For Immediate Release March 2, 2004
ROBERT G. MEYER, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF EDUCATION AT SUNY GENESEO, DIES AT 72
GENESEO, N.Y. Robert G. Meyer, professor emeritus of education at the State University of New York at Geneseo, died on Feb. 28 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., following a brief illness. Meyer, a resident of Geneseo, N.Y., was 72.
Meyer was born in Wellsville, N.Y., to parents Arthur Meyer and Margaret Easton Meyer. He came to work as an associate professor in SUNY Geneseos School of Education in September of 1958, and continued until his retirement in December 1992. Following his retirement, he served as part-time adjunct lecturer at the college until 1997.
Prior to his time at SUNY Geneseo, Meyer served in the U.S. Marines, and was a Korean War veteran.
For his undergraduate work, Meyer attended both Alfred University and SUNY Geneseo, and obtained his masters degree at Pennsylvania State University.
During his tenure at the college, Meyer directed the comprehensive use of videotaping in the department of special education. Initiated in the late 1960s, videotaping was part of a new technology employed by faculty in the division of education as a means of improving the teacher education curriculum. A college portable taping unit was taken to suburban and city schools to record lessons taught by student teachers in the program, and the student teachers then had an opportunity to see and hear themselves at work with children. Meyers also directed efforts to tape student teaching conferences between the supervisors, cooperating teachers and the students, as they discussed what they viewed on the tapes after the lessons.
While at Geneseo, Meyer was an initiate into Phi Delta Kappa, the international professional educational fraternity, at the time the college was accorded a chapter. In addition, he was awarded the Career Service Award by the College Council at the time of his retirement; the Council cited his outstanding service to students and colleagues and his contributions to the teaching profession.
During his time in the community, Meyer was an active member of St. Marys Church and the Livingston Country Club.
Meyer was predeceased by his wife, Kay, in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Diane Witherow Meyer; children, Stephen (Cathy) Meyer of Geneseo, Cynthia (Kris) Dytche of Henrietta, Gregory (Bobbi Lin) Meyer of Williamsville, stepdaughter Kelly (Stephen) Brindak of Providence, R.I.; grandchildren, Amy and James Meyer, Christian and Erick Dytche, Danielle and Justin Meyer, Caitlin and Eily Brindak; sister, Marilyn (George) Smith of Fairport; brother, Walter (Angie) Meyer of Gates; nieces, nephews and special friends, the Esham family.
Memorials may be made to the John T. Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14642.