Bachman, S. (1997, February 14). In Memoriam: Dr. Irwin Oder, Dowling Professor Emeritus. Lionís Voice, p. 2.

In Memoriam: Dr. Irwin Oder, Dowling Professor Emeritus

by Susan Bachman

Irwin Oder, Dowling political science professor, died in mid-January from a brief illness derived from a blood disease. Oder, a resident of Bay Shore, was 71 when he died while being treated at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan.

Oder was born in the Bronx, where he attended De Witt Clinton High School. He became the first political science teacher at Dowling after receiving his doctorate in poly-sci at Columbia University. He was greatly admired throughout the Dowling community. Dr. Carlos Cunha, Associate Professor of Political Science, worked closely with Oder for some time and said “he was someone who really loved to teach; he was really into dealing with concrete problems in society, and he was one of the best people that I knew.”

When Dowling College became independent in 1968, oder was Academic Dean and in 1976 he received the college trustee’s medal for excellence in teaching. “He was brilliant in sharing his knowledge with people throughout the community at Dowling,” stated Dr. Caraway, Dean of Arts and Sciences, “he was a scholar and he became my friend.”

Other accomplishments of Oder’s included becoming professor emeritus at the time of his retirement in 1994, and establishing the Irwin Oder Award for Excellence in Political Science. Being a member of Dowling’s Gilbert and Sullivan Players theater group was s great enjoyment for Oder and he held roles in The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore.

The funeral was held on Friday, January 24 and Oder was buried at Beth Moses Cemetery, Pinelawn. He was survived by his wife Phyllis, son Norman, daughter Danila and sister Sylvia Fisher.

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