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The Rev. Richard B. Duncan, former Episcopal dean of Cattaraugus County and retired rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church here, died Friday (Oct. 3, 1997) in Olean General Hospital, following a long illness.

Father Duncan, who would have turned 70 today, was a former Olean School Board member and was chaplain of the Olean Police Department at the time of his death.

Born in Olean, he was raised in Buffalo, where he attended Public School 70 and the former Technical High School. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He attended Niagara University and the University of Buffalo, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1950.

He studied for the priesthood at Kenyon College's Bexley Hall Divinity School in Ohio, graduating in 1953.

He was ordained that year as a deacon by then-Bishop Lauriston L. Scaife of the Diocese of Western New York, at St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo. In 1954, he was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop Scaife at St. Simon's Episcopal Church in South Buffalo.

Father Duncan founded St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Eggertsville in 1953. He served there until 1967, when he became rector of St. Stephen's.

Bishop Scaife appointed him dean of Cattaraugus County in 1970.

He was a member of the Bishop's Cabinet, an assistant director of the Diocesan Youth Conference for 23 years and a former member of the Diocesan Council, the Department of Missions, Armed Forces Commission and Clergy Conference Commission.

He also was past director of Camp Carlton, an Episcopal camp at Allegany State Park, and was director of annual summer camps at Theil College in Greenville, Pa., and St. Bonaventure University.

He was a member of the Olean School Board from 1970 to 1975, a former chairman of the Friends of Bonaventure, a former member and chaplain of the Miss New York State scholarship pageant and past chaplain of Wing Hollow Ski Area.

After retiring as St. Stephen's rector in 1988, he worked part time in the Allegany County Episcopal Ministry in Bolivar, Wellsville, Belmont, Angelica, Cuba and Friendship.

He also served as Olean police chaplain and was active in the Pastoral Care Department of Olean General.

A Cuba resident, Father Duncan enjoyed carpentry, gardening, photography and music. He played violin and trumpet.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Lois F. Cameron; a son, Stephen R. of Webster; a daughter, Susan C. Griffin of Cuba; and three grandchildren.

Bishop David C. Bowman of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York will officiate at a Celebration of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Stephen's. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.


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