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Dr. Edward Douglas Holyoke, was Roswell Park chief surgeon
Dec. 10, 1928 -- Sept. 29, 2008

Dr. Edward Douglas Holyoke, former chief surgeon at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, died Sept. 29 in his home in Sandy Pond, near Oswego. He was 79.

Dr. Holyoke, a former Amherst resident, served at Roswell Park for 29 years and did valuable research in the use of interferon as a cancer treatment.

After retiring in 1991, he became chief of staff for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Togus, Maine, and later was chief of staff for the VA hospital in Syracuse. He continued to work as a research grant consultant for the VA until three months ago.

Born in Brooklyn, he attended Friends Academy in Locust Valley, L.I., and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree from Harvard University in 1954 and served his residency at Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Army from 1956 to 1958 in Kyoto, Japan, and retired as a colonel in the Army Medical Reserves. He lived in Oakland, Calif., before coming to Buffalo in 1962.

In Sandy Creek, he served on the library board and was a tireless volunteer for the North Country Library System. A scholar of German, he traveled extensively.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Judith Nancy Stubbs; two son, John and Edward; four daughters, Amanda Neal, Rebecca Sumner, Melissa Gartz and Cassandra Bluff; and a sister, Sally Smith.

Services were held Saturday in Pulaski.


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