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Edwin D. Duryea Jr., retired UB professor April 25, 1916 -- Dec. 23, 2005

Edwin D. Duryea Jr., Ph.D., of Orchard Park, a retired professor of higher education at the University at Buffalo, died Friday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park, after a long illness. He was 89.

A native of Rutherford, N.J., he was a professor of higher education at UB from 1966 to 1984. For several years, he was chairman of the department of higher education.

While at UB, Dr. Duryea also spent two years as head of mission for the U.S. Agency for International Development project at the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay, where he was an honorary faculty member.

In 1984, upon his retirement from UB, he was named a professor emeritus.

Dr. Duryea had a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University, a master's from UCLA and a doctorate from Stanford.

During World War II, he served in the Navy and was commanding officer of the USS SC-506 and the USS Garfield Thomas. He was a member of the Naval Reserve from 1945 to 1951.

Prior to joining the UB faculty, he served on the faculty and in the administration at the University of Toledo, Oregon State University, the University of Akron, Hofstra University and Syracuse University.

After retiring from UB in 1984, Dr. Duryea was vice president and then president of the New York Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

During his career, Dr. Duryea wrote more than 40 scholarly articles and published a book, "The Academic Corporation: A History of College and University Governing Boards."

Active in sports into his 80s, he was a member of the Buffalo Ski Club and the Hickory Hill Tennis & Swim Club. He also enjoyed bicycling.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Libera "Libby" Principe Duryea; three daughters, Maria of Huntington, Vt., Jenifer of Gloucester, Mass., and Beth of Whately, Mass.; and two sons, Navy Capt. David of Fairfax Station, Va., and Jeff of Jamaica Plain, Mass.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park. A memorial service will be held in the summer at Chautauqua Institution.


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