|Professor Bill Raffel|
The life of Communication Professor Bill Raffel, our accomplished colleague in the Communication Department, will be celebrated and remembered this Friday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Campbell Student Union Assembly Hall. Both music and food will be featured, along with shared memories by colleagues and friends. All are welcome to contribute a story or share a memory. Raffel lost a hard-fought battle with brain cancer on October 13, 2014. He was 47 years old and is survived by his wife Eloisa.
Bill was an associate professor in the Communication Department specializing in journalism and law, and had been a member of the faculty at Buffalo State since 2001. He was tremendously interested in the First Amendment, and focused many classes on issues surrounding freedom of speech. Bill was also known as the host of several radio programs, most recently affiliated with WNED-FM, a classical station. He was notably the host of a longtime Celtic program that preceded the national program Thistle and Shamrock each week on WBFO-FM. He also worked in radio news at WEBR, WNED-AM and WBFO in Buffalo earlier in his career. He was a lover of music and all things Celtic, and played the tin whistle with a local musical group.
A fund has been established in Bill's memory, and gifts may be made to the Buffalo State College Foundation with the notation "Communication Department Student Enrichment Fund in Honor of Bill Raffel."