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Robert W. Storandt


Robert William Storandt, 95, of Ithaca, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at home, with family near. Bob was born April 12, 1918 in Rochester, NY, to William Charles and Emily Manner Storandt. He enrolled at Cornell University in 1938, beginning what would be a passionate lifelong devotion to the institution. He was Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. In 1940, he married Jean Marie Cummings, the love of his life, who survives him. After beginning his career at the fledgling American Airlines, he was called to serve in the Army, 1st Infantry Division, in World War II, mainly in Germany, reaching the rank of Tech Sergeant. After the war, he returned briefly to American Airlines, but was soon invited back to Cornell to join the Admissions Office. He remained there for the rest of his working life, serving for many years as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He was proud that during his tenure Cornell was in the vanguard of minority outreach and need-blind financial aid policies. He retired in 1983. Bob and Jean had a love of travel, especially aboard ships and across waters of all sizes, from the Atlantic to the canals of Canada. For decades their favorite retreat was their camp on Wolfe Island in The 1000 Islands, where they fell asleep to the cry of loons. Besides his wife, Jean, Robert is survived by his two sons, Peter, and wife Judie, of El Dorado, Kansas; and Robert William, Jr., and partner Brian Forsyth, of Branford, Connecticut; grandchildren Lisbeth, Katy, and Lyall; and greatgrandson Zephram. No services are scheduled at this time. Condolences welcome by mail. Lansing Funeral Home assisted the family.


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