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Oct. 6, 1959 – March 15, 2014

Tyrone M. Segarra, a pharmacist chemistry professor, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. The North Tonawanda resident was 54.

Born in the Bronx, he earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, in 1982.

His education continued at the University of Iowa, earning a doctorate in medicinal chemistry in 1988. He graduated from the MBA program for marketing and health care management at the University at Buffalo in 1994.

Mr. Segarra was a pharmacist and pharmacy manager for several stores, including Tops Market, Fay’s Drug, Brooks-Eckerd and Rite Aid for 26 years. He was licensed in pharmacy in Iowa, Maryland and New York.

Mr. Segarra became an adjunct chemistry professor at ECC North in 1994. Previously, he was a teaching and research assistant at the University of Iowa in the 1980s.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society from 1983 to the present and the American Pharmacists Association from 2001 to 2006.

He was named Best Volunteer by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Preceptor of the Year for New York State in 2003. He was honored with the Performance Award by Rite Aid Corp. for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Active at the City Mission in Buffalo, Mr. Segarra also served as a volunteer pharmacist at a free medical clinic in Iowa City.

Survivors include his wife, the former Louise Medvec; a brother, Saris Jr.; and a sister, Delia Banchs.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.