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Duane Juel Andersen, 90, retired SUNY Buffalo State professor

Dec. 14, 1927 – March 26, 2018

Duane Juel “Bunny” Andersen, professor emerita of design at SUNY Buffalo State, died March 26 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 90.

Born in Hornell, she was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1949 and a master’s degree in art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ms. Andersen was an art teacher and art department chairman at Sewanaka and Elmont high schools on Long Island, then came in the late 1950s to Buffalo State, where she specialized in ceramics. She retired in 1986.

She began playing cello in grade school in Wellsville and was a musician all her life. She was a member of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra for more than 50 years and was a member of its board and its music committee. She designed the orchestra’s 25th anniversary memorial plate.

She also was a board member of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. She particularly enjoyed playing with various quartets at weddings and other special events.

Active in the theater, she directed the Alfred University Summer Junior Theatre in 1958 and later worked with the Studio Arena Theatre. She designed the Studio Arena’s interior and was a scenic and costume designer.

She was active on the dog show circuit for nearly 40 years, winning American and Canadian championships with her Pembroke Welsh corgis. She was historian for the Kennel Club of Buffalo and served as secretary for its dog shows.

She visited local nursing homes with her corgis David and Bijoux for many years. As a member of Therapy Dogs International, she also assisting in comforting first responders following the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center in 2009.

In addition to her work in ceramics, she was a painter, weaver and sculptor.

Survivors include a sister, Carole Andersen Foy; a niece and a nephew.

Funeral services will be private.

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