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Obituary - Dr. Michael L. Hochberg

Dr. Michael L. Hochberg

Date of Passing: March 25th, 2021

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Dr. Michael L. Hochberg, age 79, a resident of New Hartford, passed away in his home on Thursday, March 25, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ann (Fromhoff) Hochberg, and his beloved wife, Valorie (Whalen) Hochberg. He is survived by daughters, Melissa (Christopher) Haubner and Melanie (Matthew) Hochberg Giger; grandchildren, Mary-Katherine and Dylan Haubner and Lia and Silas Hochberg Giger; sister, Marcia Hochberg; and brother, Nelson (Jane) Hochberg; and many adored nieces and nephews.

Michael was raised and attended high school in Chicago, Illinois. After serving in the U.S. Army, attaining a rank of First Lieutenant, he earned his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 1974, Michael became a member of the faculty of SUNY Polytechnic, where he continued to teach for forty-seven years. He was an exceptionally dedicated professor throughout his tenure and touched the lives of countless students. He took great pride in his students' successes, particularly when he encountered nurses who were former students.

Michael thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors skiing and hiking being his favorite past times. He cherished time with family, walks with friends, and long conversations with everyone.

The funeral will be held at Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 13 Oxford Road, New Hartford on Tuesday, March 30 at 11 am, with Cantor Kalman Socolof officiating. Due to COVID restrictions, only family members will be invited to attend in person. Others who wish to participate remotely may do so at

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the SUNY Poly Foundation in Michael's name to establish a scholarship in his memory, so that his dedication to education in the sciences can live on. Contributions can be submitted online at (by directing the donation toward "Other" and adding his name) or by check made payable to SUNY Polytechnic Foundation, 100 Seymour Rd., Utica, NY 13502.


Please accept our most sincere condolences on Mike's passing. Pat and I have known Mike for 40+ years at SUNY, Pat working with him in the science department and I in nursing. We have shared many talks and parties over the years and will miss him. I know that sudden death in a loved one is hard on those left behind but I know Mike wanted to continue teaching as long as he could, and he most certainly did. He lived a good life and there will come a time when you remember the good times instead of this sad time.
Pat Kelly and Louise Dean-Kelly

My condolences. I am sorry for your loss.
Michael was a gentle-man, a deeply knowledgeable Biologist, an outstanding and dedicated teacher and a friend of mine since I joined the SUNYIT faculty in 1994. I too will miss him.

Ken Mazlen

I had the honor of working with Mike for the last ten years. His presence and dedication to work and those around him was inspiring.

I remember talking to him often about teaching and the importance of connecting with students. We recently had a virtual meeting with a former student who now attends PA school. He literally stated Mike was one of his best professors ever and left a lasting impression on him. He was just one of those memorable people.

One day, I said to him how lucky we are to have such a great department, he said luck had nothing to do with it. He helped hire and guide so many of us in our department to excel. He made us better teachers and people.

Bless you all.

Megan Dischiavo

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Hochberg. Mike hired me over 25 years as an adjunct professor in the biology department. He was a great mentor for my class. He even drove to Albany to meet me at HVCC. I always thought of him as a kind, sweet and smart man. I am sure that he will be missed everyday. His love of learning was passed onto many students!!

Laura Mastrangelo

Melissa & Melanie, I'm so sorry & saddened to hear about the unexpected passing of your dad, one of the first people I met when I came to SUNY. He was a delight, & we became closer friends & colleagues, I shared his & Valorie's love for hiking & skiing. I will always remember the good times & the laughter & I'm a better person to have made his acquaintance. My deepest sympathies go out to you & your family, but know that your dad made a lasting impression on all of us & that he will be deeply missed. RIP, Mike.
Patti Dorazio

Very sorry to read of Dr.Hochberg's passing I was a student at SUNY Utica and he was my Meteorology professor. He was so much fun and told about chasing storms. I found out it was not an easy class. He had me buckle down and I pulled through. He even gave me a thumbs up as I passed by him at graduation. Will never forget him as he really cared for his students Cool guy. RIP, prayers to Dr. Hochberg and his family.

Mark Carchedi Class of 1985

Mark Carchedi