Dec. 29, 1934 – Feb. 4, 2013

James S. Valone, Ph.D., a retired Canisius College professor, died Monday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long battle with leukemia. He was 78.

Born in Warren, Pa., he was a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Penn State University, where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, where he specialized in early modern European history, with an emphasis on the politics of Huguenot assemblies in the early 17th century. He published a book on the topic in 1994.

In 1961, Dr. Valone was offered a teaching position in the history department at Canisius. Primarily, he taught medieval and early modern European history. While teaching at Canisius during the 1960s, he was instrumental in developing the history honors program, as well as courses in historiography and research methods.

In 1978, he was appointed associate dean of the School of Business at Canisius, a position he held until his retirement in 2012.

He was active in several professional organizations, including the New York State Association of European Historians, for which he also served 25 years as secretary. Recently, an annual lecture has been created in his name to commemorate his long service and dedication to the organization.

His wife of 53 years, Geraldine Guzik Valone, died Jan 28.

He is survived by four sons, Stephen, Thomas, David A. and Robert F.; a sister, Judith; and a brother, Richard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, at Main Street, Snyder.