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Dr. John H. Antosh, German professor at Fredonia; Aug. 31, 1943 -- April 16, 2012

DUNKIRK -- Dr. John H. Antosh, of Dunkirk, who retired as a German language professor at Fredonia State College, died April 16, 2012, in Cleveland Clinic. He was 68.

Born in Cleveland, Dr. Antosh graduated from St. Peter Chanel High School in Cleveland and in 1965 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College, where he had initially planned to major in chemistry. However, he discovered his true passion was the German language. After switching majors, he studied in Vienna and pursued graduate studies at Indiana University, where he earned his doctorate in 1977.

From 1970 to 1982, Dr. Antosh taught German at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Bard College and Syracuse University.

After joining Fredonia State College, he taught a variety of courses, from beginning and intermediate German to German literature and German cinema, until he retired in 2011.

Dr. Antosh, who enjoyed teaching, insisted that his students call him John and encouraged debate and dialogue in the classroom.

A frequent traveler to Germany and Austria, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study German in Bonn, Germany, and also conducted research on early 20th century German theater in Hamburg and Berlin. Most recently, he did archival work on German and Austrian film in Graz, Austria.

For 20 years, Dr. Antosh was an active member of Toastmasters International and also was president of the Fredonia-Dunkirk chapter of Concord Spellbinders, also serving as governor of District 65, an area comprising Western and Central New York.

Dr. Antosh was active in community theater during the 1990s, playing Watson in "Sherlock's Last Case" as well as key roles in productions including Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" and Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians."

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Ruth Beharriell Antosh; and two sisters, Margaret Ann Quinn and Loreen Dorin.

A private service was held in Cleveland. A memorial service will be held this summer in Fredonia.