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Arthur F. DuCouet Musarra, a Buffalo real estate attorney, Tuesday was appointed by Erie County Surrogate Barbara Howe as a trustee of the 71-year-old Buffalo-based Statler Foundation.

Musarra, 45, succeeds his father, attorney Arthur F. Musarra, 77, who formally resigned from the foundation Saturday, ending nearly 25 years of service to the trusteeship.

The $38 million Statler Foundation was established under the will of Ellsworth M. Statler, a Buffalo-based hotel magnate who died in 1928. It was set up to provide funds for improving the hotel industry through research, construction, education and training.

The senior Musarra is the last surviving member of a Statler Trust when it had only three members. He was appointed a Statler trustee on Sept. 26, 1980, and remained a trustee when now-retired Surrogate Joseph S. Mattina in 1992 increased the number of trustees to 12.

During Tuesday's court session, the younger Musarra -- whose wife Molly Jo Musarra is a senior prosecutor in the Erie County District Attorney's office -- thanked Howe "for your confidence in me."

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