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July 14, 1934 – May 25, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS – Dr. Roger S. Kushner of Niagara Falls, a retired pediatrician, died Sunday at his winter home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was 79.

A Niagara Falls native, he was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and attended Cornell University, where he was an academic scholar from 1952 through 1956.

For three of the years he attended Cornell, Dr. Kushner served as the movie critic for the Cornell Daily Sun, the university’s newspaper.

In 1960, Dr. Kushner graduated from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, He continued his medical training as an intern at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis and subsequently was chief resident of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Madison.

Dr. Kushner also served as a captain in the Army at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pa., where he was assistant chief of pediatric services.

In 1966, he returned to Niagara Falls to open his own private practice, first with Niagara Pediatrics and later with Summit Pediatrics.

Dr. Kushner also served as chief of pediatrics at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. He retired in 2004.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Ruthie Brickman; a son, Dr. Brian; a daughter, Stacy Strauch; a brother, Howard L.; and three granddaughters.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today in Temple Beth Israel Cemetery, 5471 Military Road, Lewiston.