Dr. Allan Wesp Siegner, of Orchard Park, an obstetrician and gynecological surgeon in Buffalo for more than 40 years, died Tuesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Bennett High School at age 15, from the University of Buffalo at age 18 and from the UB Medical School at age 21. He served his internship at Deaconess Hospital and his residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital.
In 1942, he volunteered for the Army Air Forces and served as a flight surgeon in the 12th Air Force in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He returned to the U.S. in 1944 to serve as flight surgeon and gynecologist at Hendricks Field, an air training base in Sebring, Fla.
He established his private practice in Buffalo in 1948 and was an attending physician at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Children's Hospital and Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He also was an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UB. He also served on the medical board of Planned Parenthood. He retired in 1989.
Dr. Siegner had many interests beyond medicine. He played organ and sang in the choir in his father's church in Lockport from age 10. He was a nature lover, a photographer and an avid reader who enjoyed debating public affairs with friends and family. After he retired, he audited courses at UB in art history, anthropology and world affairs.
After moving to Naples, Fla., in 1997, he was active in Habitat for Humanity and the Council on World Affairs. He maintained a summer home in Thunder Bay, Ont., and returned to live in Orchard Park recently.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Janet Bowen; two daughters, Betty Siegner Mooney and Cary B.; two sons, Allan W. Jr. and Hugh R.; and a brother, Robert.
A memorial service will be at noon Friday in Fox Run, off Big Tree Road, Orchard Park.