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John F. Flanagan, school psychologist Aug. 12, 1922 -- Dec. 2, 2005

John F. Flanagan, a retired school psychologist, university professor and veteran of World War II, died Dec. 2 in Venice (Fla.) Regional Medical Center, of pneumonia. He was 83.

A native of Buffalo and longtime resident, Mr. Flanagan moved to Venice in 1991.

He retired in 1985 as a psychologist with the Buffalo School District, and also was a school psychologist with the East Aurora and Orchard Park districts and Erie I Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

From 1966 to 1972, Mr. Flanagan was a professor at St. John's and St. Bonaventure universities.

He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial psychology and master's degree in school psychology, both from the University of Buffalo, and a master's degree in clinical psychology from St. John's University, where he also had pursued a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Mr. Flanagan was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving as a navigator aboard a B-24 Liberator in the European Theater. During the Korean War years, he was based in Greenland.

He retired from the Air Force Reserves in the early 1960s, after 23 years.

Mr. Flanagan enjoyed gourmet cooking and gardening, and was a wine connoisseur and environmentalist.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Arlene L. Fierle; four daughters, Maureen Flanagan-Wiech and Kathleen Flanagan Dee, both of Orchard Park, Sharon of Cape May, N.J., and Patricia Pikus of Buffalo; a son, John J. of Elma; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Fellowship Weslyan Church, 1645 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Private burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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