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Feb. 9, 1949 – Sept. 9, 2013

Ruth Watson-Cosby, a teacher and principal in the Buffalo Public Schools, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 64.

Born in Buffalo, the youngest of seven children, she attended School 53 and was an honor student at East High School, where she was a member of Omicron Alpha and the drill team.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Buffalo State College, where she completed her undergraduate studies in three years under an accelerated program, and was certified in school administration and supervision at the New York State Education Department’s Principals’ Academy.

She began as a first-grade teacher at School 59, always including African-American history in projects and lessons.

She served as the school’s program coordinator from 1985 to 1989, then became the school’s assistant principal. She headed the committee to rename the school the Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School. In 2000, she was appointed principal of Waterfront Elementary School. She retired in 2001.

A longtime member of Friendship Baptist Church, she served on Usher Board No. 1 and was the Sunday school teacher of teachers for the Christian Education Board for many years.

She enjoyed bowling, collecting African art, traveling, sewing and baking. She was noted for her pineapple upside-down cake.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Bruce Cosby, and a sister, Alice Watson-Atwood.

Services will be at noon Saturday in Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St.