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Robert G. Stillwell, math teacher May 19, 1924 -- Jan. 6, 2007

For two generations, any Clarence High School student who aspired to go to college had classes with Robert G. Stillwell.

A mathematics teacher there for 38 years, Mr. Stillwell conducted the higher level classes and Advanced Placement sessions, brightening his lessons with his sense of humor. He was chairman of the math department for many years and adviser to the Math Club.

He also was president and treasurer of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State. He retired in 1986.

Mr. Stillwell died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 82.

Born in Brooklyn, he was a descendant of Nicholas Stillwell, a noted pioneer settler of the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.

He attended Brooklyn College for a year, then joined the Army, serving as an infantryman. He fought in the famous battle at Remagen Bridge in Germany and was an interpreter during the postwar occupation, overseeing the work of 100 German civilians.

Returning from service, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University Teachers College, where he was recruited for the teaching post in Clarence.

A tropical fish fancier from boyhood, Mr. Stillwell maintained seven fish tanks. In his early years in the Buffalo area, he and his wife developed a love for dachshunds, which they bred and trained.

For many years, he was treasurer and she was secretary of the Dachshund Club of Greater Buffalo. He also was their specialty show chairman.

Surviving is his wife of 46 years, the former June Ulrich, a retired Latin and French teacher at Clarence High School.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.


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