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A memorial Mass with military honors was offered Sept. 10 in Las Cruces, N.M., for retired Lt. Col. Albert Zaborowski, a former Buffalo-area resident and career Air Force officer.

Zaborowski died Sept. 7, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces. He was 68.

Born in Buffalo, graduated from Lancaster High School in 1949, attended Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1958.

Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force through ROTC. After a brief time with Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., he was called to active duty at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and the Air Force Medical Research Laboratory.

For seven years, he worked on experiments on the body's reaction to deceleration at Holloman and in 1965 published the earliest papers on the human tolerance to lateral impact.

He served in the Air Force for 27 years in engineering management and research and development testing in the Panama Canal Zone, Toronto and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio. He was director of Holloman's High Speed Rocket Test Track when he retired in 1983.

After leaving the Air Force, he worked for 10 years for DynCorp as a project manager in California, Arizona and the White Sands Missile Range.

He was a past president of the Alamogordo Evening Kiwanis Club in Alamogordo, N.M.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Nancy Garrison of Alamogordo, Rachel Pierce of Las Cruces and Kathryne of Albuquerque, N.M.; a son, Mark of Albuquerque; a brother, Harry of Cocoa, Fla.; and three grandsons.


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