There will be a public Celebration of Life from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, for longtime SUNY Oneonta Professor Foster Brown, who died Dec. 1, at age 86. The event is in the Atrium at Fitzelle Hall, the site where Dr. Brown held many coffee conferences with students and colleagues over the years.
Dr. Brown came to SUNY Oneonta in 1964, and as a member of the psychology department, taught statistical analysis, measurement, chaos theory, and use of computers in psychology. He also team-taught subjects ranging from music theory to history, literature, and philosophy. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University, and his doctorate from Cornell.
Students knew him as an entertaining, kind professor. His co-authored textbook, “Statistical Concepts,” published by Harper & Row, became the world’s best-selling paperback textbook on statistics, according to the publisher. After retirement in 1995, he continued to teach statistics during summers as a professor emeritus, and served as faculty fellow for the college’s computer center.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship for psychology, math, or business majors created in his honor by a former student, at http://oneonta.edu/give, specifying the “Steven Edelstein ’79 Scholarship in honor of Dr. Foster Brown.”
A full obituary, and a place to post memories about Prof. Brown, is online at: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/fosterbrown/Homepage.aspx