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In Memory of

John Gerrit Gantvoort

March 5, 1940 - March 12, 2017

Obituary


John Gerrit Gantvoort died early morning on March 12, 2017 at Fox Hospital.
He was born on March 5, 1940 in Camden, NJ the son of John and Marie (Shaw) Gantvoort. He grew up in Fredonia, NY.
He went to Syracuse University majoring first in electrical engineering. But the launching of Sputnick in 1953 and the US Explorer in 1958 caught his imagination. He switched to history for a major.
Upon graduating from Syracuse in 1962, he wanted to learn more about Russian and Soviet History. Accepted by the University of Illinois, he went...

John Gerrit Gantvoort died early morning on March 12, 2017 at Fox Hospital.
He was born on March 5, 1940 in Camden, NJ the son of John and Marie (Shaw) Gantvoort. He grew up in Fredonia, NY.
He went to Syracuse University majoring first in electrical engineering. But the launching of Sputnick in 1953 and the US Explorer in 1958 caught his imagination. He switched to history for a major.
Upon graduating from Syracuse in 1962, he wanted to learn more about Russian and Soviet History. Accepted by the University of Illinois, he went there to pursue his interest. He earned his Master's Degree in 1963 and in 1970 he earned his PhD.
On August 24, 1965 he met Gay Green. After a year he proposed and she accepted. They married June 10, 1967. In late August they sailed for England, flew to Paris and finally flew to their destination, the Soviet Union.
In August 1969, they moved to Oneonta where he began his teaching career at SUNY Oneonta. On January 1, 2001, Gerrit retired after 32 years.
Gerrit is survived by his wife, Gay; three children; five granddaughters, one grandson with another grandson on the way.
A gathering will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00PM at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Church and Chestnut Street. For those who wish memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 in loving memory of John Gerrit Gantvoort.
To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.