Date of Birth November 30, 1949
Date Deceased December 12, 2022
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date January 7, 2023
Service Time 11 a.m.
Service Location Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home

Joseph D. Foreman

HORNELL-Joseph D. Foreman, 73, of Genesee Street, passed away unexpectedly late Monday evening (Dec. 12, 2022) at his home in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Born in Hornell on Nov. 30, 1949, he was the son of the late John and Rita (Mooney) Foreman.

A resident of Hornell for most of his life, Joe was a graduate of St. Ann’s School and Hornell High School. Joseph’s additional educational achievements include and Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) in Political Science at Monroe Community College; a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.S.) in Sociology at SUNY Cortland; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education at Elmira College and a Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Kentucky.  While he was at the University of Kentucky, he worked for the Athletic Department tutoring Division I athletes.  He truly loved UK and was a “walking billboard” for them. Joe participated in athletics throughout his entire college years and beyond.

Joseph was employed by SUNY Alfred for more than 40 years as a Professor of Psychology and Human Services.  He was nominated several years to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”.  Also, while at Alfred he was Advisor to Psi Beta National Psychology Honor Society.  Joseph was nominated for Alumni Teacher of the Year award for 14 consecutive years and was recipient of this award in 1989. Upon his retirement his received the status of Professor Emeritus. Joseph was also employed as a probation officer with Steuben County from 1974 – 1978.

Joe was very community minded and served as a Hornell City Alderman for 40 years and served on the boards of Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and the Hornell Concern for Youth. He was also a member of the Hornell Council No. 243, Knights of Columbus, the Hornell Elks Lodge, No. 364, the Hornell High School Alumni Association and the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He was an avid golfer and for many years he was a member of the Twin Hickory Golf Club in Hornell.

He was a devoted husband, father, uncle, grandfather and brother who loved raising his family and especially enjoyed traveling and spending several months a year in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy (Lauterborn) Foreman who he married at the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell on July 29, 1983; four children, Erik Briggs of Arkport, Alice Briggs of Sebastopol, CA, Elizabeth Briggs of Tamworth, NH and Jonathan Foreman of Manassas, VA; six grandchildren, Erin and Justin Briggs, Isabella and Rhome D’Amico, Kyle and Lucas Foreman; one sister, Margaret Pomeroy and one niece and god daughter, Michelle Pomeroy, both of Hornell; as well as several cousins. He is predeceased by his parents John and Rita (Mooney) Foreman and his brother-in-law, Charles Pomeroy.

Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. Friday (Jan. 6, 2023) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell where a funeral service will take place in his memory at 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 7, 2023) with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either the USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677 ( or the Hornell High School Alumni association, P.O. Box 135, Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Joe’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Joe are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.










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21 Responses

  1. Nancy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the fond memories you and Joe have made remain in your hearts and keep his memory alive.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He will always be near in your hearts. I will be thinking and praying for all of your family.

  3. Nancy and family………..I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my “Friend for Life”, (Joe D). My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Nancy and family
    I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

  5. Nancy and family, We are so very sorry to hear of Joe passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  6. Joe will long be remembered for his dedicated service of teaching, advising, and mentoring thousands of students as a professor at Alfred State College. That is a remarkable legacy, and one that Nancy and all his family members can be proud of. My sympathy goes out to the entire Foreman family.

  7. Joe was one of my most favorite professors at Alfred State College. He was also a good friend. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. RIP dear friend.

  8. I am devasted to hear this news. Joe was my dear childhood friend when I lived in Hornell back in the 50″s. I regret that we didn’t stay in touch all of these years but I have so many fond memories of Joe and his family. My prayers go out to the entire family.

  9. Our deepest sympathies to Nancy, the entire family, and members of his extended family such as; friends, loved ones, coworkers, countless students (myself included), et al.

    Joe was an amazing man, friend, and mentor. I have nothing but the fondest memories of him at A.S.C. and social encounters. Rest In Peace Joe.

  10. Nancy and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Joe was a great man.
    I think of my years at Alfred. Joe was always there to guide students. Without Joe, I would never have been able to achieve success in school. We were blessed to have Joe.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers to Nancy, their children, and to Margie and Missy. My sisters and I are so sad to lose our cousin, Joey. We have always been so proud of him!!!

  12. My condolences to Nancy and the kids and to Margie and her daughter. I’ve known Joe since 7th grade at St. Ann’s and he was definitely one of the good guys; kind, generous, fun and a true gentle man.

  13. Nancy and Family
    Christie and I was deeply saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. My personal memories of a great athlete, friend, and shirttail cousin will give me relief from the loss. We can only hope your fondest memories of our friend will get you and your family through these dark days. I will always remember Joe as the unsung hero of our group both in life and his entire athletic career. When things were down, Joe was there to pull you through.

    Joe will be missed and we who he shared parts of his life with us will be forever grateful.

    Our deepest condolences.

    Mark & Christie Whitman

  14. Nancy & Family, very sorry to hear of this. A great man that brought a tremendous amount of goodness to the community, my condolences to you during this time….

  15. I am very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. As both a friend and teammate in high school I have many fond memories which I cherish. My condolences to his family and may his memory be a blessing to all.

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