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Sept. 23, 1927 – June 3, 2014

Irving Bernard Mink, of Williamsville, a research scientist and an artist, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 86.

Born in New York City, he was a graduate of East High School and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Buffalo.

A researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he worked in the field of blood coagulation.

He also specialized in hospital systems improvement, teaching classes for the staff. He was awarded the William Wehr Award for Service before his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Mink also was an award-winning artist and lecturer on the arts.

He created pen and pencil portraits and large-scale abstract expressionist oil paintings, many with Judiac themes in his later years.

He was a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Western New York Artists Guild.

His “Jerusalem of Gold,” a wall-length mural, was a gift to Temple Beth Tzedek. His work is represented in more than 400 collections.

He served for several years as chairman of the annual Jewish Community Book Fair and received the Jewish Community Center’s Ralph Kushner Volunteer Services Award.

His wife of 63 years, Louise Rossen Mink, died in 2013.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara; three sons, Daniel, Robert and Symon; a sister, Shirley Adler; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.