In Memoriam – Winter 2015

Elizabeth O’Brien Gumaer ’34 of Niskayuna, N.Y., died May 5, 2014, at the age of 100. She taught in the Watertown, N.Y., area and worked as an accountant for the federal government. She is survived by four children and three grandchildren.

Alfred Johns ’42 of Webster, N.Y., died Sept. 15, 2014. He was an elementary principal in the Webster School District for 38 years, retiring in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, three daughters, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ruth Neuhoff Handler ’45 of Seaford, N.Y., died April 16, 2014. She is survived by two children and three grandchildren.

Gerald Oot ’46 of Rantoul, Ill., died Nov. 4, 2013. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked at Chanute Air Force Base for 37 years, retiring in 1980 as a training specialist. Gerald is survived by three daughters, a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

Joseph Cmaylo ’48 of Verona, N.Y., died Aug. 20, 2014. Joseph had taught in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (N.Y.) School District for 38 years prior to his retirement. He is survived by three daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Robert Rushforth ’48 of New Paltz, N.Y., died April 4, 2014. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Robert earned a master’s degree at SUNY New Paltz. He taught for 36 years in Yonkers, Dover Plains, Poughkeepsie and Spackenkill, retiring in 1985. Surviving are his wife, Daisy, a son, a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

William Andriette ’49 of Amherst, N.Y., died March 22, 2014.

Ruth Jawitz ’50 of Silver Spring, Md., died June 28, 2013.

Mary Garde Ruelius ’50 of Houston, Texas, died June 8, 2014.

Barbara Dempsey Herlosky ’51 M’82 died May 19, 2013. She taught for 40 years in the North Syracuse (N.Y.) School District. Barbara is survived by her husband, John, three sons and three great-grandchildren.

Louis Mandra ’51 of Atco, N.J., died Aug. 11, 2014. He served with the U.S. Marines during World War II. He later flew jets as a Naval Aviator and spent 30 years with Naval Intelligence and the Naval Investigative Service. He was a marketing executive with New York Insurance Company for 30 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Taylor ’52. He is survived by two daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

Nancy Reynolds Newton ’51 of New Albany, Ohio, died July 10, 2014.

Ernest Parry ’51 of Sims, N.C., died Nov. 23, 2013. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ernest had been president of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., and retired as president of Wilson Technical Community College in Wilson, N.C. He is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Robert Rathbun M’51 of Chazy, N.Y., died March 21, 2013. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Robert earned a master’s degree at Oswego. He taught for 32 years at Chazy (N.Y.) Central Rural School. Surviving are his wife, Priscilla Hawkins ’51, four children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Robert Rice ’51 of Conway, S.C., and Redfield, N.Y., died Aug. 26, 2013. He earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He taught for three years in the Onondaga Nation School, then for 26 years in the West Genesee (N.Y.) Central School District, retiring in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Helen, two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Alice Woodworth ’51 of Oswego died Sept. 9, 2014. She taught for many years in Pittsford, N.Y., before returning to Oswego after her retirement. Alice is survived by a brother, Charles.

Kenneth Eaton ’52 of Auburn, N.Y., died May 30, 2014. He was a teacher for 32 years, having taught in the Skaneateles (N.Y.) Central School and Onondaga BOCES. Ken is survived by his wife, Jean, four children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Marcus Kipp ’52 of Chula Vista, Calif., died Oct. 5, 2013.

Jeremiah McDonnell ’52 of Tallahassee, Fla., died April 2, 2014. After college, he served in the U.S. Navy as a jet fighter pilot. He earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University. He taught for many years, retiring from Red Hook (N.Y.) Central School. After retiring, he was the executive director of Cuneen-Hackett Cultural Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Surviving are his wife, Cora, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Richard Omundsen ’52 of Lancaster, Pa., died May 17, 2014. He earned a master’s degree at Columbia University. He had been a teacher and an elementary school principal. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, two foster sons, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Charles Stebbins ’52 of Nanuet, N.Y., died June 16, 2014. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was employed by the NYS Department of Education prior to retiring. Charles is survived by a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

Donald Sweeney ’52 of Los Angeles died Aug. 24, 2014. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University and his Certificate of Advanced Study at SUNY New Paltz. He began his 38-year career as an educator teaching in Baldwinsville, N.Y., then became a principal in Hudson, N.Y., and Kingston, N.Y. He retired in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Anne Tormay ’51, two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.

Sheldon Goodman ’53 of Oswego died Dec. 10, 2013.

Patrick “Jack” Lawless ’53 of Seattle died Aug. 19, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Jack taught for 21 years and was a novelty and food concessionaire until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, two children and four grandchildren.

Edward D’Angelo ’54 of Hamden, Conn., died June 3, 2014. He earned a master’s degree at New York University and his Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. Over his 52-year career as a teacher, he taught at SUNY Buffalo, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of Bridgeport, the University of New Haven, and for the last 15 years of his career, at Quinnipiac University. Edward is survived by his wife, Margery Reynolds, a stepdaughter, a stepson and three granddaughters.

James Graves ’54 of Sherrill, N.Y., died March 17, 2014. He taught industrial arts technology at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (N.Y.) Junior High School from 1955 until his retirement in 1987. He was also co-proprietor of Silver City Contractors. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, 10 children, 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Jeanne Mitchell ’54 of Oswego died Feb. 18, 2014.

Kenneth Sherman ’54 of Liverpool, N.Y., died Sept. 6, 2014. He served with the U.S. Navy. He taught at West Genesee (N.Y.) High School until his retirement in 1984. He then served as an adjunct professor of math at Onondaga Community College. He is survived by his wife, Anne MacDonald ’53, and a large circle of extended family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth and Anne Sherman Scholarship, c/o Oswego College Foundation Inc., 215 Sheldon Hall, State University of New York, Oswego, NY 13126.

Elbert Gardner ’55 of Bristol, R.I., died Aug. 18, 2014. He served with the U.S. Navy. Elbert earned a master’s degree at Penn State. He worked for the NYS Department of Labor until his retirement in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Shin ’56, two children and four grandchildren.
Fred French ’60 of Canastota, N.Y., died Sept. 5, 2014. He began his career teaching industrial arts technology in Little Falls, N.Y. Then he moved to Long Island and taught at Cold Spring Harbor and Half Hollow Hills, where he was also assistant principal. After moving upstate, he was the principal at Cincinnatus High School, then an instructor at SUNY Morrisville and later the principal at New Life Christian School in Hamilton. Fred is survived by his wife, Beatrice DeStephen ’61, five children, Lynn Herbert, Ruth Hanson, Susan Rosati, Christopher ’91 and Adrienne Butts; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Ruth Heins Haws ’60 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died Aug. 5, 2014. She had been a teacher at Genesee Hills Elementary School in DeWitt, N.Y. Ruth is survived by her husband, George, a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arlene Madalena Weyer ’60 of Endwell, N.Y., died June 13, 2013. She was the Class of 1960 historian. Prior to her retirement, she taught at Seton Catholic Middle School. Arlene is survived by two daughters, two sons and three grandchildren.

David Lonergan ’61 of Central Square, N.Y., died July 18, 2014. He earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University. He was a teacher at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square. David is survived by his wife, Michelle, three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Bernice Silver Tobin ’61 of Trumbull, Conn., died Aug. 5, 2014. She taught in New City and Jericho, N.Y., before moving to Trumbull.
Bernice taught in the Trumbull School District from 1974 until her retirement in 1999. She is survived by her husband, Ephraim, two children and six grandchildren.

Suzanne Shepherd DeBoy ’62 of New Milford, Conn., died April 1, 2014. She taught in Cheektowaga, N.Y., and in New Milford. Surviving are her husband, Robert, a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.

Stanley Glover ’62 of Newburgh, N.Y., died July 30, 2014. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned a master’s degree at SUNY New Paltz. He had been an industrial arts teacher in the Newburgh City School District. Surviving are three daughters and eight grandchildren.

Joseph Zecher ’62 of Chittenango, N.Y., died July 28, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He taught in the Chittenango Central School District for 26 years, retiring in 1989. Surviving are his wife, Nancy, four daughters, a son and eight grandchildren.

Marilyn Burkell Roth ’63 of Hacienda Heights, Calif., died Aug. 15, 2014. She is survived by her husband, J. Robert Roth ’64.

Raymond Izen ’64 of Las Vegas died June 20, 2013. He taught in New York State for more than 32 years before retiring and moving to Las Vegas where he was a pre-need counselor for Palm Mortuary for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Glaser ’67, four children and nine grandchildren.

Judith Nolan ’64 of Auburn, N.Y., died June 16, 2014. She taught in the Auburn City School District prior to her retirement. She is survived by her brothers, Martin ’72 and Mark.

Barbara Smith Sinard ’65 of Cerritos, Calif., died May 13, 2014. She taught in the Cypress School District for more than 30 years. Barbara is survived by a son, Gary.

Robert Snow ’65 of Atlanta died March 7, 2014. He earned a master’s degree at Oswego then taught in Spring Valley, N.Y. He had a 47-year career in the financial services industry, beginning in 1967 as a manager with Francis I. DuPont & Co. He later worked with E.F. Hutton & Co., Prudential Securities, Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette/Credit Suisse First Boston, Legg Mason and BB&T Scott Stringfellow. Surviving is his wife, Carolyn.

Eugene Dziedzic ’67 of Utica, N.Y., died May 14, 2013. He earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University and pursued post-graduate work at Colgate University. He taught at Whitesboro High School for 34 years, retiring in 2001, and was an instructor of Polish-American studies at Utica College for several years. Eugene is survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons and two granddaughters.

Ronald Costello ’69 of Wantagh, N.Y., died Aug. 14, 2014. He earned a master’s degree at St. John’s University. He was an industrial arts technology and driver’s education teacher at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y., for more than 30 years, and was an acting assistant principal and department chair until his retirement in 2002. Surviving are his wife, Linda Ann, and his daughter, Christina Lynn ’05.

Paul Susco ’70 of Syracuse, N.Y., died Aug. 16, 2014. He was in sales, working for Iroquois Door and Hilti Fastening, as a GM of an Andersen distributor, and as a Keller Williams realtor. Paul is survived by his wife, Sandra, three sons and three grandchildren.

Robert Stapleton ’71 of Syracuse, N.Y., died June 3, 2014. He earned an MBA at Chapman College. He was employed by the NYS Office of Mental Health for 37 years and retired as deputy director for administration at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Beth Wallbridge, and two sons.

Colleen Cunningham Petruso ’72 M’79 of Liverpool, N.Y., died Sept. 9, 2014. From 1972 until her retirement, she taught in the Liverpool School District. Colleen is survived by her husband, Richard, four children and nine grandchildren.

Bruce “Gary” Rathbone ’72 of Burlington Flats, N.Y., died July 17, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Gary began his teaching career in Harrisville, N.Y. before returning to his hometown, where he taught at both Otsego and Herkimer County BOCES. He is survived by two daughters, two sons and eight grandchildren.

Edith Johnson Clover ’73 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died June 1, 2014. Before returning to college, she was the first women’s page editor at the Baldwinsville Messenger. She earned an associates degree at Onondaga Community College. Edith was a teacher in the Baldwinsville School District. Surviving are two daughters, a son, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Benjamin Jaskula ’73 of Cherry Hill, N.J., died Aug. 14, 2014. He worked for Stone and Webster for many years and more recently at Golf Galaxy and the Fox Meadow Golf Course in Maple Shade, N.J. He is survived by a brother, James.

Michael Miglionico ’73 of Kerhonkson, N.Y., died July 13, 2014. He taught in Ellenville (N.Y.) Central Schools from 1973 until his retirement in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a daughter, two sons and two grandchildren.

Cynthia Dschuden Warner ’75 of Walworth, N.Y., died Aug. 14, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Steve.

Gregory King ’76 of Greenport, N.Y., died May 2, 2014. He had been a music teacher and a title examiner, and most recently worked for Land America. He is survived by two sisters.

Jeffrey Villeneuve ’77 of DeKalb Junction, N.Y., died June 27, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Ann, two daughters, three stepchildren, two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Susan Snyder Kirk ’79 of Oxford, Mass., died June 26, 2013. She earned a master’s degree at the University at Albany. Susan was a third-grade teacher for 17 years at A.M. Chaffee School and Clara Barton School in Oxford. She is survived by her husband, John ’79, and two children.

Nadine Osborne ’79 of Liverpool, N.Y., died June 6, 2014. She worked as a systems analyst for Mutual of New York, Carrier and National Grid. Nadine is survived by her husband, Peter, and two children.

Nadine Faber King ’80 of Aquebogue, N.Y., died May 17, 2014. Nadine had been an office administrator at Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead and East End Seaport Museum and Foundation in Greenport. She is survived by her husband, Eugene, and three children, Jacqueline King-Present, Kayla ’13 and Daniel.

Kenneth Pick ’80 of Niskayuna, N.Y., died Aug. 16, 2014. He earned a master’s degree from the University at Albany. He had a 30-year career in public service as a demographic analyst, most recently for the New York State Senate/Assembly Hispanic and Puerto Rican Task Force. He is survived by his wife, Carmen, and a son, Kyle.

Gerald Kilmartin ’81 of New York City died May 27, 2014. He had been employed at Bryant Park Restaurant. He is survived by four brothers.
Karen Madden ’87 M’94 of New Haven, N.Y., died July 31, 2014. She was a teacher at New Haven Elementary for 27 years. Surviving is her husband, Dickie Bateman.

Richard Einhorn ’92 of Bayside, N.Y., died July 2, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his son, Michael.

Mary Christine Stanley Birdsall ’95 of Oswego died June 5, 2014. Prior to retiring in 2013, she was employed with Oswego County’s Planning Department. Surviving are her husband, Michael; a son, Scott; a daughter, Amy; a grandson, Matthew; and her siblings, Catherine Augliano and Ron Wallace, Thomas [and Connie] Stanley, and Michael [and SUNY Oswego President Deborah F.] Stanley.

James Mullin ’96 of Mahopac, N.Y., died May 27, 2014. He was a major in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He served two tours in Korea and two tours in Afghanistan. James is survived by his daughter, Quincy, and his parents.

Jon Southwell ’98 of Houston, Texas, died Aug. 21, 2012. He was vice president of tax and assistant treasurer for the Rowan Companies. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, and two sons.

John Fabbri ’04 of North Syracuse, N.Y., died July 20, 2014. He was employed by Crouse Hinds and the Syracuse City School District. John is survived by his wife, Carol, a son and a daughter.

Kimberly DeGroat Hilliard ’04 of Morrisville, N.Y., died July 8, 2014. She was a property manager for Conifer Realty in Rochester. Kimberly is survived by her fiancé, Robert Newman, and a daughter, Ariana.

Holly Walsh Gardner ’08 of Auburn, N.Y., died June 19, 2014. She was a NYS Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor at Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions. Holly is survived by her husband, John; her mother, Marguerite Smith; and three stepchildren.

Sean Demerchant Jr. ’14 of Halfmoon, N.Y., died April 24, 2014. He was a marketing major with a minor in economics. He is survived by his parents, Sean and Tricia, and a brother, Joshua.

Alexandra Parry ’14 of Halfmoon, N.Y., died June 8, 2014. She was employed by Whole Foods in the specialty food sales division. She is survived by her parents, David and Terry; and a sister, Nicole.

Steven Wilock ’14 of Ballston Lake, N.Y., died May 10, 2014. He was an accounting major. Steven is survived by his parents, Stanley and Linda; and brothers, Nicholas and Justin.

Ronald Engel, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology, died Sept. 7, 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He had previously worked at the Rice Creek Biological Field Station and retired from the biology department in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Helen, a daughter and a son.

Lawrence Perras, Senior Business Advisor in the college’s Small Business Development Center in the Office of Business and Community Relations, died Sept. 11, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1980. Larry earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. He is survived by his wife, Teresa, two sons and three grandchildren.

Robert Rock, Professor Emeritus of Health and Physical Education, died June 22, 2014. He served aboard the USS Amsterdam during World War II. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Springfield College and a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as Oswego’s dean of student affairs/vice president for student Affairs from 1963 to 1978. He retired from Oswego in 1981. He later was a professor of counseling at C.W. Post of Long Island University. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, a daughter and a son.

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