Dr. Earl Edward Deubler Jr.

In Memoriam: Former Hartwick Professor Dr. Earl Edward Deubler Jr.

June 19, 2013

A memorial service for Dr. Earl Edward Deubler Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Hartwick College's Pine Lake Environmental Campus on Charlotte Creek Road in Oneonta, NY.

Dr. Earl Edward Deubler Jr., 86, died peacefully on June 3, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

"Hartwick College is, and will always be, proud to have had Earl Deubler as a member of our community," said Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "He led in many ways - as acting president, as colleague, and as mentor. You only need to hear the respectful reflections of faculty who had the opportunity to work with Dr. Deubler to know that his devotion to education and this community lives on."

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

From 1955 to 1967, Deubler held research and teaching positions as an associate professor of biology and zoology at Hartwick College. Prior to Hartwick, he also worked at the Institute of Marine Science of the University of North Carolina and The University of Massachusetts.

Achieving a full professorship in 1967 at Hartwick College, Deubler settled in Oneonta and became a well-respected member of the faculty. For 21 years, 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.

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. Deubler was also appointed as Acting President of the College by the Board of Trustees in 1976, and held several other positions at the College before retiring in 1988.

One position that was particularly close to his heart was the collaborative efforts Deubler shared with his colleagues in the procurement and creation of the Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

"Earl Deubler was one of the six faculty members who made the connection that Pine Lake was for sale in 1969," shared Dr. David Hutchison, professor emeritus, Hartwick College. "... In his comprehensive and long-term understanding of ecology and the environment, he was totally convinced that we should buy Pine Lake for Hartwick for the use of future students. Earl was one of the major persuaders who encouraged then College President Dr. Adolph G. Anderson and the Board of Trustees to purchase the property in 1970."

Deubler was born on May 19, 1927 in Sayre, Pa. He is predeceased by his parents, Earl and Anna Deubler. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his four children, David, Helen, Barbara, and Andrew (Hartwick Class of 1987); and grandchildren Melissa, Felicia, Zachary, Samantha, Mackenzie, Abby, and Griffin. He is also survived by his brother, Donald, and his sister, Micheline.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Those who wish to honor Deubler's commitment to learning may do so by making a contribution to the Carol A. Bocher and Earl E. Deubler Jr. Scholarship at Hartwick College (contact: Alicia Fish, senior director of Donor and Alumni Relations at Hartwick College at or 607-431-4021); WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center (; 707 935-1946); or Lifetime Care Hospice (

For more information on the memorial service, please contact Fish at 607-431-4021 or at

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