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Robert M. Morber, Bison Laboratories president Dec. 25, 1923 -- March 1, 2011

Robert Morris Morber, of Williamsville, retired president of Bison Laboratories, died March 1 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 87.

He was born in Easton, Pa. After completing college, he was an Army medic in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Morber became a sales representative for American Can Co., where he earned many Salesman of the Year awards. The company transferred him to the Buffalo area in 1959.

He began working for his wife's family's company, Bison Laboratories, an industrial chemical distributor, after his father-in-law died. He retired from American Can in the late 1970s and became president of Bison Laboratories, retiring in the late 1980s and turning operations over to his son Robert G.

Mr. Morber and his wife of 46 years, the former Marian Monks, wintered in Clearwater Beach, Fla., after he retired. They were avid golfers and had been members since 1968 of Park Country Club. He served on the club's board of governors in the mid-1970s. He also was a member of North Presbyterian Church.

A gourmet chef, he maintained a state-of-the-art kitchen that he designed himself and that boasted five ovens. Known for his warmth and wit, he was dubbed "the mayor" of the Park Club and his neighborhood.

His first wife, Elizabeth Harris Morber, died in 1955.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, J. Brad and Robert G., and a daughter, Gail Ostrowski.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Amherst.


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