Pauline G. Dudley, 95, Led Home Ec At SUNY Oneonta


Pauline G. Dudley, 95; Led

Home Ec At SUNY Oneonta

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.

In the fall, 1939, she began her studies in the Home Economics Education Program at Iowa State University.  Throughout college she worked as a part-time secretary in the College YMCA.  She continued to participate in many activities during her college years and was especially proud to be a member of the I.S.U. Mixed chorus, Women’s Glee Club and Women’s Sextet.

After graduation in 1943, she taught Home Economics in the Plainfield and Nashua, Iowa, schools and began work on her M.S. degree at Iowa State.  In 1947, she joined the Home Economics staff at I.S.U. and was put in charge of the Teacher Training Center at Iowa Falls, Iowa.  After earning her M.S. Degree, she did additional graduate study at I.S.U., University of California at Berkley and New York University.  While living in Iowa Falls, she continued to study voice and piano and became a member of P.E.O.

In 1957, she accepted a position as an associate professor in Home Economics Education at SUNY Oneonta, and several years later became professor and director of the Home Economics Division.  During vacation times she traveled extensively in Europe and the United States.  After her retirement she continued to enjoy her home in Oneonta, antiquing, sewing, gardening, and socializing with her many friends.

She was a member and ruling elder of First Presbyterian Church and served on its session, chaired several committees and enjoyed singing in its choir for many years.

Pauline helped to organize P.E.O. Chapter BH, New York, and served several terms as its President.

In 2010, she moved to St. James Manor Retirement Community and continued to enjoy her life there and her activities and friends in Oneonta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Dorothy, and her brother, Leland Dudley, his wife, Irene Brammer Dudley.

She is survived by her niece, Linda Dudley Allan of Coulter, Iowa; nephews, James Dudley of Columbia, Missouri and David Dudley of Latimer, Iowa and their families, as well as many dear friends.

At her request, there will be no funeral service.  Her ashes will be placed in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery in Nashua, Iowa.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted with Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY


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