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April 30, 1935 – Feb. 28, 2014

Wallace D. Mohn, of Williamsville, retired deputy director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, died Friday in St. John’s Hospice after a struggle with cancer. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1961. He earned his master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky in 1963.

Mr. Mohn began his 33-year career with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library as a junior librarian and advanced to become head of the catalog department, assistant deputy director and deputy director, overseeing the automation of the county library system. He retired in 1996.

As a young man, he worked in veterinary medicine as an animal caretaker at UB and a laboratory assistant at Gaetz Veterinary Hospital.

A former resident of Elma and the Town of Tonawanda, he sang in church choirs for more than 60 years.

Mr. Mohn was a tenor soloist or a member of choirs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Calvary Episcopal Church, St. Francis Xavier Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Central Park Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Ruth Johnson; and two daughters, Kristin and Nell.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. March 14 in Central Park United Methodist Church, 216 Beard Ave.