Harry N. (Toby) Cunningham, Jr. of Waterford, PA died Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Sewickley Valley Hospital in Sewickley, PA. He was born March 7, 1935 in Imperial, PA to Harry N. and Flora Broadhurst Cunningham.
After graduating from West Allegheny High School, Oakdale, PA in 1951 he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology/ecology from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught numerous courses in biology at Mt. Union College (1959-61), Thiel College (1963-67), and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College from 1967 to his retirement in 1997.
With a lifelong interest in birding and environmental issues he became active in the Presque Isle Audubon Society since moving to Erie County. After retiring he pursued a long-held interest in writing both fiction and non-fiction, and was the author of two books.
He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie.
He was pre-deceased by his wife, Louise G. Cunningham, his parents, and by his wife, Jean Stull Cunningham. He is survived by a daughter, Elisa C. Burden and husband, Daniel M. Burden of Melbourne, FL; a son, John C. Cunningham and wife Christina G. Cunningham, also of Melbourne; a stepson, James A. Stull and wife, Barbara Mitchell of McKean, PA; a stepson, David W. Stull and wife, Charlene, of Waterford; two sisters, Darla C. Thomas of Oakdale and Mary C. Fisher of Sewickley; granddaughters Isabel Burden, Lindsay Cunningham, both of Melbourne, FL; Miriam Stull Lutz of Cambridge Springs, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will greet visitors on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford, PA 16441. There will be no public viewing or funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jean Stull Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the Erie Community Foundation, 459 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16507.