ONEONTA – Foster Lloyd Brown, SUNY Oneonta professor and best-selling college textbook author, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, of complications following heart surgery. He was 86.
He was born May 26, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., the eldest of three children of Durward B. Brown, a Methodist minister, and Dorothy Rine Brown, an author. Upon graduation from Shinnston High School in 1949, he served in the Navy.
Degrees included a bachelor’s in botany from West Virginia University; a master’s in plant physiology, also from WVU; and a doctorate in statistics from Cornell University, with post-doctoral research at the Imperial College London.
His co-authored book, “Statistical Concepts,” published by Harper & Row, became the world’s best-selling paperback textbook on statistics, according to the publisher.
ONEONTA – Patricia Curtis Hamilton Pantaleoni, 88, who with her daughter, City Judge Lucy Bernier, formed what may have been the first mother-daughter law firm in the state, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
She was born Feb. 19, 1930, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and grew up in the neighboring village of Passumpsic. Patricia studied piano from an early age, playing for the services of the Baptist Church of Passumpsic and for the weekly dances at the Grange Hall.
After graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1948, she attended Smith College on a full scholarship, studying music and piano performance. After graduating from Smith College in 1952, she pursued and received a master’s degree in music education at Radcliffe College on a Ford Foundation Fellowship.
UNADILLA – The Unatego Central School District is soliciting proposals for “repurposing” the former Otego Elementary School, the district announced a few minutes ago.
Working with a community-based Repurposing Committee, the Board of Education is inviting developers and others interested in purchasing the property, consisting of a 47,800-square-foot two-story building and approximately 4.8 acres of adjoining land.
EAST MEREDITH – Maria Elena “Elena” Doyle, 71, who owned Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta, died peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Born in Queens, NY, daughter of Silvio Ghianda and Mary (Gerolamo) Ghianda, Elena moved to East Meredith in 1989. A long-standing member of the Oneonta business community, she owned and operated Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta, NY for more than 20 years and was one of the area’s premier wedding caterers.
ONEONTA – Lawrence John Heldman, Ed.D., a SUNY Oneonta professor active in community life, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home.
Larry was born Feb. 10, 1932, to Arthur Charles and Mary Patterson Heldman in Yonkers, the eldest of their five children. He attended Yonkers schools and graduated from Cortland State Teachers College (SUNY Cortland) in 1953.
He served in the Army’s 516th Signal Corps during the Korean War, and was awarded the Medal of Military Merit.
ONEONTA – The funeral mass is tomorrow for Lloyd F. Baker, 94, revered former Oneonta principal and football coach whose 1960 team was the only one unbeaten and untied in school history; the football field is named in his honor. He passed away Thursday, April 26, at Bassett Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 19, 1923 in Granby, Fulton County, the son of Ezra and Viola (Colville) Baker. He married Elizabeth Sawyer on Jan. 12, 1944. She predeceased him on Sept. 22, 2007.
Lloyd attended Cortland State from September 1942 until January 1943, when he left to serve in the Army during World War II. Receiving the rank of captain in the Army Air Corps, he piloted B-24s and was honorably discharged in November 1945.
MORRIS – Virginia (Davila) Madero, 94, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 7, 2018.
She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to Ruperto and Josephina Davila on Sept. 28, 1923. She was raised by her granparents in Puerto Rico until moving to the United States at age 12. She married the love of her life, Angel J. Madero on April 11, 1942, and celebrated 70 years together until his passing in 2012.
OTEGO – Clifford E. Yager, 82, who operated Clifford Yager Painting for many years, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Oneonta.
He was born Jan. 21, 1936, in Oneonta, the son of the late Clifford Yager and Elsie (Hungerford) Shumway. Clifford served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing.
ONEONTA – Pauline G. Dudley, 95, retired director of SUNY Oneonta’s Home Economics Division, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at her home in Oneonta.
She was born July 30, 1922 in Bassett, Iowa, to Robert Glen and Dorothy Petersen Dudley. The family moved to Floyd, Iowa, where her brother, Leland, was born in 1924. In 1934, they moved to Ames, Iowa, where Pauline attended Ames High School, graduating with honors in 1939. She was active in vocal music groups, student government, Girl Reserves, and National Honor Society.