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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Sanford Sternlicht

Sanford Sternlicht portrait

Professor Emeritus


From the online obituary -

Sanford V. Sternlicht, 89, of Syracuse, died Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Jewish Home of Central New York. Born in New York City to immigrant parents, Sanford Sternlicht attended colleges in upstate New York, obtaining a BS from SUNY Oswego, an MA from Colgate University, and a PhD from Syracuse University.
From 1959 to 1985 he taught in the Oswego English Department, becoming Professor of English, and then Chairperson of the Theater Department. After transferring to Syracuse University, he taught in the English Department, retiring as Emeritus Professor of English in 2011.
He was the author of 35 books on literature, drama, Naval history, and poetry. He directed plays for several upstate regional companies, including the Talent Company, Salt City Playhouse, Glen Loch Dinner Theatre, the Oswego Summer Theater, Classic Theatre Productions, and others.
For many years he was a delegated Lecturer in the Humanities for the New York Council for the Humanities, giving lectures on literature around the state.
Among his honors, he undertook three national lecture tours for the English Speaking Union of North America, 1997, 1998, 1999; he was Leverhulme Foundation Visiting Professor of English at the University of York, England, 1965–66, and Senior Fulbright Professor of English at the University of Pecs, Hungary, 2004; he received National Endowment for the Humanities Grants for lecturing in Sydney, Australia, and in Islamabad, Pakistan; and in 1994 the British Council awarded him a Research and Travel Grant for Northern Ireland.
Sanford Sternlicht also had a U.S. Naval career, including active duty as a Naval line officer, 1955–59, then Reserve duty at the Naval Reserve Station in Oswego, New York, 1959–79. He had two commands: USNR Recruit Training Division 3–25, Oswego, and USNR Surface Division 3–86, Oswego. Commander Sternlicht was the last divisional commanding officer at the Oswego Naval Station.
He is survived by his life companion, Mary Beth Hinton; son Daniel (Linette); and granddaughters Rachel, Elizabeth, and Jacqueline. His son David predeceased him in 2014.
Private graveside services and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery for the immediate family and close friends.
Contributions may be made to the Syracuse Jewish Family Service, 4101 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13214.
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