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Omega Psi Phi
Class of 1978 & 1984
Staff 1979 - 2013
Bernard “Bernie” Wynder ’78/M’84, who died suddenly on June 20, 2013, was assistant vice president for Student and Educational Services at FSU, a title that only expressed a fraction of what he meant to the University and its people. Bernie worked for FSU in a variety of roles for most of the time since he graduated, and he played an enormous role in creating the diverse, vibrant community it is today.
In addition, numerous organizations in his adopted home of Allegany County benefitted from his wisdom and commitment, including the NAACP, the Human Relations Commission, Maryland Salem Children’s Trust, Potomac Council Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many others. He was a brother in Omega Psi Phi. His many awards included the NAACP Image Award, the FSU Alumni Achievement Award and the Living Legend Award from the Associated Black Charities.
In a tribute in the Cumberland Times-News, sports editor Mike Burke wrote, “Bernie Wynder was Mr. Frostburg State, not just in my eyes … but to the thousands of students he loved and mentored, and who will hold him in their hearts and love him for the rest of their lives.”
His family, led by his widow, Robin Vowels Wynder ’80/’M87, has created the Bernard Wynder Legacy Fund through the FSU Foundation.
Bernie was the father of two (Bernard “Bear” Wynder Jr. and Brandie Wynder McIntyre ’05), grandfather of three and mentor and friend to thousands.