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Yvette C. Goodloe, Buffalo science teacher May 20, 1941 -- Sept. 22, 2005

Yvette C. Goodloe of East Amherst, a former teacher at Buffalo's Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. She was 64.

Born Yvette Cecelia Williams in New York City, she attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. Her studies were interrupted as she started her family and worked at the Library of Congress. She returned to Howard University to receive a bachelor's degree in zoology, followed by a master's degree in education.

In 1978, she and her family moved to Buffalo, where she worked for the Buffalo Public Schools. Her efforts in the school district won her accolades inside and outside the classroom.

Mrs. Goodloe was selected to represent the district in a visit to Kanazawa, Japan, Buffalo's sister city. She also was invited by Vietnam's minister of education to visit the country and participate in a teaching idea exchange.

Closer to home, her commitment to helping youngsters prepare for many science fairs and helping them cope with the difficult junior high years won her respect among both students and peers.

Mrs. Goodloe was a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

She was involved in many local organizations, serving as a board member and vice president of Alleyway Theatre. She was active in Kidshow Co., helping to create puppets and study guides for youngsters. She was also active in the Buffalo-Niagara Region Council for International Visitors, American Association of University Women, the Women's Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Embroiderers Guild of America.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Samuel L. Jr.; a son, Dr. Samuel L. III of Williamsville; her mother, Delia Juanita Kyles of Springfield, Mass.; a sister, Linda Jo Hawley of Springfield; two brothers, Shawn W. Kyles of Springfield and James B. Williams Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

A service was held today in Clarence United Methodist Church, Clarence. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery.

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