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.
Loretta Donahue Peck ’39 of Oswego died Oct. 16, 2013. She taught for many years, beginning in one-room schoolhouses and later for Mexico (N.Y.) Academy and Central Schools. She is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. George Maharay ’41 of Frederick, Md., died Dec. 8, 2013. He served in the
Imani Gary ’15 wasn’t born when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988, killing the 259 passengers aboard and 11 people on the ground. She didn’t know the two SUNY Oswego students who perished in the bombing: Colleen Brunner ’90 and Lynne Hartunian ’89. Yet, Gary said her life has been profoundly affected by them. As the 2013