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Oct. 16, 1928 – Aug. 1, 2014

Kenneth H. Conklin, of Amherst, the former personnel director for a local company and a local university, died Aug. 1 in Hospice Wells House at Beechwood, Getzville. He was 85.

Born in Rochester, Mr. Conklin was a 1954 graduate of Syracuse University and began his career as the personnel director at Moog in 1955. While working for Moog, he earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo and went to work as the university’s personnel director in 1968.

Mr. Conklin retired in 1994.

A survivor of childhood polio, he was a proponent of charitable causes. He served more than 35 years as a volunteer on the board of directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York, which became Aspire of Western New York in 2002.

For many years, he drove his station wagon to a local supermarket to collect baked goods being donated, then delivered them to various shelters, food banks and churches.

Mr. Conklin’s hobbies included reading, classical music, collecting stamps and coins, and swimming. He also was a major advocate of naturopathic health-related topics, including vitamin use.

Survivors include his wife, the former Henrica Dickson; a daughter, Bonney Asquith; a son, David; four stepdaughters, Paula Weisflock, Patricia Irven, and Cathy and Pamela Dickson; 20 grandchildren; and four-great grandchildren.

Because of his experience with polio, Mr. Conklin wanted his body donated to the University at Buffalo’s Anatomical Gift Program. No services are planned.