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Retired professor Lazaroff dies

Norman Lazaroff, 81, associate professor emeritus of biological sciences, died Tuesday, May 12.

Lazaroff earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and his PhD from Yale University. He joined the Binghamton faculty in 1966 and retired in 1990.

Augie Mueller, associate professor emeritus of biological sciences, remembered Lazaroff’s dedication to his profession, but knew another side of him as well — his love of the outdoors.

“He loved to hike,” Mueller said. “He and I used to walk a lot in the hills of south Vestal. He was always a private person, but when he went out hiking on a weekend, he was always joyous.”

Following his retirement, he remained an active researcher in microbiology at the foundation he created — Micronostix — in Vestal. He was a member of the American Society for Microbiology, serving as secretary-treasurer, vice president and president of the Central New York branch; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Phycological Society of Americ;, the American Society for Photobiology; and the Society for General Microbiology.

Lazaroff is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra, a daughter, a son and two grandchildren. Those wishing to honor his memory may make a donation to Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, N.Y. 13905.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08