Upstate News

August 18, 2006
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

E. Gregory Keating , Ph.D., dean of student afffairs, remembered for his fairness, devotion to educational mission and students

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— E. Gregory Keating, Ph.D., dean of Student Affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University, died Thursday, Aug. 17, due to injuries sustained in a glider accident near Canandaigua, N.Y. He was 63.

“The news of Greg Keating’s death is a painful shock to all of us in the Upstate community, and particularly to the students of all four colleges,” said Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., officer-in-charge of the university, executive vice president and dean of the College of Medicine. “Greg was the perfect dean of Student Affairs. He was devoted to the educational mission and passionate about the students. He had an inherent sense of fairness that permeated all of his judgments regarding admissions, student discipline, resource allocation and everything else. He was eloquent when addressing the students, as he would have been doing next week in welcoming the incoming class, and remarkably able to convey, in understated yet clear terms, the special privilege represented by a medical career. He was also an invaluable colleague, and was counted by many, myself included, as a good friend.”

Keating served as dean of Student Affairs at SUNY Upstate since 2001. Prior to this appointment, he held the rank of professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology. He joined SUNY Upstate in 1970 as assistant professor of anatomy after earning his doctorate in psychology from the University of Florida. His graduate specialty was neuroscience and his scientific interests focused on the neurophysiology of vision and eye movements. Dr. Keating had been a popular teacher of medical, graduate, and physical therapy students. He had won several teaching awards including the SUNY rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor.

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