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Eloise Courter, 92, retired Buffalo State professor of English
June 18, 1916 -- Feb. 6, 2009

Eloise Courter, Ph.D., a retired Buffalo State College professor of English, died Feb. 6 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 92.

Dr. Courter had lived in the Town of Tonawanda before moving nine years ago to Asbury Pointe Nursing Home, Getzville.

Born in Plainfield, N.J., she spent part of her childhood in China, where her father, a Western Electric engineer, worked to establish telegraph communications between China and the United States.

Dr. Courter received degrees from Rutgers University and Columbia Teachers College before earning a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Minnesota.

After teaching at Minnesota, she was appointed a professor of English at Buffalo State, where she taught classes in linguistics, methods of teaching English, composition and children's literature. She also supervised student teachers in many area secondary schools.

Dr. Courter was a member and officer of the New York State English Council as well as its Western New York chapter. She was a member of the Dickens Fellowship at Canisius College and of the local chapter of the Sherlock Holmes Society. A patron of the arts, she regularly attended local theaters and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts.

She volunteered at Allentown Industries, where her brother, Roger, worked. She was active in YWCA antique, book, travel and study groups.

Until recently, she regularly corresponded with many Asian students she mentored and hosted at Buffalo State.

[BUCKHAM]

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