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Flint, 76, Harpur professor emeritus, dies

John T. Flint, professor emeritus of sociology, died June 17, 2003, at his home in Binghamton. He was 76.

Born in Mahnomen, Minn., Flint served in the Navy during World War II and earned a BA in 1949 from Kent State University, an MA in 1951 from the University of Chicago and a PhD in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin. He came to Binghamton University, then Harpur College, in 1966.

A former director of the former University’s Religious Studies Certificate Program, which was designed to provide students with a basic historical understanding of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Flint specialized in the sociology of religion, popular culture and music. He wrote many papers on the subject and the book Historical Role Analysis in the Study of Religious Change: Mass Educational Development in Norway, 1740-1891 (Cambridge University Press, 1990). He retired from active teaching in 2000.

A popular professor, he had a breadth of scholarly interests not bounded by sociology as a discipline. “His scholarly interests were so broad and diverse, I think he served on dissertation committees in every department in human development and social sciences,” said his son, Adam Flint, a BU doctoral student.

Particularly important for Flint was his participation in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. He was a life-long advocate for peace and social justice. He was predeceased by his wife, Dr. Frida Flint, and survived by his two children, his son, Adam, and daughter, Portia Johnson. A memorial service will be held on campus Saturday, October 4. Details will be announced in INSIDEBU and Dateline. Donations in Flint’s name may be made to Binghamton — El Charcon Sister City Project, PO Box 444 SVS, Binghamton, NY 13903.
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