Norman Severo, PhD Obituary

Norman C. Severo, PhD
Norman C. Severo, PhD

May 31, 1928 - September 2, 2019
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Williamsville, New York
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SEVERO - Norman C., PhD
September 2, 2019, age 91; beloved son of the late John and Marietta (nee Antonelli) Severo; loving brother of Armando (Roberta) Severo and predeceased by Edward Tambascia and Lucia (late William) Schimpf; he is survived by nephews Anthony (Jeanette Wong) Severo, Marc (Kelly) Severo, Dennis (Kathleen) Schimpf, William (Jennifer Dowdell) Schimpf and nieces Kathleen (Ronald) Mollon, Karen (Robert Miller) Schimpf; adored uncle of many grand nieces and nephews. The family will be present Sunday from 2-4 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins Rd.). Family and friends are invited Monday at 8:45 AM to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville, NY 14221. Please assemble at church. Interment to follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Share condolences at
Buffalo News Obituary Version
May 31, 1928 - Sept. 2, 2019

Norman C. Severo, of Amherst, a professor emeritus of statistics at the University at Buffalo, died Sept. 2. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, he was an honor student at Kensington High School, graduating in 1946. He received a bachelor’s degree from UB and went on to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in mathematics from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, now Carnegie Mellon University.

He worked for the National Bureau of Standards, now the National Institute of Science and Technology, conducting statistical studies for various government agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service.

In the late 1950s, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to perform research in mathematical statistics and probability at the University of Stockholm in Sweden.

Dr. Severo joined the UB faculty in 1961 and served for several years as chairman of the Department of Statistics. His primary areas of research included random theory of epidemics and fluctuation theory.

He published more than 40 academic papers and made many presentations at professional conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Following his retirement in 1996, he continued to publish papers and work with doctoral students.

He served as a visiting professor at the Cornell University School of Medicine and at the University of Campinas in Brazil.

Elected to be a member of the International Statistical Institute, he also was a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association.

He was an avid golfer and an accomplished skier. He skied extensively in the West and in Europe.

Survivors include a brother, Armando.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Sept. 9 in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.




Amherst Chapel
5200 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY US 14221
Sunday, September 8, 2019
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Gregory the Great Church
200 St. Gregory Court
Williamsville, NY 14221
Monday, September 9, 2019
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Mt. Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Heritage
Buffalo, NY US 14225
Monday, September 9, 2019