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June 13, 2013

Earl Edward Deubler Jr.

Earl Edward Deubler Jr.

ROCHESTER — Dr. Earl Edward Deubler Jr., 86, died peacefully on June 3, 2013, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by his loving family.

The oldest of five children, Dr. Deubler was born on May 19, 1927, in Sayre, Pa., to Earl and Anna Deubler and lived there until his recruitment into the U.S. Navy his senior year of high school in 1945. He served two years active duty, and remained in inactive duty until 1952.

He met his wife, Dorothy, on New Year’s Eve in 1948, and they married in 1951.

Dr. Deubler earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Moravian College, 1950, and his PhD in vertebrate zoology from Cornell University, 1955. Throughout his education and career, Dr. Deubler wrote extensively, particularly on the subject of marine biology.

From 1955 to 1967, Dr. Deubler held research and teaching positions as an associate professor of biology and zoology at the institute of Marine Science of the University of North Carolina; University of Massachusetts; and Hartwick College.

Achieving a full professorship in 1967, Dr. Deubler settled his family down in Oneonta, and became a well-respected member of the Hartwick College faculty. For 21 years Dr. Deubler’s life work was dedicated to “…finding ways of providing (Hartwick) students with the best possible ‘hand-crafted’ education available,” and for 10 years acted as Coordinator of Individual Programs for interdisciplinary course of study within the framework of liberal arts education.

Dr. Deubler was very proud of the honors he received from both students and faculty alike, particularly as the first recipient of the Margaret B. Bunn Outstanding Teacher Award in 1978.

He held several elective and appointed chair positions during his tenure, including a five year post as Chair of the Biology Department and a two year post as first Chair of Faculty. Appointed by the Board of Trustees in 1976, Dr. Deubler held the position of Acting President and in 1986, became the first Dean of Faculty before retiring in 1988. One position that was particularly close to his heart was the collaborative efforts Dr. Deubler shared with his colleagues in the procurement and creation of Pine Lake Environmental Center.

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