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March 16, 1931 – April 6, 2013

Richard C. Guenther, an administrator at the University at Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore College for a quarter of a century, died Saturday in Murray Hill, a nursing facility in Mount Morris, after a 13-year progression of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82.

Mr. Guenther, a longtime resident of North Buffalo, left the city in 2000 to move with his wife to Nunda in Livingston County. His family members credited the small-town atmosphere of Nunda with being a help and a support to the family during Mr. Guenther’s illness.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Guenther – known as Dick – graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School in 1949 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and master’s degree from Buffalo State College.

Early in his career he taught in the Buffalo public schools, including a stint as a middle school teacher.

For 25 years, starting in 1965, Mr. Guenther served as assistant dean of student affairs for the University at Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore College. He was known as a tireless advocate for night school students in the program.

“His real gift was his deep concern for the students. He was truly an advocate, beyond the paycheck,” said his son, Ray. “He took the job home with him.”

He retired from that post in 1990, then did some adjunct teaching at Erie Community College, in the field of management.

Mr. Guenther was a Presbyterian and enjoyed studying the Bible. He also enjoyed gardening.

Also among his hobbies was bowling. In 1973, Mr. Guenther was awarded a prize by the American Bowling Congress for bowling a 298 game.

He and his wife, the former Doris Hadley of Buffalo, would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary later this month.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 20 in Trinity Church, Church Street, Nunda.