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Gregory F. Solak, Kaleida Health executive

Aug. 6, 1952 – July 15, 2015

Gregory F. Solak, a Kaleida Health executive, died July 15 in his East Amherst home after a battle with cancer. He was 62.

Born in Detroit, he earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and an MBA from Central Michigan University.

Mr. Solak was vice president of laboratory services at Kaleida Health, a position he took over in 2001. During his tenure, he realigned laboratory services among several sites, standardized equipment and attained accreditation from the College of American Pathologists and American Association of Blood Banks for each site and the entire system.

Before joining Kaleida, he held several positions at various hospitals and laboratories in Detroit.

He was honored as one of the top 50 exceptional health care professionals in Western New York by Business First of Buffalo.

He also was committed to the expansion of Autism Services Inc. and was active in the organization’s fundraisers, especially its art shows.

An accomplished musician and poet, he was known for his sense of humor and love of music and the arts.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Jill Zevallos; a son, Shane; two daughters, Aja Perales and Lauren Ruiz; a brother, Robert; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Patterson Park in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.

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