SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Dr. Howard G. Sengbusch


Interview with Dr. Howard G. Sengbusch


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Dr. Howard G. Sengbusch was born December 14, 1917. He was a 1939 graduate of the State Teachers College at Buffalo. He held a doctorate from New York University. Howard Sengbusch was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a captain with the U.S. Public Health Service.

A member of the Buffalo State faculty from 1951 to 1981, Sengbusch served over the years as a professor of biology, head of the college's Arts and Sciences Division and the first director of the Great Lakes Laboratory, established by Buffalo State in 1966. In addition to his 31 years at Buffalo State, he was a former adjunct professor of biology at Georgia Southern and Florida State universities.

During his time in Buffalo, Dr. Sengbusch was vice president and acting president of the Buffalo Zoological Society. Known worldwide is an authority on parasitology, Dr. Sengbusch was one of five scientists sent by the National Science Foundation in 1962 to Central America and Panama to study tropical medicine and parasitology.

Dr. Sengbusch served as science education consultant to the Burmese government under a Fulbright grant. During 1969 and 1970, he was a visiting professor at the University of Mysore in India, doing research into human parasites. He also studied in the Philippines and Mexico. Dr. Sengbusch passed away on February 4, 1999.


SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Interview with Dr. Howard G. Sengbusch