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July 26, 1917 – July 5, 2014

Joseph R. Stillwell, of Amherst, retired vice president of student affairs at the University at Buffalo, died Saturday in the Rosa Coplon Home, Getzville. He was 96.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Teresa’s School and was a 1935 graduate of South Park High School.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Canisius College in 1939.

Mr. Stillwell worked at National Aniline Co. and American Brass as a young man and enlisted in the Navy in 1942. Trained as a pilot, he flew dive bombers on patrol of the Atlantic to protect against German submarines.

Returning from service, he worked for the Veterans Administration while earning his master’s degree in education from Canisius College.

He served as director of admissions at Canisius College and in 1966 became director of financial aid at UB.

A longtime South Buffalo resident, he moved to Williamsville in the mid-1980s after he retired. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church in South Buffalo and St. Gregory the Great Church in Amherst.

A baseball player in his youth, he later enjoyed swimming, cross-country skiing, walking and reading.

His wife of 52 years, Mary Jane McCarthy Stillwell, died in 1998.

Survivors include two sons, James and David; two daughters, Maura and Julia Lefler; 15 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. July 26 in St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca St.