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Stephen J. Adorian, businessman, former university housing director

June 28, 1940 – June 18, 2016

LOCKPORT – Stephen J. Adorian of Lockport, whose career ranged from higher education to marketing and sales in the telecommunications and computer business, died June 18 at the Cleveland Clinic after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease of the lungs. He was 75.

Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Adorian was a star athlete in lacrosse at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where he graduated in 1962, and where he was an active member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He earned a master’s degree from Ohio University in 1966 and a doctorate from the University at Buffalo in 1974.

The first phase of his professional life was in higher education. He served as field secretary for Phi Gamma Delta and regional manager of People-to-People Inc. Mr. Adorian also was resident director at Ohio University, director of housing at SUNY Fredonia State, director of student housing at SUNY Buffalo State, director of residence life at Canisius College and associate director of admissions at Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College.

After working as executive director of AFL-CIO Project Upgrade, Mr. Adorian entered the business world, working as a marketing and sales consultant for Phone World Inc., Tele-Trends, National Revenue Corp., Ogden Telephone Co. and Micro-Age Computer Centers. In 1983, he founded Cybernetic Communications Systems Inc., which specialized in computer sales and training.

He was active in the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, and received the President’s Award in 1991 for his outstanding contributions.

In Lockport, he was an active member of All Saints Parish, serving on the Finance Committee, as a lector and in mission and ChristLife, and was an organizer of the God-Speed 5K. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and held several offices over the years. In 2013 and 2014, he was named Knight of the Year by Lockport Council 19.

He enjoyed racquetball and running and competed in the Buffalo Marathon in 2004. He also was a Buffalo Bills fan.

Mr. Adorian was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2012 and received a lifesaving lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in 2014. Despite the disease, he remained positive and was in training for the 5K event at the Transplant Games of America, held in Cleveland on June 10-15. Although he was in Cleveland, he was unable to attend the games, whose organizers surprised him with a visit in his hospital room, bearing the official Transplant Games torch.

Family members said Mr. Adorian pursued goals and harbored aspirations until the day he died.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Deborah Tocco; a daughter, Donna Rodriguez; a son, Bruce; two sisters, Kathryn Brown and Margaret Silverman; a brother, Louis; three granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in All Saints Parish, Church Street.