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Dr. Knowlton C. Foote

April 6, 1938 ~ May 19, 2022 (age 84)


Dr. Knowlton C. Foote of Westminster, Maryland died peacefully on May 19, 2022. He was born April 6, 1938, in Syracuse, New York, and spent his 84 years living a good life between Syracuse, LaFayette, Fayetteville, and Westminster. He was educated at Nottingham High School (1955), the Manlius School, and Syracuse University. While at S.U. he was the goalie on the SU Lacrosse team and a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After teaching for several years he returned to graduate school and earned Masters degrees in Education, and Forestry. He continued on to earn his Ph.D. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in 1975 with a thesis on photosynthesis. 

Knowlton taught in the Syracuse, LaFayette & Dryden Schools, along with teaching night classes in biology at Syracuse University. Apart from education, Knowlton worked in the toxicology department at the Syracuse Research Corporation and at the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency as a recycling specialist.

Knowlton was a past board member of the Vanderkamp Ecumenical Camp Association. He was a member of the SU Varsity Club and the Orange Pack, an alumni advisor of SU's Delta Upsilon fraternity, and a longtime president of the Delta Upsilon Society. In LaFayette, he was an elder at the LaFayette Columbian Presbyterian Church. He was president of LaFayette Outreach and a board member of the Interreligious Food Consortium. He was a member of LaFayette Optimists, delivered meals for Meals on Wheels for over 15 years, and was a past chairman of LaFayette's Environmental Advisory Board. 

An avid runner from his high school days, he coached XC & Track at Nottingham and Christian Brothers Academy HS, along with establishing the LaFayette Summer Track Club. 

In his retirement, he wrote numerous articles on recycling, toxicology, and wildflowers of New York State, and enjoyed sports at SU, and traveling/cruising with his wife. For 25 years, he and his wife had a cottage at Thousand Island Park on Wellesley Island, NY.  Most of all, however, he enjoyed his family, particularly his grandchildren.

Dr. Foote is survived by Connie, his wife of 60+ years, son David, daughter-in-law Susan of Westminster and son John, daughter-in-law Wendy of Atlanta, and grandchildren Austin, Ethan, Isabella, Nathan, and Adalyn. He was predeceased by sister Lucia Drysdale and survived by sister Mary Catharine Faloon of Syracuse.

A Celebration of Life service is planned for this summer in Central New York. Donations may be made to Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel.

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