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Joaquin J. “Jack” Cardoso, Ph.D, history professor at SUNY Buffalo State

Aug. 20, 1931 - April 24, 2016

Joaquin J. “Jack” Cardoso, Ph.D, of Clarence died April 24, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospice after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Lehighton, Pa., he graduated from Lehighton High School and joined the Army, serving in the Korean conflict.

After his service Mr. Cardoso continued his education at East Stroudsburg University, Lehigh University and University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his Ph.D in American history.

He taught at California State University, Chico, prior to SUNY Buffalo State, where he was a professor of Civil War and Reconstruction, American history and Canadian studies for more than 30 years.

Mr. Cardoso also served as the chair of the History Department and as a liaison to the Canadian Consulate, and developed the curriculum for the Canadian American studies program at SUNY Buffalo State.

He authored numerous scholarly articles about the Civil War and Korean War generals, and delivered many papers at the American Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians and was published in the Journal of Southern History. He also frequently published in Scribner’s Encyclopedia of American Lives.

He was instrumental in the transfer of the Buffalo Courier-Express newspaper archives to the E.H. Butler Library at SUNY Buffalo State.

Mr. Caroso’s love of sports led him to be coach of the Town of Clarence Little League Baseball and house soccer league. He was a member of the Grover Cleveland golf club and played softball in the town for more than 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosemarie; two daughters Jeska H. and Stasia C. Thompson; a son, Danton J. A.; a sister, Anna Bennett; a brother, Michael Ferko; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St., Clarence.