Jan. 7, 1922 – Nov. 13, 2012
Peter J. Laux of Williamsville, retired director of the library at Canisius College, died Tuesday in ElderWood Health Care at Wedgewood, Amherst. He was 90.
Born in New London, Wis., he served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He was a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and earned master’s degrees in English from Marquette University and in library science from the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Laux lived in Milwaukee, where he was a junior librarian at the Milwaukee Public Library, and the Washington, D.C., area, where he was associate librarian and chief of public services at Georgetown University for six years before coming to Buffalo in 1960.
The father of eight, he had a home on Parkside Avenue and walked to work every day at the Andrew J. Bouwhuis Library at Canisius. He was inducted into the college’s Honor Society in 1973. After his retirement in 1985, he moved to Field, Ont., where he was a founder of the Clear Lake Cottagers Association. He returned to Williamsville in 2004.
Mr. Laux, nicknamed “The Chief,” was an avid writer, fisherman, painter and humorist. A book of his humorous essays, “A Man’s Home Is His Hassle,” was published in 1969.
His wife of 48 years, Bernice E. Dorn Laux, died in 1991.
He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Vaughan, Linda Hale and Laura Leone; and five sons, Peter M., Gregory, Charles, Nicholas and Dr. Ronald.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College, 2001 Main St.