Dr. Kenneth D. Kellerhouse Jr, 91; SUNY Professor, Democratic Chair


Dr. Kenneth D. Kellerhouse Jr., 91;

SUNY Professor, Democratic Chair

Ken Kellerhouse

ONEONTA – Dr. Kenneth D. Kellerhouse Jr., former county Democratic chairman and retired SUNY Oneonta education professor, died on Sept. 22, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was predeceased in the 1990s by his wife, Muriel, a theatre professor. In her memory, the husband established a scholarship at College at Oneonta Foundation in her name.

He was born in White Plains on Aug. 10, 1928, and worked as a well driller and butcher until, receiving support from the College Foundation, which allowed him to enroll at age 27.  “It changed my life,” he said in a College Foundation profile.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Oneonta, and his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Both he and Muriel joined the SUNY Oneonta faculties in 1960.

After retiring, he served on the College Foundation board.

He is survived by one son, the Rev. Dr. Dean K. Kellerhouse; and one grandson, Gregory H. Kellerhouse, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

5 thoughts on “Dr. Kenneth D. Kellerhouse Jr, 91; SUNY Professor, Democratic Chair

  1. Kathy Hewlett

    Dr. Kellerhouse was a wonderful man and loved SUNY Oneonta as indicated by his years as an Alumnus of the College as well as a teaching faculty member. He gave back to the campus over and over.
    He will be missed.

  2. Tracey Ranieri

    Dr. Kellerhouse was a tremendous supporter of students and student athletes. He attended many college events in his retirement to support student success. So much so that athletes could pick him out of the crowd and were glad to see him. A kind and generous man always with a smile and positive words. A great loss to our community.

  3. Todd Bitterman

    Mr. Kellerhouse had an infectious smile and was always warm and cheerful. I believe he was also a caretaker of College Camp. He treated everyone like a long time best friend. A great man in all regards.

  4. Linda (Chicorelli) Gilmore

    Dr. Kellerhouse will truly be missed. He was a very kind and compassionate person. I have fond memories of him when he was a Principal at Bugbee school. I drew him a picture when I was a young girl and 20 plus years later he told me he still had it hanging in his home office. I’m sorry I just found out about his passing. He certainly has touched a lot of hearts!!!

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