Job Title: 
Associate Professor
3153 Eastman Hall
(585) 475-2401


Ph.D. Social Science, Syracuse University, 1973
M.A. Social Science, Syracuse University, 1972
B.A. Sociology, St John Fisher College (cum laude), 1969


My areas of specialty are death, dying, and suicide from both a sociological and psychological perspective. Currently I am developing an essay on the ethics of suicide with a focus on the ethical dimensions of various issues related to death and dying.

I recently completed an article called ‘Considered Consumption’ which explores the ethical ramifications of different choices regarding the use of discretionary income. I also have a long standing interest in and considerable volunteer experience with the issues of urban homelessness.


1989 Suicide: The Ultimate Escape. Death Studies 13 (2): 185-190.

1984 Perceptions of Suicide. Death Education 8 (supplement): 17-25.


  • Honors Sociology
  • Foundations of Sociology
  • Urban Experience
  • Changing Family
  • Death and Dying: Children and Trauma (graduate course)
  • Social Psychology: Humanistic Psychology
  • Social Psychology of Religion