of Cheektowaga; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home, Michigan Avenue at 10th Street, Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls.


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