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.