Donald Yates, 91, died on September 15, 2017, after a short illness, in Long Beach, California where he resided for the past 16 years.
Mr. Yates spent over 40 years as a teacher and in other administrative positions in the Lewiston-Porter School District. He also served as a Youngstown Village trustee for several terms.
After graduation from Batavia High School in 1944, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and eventually was assigned to the 9th Armored Division, the 89th Cavalry Division in Europe as replacement and served with the division that took the bridge over the Rhine River in Germany. Their motto "Cross the Rhine with dry feet compliments of the 89th," allowed the U.S. troops to conduct several campaigns which served to help shorten the war.
After his discharge, he enrolled at the University of Buffalo and received a degree in history. He was then awarded a Fellowship to study for a year at the University of Pavia, Italy. He then returned to the University of Buffalo and continued his study of history. Eventually, he obtained a position at Lewiston-Porter High School Department of Social Services. He had a successful career, earning the 1971 New York State Teacher of the Year Award. His senior course in Sociology was given the Regents Credit for as long as he taught the course.
After 22 years in the classroom, Mr. Yates became the Director of Education K-12. His stay at Lew-Port ended after he accepted the position as Superintendent.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and four children, Robert, Patricia, Richard and James; and several grandchildren.
Published on October 26, 2017