Submitting an Obituary We will share the news of a SUNY Oswego college community member’s death when we receive the information from a family member, friend or another source in the form of a previously published notice, typically from a newspaper or funeral home. Please send such notices to the Office of Alumni Relations, c/o
Charles Brown ’35 of Hackettstown, N.J., died Oct. 29, 2016, at the age of 102. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Charles began his career in education in New Jersey in 1936. He served as a teacher and administrator at several schools until he retired in 1982. Surviving are his son, Charles,
Berta Culver Van Loon Stebbins ’45 of Lake Wales, Fla., died May 29, 2016. She taught for more than 30 years in the Odessa-Montour (N.Y.) Central School District. She was predeceased by her first husband, Harold Van Loon. Berta is survived by her second husband, Arnold Stebbins; three children, 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Sylvia
Elsie Cates Shirley ’39 of Boylston, N.Y., died Nov. 2, 2014. Prior to her retirement, she taught in the Sandy Creek Central School District. Oswald Kopp ’40 of Lincoln, Neb., died May 22, 2013. He earned a doctorate from Columbia University and was a professor and principal of the laboratory school at SUNY Potsdam. He
Jean Grant, the former director of the Mary Walker Health Services Center at SUNY Oswego, shared her extraordinary skill, compassion and empathy with students and campus members for 37 years. She died in 2013 at the age of 65, but she left behind a legacy that helped improve American healthcare and established SUNY Oswego as
Ruth Hackett Kitney ’34 of Fulton, N.Y., died Feb. 13, 2015, at the age of 103. She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Ira, N.Y. For more than 30 years she taught in the Fulton School District, retiring in 1969. She is survived by three children, 12 grandchildren, including Ryan Terpening ’04, and
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.
Courtney Newstead ’30 of King City, Ore., died Sept. 11, 2014, at the age of 104. He began his teaching career in Mexico, N.Y. He left teaching to build and operate a frozen food locker and meat processing business, which he ran for 20 years. He returned to teaching at Lyme Central School in Chaumont,
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
Marjorie Burns Edison ’30 of Skaneateles, N.Y., died Feb. 20, 2013, at the age of 105. She had taught in the Clinton School District and retired from Marcellus (N.Y.) Central School in 1967. Anthony Marinaccio ’34 of Lady Lake, Fla., died Jan. 31, 2012. Virginia Davidson Burr ’35 of Lowville, N.Y., died Nov. 19, 2013.