Dr. Peter M. Wickman, 88, Potsdam
Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:53 pm

Dr. Peter M. Wickman age 88, of Potsdam, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at his residence in the village of Potsdam while under the care of his family and the Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley.

Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam. Condolences online can be sent at www.garnerfh.com.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 14th at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam at 11 a.m. with Dr. Christopher Brown celebrant. Burial will take place in the spring in Neebish Island, Michigan. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church at Fall Island Potsdam, NY 13676 or to the Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley @ 6805 HWY 11 Potsdam, NY 13676.

Dr. Peter M. Wickman was a professor of criminology and social policy at the State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam College for over a quarter century, earning two president’s awards – one for excellence in teaching and one for research and creative endeavors – and founding the college’s criminal justice minor. After retiring as professor emeritus in 1992, he continued to advise the SUNY faculty and to lecture, most notably under a federal grant at the National Public Service Academy in Estonia (1993) in the former Soviet Union, Colleges within Prison Walls in Colorado and Arizona (1992-94), and SUNY Oswego and Canton (1995-98).

Author of many books and articles on crime and social policy, including a basic criminology text, an influential survey of “white collar” crime, and a popular reader in social problems, Prof. Wickman was a frequent panelist at regional, national, and international sociology forums. In 2002, the New York State Sociological Association presented him its Distinguished Service Award “For a Lifetime of Sociological Scholarship, Contributions and Service.”

Prof. Wickman was devoted to his community and his family, serving on the board of directors of the Saint Francis Academy in Lake Placid (1985-92) and actively participating in the life of Trinity Episcopal Church and local school and sports programs.

He is a decorated World War II veteran, the last to retire from SUNY Potsdam and survived the Battle of the Bulge and other European actions to become the first of his family to attend college. He earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree from Greenville College (1948), Northwestern University (1949), Michigan State (1960), respectively, and honed his teaching and coaching skills at Greenville and John Wesley Colleges (1954-60), the University of Florida (1960-63), and Nassau Community College (1963-67).

He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on February 23, 1923, the son of John Silas and Estella (MacAdam) Wickman.

He is survived by two sons, Stephen B. Wickman and Matthew L. Marsh, from marriages to Helen L. Colborne and Winona (“Noni”) Moore Marsh; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Erica, Cortney, Connery, Ashlee, Samantha and Brianna; and one sister, Eva.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph, William, John, George and James; and his sisters, Irva, Mamie and Genevieve.

He will always be remembered as an educator.