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Paul S. Guinn Jr., historian, UB associate professor emeritus

Oct. 30, 1928 – April 22, 2017

Paul S. Guinn Jr., of Marilla, a respected European historian and associate professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 88.

Born in the Hague, Netherlands, while his father was serving as a commercial attache to the U.S. Consulate, he and his family moved frequently when he was young.

He and his mother escaped from Brussels, Belgium, to France when World War II began and sailed to the U.S. aboard a ship sent to rescue stranded Americans.

He graduated from English High School in Istanbul, Turkey, where his father was U.S. Consul, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1950.

He served in the Air Force in the Research Studies Institute at Air University in Montgomery, Ala., attaining the rank of first lieutenant, and went on to complete his master’s degree and doctorate at Harvard University.

Mr. Guinn began his career in Washington, D.C., in 1961 with the Institute for Defense Analysis, where he was an executive editor in the International Studies Division.

After a year as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace in Washington, he came to UB in 1967 as an associate professor of history.

He retired in 1998.

His book, “British Strategy and Politics, 1914-18,” won the George Lewis Beer Prize as the best book on European international history from the American Historical Association in 1965.

He received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1972.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rev. Patricia J., deacon at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo and a former UB Lockwood Library librarian; two sons, Jonathan S. and Matthew W.; a daughter, Carolyn Guinn Scheideman; and two granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 13021 W. Main St., Alden.

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