Gerald M. Zeitlin, 77

OSWEGO, NY – Gerald M. Zeitlin, 77, of Oswego, died Tuesday December 9, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa.

He was a graduate of Cornell University (BEE 1960) and the University of Colorado (MSEE 1969).

He pursued further graduate studies in physics, astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.

He devoted his energies to the Open SETI Initiative.

Mr. Zeitlin had held a private pilot certificate since 1981.

Mr. Zeitlin served in the United States Army, where was a 1st Lieutenant.

Mr. Zeitlin was predeceased by his wife, Mary Louise Zeitlin, in 2013.

Mr. Zeitlin is survived by his sister, Susan Baer of Pennsylvania; stepchildren, Jennifer Kagan of Syracuse and Eliot Kagan.

Services and burial were private.

The Sugar Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., is in care of the arrangements.