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In Memoriam

David Bosnick, adjunct, Department of Philosophy. Bosnick taught Literature and the Law for 15 years. He earned his bachelor's degree at East Carolina University, his master's degree at SUNY Brockport, and his PhD in creative writing and MAT in English at Binghamton University. He also played on and later coached the Binghamton University Rugby Team, and was a generous donor to the EOP Program, Chabad of Binghamton and countless other student organizations and charities.

Janet Brown, 93, longtime chief of acquisitions for Binghamton University's Libraries. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University at Buffalo. She also obtained a degree in library science from McGill University in Montreal, before joining the newly founded Harpur College as a librarian in 1952.

Iva Coleman, 71, former assistant to the chair in the Department of Biological Sciences. Coleman earned degrees in biology and chemistry from Hampton University. She joined the Binghamton University staff in 1974. Her mentorship efforts and initiatives ultimately helped to increase the number of minority students in the sciences. She was the recipient of a Chancellor's Award and served on several local non-profit boards, including Zonta Club, Southern Tier Zoological Society and the Broome County Status of Women Council. She retired in 2002.

Clifford ClarkClifford D. Clark, 88, former Binghamton University president. Clark joined the faculty at Binghamton in 1973 as a University professor, retiring in 1996. He was rehired shortly after and remained part-time on the faculty until 2000. Appointed as the fourth president of Binghamton University in 1975, Clark championed the growth of graduate programs in selected areas, especially the sciences and professional schools. Considered a founder of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, he also oversaw restructuring of several programs in the then-School of Education and Human Development and a major expansion of the Decker School of Nursing. Clark also established the Harpur — now Binghamton University — Forum to bridge community-campus relationships.

Carl Ernstrom, 78, former chair of the former Harpur — now Binghamton University — Forum. Ernstrom was a graduate of Binghamton University's Harpur College and a longtime supporter of the University, serving as the chair of the Binghamton University Foundation, as well as president of the Alumni Association board of directors (1968-69). He received one of the inaugural medals of distinguished service from the Alumni Association at its first Alumni Leaders Conference in 2013.

Paul GoldstaubPaul R. Goldstaub, 66, professor emeritus of music composition and theory. Prior to coming to Binghamton in 1998, Goldstaub held teaching positions at the Ithaca College School of Music, the College- Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, Mankato (Minnesota) State University and Eastern Michigan University. He presented lectures, papers and workshops at the Chautauqua Institution, Oberlin Conservatory and Syracuse University, among many others, as well as at national meetings of professional music societies and organizations.

William Heyman, 88, professor emeritus of psychology. Heyman, an Army veteran of World War II, earned his PhD from New York University in 1954, and joined the faculty at Binghamton University — then Harpur College — in September 1954. He focused his research on discrimination and perception. He retired in 1990 after 36 years of service.

Gilbert Janauer, 82, founding member of the Department of Chemistry's analytical division. Janauer received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria, and worked at Clarkson University before joining the faculty at Binghamton University. He served the department at a critical time in the growth of the PhD program in the 1970s.

Edward Longo, 53, lab equipment designer. Longo joined the staff at Binghamton University in 2006 as a laboratory equipment designer for the psychology and biology departments. He was a lifelong machinist, hunter, fisher, knife maker, collector, gunsmith, marksman, animal lover, motorcycle fabricator and rider.

Julia Miller, 76, former director of Harpur Academic Advising. Miller worked in Harpur Academic Advising for more than 20 years. Originally hired at Binghamton University in 1984 as a senior advisor, she was promoted to director in 1991, and remained in that position until her retirement in 2005. She returned shortly after in a part-time capacity, and left University employment in 2010.

Susan J. Peters, 74, retired musical director of the Theatre Department. Peters, a graduate of Wellesley College, earned both a bachelor's degree and a master of music degree from Binghamton University and joined the Theatre Department in 1969, retiring in 2012. During her 43 years on campus, she adapted and directed scores of theater productions for the University and also for the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott.

Duane Skrabalak, 65, retired adjunct professor in the Music Department. He was former artistic director of the Tri-Cities Opera, and served as a director of the Master of Music with Specialization in Opera program at Binghamton University from 1998 to 2010.

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Last Updated: 3/1/17