Dr. Fred D. Archer Jr., 88, first African-American president of the Erie County Dental Society – The Buffalo News

Oct. 20, 1929 – May 3, 2018

Dr. Fred Douglas Archer Jr., the first African-American to serve as president of the Erie County Dental Society, died May 3 in his Amherst home. He was 88.

Born in Reidsville, N.C., an only child, he graduated with honors from Booker T. Washington High School there in 1946 and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950 from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and played the role of Cassius in “Othello.”

Drafted into the Marine Corps, he served in Puerto Rico during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he came to Buffalo to join his mother in 1953 and worked at Bethlehem Steel.

A cousin, Dr. James E. Moore, who was a dentist in Washington, D.C., invited him to come take a look at the College…

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