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Joan B. Mayer, retired English professor; April 22, 1924 -- April 25, 2011

Joan B. Mayer, Ph.D., of Williamsville, a retired English professor, died Monday in Brothers of Mercy Rehabilitation Center. She was 87.

Born Joan Mayerson in New York City, Ms. Mayer earned a bachelor's degree in English and mathematics from Marshall University, and master's and doctorate degrees from the University at Buffalo.

While working on her doctorate, she taught at UB from 1962 until 1972.

Ms. Mayer then taught at Clarence High School, where she was head of the English Department, from 1972 until her retirement in 1992.

She had received a grant to study at Oxford University in England, and also had participated in a writing workshop at Princeton University.

Ms. Mayer had served as a first vice president of the National Organization for Women and was active in several Democratic political campaigns. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Her former husband, Willard Clatworthy, died in 2010.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura Fudala, and a son, John Clatworthy.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St.


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