A much-loved SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus has passed away.
Thomas W. Duda, a retired professor who taught in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, died on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.
“Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues,” noted Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will become Interim President on Sept. 1, following current President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He will be extremely missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Virginia and all of his family. We are forever indebted to him for all of the educational contributions and the students he helped during his tenure with the College.”
Numerous friends of the SUNY Canton Community posted their remembrances and condolences on the College’s Facebook page. Cathy McCabe Beyette wrote, “He was an amazing teacher. I’d even giggle at his sense of humor he’d throw in on an on-line test… had to stop laughing because it was timed. SUNY [Canton] lost a wonderful man! Prayers and thoughts are with his family.”
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Mr. Duda was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 31, 1943. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1965 and his Master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1967. He received his Doctorate from the University of Sarasota Florida in 1981.
He first went to work at Penn State, and later at Penn State’s DuBois Campus. He first joined SUNY Canton (then known as Canton ATC) in 1984. During his time at the College, he served as the presiding Officer of the Faculty Affairs Committee and served on the president’s commission on planning and budgeting. He chaired the steering committee for the 1991 Middle States reaccreditation process, and served on numerous other committees. He also designed the College’s “Principles of Management” course.
The College Council awarded him with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy awarded him emeritus status in 2008, and Mr. Duda continued to serve the College in an adjunct capacity after his retirement.
He was also a hobby farmer and mechanic. He was active in St. Mary’s Cathedral. He played Polka Music and belonged to the Tom Duda Orchestra.