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Diane J. Sina, was the longest-tenured professor at ECC Oct. 11, 1935 -- March 10, 2010

Diane J. Sina, the longest-tenured professor at Erie Community College, died Wednesday in Atlanta. She was 74.

Born Diana White in Buffalo, she graduated from Bennett High School and the University of Buffalo.

She was hired as a teacher at ECC in 1957 and was the youngest teacher to be hired by the college at the time. She worked at the college for 52 years -- and 103 semesters -- until 2009. Over her career, she taught two or three generations of students for many families.

Mrs. Sina, of Amherst, was recognized with a number of teaching awards, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award.

She also served as a volunteer at Millard Fillmore Hospital and was a member of the Erie County Chapter of Medical Assistants, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, the American Association of University Women and the Audubon Women's Golf Association.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Falkenstrom; two sons, Rick and Scott; and a sister, Connie Johnson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.


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