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CUNY Biology Professor, Rye's Mundinger Dies at 77

RYE, N.Y. - Dr. Paul C. Mundinger, an emeritus biology professor at Queens College, died at his home in Rye on Nov. 10. He was 77.

Dr. Mundinger had a passion for conducting research on birds, running the largest live bird research laboratory in the U.S. at Queens College before he retired earlier this year.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in ethology from Cornell University. At Cornell, he conducted the first of his avian field studies at the then-new Laboratory of Ornithology.

In 1967, Mundinger received a post-doctoral fellowship to study at Rockefeller University in New York. The fellowship brought him and his family to Rye, where they've lived for almost 45 years.

As a professor, he led many students to pursue careers in science. His son, Thomas Mundinger, said that his father's research led "to a wider acceptance of gene-based behavior throughout the scientific community."

Besides regaling his grandchildren with stories from his childhood, Dr. Mundinger enjoyed outdoor sporting, having memberships to the American Yacht Club and Amateur Ski Club of New York.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Mundinger, his sons Paul of Rye and Thomas of Seattle, Wash., his daughters Ann of New Canaan and Elizabeth of Bethesda, Md., his sister Cheryl Heitmann and seven grandchildren.

The biology department of Queens College announced that there will be no funeral but a memorial service will be held in a few weeks. His family requests that memorial donations be made to Queens College , Department of Biology, Kiely Hall, Room 1306, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11367.

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