Longtime SUNY Cortland professor dies at 90

Eugene Waldbauer (photo provided)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A Philadelphia native who taught at SUNY Cortland for more than three decades passed away last month.

Eugene Waldbauer, of Cortland, passed away Jan. 23, with his family by his side, at Cortland Regional Medical Center, according to his obituary. He was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Penn., Waldbauer went on to serve with the U.S. Army in Germany at the end of World War II. He later worked for a malaria research team in the Korean War.

Waldbauer graduated from East Stroudsburg, Penn State and Columbia University before finishing his education at Cornell University, where he received a PhD in wildlife biology.

Waldbauer went on to enjoy a distinguished career as a biology professor at SUNY Cortland. During his three-decade tenure, he achieved the rank of full professor and was honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Waldbauer was known for his passion for nature, having served on the founding board of directors for the Lime Hollow Nature Center, one of his favorite hiking locations. Colleagues often referred to him as "Turbo" for his exceptionally fast hiking speed.

Following his retirement, SUNY Cortland honored him by naming the nature trail at Raquette Lake that he developed the "Waldbauer Nature Trail."

He is survived by his wife, three sons, three daughters and nine grandchildren.