Scott Dwyer

Scott R. Dwyer PhD

Monday, January 16th, 1961 - Monday, July 15th, 2019
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TROY – Scott R. Dwyer, PhD, passed from this life into eternal life on Monday, July 15, 2019 at his home in Troy. He was 58 years of age.

Scott, the much loved son of the late Richard D. and Henrietta Mae (Martinek) Dwyer, was raised and educated in Binghamton, (Hillcrest) NY. He furthered his education at SUNY Binghamton where he obtained a BS in Physics; Purdue University, a MS in Physics and a doctorate in Surface Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Doctor Dwyer was employed by IBM Microelectronics from 1990 until 2002 at which time he returned to RPI and assumed the positions of laboratory manager and adjunct professor. While at Rensselaer, he worked in additional professional capacities which included developing introductory physics courses and textbook review.

Doctor Dwyer was an avid environmentalist. He enjoyed membership in the H.H. Franklin Club and served as editor and contributing writer to that organization’s quarterly newsletter. He volunteered as an usher at the Troy Music Hall; was a member of the Friends of Chamber Music in Troy and sang in the University Parish of Christ Sun of Justice Choir.

He took great pleasure in riding his motorcycle on the back roads of Washington and Rensselaer Counties in New York and throughout the State of Vermont.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Deena Mae Dwyer. Scott is survived by members of the Dwyer family in and around Binghamton, NY.

Doctor Dwyer will be received into the Chapel + Cultural Center at RPI, 2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY on Monday at 9:30 am following which a visitation will be held until 10:45 am. At 11 am a funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Edward S. Kacerguis and the Rite of Committal and interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.

Memorial donations, in his memory, may be made to the Rensselaer Newman Foundation, 2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 22nd, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Monday, July 22nd, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
    Chapel + Cultural Center
    2125 Burdett Avenue
    Troy, NY 12180
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  • Service

    Monday, July 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, July 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Chapel + Cultural Center
    2125 Burdett Avenue
    Troy, NY 12180
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    Rev. Edward Kacerguis
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery
    79 Brunswick Road
    Troy, NY 12180
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Jane Townsend

Posted at 11:58am
We just learned of Scott's passing and were saddened and shocked by this news. We, unfortunately, were not able to attend his funeral this week but cousin Tom did attend his mother's Hankie
funeral, a little over a year ago, and we are sure that his service was as beautiful as was her's at the Newman Center. On behalf of our families here in Binghamton, we thank those who helped with the arrangements.
Scott was a great guy - smart, gentle and loving.
He loved his father, mother and sister and took great care of them. Although he didn't live close by here in Binghamton NY
he was close enough to make trips down here to visit the area.
We know that he enjoyed his vintage vehicles and loved seeing people enjoy these vehicles too. It was a special treat
for everyone to take a glance at the past as he cruised down the road.
He's a cousin that will be missed from our family clan. Gone too young! So much more living yet to do. :'(
If someone who attended the funeral can get in touch with us, we would like to visit his resting place and
know that he is resting in peace. We can be reached at
Tom and Jane Townsend . ( cousins ) Binghamton NY

Nicole Taravella

Posted at 01:04am
Dr. Dwyer was my Physics 2 professor at RPI. He was one of the most outstanding teachers I had while there. He took what I saw as a difficult subject and made it so easy to understand. He seemed to really care about his students and was so generous with his time in explaining concepts and preparing materials. I am so sorry to hear about his passing because I remember him fondly.

Matthew Newby

Posted at 01:17pm
Scott was a mentor and good friend of mine. I lived on the second floor of his house for several years, and we would often drink beer on his front porch while discussing pretty much anything. But especially history. More than anyone else, my discussions with Scott taught me the importance of knowing how we got to where we are today, by knowing the people and efforts of the past, whether the subject is automobile engineering, physics, politics, or anything of importance.

I had been putting off my first "beer on the porch" in my new house, mainly because it has been a hot Summer. Today was my first "beer on the porch," dedicated to his memory.

Rest in Peace.

Cherie Plante

Posted at 10:16am
I'm sad that my work did not allow me to attend today's service. I can hear Scott's gentle and uplifting voice in my head. I sang with Scott in the Chapel choir for many years. He was very supportive of my role as a mother and always had something nice to say. He was a deep thinker and it was always fun to share ideas with him. I especially loved getting him to make that surprised look he would get when you presented an idea he had not pondered. I'm glad that since leaving the Chapel, I've had the joy of being FaceBook Friends with Scott (AKA Luke) and I extend my deepest sympathies to all who will miss Scott. Cherie Plante, MS, CRC

Ben English

Posted at 05:46pm
We are distressed to hear of Scott’s (or Luke’s) untimely passing. We knew him from the H H Franklin club, motorcycling and classical music. We looked forward to his editions of the Franklin Service Notes, and seeing him at concerts, where his direct and warm presence was always in evidence. We are further saddened that we will be unable to attend the serivices Monday. Godspeed, friend.

Ben & Linda English

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