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In Memoriam

David Buttolph, 89, professor of music. Buttolph received a bachelor’s degree in music from Yale University before serving in combat in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Upon returning from service, he completed a bachelor’s degree in piano and a master’s degree in conducting from the Juilliard School of Music. He also studied in Paris and in New York City. A member of the faculty at Binghamton University from 1965 until 1988, he was the founder of the Harpur Chorale, the Elizabethan Madrigal Feast and the University Chorus.

Donald Kissling, 79, professor of geology. Kissling earned his master’s in geology at the University of Wisconsin and his PhD in geology at Indiana University. While a member of the faculty at Binghamton University from 1965 to 1980, he supervised research on modern carbonates in southern Florida and the eastern Bahamas. He also was the founder/geologist of Jackalope Geological Ltd.

Owen M. Lynch, 82, professor emeritus of anthropology. A graduate of Brooklyn Prep, Fordham University and Columbia University, Lynch taught anthropology at Binghamton University before taking a position as the Charles F. Noyes Professor of Anthropology at New York University in 1974, where he remained until his retirement in 2003. His contributions to urban anthropology and to the study of the Dalit community, formerly known as Untouchables; emotions in Indian life; and the politics of emancipation led to his recognition as one of the outstanding scholars of South Asia.

Herbert Posner, 81, professor emeritus of biological sciences. A Yale-trained plant physiologist, Posner joined the faculty at Binghamton in 1964. In 1978, he was recognized with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He retired in 2000, and was named a Bartle Professor. He was co-principal investigator on two educational initiative grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve the undergraduate biology curriculum, and for a grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate the natural sciences and mathematics with the humanities and social sciences.

Roberta Schlosser, 94, associate professor emerita of music. Schlosser earned her bachelor’s degree in voice pedagogy, her master’s degree in music literature and her PhD in theory and interdisciplinary music education from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She joined the Binghamton faculty in 1963 and was a founder of Binghamton’s vocal program, teaching voice, vocal literature, theory and opera until her retirement in 1987.

William E. Vandament, 81, former psychology professor. Vandament earned his bachelor’s degree at Quincy College, a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, and a master’s and doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He came to Binghamton University in 1964, taught in psychology and also served as an assistant vice president before leaving in 1976.

James P. Young, 77, professor emeritus of political science. Young earned his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Michigan. He retired from Binghamton University in 1995, after teaching here for 34 years. He was the author of three books and editor of another on American political theory. He also authored many journal reviews and articles.

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Last Updated: 3/1/17