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Kimberly A. Leavitt-Noble, PhD with her husband Matt

Canisius College lost a dear colleague on February 12. Kimberly A. Leavitt-Noble, PhD, assistant professor of education, passed away following her battle with cancer. She was 40 years old.

Leavitt-Noble joined the Education Department in 2004 and quickly became a valued educator and colleague. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, and used technology and student book clubs to further engage her students. Leavitt-Noble played an important role in the school’s NCATE accreditation, and took care to design her teaching load around the needs of the department. As coordinator of the Graduate Special Education Program, Leavitt-Noble refined the program to meet the needs of students, as well as the special education community. Her affiliation with the non-profit organization Access Buffalo helped the agency to promote accessibility for individuals with disabilities. She even piloted its community projects in her graduate classes.

Leavitt-Noble earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education from Buffalo State College. She held a doctorate degree in special education from the University at Buffalo.

A wake for Dr. Kimberly Leavitt-Noble will be held on Wednesday, February 15, from 7-9 p.m., and Thursday, February 16, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Kaczor Funeral Home, located at 5453 Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg. Funeral services will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 17 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3487 North Boston Road, in Eden, NY.

Leavitt-Noble leaves behind her husband, Matt, and many family members.

Submitted by: Office of Public Relations