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Kenneth M. Kiser, Ph.D., retired UB professor

Nov. 28, 1929 – Oct. 28, 2014

Kenneth Maynard Kiser of Williamsville, a retired University at Buffalo professor and associate dean, died Tuesday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a long illness. He was 84.

Born in Melvindale, Mich., he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology in 1951 and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1952. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1956.

After graduation, he worked for General Electric in Schenectady from 1956 to 1964. During his employment at General Electric, he served as an associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1962 to 1964.

In 1964, Mr. Kiser started his long career at UB, where he was a professor of chemical engineering, and later an associate dean for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from 1977 to 1995. He retired in 1998.

He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Sigma XI and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

He was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award from UB and was honored with the Tau Beta Pi Teacher of the Year Award in 1973. Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society recognizing a tenure track professor as one of the college’s most outstanding.

Mr. Kiser was an avid reader and enjoyed playing squash, traveling and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Florence Sclasani; a daughter, Melissa Vandermeulen; four sons, David, Thomas, James and John; three brothers, Robert, Richard and Ronald; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.