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Hertha Ganey, who taught children's literature to hundreds of future teachers at Buffalo State College, died Thursday (Dec. 18, 1997) in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Manor, where she had lived for the last two years. She was 96.

A professor of English at Buffalo State College for 34 years, Mrs. Ganey specialized in children's literature. She also developed a master's degree program for students who wanted to be certified in children's literature.

In addition, Mrs. Ganey guided many students with the preparation of the doctoral dissertations. She retired in 1971 at age 70.

A woman who had a great love the Christmas season, Mrs. Ganey collected and displayed more than 500 Christmas ornaments and scenes from around the world in her Buffalo home for many years. She and her collection were featured in stories in both The Buffalo News and former Buffalo Courier-Express.

A native of Massachusetts, the former Hertha Specht was a graduate of Albany State College and did doctoral studies at Syracuse University and the University at Buffalo.

Earlier in her career, Mrs. Ganey worked at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., with Melvil Dewey, who developed the numerical system for classifying library books. Later, she edited the 12th edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Mrs. Ganey enjoyed reading, geology, quilting and lace-making. For many years she spent her summers at a small farm at Machias in Cattaraugus County.

Her husband, Edward Ganey, died in 1973.

Mrs. Ganey is survived by a daughter, Ellen Nelson of Buffalo.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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