Frank Myers, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Dies at 87

Frank Earle Myers, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences, passed away June 2 at the age of 87.

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For nearly six decades, Myers was a member of the Department of Political Science and an inspiration to many generations of undergraduate and graduate students. In his message to faculty and staff, Provost Carl Lejuez said, “His dedication and commitment to instructional excellence was widely recognized. He was a Distinguished Teaching Professor, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and frequently won the department’s Excellence in Teaching award, subsequently named the Frank Myers award.”

Myers served as chair of the Department of Political Science, dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, dean of International Programs, and was a member of numerous university committees.

Political Science Chair Leonie Huddy said, “His passion for teaching was boundless and he continued to teach popular courses on film and politics and contemporary European political theory for over a decade following his retirement. He was also a popular instructor in the SBU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Olli).”

“He was also a spectacular colleague who provided wise counsel to generations of junior faculty and generously shared his deep knowledge of political history (among many other topics),” Huddy added. “He was an erudite, warm, and witty interlocutor who will be sorely missed.”

Born in Los Angeles, California in 1936, Myers earned his bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, where he fell in love with Wilma Ramsay, who would become his wife of 54 years until her death in 2010. Myers earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Columbia University, and he and Wilma lived in London for a year while he researched his dissertation, British Peace Politics.

Myers joined the Stony Brook faculty as a professor of political science in 1964. A devoted and beloved teacher, former students are effusive in their appreciation for his profound influence on their intellectual growth and their careers.

A memorial will be held at Bryant Funeral Home in East Setauket on June 7, with funeral services on June 8.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks any interested parties to consider donating to the Frank Myers Fund for Excellence at Stony Brook University.

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