Dr. James E. LeFlore, 72

Dr. James E. LeFlore, 72, a resident of Perry Hill, Oswego, passed away January 3, 2012 at home.

Born in El Paso, Texas, he was the son of the late George and Marzella LeFlore.

He was drafted and served for the US Army where he was stationed in Hawaii.

He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Syracuse University.

Jim did his field research on Shanty Town’s in Trinidad.

He taught at SUNY Oswego for 33 years as an Anthropology Professor retiring in 2005.

Jim served as Past President of Kiwanis, board of Emeritus Assoc., and a member of the New Horizon Band.

He was an avid beekeeper, an avid SU fan and his antique Jaguars. He also enjoyed classical music and had his own radio show at the college.

Surviving are his wife, Cynthia (Wilson) LeFlore; four daughters, Barbara Gowan of Springfield, Mass; Michele (James) Dunne, of Westford, Mass; Renee (Timothy) Mulkerin, of Oswego; Bethany (Jeffery) Van Buren of N. Syracuse; a son, Randall (Cindy) LeFlore of Pepperell, Mass; two brothers, Walter LeFlore, of Poughkeepsie, NY; Ivens LeFlore of Woodbine, MD; three sisters, Pat Francois of Brooklyn, NY; Loretta Wells of Silver Springs, MD; Florence Anderson of Pensacola, Fl; fourteen grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held 3-6p.m. Saturday, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego, with a prayer service to follow.

Spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 45 E. Utica St. or Oswego City Animal Shelter, 621 East Seneca St. Oswego.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com


  1. My condolences to the family – and extended family at the university and beyond I really enjoyed his classes . . . He was the only professor who actually allowed me to quote a Pink Floyd song – and get credit for it – on an exam!

  2. I am deeply saddened to read the news about Jim’s passing. I enjoyed the opportunity to be his and your neighbor over the many years on “the hill”. Jim was always a warm and friendly neighbor who helped us get through those difficult winters when we often were snowed in. I also enjoyed our many conversations in the yard and helping each other with projects. He was a great teacher and member of the community. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of mourning and loss.

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