PLATTSBURGH — Mr. Willard C. "Bill" Flynt, 94, of Leonard Avenue, Plattsburgh, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at the CVPH Medical Center. He was born in Augusta, Maine, on June 22, 1912, the son of J. Curtis and Lena (Rogers) Flynt.
Mr. Flynt spent a lifetime serving in various academic capacities, ultimately serving as Director of Admissions, Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh. Mr. Flynt dedicated his life to helping people achieve their full potential and earned the lasting admiration, respect and affection of thousands of alumni, faculty and staff. He was passionately committed to the college and worked tirelessly to create an optimal environment in which students could excel. Mr. Flynt retired from SUNY in 1975 after 20 years of service.
Raised in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Mr. Flynt received a bachelor's degree from Colby College and an MA from the University of Maine. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, retiring from the U.S. Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander. In his distinguished career he served as a trustee of English and Economics at Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton, Maine, as a guidance counselor and English teacher in Glens Falls and Supervising Principal in Fort Ann. Upon his retirement from SUNY Plattsburgh, he began a second career, serving as special assistant to the late, honorable state Sen. Ronald B. Stafford from 1975 to 1995.
Mr. Flynt was very active in civic and professional organizations, including: the Plattsburgh Rotary Club; Plattsburgh Lodge of Elks; Make-A-Wish Foundation; Omicron Delta Kappa, Northern New York Chapter; American Red Cross; YMCA; Plattsburgh College Foundation, Inc.; Trinity Episcopal Church, where he was in the Vestry; New York Retired Teachers Association; Plattsburgh Area Chamber of Commerce, where he was director and vice president; SUNY Deans of Students Organization; College Auxiliary Services; Advisory Board of National Savings Bank; Northeastern Association of Deans Vice Presidents; Hurd Historical Project Committee Member and as member and vice commander of the American Legion in Glens Falls.
Mr. Flynt was awarded the SUNY College at Plattsburgh Distinguished Service Award in 1975 and the Honorary Alumnus Award in 1991. He was also an Honorary Life Member of the SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association. In 1994, the college dedicated the Willard C. Flynt Commons student lounge in his honor.
An accomplished musician, Mr. Flynt played the tenor saxophone in swing bands and often played with his colleague and best friend, the late Dr. George Angell, who accompanied him on the piano. Mr. Flynt enjoyed gardening, a good game of golf and spending summers at his beloved family camp in Stockton Springs, Maine.
Mr. Flynt is predeceased by his wife Olive; and his grandson, Jeremy Baughn. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Flynt of Plattsburgh; his son, Willard R. Flynt and his wife Annette of Hamburg; his sister, Dorothy Titcomb of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren, Shellie Rapson James and her husband Greg of Westborough, Mass., Jason Baughn of Portland, Ore., Aaron Flynt and his wife Tanya of No. Tonawanda, Devin and Tyler Flynt of Hamburg; two great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Logan James of Westborough, Mass.; and several nieces and a nephew.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service celebrating Mr. Flynt's life will be held on Jan. 20, 2007, at the Newman Center at 2 p.m.
Donations in Mr. Flynt's memory may be made to SUNY Plattsburgh College Foundation, Inc. for scholarship purposes, 101 Broad St., Hawkins Hall 107, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681.
"We must never overlook the integrity and dignity of the human being." — excerpt of a letter by Willard C. Flynt.