William "Bill" Tooke of Plattsburgh passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Bill was born on Feb. 6, 1954, in Hillsboro, Ore., to William A. Tooke and Charlotte (Winkleman) Tooke. He grew up in Deer Lodge, Mont., and always considered himself a "Montanian" at heart.
After earning his Ph.D in Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington, he began his career at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1987. There, he was an inspiring professor and is fondly remembered by many of his students. He recently retired after 31 years of service to the University and its students.
He is survived by his daughter, Katharine, his literal pride and joy- and her husband Bruno Beca, his father, William A. Tooke and his wife Deanette, his sister, Patricia and her husband Van Amundson, his nephew, Brian Amundson, and his niece, Amy and her husband Marty Walters. He was predeceased by his mother, Charlotte Tooke.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be gifted to the Plattsburgh College Foundation William Tooke Award for Excellence in Psychology. Gifts may be mailed to the Plattsburgh College Foundation at 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, (518)-561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on March 18, 2019
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Christine Silvia
Mar 22, 2019
Dr. Tooke was my mentor, and I wouldn't have made it through college without him. I'll never forget everything he did for me, and I'll never stop being grateful. Rest in peace Dr. Tooke, just as you lived.
Craig Alger
Mar 20, 2019
Bill was in my advanced biology class at PCHS in the mid 70’s. He was very bright and insightful even as a teenager. My best regards and condolences to all who love him and will miss him.
David Armstrong
Mar 19, 2019
Always one ready with a book, music, an opinion. A good and irreplaceable man. Rest peacefully, Bill.
Mar 19, 2019
So sorry to hear and praying for peace and strength for his wonderful family.
Penny Kaleva
Mar 19, 2019
Sorry to hear of Bills passing. Prayers for his family.
Sharon Sinerius Bloor
Mar 19, 2019
You are missing from us far too young and way too soon. We are better for having known you.
Carol Landsiedel Hunt
Mar 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for his family.
Joan Bozlee
Mar 19, 2019
May you rest in peace with angel wings holding you. My condolences to your family.
Mary Ann HAMMOND Olsen
Mar 19, 2019
Please know that you have my condolences for your family! 🙏🙏🌹🌹
Qian Jiang
Mar 18, 2019
To one of the most intelligent and my favorite Psychlogy professors. Wish him Rest In Peace🙏🏻
Bill Turnquist
Mar 18, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing - thoroughly enjoyed seeing him at our Sigma Nu Na reunion. The bass part in our 60s songs will never be the same.