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Dr. Otway O'Meara Pardee

June 26, 1920 ~ December 4, 2018 (age 98)

Dr. Otway O’Meara Pardee, 98, of Statesville passed away Tuesday, December 4th.

Dr. Pardee was born June 26, 1920 in Seattle Wash. and was the son of the late Otway Pardee and Mary Gertrude O’Meara Pardee.  He was a graduate of University of Washington and earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1948.  He served with the U.S. Navy 1944-1946.  He married the late Marilynn Lowrie on August 9th 1946.  One daughter, Irene Degl’Innocenti (Robert) preceded him in death and is survived by two daughters, Loraine Watt (Harry) of Statesville and Suzanne Pardee of Seattle, Wash.  He is also survived by two granddaughters, Sarah Degl’Innocenti of Emerald Hills, Calif. and Cedar Pardee-Lewis of Seattle, Wash.  He is survived by several cousins, including Nelson Pardee of Camillus, and Hazel Pardee Newlen of Syracuse.

He and his wife, Lynn, raised their family in Syracuse, NY.  They were married for 57 years until her passing in 2004.  At Syracuse University he taught Mathematics from 1948 to 1962, was director of the academic computer center from 1962 to 1969. Dr. Pardee finished his career as a full professor in the School of Computer and Information Science from 1969 to 1985.  For a full description of his activities at SU see Personal interests included playing Bridge, camping, and traveling.  He was a member of many professional organizations of which the AAUP was very important to him.  He was also a member of the SAR.  He moved to Statesville in 2013 and lived with daughter Loraine and son-in-law Harry.

The family invites friends, students and extended family of Dr. Pardee to come to a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 15th to visit with the family and share remembrances.   To make sure you are informed of the exact details of this event, or to send a story or photo that can be shared, please email daughter Loraine at  He will be interned in California next to his wife.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Syracuse University attention EECS Discretionary Fund (which will benefit computer science students) or to a college of your choice.  

Online condolences can be made to the family at and Nicholson Funeral Home is Statesville, NC is serving the family of Dr. Otway Pardee.

Donations may be made to:

Syracuse University Advancement Services attn: EECS Discretionary Fund
640 Skytop Road 2nd Floor, Syracuse NY 13244

Mitchell Community College Endowment for Excellence
500 W. Broad Street, Statesville NC 28677

College of the donor's choice

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