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Professor emeritus of geography dies

Morris Budin, 88, professor emeritus of geography, died at his home in Monsey, N.Y., on May 26 after a long illness.

Budin earned a PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research, and held teaching positions in economics and urban planning at Utica College and Syracuse University before joining the faculty at Binghamton University in 1964.
Budin was a Renaissance man, according to Norah Henry, graduate director in the Department of Geography and long-time friend and colleague.

“He was interested in urban planning and had done work for the government in India and various other areas, but with his planning background he was a natural fit for us in geography,” she said. “He helped us build the department as a constant cheerleader and critic, but was a definite dynamo to make the place go.”

Describing him as a strong personality and one with absolute determination, Norah said Budin “created new courses and participated fully in all aspects of the department from planning conferences, to delivering papers and conducting collaborative research.”

Budin retired from the University in 1990. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Clara Budin ’72; his son and daughter-in-law, David Budin and Margot Mahoney and their three children; his daughter and son-in-law, Rachel Budin and Philip Kennedy and their two children,; and a brother and sister-in-law. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jamie Budin, and sister, Betty Mahler.

Budin and his wife established the Budin Assistantship for master’s students studying urban geography and urban planning. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory can contribute to the Budin Assistantship by check made payable to the Binghamton University Foundation, account #20855, sent to the Foundation at PO Box 6005, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902-6005.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08