Mary Fussell, of Hamburg, who taught nursing at the University at Buffalo, died Friday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. She was 86.
Born Mary Robinson in Osaka, Japan, of missionary parents, she attended nursing school in Columbia, Mo., and served as an Army nurse during World War II in Europe and North Africa. She came to the Buffalo area in the mid-1950s.
After raising her family, she taught practical nursing at Maryvale High School and earned a master's degree at UB. She then became an associate professor at UB, teaching geriatric nursing. She retired in 1974.
A boating enthusiast, she was a member of the Hamburg Power Squadron. She also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and had been active in Hamburg Methodist Church since 1956.
Her husband of 52 years, Rendle H., died in 1998.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary of Hamburg; three sons, David of Colorado Springs, Colo., Richard of Ellicott City, Md., and Bradley of Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Charles Robinson of Claremont, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services were held today in Hamburg Methodist Church.