Edgar C. Conkling, 83, of Williamsville, a retired college professor and author, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness.
Born in Indiana, Mr. Conkling received a master's degree in sociology from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in economic geography from Northwestern University. He wrote several books and articles, and edited professional journals on international business.
During World War II, he served stateside in the Army.
Beginning in 1961, Mr. Conkling was a professor of economic geography at Kent State University in Ohio and then at Queens University in Kingston, Ont. He moved to Western New York in 1968 and taught in the graduate program at the University at Buffalo, until his retirement in 1989.
Deeply involved in historic preservation, he wrote "Frederick Law Olmsted's Point Chautauqua: The Story of an Historic Lakeside Community." He also was a founding member of the Point Chautauqua Historical Preservation Society.
Mr. Conkling's favorite pastime was playing the viola or violin in string quartets with his friends.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Helen McKown of Williamsville; a sister, Linda Martin of Clearwater, Fla.; and a brother, Paul L. of Athens, Ohio.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. next Saturday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.