Nov. 20, 1955 – June 25, 2017
Carolyn L. Cianciosa, of West Seneca, who established the radiologic technology program at Niagara County Community College and directed it for more than 20 years, died unexpectedly Sunday in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster, where she was receiving therapy following knee replacement surgery. She was 61.
Born in Buffalo, the former Carolyn Andolino attended North Collins High School, then graduated from Silver Creek High School, which she attended for her senior year after her parents moved to Sunset Bay.
She began her career at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, where she earned certification for radiologic technology. She went on to earn an associate degree from Jamestown Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1977 from SUNY Fredonia. Receiving a scholarship to study at the University at Buffalo, she completed a master’s degree in radiology technology in 1978.
She worked at Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda and DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, then became clinical coordinator and technical director of the Radiology Department at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in 1982.
In 1986, Mrs. Cianciosa became an equipment sales representative for Picker International X-Ray. When the chief technician at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, one of her clients, told her in 1991 that NCCC wanted to start a radiology program, she applied for the job.
“She used to joke that she started with a pencil and a roll of tape,” says her husband of 30 years, Robert, an instructor at Daemen College. “She began with 13 students and when she retired in 2012, she had at least 100.”
An animal lover who was especially fond of dogs, she also taught courses in animal behavior at NCCC. Several of her former students work at the Buffalo Zoo and the Aquarium of Niagara.
Mrs. Cianciosa was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997 and received the Dr. Carol Jamieson Award in 2011 for her dedication to the students and faculty of NCCC.
In retirement, she was a part-time evaluator of student experience for SUNY Empire State College.
In addition to her husband, survivors include three sisters, Nina Fox, Charlene Colts and Judy Ceraulo; a brother, Joseph Andolino; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.