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Feb. 10, 1929 – Nov. 16, 2012

Dorothy Jean Gould, retired chairwoman of the English Department at Niagara University, died Friday morning in Sunrise Assisted Living in West Bloomfield, Mich. She was 83.

Born Dorothy Jean Lunken in Niagara Falls, she lived most of her life in Niagara Falls and was on the faculty of Niagara University for more than 37 years.

Mrs. Gould was a graduate of Ithaca College, where she majored in theater. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from Niagara University and a master’s degree in speech communications from the University at Buffalo.

She was an avid sports fan, particularly of Niagara University Purple Eagles basketball, and developed long-lasting relationships with many of her students. She was also active in local theater.

Mrs. Gould and her late husband, Lester M., spent summers in Bay Beach, Ont.

She was the first woman president of Temple Beth Israel in Niagara Falls, where her grandfather was one of its founders. Mrs. Gould was honored in 2010 for her lifetime dedication to the temple.

A onetime president of the New York State Speech Association, Mrs. Gould also loved to bowl, quilt and knit.

She is survived by four children, Laurie Blinder, Jeffrey Cohen, Keith Cohen and Wendy Kohlenberg.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Beth Israel Cemetery, Lewiston.