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Frank Edward Marra, 101, Succumbs To COVID-19; Retired Banker Leaves Local Survivors

Frank Edward Marra, 101,

Succumbs To COVID-19

Retired Banker Leaves Local Survivors

Frank E. Marra, World War II veteran and retired bank vice president, on his 100th birthday.

Born in New York City at the height of the deadly Spanish Influenza on Sept. 24, 1918, Frank Edward Marra succumbed to complications of COVID-19 on April 5, 2020, in White Plains at the age of 101.

The son of the late Arthur and Mary Marra, Frank resided for most of his long life in Yonkers, and had winter residences in Boca Grande and Sarasota, Fla.

Upon Graduation from City College of New York Business School in 1938, Frank relocated to San Francisco to take a position with Bank of America. As world events presaged a coming global conflict, Frank returned to New York to join the Army Reserves and was called to active duty on Dec. 8, 1941. following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the previous day.

Graham Duncan,  WWII Veteran, 35-Year Professor At SUNY Oneonta

Graham Duncan, WWII Veteran,

35-Year SUNY Oneonta Professor

Graham Duncan

ONEONTA – Graham Duncan, a published poet and 35-year SUNY Oneonta English professor who, with the 87th Infantry during World War II, witnessed Buchenwald’s liberation, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, following a brief illness.

He was in his 90s.  His wife of 69 years, Evelyn Duncan, was at his side at his passing.

Landin Van Buren, 94, WWII Combat Veteran, Vice Principal

Landin Van Buren, 94, WWII

Combat Veteran, Vice Principal

Landin I. Van Buren

ONEONTA – Landin Irving Van Buren, 94, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and later rose to vice principal at Oneonta Junior High School  laid down his working tools on Sept. 25, 2017.

Landin was born May 3, 1923, in Oneonta, where he lived his entire life except for the World War II years. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1941, and in the fall of that year entered Hartwick College as a chemistry major.

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