Share this article

print logo

Valentine J. Nadolinski, retired Buff State professor active in Boy Scouts

Feb. 7, 1921 – Feb. 25, 2016

Valentine J. Nadolinski of Kenmore, a retired professor of biology and microbiology at SUNY Buffalo State, died Thursday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 95.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Nadolinski graduated from East High School in 1938 and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Buffalo in 1942 and 1954, respectively.

He served in the Navy during World War II, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He served aboard the USS Eaton, a destroyer, as a communications and combat information center officer. He was a member of an active reserve unit and was called into active duty during the Korean War. During his military career, he earned seven Bronze Stars and numerous medals, including the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Korean Service Medal.

Mr. Nadolinski was a professor at Buffalo State for 39 years, retiring as professor emeritus. He was a member of the National Honorary Scientific Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Microbiology, including its Western New York branch.

He also spent 35 years in scouting, both as a youth in Troop 36 in Buffalo and as an adult with Troop 38 in Kenmore, where he served in various positions, including advancement chairman and treasurer. For the Ken-Ton District, he served as scout chairman, advancement chairman, troop commissioner and roundtable commissioner. He served as assistant scoutmaster for the Niagara Frontier Troop at the National Jamboree and led scout crews to Philmont High Adventure Scout Reservation in New Mexico. He also earned several scouting awards, including the 1980 district award of merit.

Mr. Nadolinski was also a member of various organizations, including Trout Unlimited, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the Old Fort Niagara Association and the Kenmore-Tonawanda Historical Society.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Doris E. Livingston. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy; three sons, Donald, Kenneth and John; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday at Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.