Elaine R. Cleeton

Elaine Cleeton - Pittsford, NY - Rochester Cremation

Pittsford, NY:  Rev. Dr. Elaine R. Cleeton, professor of sociology at SUNY Geneseo, passed away peacefully on May 5th in her home in Pittsford, NY. Dr. Cleeton was born in Wichita Falls, TX on December 3, 1950 to Jack and Louise Cleeton.

After graduating from Spencerport High School in 1969, Dr. Cleeton obtained her Diplôme de Langue Françaises from Sorbonne, Universities de Paris in 1971 and her B.A. in French and Speech Pathology from Evangel College in 1972. Earning master’s degrees in Speech Pathology from Northwestern University in 1974 and in Theology from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1985, Dr. Cleeton received her final degrees in 1994, a master’s and doctorate degree in Sociology from Syracuse University.

Devoted to contributing to her community, Dr Cleeton was both a minister and professor. She was an instructor in the department of sociology at Syracuse University from 1989-95, and a visiting professor at both SUNY Geneseo from 1994- 95 and Colgate University from 1995-97. She was a minister at First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville, NY from 1985-86, Grindstone Island United Methodist Church from 1985-87, and Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University in 1987.

Dr. Cleeton taught at SUNY Geneseo from 1997-present, specializing in race, class and gender relations; women’s health; and social welfare. She was a visiting professor at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China in 2012 and 2014. Dr. Cleeton was a member of Mountain Rise United Church of Christ in Fairport, NY and enjoyed gardening, reading, and train rides.

Dr. Cleeton is survived by her husband William Gandino, mother Louise Cleeton, brother Jack R. Cleeton II, and children whom she adorned, Benjamin Cleeton and William Cleeton-Gandino.

7 Condolences

  1. Robert S. Coleman on May 10, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I am so saddened by your loss. Much love to you all.

  2. Leo on May 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    My heart goes out to your entire family . What a kind, impressive wonderful person. I’m lucky to have met her.

  3. Mary Jo Deinhart on May 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Bill, Will and Ben,
    Sorry for your loss. I only met her a few times… so beautiful, warm, and filled with love radiating light. An angel…. Much love to you all and your family.
    Mary Jo Deinhart

  4. Mrs. Ann Miller on May 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I want you to know I loved your mom and enjoyed our times together. I was blessed to be your teacher and I have wonderful memories! Will and Ben, she loved you both so much! I am sending all of you hugs and lots of love!💕

    • Adam Felleman on May 10, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      Gentleman, sending lots of love to you all. Adam f

  5. Andrew Sparks on May 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Knowing Elaine changed who I am as a person and a man. She was a tremendous asset to the world. The love she had for her family and all of humanity was just one of the many traits I came to know and love. Sending prayers for all of you.

  6. Jayne Baker on May 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I don’t think that you remember me, but I remember you Will and Ben, My condolences to you and your family. What an amazing mother you had .

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