Ruth M. Seitz of Buffalo, a longtime faculty member of D'Youville College who founded the Niagara Frontier Reading Council, died Monday in St. Francis Home, Williamsville, after a brief illness. She was 88.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Miss Seitz graduated from Buffalo State College and Penn State University with a master's degree in education.
After teaching in Pennsylvania for several years, she returned to Buffalo and taught in Buffalo Public Schools and then D'Youville College, where she was a professor of education for 21 years before retiring in 1983.
After her retirement, she became an active community volunteer and founded the Niagara Frontier Reading Council. Until recently, she was a weekly volunteer for Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, reading material for broadcast to the area's blind.
For more than 50 years, Miss Seitz was a member of the Great Books Discussion Group and was a promoter of the annual Great Books Institute. She was a longtime member of the American Association of University Women and assisted at the annual book sale.
Also until recently, she served as a regular volunteer at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and Albright-Knox Art Gallery. She was a lifelong patron of Buffalo culture, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Classical Theatre and Kavinoky Theatre and Burchfield-Penney Art Center.
She was an active parishioner of Infant of Prague Catholic Church, serving as a lector and working in the parish Religious Education program.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.