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Stein, a key administrator, dies at 73

George Henry Stein, 73, died July 13 at home in Ithaca.

Stein, who joined the Binghamton faculty in 1966, was appointed distinguished teaching professor in 1976 and later that year became vice president for academic affairs, a post he held until 1987. He also served for a time as acting president of the University.

President Lois B. DeFleur said Stein holds a special place in Binghamton University history.

“George Stein played such an important role at the University, both in his longtime work as a distinguished faculty member and in terms of his administrative contributions,” she said. “He set high standards of excellence and was a key factor in the development of the University’s reputation for quality.”

Stein, who was born in Vienna, Austria, fled with his mother via Palestine to the United States, where they were later reunited with his father, who came to the U.S. via England.

Stein graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, and served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. Stein taught modern European history at Columbia University before joining the faculty at Binghamton.

An expert in the Third Reich, Stein wrote The Waffen SS: Hitler’s Elite Guard at War 1939-1945 and Hitler, for the Great Lives Observed series.

Stein was responsible for hiring Lyle Feisel, founding dean of the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Feisel said he’ll remember Stein as a forceful and decisive administrator.

“George was very much involved in the creation of the Watson School and he was quite a tactician, so he knew how to move it through the SUNY system,” Feisel said. “I think it was very complex. To me, he was a great mentor. He taught me everything I ever knew about the SUNY system, and Binghamton University, for that matter.”

Stein received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1987.

Stein, who retired from Binghamton University in 1998, is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a son and two stepsons. A memorial service for family members and friends will be held at a later date in Lake Placid. Arrangements are by the Bangs Funeral Home in Ithaca.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08