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2018-11-07 / Obituaries

Austin D. Swanson, retired UB professor


Swanson Swanson Austin D. Swanson, 88, of Clarence, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

Mr. Swanson was born in Jamestown, New York, on June 11, 1930. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952 from Allegheny College and served for two years in the U.S. Army.

He earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Columbia University Teachers’ College. While working on his doctorate, he was a high school science and math teacher in Suffern, New York, and then was a research associate.

After receiving his doctorate, he served for three years as executive secretary of the Central School Study Council, an affiliate of Teachers College’s Institute of Administrative Research.

Mr. Swanson began a 39-year career at the University at Buffalo in 1963 as an assistant professor in educational administration. He became an associate professor in 1965 and a full professor in 1970.

He served as executive secretary for the Western New York Educational Service Council, part of UB’s School of Education, and directed its school of finance and legislation program.

With the WNYESC, he served as a consultant for schools in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Williamsville, Amherst and Depew.

Mr. Swanson was the author or co-author of 10 books and monographs. He also produced numerous other articles and book chapters. He received a visiting scholar award from the Szold Institute in Jerusalem and the Phi Delta Kappa Service Award.

He was also the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Swanson is survived by two children, Paul, and Karin Daun; his companion, Anne Bonn; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn (nee Peterson).

A funeral service was held on Oct. 29 in St. John Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made by the Amigone Funeral Home Inc.

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