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Dr. John W. Vance, expert in pulmonary medicine

Sept. 10, 1927 – Sept. 18, 2013

John W. “Jack” Vance, an expert in pulmonary medicine and longtime leader at Millard Fillmore Hospital, died Wednesday at his home in Holloway Bay, Canada. He was 86.

Dr. Vance was a 1951 graduate of the University of Western Ontario Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in 1953. He then served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain and flight surgeon.

In 1958, Dr. Vance returned to Buffalo and began practicing in the areas of internal medicine and pulmonary diseases. In 1968, he became section chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Department at Millard Fillmore Hospital, where his grand rounds became legendary among the staff.

He was called as an expert witness in many local cases involving asbestos-related issues and, toward the end of his career, also practiced in Stuart, Fla.

After his retirement in 1998, he enjoyed sailing and traveling with his wife of 40 years, Diane.

Dr. Vance was past president of the Millard Fillmore Medical Staff, and former president and chairman of the board of governors of the New York Chapter American College of Chest Physicians.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Katherine Hill, Linda Linton, Valerie, Heather Teeter and Carol Christie-Dell; and three sons, John, Paul and Jeff.

A memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.

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