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Dr. Lynne H. Pace, ophthalmologist, UB professor

May 13, 1951 – April 14, 2015

Dr. Lynne Hochberg Pace of Williamsville, ophthalmologist and clinical assistant professor, died on April 14 at her winter home in Cave Creek, Ariz., from an inoperable brain cancer. She was 63.

Born in New York City, the former Lynne Barbara Hochberg accelerated through her academic studies, graduating from high school at age 16. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York in 1971.

That same year, she moved to Amherst and began her medical studies at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, where she received a medical degree in 1975. She completed her ophthalmology residency at what now comprise the University at Buffalo Affiliated Hospitals in 1979. After completion of her residency, she started at Veterans Affairs, later becoming chief of service in 1985. Dr. Pace was instrumental in making the VA the premier facility for resident training in Western New York. She was a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Pace served as chief of the ophthalmology section at the VA Medical Center and the VA Western New York Health System. She was also a clinical assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she trained countless ophthalmology residents over the years until she became ill in September 2014.

When her sons were younger, she found time to be a skating, soccer and music mom. She enjoyed visiting her native New York City, Pasadena, Calif., and the Adirondacks. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading a good book, riding or walking the Amherst Bike Path near her home or hiking the trails in the Sonoran Desert Foothills near her family’s winter home in Arizona.

In her retirement letter in September, Dr. Pace said her greatest professional satisfaction was providing medical care for our nation’s veterans for over 35 years and contributing to the education of ophthalmologists who now practice all over the United States.

Dr. Pace will be honored posthumously on June 5 at the Annual University at Buffalo Ophthalmology Symposium, which was dedicated to recognizing her career achievements.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Lawrence F. Pace, D.D.S.; three sons, Lawrence J., David M. and Daniel N.; a brother, Arnold Hochberg; and a sister, Diane Levine.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. June 6 in the Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.

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