on May 29, 2013 - 5:45 PM
Aug. 23, 1938 – May 27, 2013
Ralph Nazareth, Ph.D., a Rite Aid pharmacist who emigrated from India and settled in Buffalo more than three decades ago, died Monday while being cared for at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 74.
Dr. Nazareth moved to Buffalo with his wife, Marie, in 1978 after beginning their marriage in New York City, where they delighted in seeing 40 to 50 shows during their five years there.
Dr. Nazareth and his wife were from Goa, a small state in western India and a former Portuguese province. His father was a doctor who worked for the British government, taking posts in various colonies: Dr. Nazareth was born during a stint in Yangon, or Rangoon, Burma.
After earning a bachelor’s degree at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, he studied pharmacy in the U.S., earning a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
His work as a pharmacist led him to Buffalo, where he worked at local Rite Aid stores for about 30 years. He was called on for his skill at high-volume work.
The couple’s son, Micheal, who lives near his parents’ Williamsville home, is a dermatologist.
Mrs. Nazareth admired her husband for the way he could do calculus in his head. He was also a sports enthusiast who played tennis and avidly followed the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.
In addition to his wife and son, Dr. Nazareth is survived by two sisters, Jackie Mascarhenhas and Lynette Fernandes.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.