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Dr. Theodore G. Sturgis, former Sweet Home superintendent Sept. 9, 1930 -- April 19, 2007

Dr. Theodore G. Sturgis, an educator who served as superintendent of the Sweet Home School District, died Thursday in the Beechwood Health Care Center, Amherst. He was 76.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Dr. Sturgis graduated from East High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1953. He later earned a master's degree in education from the University of Buffalo and went on to obtain a doctorate from Syracuse University.

Dr. Sturgis began his career as a classroom teacher and was selected to be one of the first instructors to present lessons on Channel 17's Erie County education television.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 and, while stationed in Tokyo, was the officer-in-charge at the Metropolitan Tokyo Army Education Center. When he returned from Japan, he resumed teaching in the Clarence School District.

Dr. Sturgis was superintendent of Sweet Home schools from 1968 to 1972. He also was a principal in the Forestville Central School District and curriculum director, director of research and the special assistant to the superintendent in the Syracuse City School District.

By the end of his career, he also had served as superintendent of Liverpool, Ithaca, and Wappingers school districts.

After retirement, Dr. Sturgis served as a hearing officer for the state Education Department and American Arbitration Association, and was elected vice president of the state Congress of Parents and Teachers. He also held numerous civic leadership posts in Dutchess County, which led to April 23, 1995, being declared "Theodore G. 'Ted' Sturgis Day" there.

He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Buffalo State College and East High School in May 2005 and June 2006 respectively.

Dr. Sturgis is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Rita O'Leary.

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

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