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Dale B. Taulbee, retired UB engineering professor; Nov. 17, 1936 -- Feb. 15, 2012

Dale B. Taulbee, Ph.D., a retired mechanical engineering professor emeritus at University at Buffalo who taught for 43 years, died Wednesday in Buffalo. He was 75.

Dr. Taulbee, a Detroit native and Michigan State University alumnus, spent his career at UB, where he enjoyed teaching, mentoring students and conducting research.

He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's in applied mechanics from Michigan State, followed by his doctoral degree in theoretic applied mechanics from the University of Illinois. He remained an ardent fan of Michigan State's football and basketball teams.

Dr. Taulbee was master's project adviser to 47 students and doctoral adviser to 17 students, and received the Milton Plesur Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UB Student Association in 2008.

During his career, he was chairman of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering and also served on many committees. He was active in scientific and professional organizations, and he published and presented numerous academic papers and publications nationally and internationally.

Later in his career, he became concerned about how the rising cost of textbooks was impacting students. So he wrote and published, through UB, a course book for his junior-level class that is available for a fraction of the cost of the standardized textbooks.

"He was a really good teacher," said his wife, Joan L. "He had a lot of passion for his students and wanted to make sure they succeeded. He worked very hard with them."

Dr. Taulbee loved the outdoors and had a passion for golf, tennis, hiking, sailing, skiing, camping and nature. He was a former member of the Niagara Sailing Club and the Buffalo Canoe Club. And he enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and discussing sports and politics.

"He was very proud of everybody," his wife said. "He was a very modest but remarkable man. We'll miss him."

Surviving along with his wife, the former Joan White, are a daughter, April M., and three sons, Kurt D., Jonathan B. and Andre C.

A memorial service will be at noon Saturday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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