Dr. Carel van Oss Obituary

Dr. Carel J. van Oss
Dr. Carel J. van Oss

September 7, 1923 - February 22, 2018
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Resided in Williamsville, New York


Carel Jan van Oss Obituary
September 7, 1923 - February 22, 2018
Carel Jan van Oss of Williamsville NY, Retired professor of Microbiology at the University at Buffalo, former Consul of the Netherlands, and Forger in the Dutch Resistance of World War II died on Thursday surrounded by family after a brief illness at age 94.
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; as a 17 year old, Dr. van Oss served as a forger in the Dutch underground creating identity cards for approximately 900 Dutch Jews to escape Nazi concentration camps in occupied Amsterdam. After WWII, Dr. van Oss served in the British Royal Air force as an Intelligence Officer.
In 1955, he earned his PhD in Physical Biochemistry with honors from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He subsequently served as Director of the Laboratory of Physical Biochemistry at the French National Veterinary College. In 1963, Dr. van Oss emigrated to the United States of America with his wife Rosine and son James, to a position as Assistant Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. In 1965, Dr. van Oss took a position as Director of Serum, Plasma, and Immunochemistry at The Milwaukee Blood Center in Milwaukee, WI. In 1969, he, his wife, and son became US citizens.
Dr. van Oss came to Buffalo New York in 1968, as Associate Professor of Microbiology and Head, Immunochemistry Laboratory, at The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. In 1972 he became a full professor at UB. In 1980, Dr. van Oss earned an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB. In 1995, Dr. van Oss earned an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UB. He was editor of 3 scientific journals, 4 academic journal series in book form, wrote 11 scientific books in 3 languages, and authored over 360 published scientific papers. He was awarded 14 grants as a researcher. He was a world renowned expert in negative van der Waals forces with an equation on the subject attributed and named after him. Dr. van Oss earned 4 U.S. and French patents. Dr. van Oss was active as an author, professor, and researcher until age 89.
Dr. van Oss was fluent in Dutch, French, English, German, and had a working knowledge of Greek and Latin. He served as Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Western New York from 1970 to 1990. In 1985, he was awarded the Netherlands’ Commemorative Resistance Cross for his activities in the Dutch Resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Dr. van Oss was also awarded a Knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.
Dr. van Oss enjoyed boating, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and cycling. He was a prolific reader and book collector, and amassed over 5,000 books in his collection.
Dr. van Oss is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Rosine G. Ambard, his son James (Rosanne Frandina), daughters Anne Roach, Vivian (Mark) Gentil, and 7 grandchildren: Timothy, Daniel, and Katherine Van Oss; Stephen, Rachel, Matthew, and Alyssa Gentil. He was predeceased by his beloved sister Nelle Spitz and is also survived by 3 nieces Eyleen, Leonore, and Marianne Spitz living in Europe.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.



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