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Dr. Alfred Donald Sumberg

Obituary for Dr. Alfred Donald Sumberg

November 22, 1928 - February 11, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 88


Dr. Alfred Donald Sumberg, age 88, entered into rest on February 11, 2017. Alfred was born in Utica, NY and resided most of his adult life in Rockville, MD. He is preceded in death by his wife, Dolly Primakow Sumberg, his parents Samuel & Rachel Sumberg, and his sister Eleanor Kowalsky. He is survived by children; Susan Beldon and her husband Brad; Laurie Bonner and her husband David; and by his grandchildren, Brittany, Mackenzie, Marshall, Dylan, Kennedy & Londyn. Additional survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sophie and Sherman Hochman of Davis, CA.

Alfred earned his PhD in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Doctoral Dissertation, of which he was so proud, was entitled "The Presidential Election of 1908." Not only was he a well sought out speaker, but he also had three biographies and six journals published. He was a distinguished member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honorary History Society. Further, Dr. Sumberg was the founding member of the Monroe County School Employees Federal Credit Union. He had a lifelong interest in direct political activity, which he inherited from his father. As a lifelong Democrat, he was shocked that his daughter married a Republican from Texas.

From 1964-65, Alfred served as the President of the Monroe County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In 1968, he was invited to be the Administrator of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, in Austin, TX, but rejected the offer to stay in Rockville, MD. Alfred joined the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in 1956. In 1967, he became the Director of Membership for AAUP and served as Washington DC Office Administrator. In 1976, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association. Additionally, in 1981 he received the Sparkplug Award from the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association. Also, in 1981, following his work as the Director of Collective Bargaining and Director of Government Relations, he became the Associate General Secretary of AAUP and lobbied on Capitol Hill on behalf of educational causes. His lifelong passion at AAUP was centered around three significant areas - Copyright Protection, Creation of the United States Department of Education, and Funding of Higher Education programs.

Other notable achievements include being an examiner for the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission from 1961-1967. Alfred also had his own public service radio program which aired on Sunday afternoons; it was entitled - Horizons. In 1980, he and his family were invited to the White House by President Carter to participate in the Department of Education Inauguration. Alfred even appeared on the CBS Morning News on December 27, 1982, to discuss current developments in Copyright Law. In fact, he was heavily involved, along with his co-worker, in developing the Copyright Act of 1976.

The family would like to thank Gentiva Hospice for their love and care of Dr. Sumberg.

A private service and burial is planned for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alfred's memory may be made to the San Antonio Animal Care Services, 4710 State Highway 151, San Antonio, Texas 78227, The San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Federicksburg Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78229, or the charity of your choice.

Services Will Be Private

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • San Antonio Animal Care Services
    4710 State Highway 151
    San Antonio, TX 78227
  • San Antonio Humane Society
    4804 Fredericksburg Rd.
    San Antonio, TX 78229

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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