I am very sorry to share the news that Dr. Ann Wright, Professor of Biology, died on August 6. Ann had been battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than a year, and had entered hospice care last month. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her family.
Ann joined the faculty at Canisius in 1995 to teach the introductory-level human anatomy and physiology classes. She received tenure in 2002 and was promoted to full professor in 2007. Her area of expertise was science education and her work to create effective learning strategies in physiology classes resulted in numerous grants, published papers, and the honor of being named an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology education fellow in 2015.
Ann’s longtime colleague, Dr. Sara Morris, notes, “Ann had a passion for learning and knowledge. During her illness and treatment, she continued to work on the preparation of scholarly articles and to facilitate science education activities with Buffalo’s Firsthand Learning, Inc. She regularly worked with CEEP students to take their knowledge into the Buffalo Public Schools, to deepen their own understanding of science while providing educational opportunities for elementary and middle school students.”
Sara reflects the sentiments of Ann’s colleagues in the Biology Department and in the faculty at large, when she notes, “We will miss Ann’s positive attitude, her willingness to help whenever asked, her easy smile and hard work, her kindness and care for students and colleagues, and her frequent visits to Koessler to swim.”
The family held a private service. We will have a memorial service on campus in the fall, at a time to be determined. Please keep Ann’s husband, Jay, son, Albert, daughter, Tressie, granddaughters, Kelsey & Abigail, her family and her colleagues in the Biology Department in your prayers at this time of loss.
Requiescat in pace.
Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, Canisius College