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Longtime UR trustee Bob Witmer has died


The  University of Rochester is mourning the passing of Bob Witmer. He was 82.

UR officials say that Witmer, an alumnus of the university, served as a member of its Board of Trustees for 40 years, including serving as chair from 2003 to 2008.

A statement from the university says that the university “benefitted greatly from his leadership and counsel.”  UR says that Witmer was a deeply committed community leader and a highly respected legal advisor.

He was a retired partner at the law firm Nixon Peabody.  Witmer was also a past president of the New York State Bar Association.

Details about funeral arrangements are not available yet.

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