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Samuel S. Danton, 79, a World War II veteran and former school superintendent in Cassadaga Valley, died Feb. 10, 2001, at his daughter's home in Plymouth, Mass., after a long illness.

A Johnstown native, Danton was a graduate of Cornell University, obtaining his bachelor's degree in 1944. In 1947, he received his master's degree in guidance and administration from the State University at Albany.

From 1948 to 1952, Danton was a high school science teacher in Eden. After leaving Eden, he became the director of guidance and administrative assistant in Weeds-port until 1966.

He moved to Sinclairville that year and remained until he retired as superintendent of the Cassadaga Valley Central School District. During his tenure, the state Education Department named the district the Rural School Model in New York for the redesign and innovation of education.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an instructor in parasitology at Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver.

His wife of 42 years, the former Sylvia Antonacci, died in 1998.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Jo of Bethesda, Md., Jean of Malden, Mass., and Carol Danton Carson of Plymouth, and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Auburn. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Auburn.

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