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In Memoriam

Harold Babb, 85, professor emeritus of psychology. Babb served in the Naval Reserve before receiving his PhD in general psychology from Ohio State University. He joined the Harpur College faculty in 1971 and retired in 1995, but continued to teach on a part-time basis until 1999.

Aldo Bernardo, 91, distinguished professor of Italian and comparative literature. Bernardo earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brown University and his PhD from Harvard University before joining the faculty at Triple Cities College in 1949. He retired from Harpur College in 1987. Bernardo was one of the world's leading Dante scholars and in 1966 he co-founded the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies (CEMERS). Donations can be made in his name to the Aldo and Reta Bernardo Fund at Binghamton University Memorial Account #20879. Note "in memory of Aldo Bernardo."

Joseph Butler, 86, professor emeritus of geography. Butler received his PhD from Columbia University in 1960 and joined the Harpur College faculty in 1963. He retired in 1990 after 27 years of teaching and research.

Alfred Carlip, 92, professor emeritus of economics. Carlip earned his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, his master's from the University of California at Los Angeles and his doctorate from Columbia University. He joined the Harpur College faculty in 1960, where he taught economics until his retirement in 1987. Carlip was dean of graduate studies in the 1960s and chair of a Binghamton University committee that codified the standards for tenure in the 1970s.

Carol Lee DiCesare, 79, former editor. DiCesare received her bachelor's degree with honors from Harpur College in 1969 and her PhD in English in 1980. From then until 1996, she served as the managing editor of the Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Study series, which, in association with CEMERS, published more than 150 volumes between 1978 and 1996.
Lois Mackey, 91, instructor of chemistry. Mackey graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in chemistry. She worked as a chemist for GAF before joining the Harpur College faculty in 1963, where she remained until her retirement in 1978.

Herman Roberson, 77, professor emeritus of geological sciences. Roberson earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois before joining the faculty of Harpur College, where he remained for 42 years.

Elias Schwartz, 81, professor emeritus of English. Schwartz completed his bachelor's degree after serving in the military during World War II, during which time he was injured and spent time as a POW. He received his master's degree from the University of Chicago and his doctorate in English from Stanford University. He joined the Harpur College faculty in 1962 and retired in 1985.

Melvin Seiden, 88, professor emeritus of English. Seiden earned his master's degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. An Army veteran, he joined the faculty at Binghamton in 1959, after teaching at Kansas State University. A Fulbright professor at Peking University in China in 1984–1985, he taught Renaissance drama, criticism and the novel at Binghamton until his retirement in 1994.

Ruth Stone, 96, poet and professor of English. Stone received the National Book Award at the age of 87 for her collection In the Next Galaxy. She was named to a four-year term as the state poet in her native Vermont. Stone taught at a number of campuses around the country before receiving tenure at Binghamton University in 1990.

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Last Updated: 11/14/16