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Former baseball player Stern passes away

Four-year outfielder graduated in 1998, was lawyer in Chicago

September 17, 2013


Former baseball player Stern passes away

Jonathan Stern (1976-2013)

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton baseball player Jonathan Stern ‘98 passed away on September 11 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on May 18, 1976, Stern was a devoted family man and an accomplished lawyer.

Originally from Indianapolis, Stern played baseball four years at Binghamton before receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1998. He went on to earn his J.D. at Indiana University School of Law in 2001. Stern was an attorney at Kubasiak, Fylstra, Thorpe & Rotunno, P.C, serving as lead corporate and securities counsel among other areas of expertise. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and also was the former chair of the Chicago Bar Association Securities Law Committee.

At Binghamton, Stern played in 92 career games during BU’s final four seasons of Division III competition from 1995-98. He collected 64 career hits and 56 RBI. In his junior season in 1997, Stern hit .333 in 25 games, helping Binghamton to a 26-10-1 record and ECAC Championship. He belted three home runs, drove in 28 runs and had a .452 on-base percentage. That 1997 season win percentage remains the highest in program history (72%).

Head coach Tim Sinicki, who coached Stern at Binghamton, shared his memories.

“From a baseball perspective, as that was the root of our relationship, I recall vividly Jon sporting jersey No. 18, an ox-strong right fielder who held up his end without fail at every turn ... a high-quality individual and teammate,” Sinicki said. “Jon made all of us proud that he was not only a part of our program, but someone we came to cherish as a friend.

“Those recollections, however, are secondary to my memories of Jon who contributed immeasurably in all facets to our program and to our university, to any and all with whom he crossed paths - in the dugout, on the bus, in meetings, in classrooms, around campus or out in the community.

“He was what we hope to continue to be about, and may our doors be open to any and all who bring to us all that Jon embodied.”

Stern leaves behind his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Savannah.

A memorial service and reception is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 at Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware Place, Chicago, IL. For condolences visit http://www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com.

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