James S. Valone, Historian and Associate Dean of the School of Business at Canisius College
December 29, 1934 February 4, 2013
Dr. James S. Valone, Ph.D. who taught at Canisius College for fifty years has died after a long battle with leukemia. Dr. Valone earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors from Penn State University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned a Master’s degree in History from Penn State before moving on to the University of Michigan for his doctoral studies. He was a specialist in early modern European history, particularly the politics of Huguenot assemblies in the early part of the seventeenth century. He published a book on that topic in 1994.
In 1961 he was offered a position teaching in the History department at Canisius College, where he primarily taught medieval and early modern European history. During the 1960s, he was instrumental in developing the history honors program and developed honors courses in historiography and research methods that he continued to teach throughout his entire career. Students found his lectures stimulating and informative and his seminars inspirational. Many of his students earned advanced degrees in history as well as other professional studies.
In 1978 he was asked to take up the role of Associate Dean of the School of Business, a position he continued to hold until his retirement in 2012. As Associate Dean, he spent most of his time advising students in the School of Business. He was an expert in the business curriculum, and was noted for being able to advise large numbers of students through the course of an academic year. Over the course of his career he advised tens of thousands of Canisius students.
Dr. Valone was active in various professional organizations, particularly the New York State Association of European Historians (NYSAEH). He served for twentyfive years as the secretary of that organization, and in that capacity he was responsible for maintaining the organization’s records throughout the academic year and organizing the annual meetings. The NYSAEH has created the James S. Valone annual lecture to commemorate his long service and dedication to the organization.
In 1959 he married Geraldine Guzik, and they remained devoted partners until Mrs. Valone’s death in January of 2013. He was the proud father of four sons. Dr. Stephen Valone, professor of History at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY; Dr. Thomas Valone, professor of Biology at St. Louis University; Dr. David A. Valone, professor of History at Quinnipac University in Hamden, CT; and Robert F. Valone, Divisional VicePresident at TJX Corporation in Los Angeles, CA. He also had great affection for his four daughterinlaws Kim Valone, Shawn Nordell, Kathy Cooke, and Janice YatesValone. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Peter and Thomas Valone of Walworth, NY, Sasha Valone of New Haven, CT, and Sydney Valone of Seal Beach, CA. He is also survived by a sister Judith and brother Richard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the James S. and Geraldine G. Valone scholarship fund at Canisius College. Checks can be made payable to Canisius College (Memo: Geraldine G. & James S. Valone Scholarship Fund) and should be sent to Dianna Civello, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Canisius College, Agassiz 107, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208.
Friends may call Thursday 3:306 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Dr., Amherst at 9:30 am.