Nov. 14, 1939 – Nov. 11, 2016
Paul T. Kwitowski, a retired professor of chemistry at Niagara County Community College, died Friday in his Amherst home, three days before his 77th birthday.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Bishop Timon High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in 1961. He went on to earn a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1967.
Dr. Kwitowski joined the NCCC faculty in 1969 and helped make chemistry the college’s showcase program, developing courses such as “Introduction to Scientific Data.” He also published numerous articles on inorganic chemistry.
NCCC mathematics professor Jerald D. Truesdell, in a blog entitled “Architects of Greatness: The Early Faculty of Niagara County Community College,” notes that Dr. Kwitowski “developed his own series of notes and problem sets for every chapter of every text that he taught (and) developed lab workbooks/manuals for every inorganic lab at NCCC.”
The blog also remarked that he “had an exceptional ability, rarely found in science professors. When he was at the top of his game, it was possible to listen to Dr. Kwitowski for 50 minutes, and to remember all 50 minutes of his lecture.” He retired in 2010.
A gardener and devoted Buffalo sports fan, he had been a Sabres season ticket-holder since 1971. He also was known for his quest to bake the perfect pie and often talked about opening “Paul’s Pie Shop.”
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Patricia Siano; two sons, Edward and Matt; a daughter, Mary Houston; a sister, Joan Pawelski; and 11 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.