Campus and Country Mourn the Tragic Death of Former Oswego Professor

Warren Weinstein, former professor at SUNY Oswego, died Jan. 14, 2015, in a U.S. counterterrorism drone strike while being held hostage by Al Qaeda in Pakistan for four years.

Weinstein was a tenured professor who taught political science between 1970 and 1979. He left the position to help people of developing nations with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was abducted by Al Qaeda from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, on Aug. 13, 2011.

His SUNY Oswego colleagues remember him for being adventurous, energetic, open to new experiences and willing to take action.

“Dr. Weinstein devoted his life to making the world a better place,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “He left us to serve others in some of the world’s most impoverished and troubled regions. His life was an inspiration that will not die.”

Weinstein is survived by his wife, Ellen; his two daughters; a son-in-law; and two grandchildren.

—Aaron Wilson ’17

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