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Albert E. Baggs, retired NU history professor, Korean War vet Oct. 20, 1931 -- April 3, 2007

Albert E. Baggs of Buffalo, a retired history professor at Niagara University, died unexpectedly Tuesday. He was 75.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Baggs served in the Army during the Korean War, where he met his wife of 51 years, the former Akiko Kato. He was a graduate of Grove City College and the University of Buffalo.

He moved to Buffalo in 1958 and began his teaching career at Niagara in 1964. Former chairman of the history department there, he retired after a 39-year career in 2003.

A scholar of East Asian history and post World War II American history, Mr. Baggs also was active in Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and ruling elder.

For the past several years, he helped lead the church's Case Library Conversation Series, which focused on interfaith awareness.

Mr. Baggs was a philatelist and bibliophile.

In addition to his wife, he is surved by his son, George; two daughters, Gwen Ito and Elaine Holmquist; and a sister, Beverly.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.


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