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May 5, 1926 – Oct. 28, 2012

Dr. Frank L. Graziano, a retired endodontist, died Oct. 28 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he volunteered to serve in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

During his military service, he also was assigned to decode intercepted messages and host an Armed Forces Network radio show called “Midnight in Frankfurt.”

At the close of the war, Dr. Graziano helped resettle former prisoners of war who had been held at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

He later attended the American University in Biarritz, France.

Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Graziano was able to resume his education, with the help of the GI Bill and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo.

After graduation, he taught biology at East Aurora High School for nine years, became a real estate broker and founded his own real estate business, Towne and Country Realty Co.

When he was 35, Dr. Graziano enrolled at the UB Dental School and earned his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1965. He was appointed director of continuing education at the dental school after earning his master’s degree in educational administration and created the first dental school publication for UB dental school alumni.

In 1970, Dr. Graziano graduated from the UB endodontic program and became chairman of endodontics. He also served on the dental school’s executive, admissions, administrative review and finance committees.

Dr. Graziano went on to establish a private endodontics practice in Snyder and Batavia. He retired in 1990.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Caroline DiFranco; two sons, Salvatore S. and Dr. Frank L. Jr.; three daughters, Cynthia G. Kremer, Deborah M. Faintych and Barbara C. Skoog; and two sisters, Stephanie Lucchese and Grace Tomasello.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 100 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.