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Dorothy Josef, a former director of Student Health Center at Canisius College

March 4, 1922 — Feb. 11, 2016

Dorothy Josef of the Town of Tonawanda, a former director of the Student Health Center at Canisius College, died Thursday at her home in at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility in Kenmore. She was 93.

The former Dorothy Szczepanski was born in Buffalo and graduated from East High School. She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Buffalo in 1959 and her master of science degree in nursing 1963 as well as another master’s degree in education from Canisius College in 1972.

She was a staff nurse at the former Deaconess Hospital from 1944 to 1963.

She was appointed first director of the Student Health Center at Canisius in 1963, a position she held until her retirement in 1986. She received the Canisius College Alumni Service Award in 1972 and the college’s Bene Merenti Award in 1984.

Mrs. Josef received a Citation of Appreciation from Canisius in 1986 and the college’s LaSalle Medal in 1989. An avid golfer well into her 80s, she was presented the Fort Erie Golf Club Hole in One Award in 2000.

Mrs. Josef and her late husband of 65 years, Chester, traveled extensively throughout Central and South America, Europe and Asia. She was an active member of the Canisius College Alumnae Association, for which she served as treasurer, secretary and vice president at various times. She served as a caller for the annual giving campaign at Canisius and was an active member of her Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing class, from which she graduated more than 70 years ago.

She is survived by a son, Chris; a daughter, Llyn; a sister, Tish Szcezpanska; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.