Dr. Jag Deao Serabjit Singh of Lancaster, a radiologist and research chemist, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. He was 78.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies, he was a graduate of Emmanuel Missionary College in Berrien Springs, Mich., and Roosevelt University in Chicago.
After working as a research chemist for American Transportation Corp., where he invented a method for nickel-plating magnesium, he attended medical school at King Georges University in Lucknow, India, on a full scholarship, graduating in 1958.
A board certified radiologist, Dr. Singh worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Sisters Hospital and Deaconess Hospital and was director of radiology at St. Francis Hospital. He also was director of radiology at Somerset Community Hospital in Somerset, Pa., and worked in hospitals in Bradford, Pa.
He was an assistant professor of radiology at the University at Buffalo Medical School and was a member of the American College of Radiologists and the Erie County Medical Society.
An avid flier, Dr. Singh was a director of the Buffalo Aero Club and a member of several other aircraft organizations. He earned his pilot's license at age 50 and flew for 25 years, commuting to medical assignments in several states where he was licensed to practice and flying to his winter home in Jupiter, Fla.
Surviving are his wife of 20 years, the former Mary Ann Kowalski; a son, Kirk of Jeffersonville, Ind.; two daughters, Cosette of Raleigh, N.C., and Sandra Welch of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two half brothers, Bertram of Montreal and Balram of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a half sister, Janet of Jamaica; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 3645 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.