Bernard Wynder

Born: Tue., Jan. 4, 1955
Died: Thu., Jun. 20, 2013


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 23, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 23, 2013
Location: Durst Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 24, 2013
Location: Frostburg United Methodist Church

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 Bernard “Bernie” Wynder, 58, of Frostburg, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at his residence.

Born January 4, 1955 in Baltimore City, to Mary Elizabeth Scovens and the late Joseph Wynder.  In addition to his father he is preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Wynder.

Mr. Wynder graduated in 1974 from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, where he served as President of the Student Senate for the Baltimore City School System. He is a 1978 graduate of Frostburg State University. He received his Master of Education in 1984 from FSU.

Mr. Wynder started his professional career in January 1979, accepting the position of Admissions Counselor & Minority Recruiter at Frostburg State, moving to Coordinator of Minority Recruitment at Slippery Rock University, then back to FSU in 1982 as Associate Director of Admissions; he served in this role until 1986. Promoted to the Director of the Office of Student Human Relations and Minority Affairs, he improved the campus climate for those who bring diversity to the FSU campus and developed the academic monitoring program, which is still in use today. As a consultant in the area of Human Relations he has conducted workshops and lectures for high schools, churches, universities, businesses and civic groups. In 1996, Mr. Wynder took over the management duties of both the Admissions and Financial Aid offices at FSU.  In 2001, Mr. Wynder moved to the Athletic Department where he served as the Assistant Director of Athletics. While there he worked with coaches and the Office of Enrollment Services to develop recruitment activities for athletes and to increase their retention rates As a result of a task force on transfer students, the President asked Mr. Wynder to create an Advising Center that would serve transfer and undeclared students. He served as Director there until his promotion to Assistant Vice President of Student Services.

In 1986, he received the Trio Achiever's Award for the State of Maryland, was inducted into Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School’s Hall of Fame in 1993, received the Frostburg State University’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1997, and the College Admissions Representative of the Year award given by the College Bound Foundation for service to Baltimore City high school students in 2002; and in 2005, he received the NAACP Image Award. In 2010, Mr. Wynder was one of three Marylanders honored as a “Living Legend” by the Associated Black Charities for his “profound achievement in higher education.” He is also an alumnus of Leadership Allegany.

Over the last 30 years, organizations throughout Western Maryland have benefited from Mr. Wynder’s wisdom, integrity, and his commitment to this community.  He has served on numerous organizational boards in the Western Maryland area: Maryland Salem Children’s Trust, Western Maryland Food Bank, Potomac Council Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Allegany County Multicultural Committee, American Red Cross the City of Cumberland Mediation Advisory Council.  In addition, he has served on the Allegany County Human Relations Commission, President of the Allegany Branch of NAACP, and chair of the Friends of the NAACP.

He is mourned by the students of FSU and by his brothers in Omega Psi Phi for whom he served as a mentor and a source of inspiration.  Many alumni attribute their success to his caring guidance. His love and concern have transformed the lives of generations of Frostburg students.

Surviving is his wife of 32 years, Robin Vowels Wynder; son, Bernard “Bear” Wynder Jr., Cumberland; daughter, Brandie McIntyre, Brandywine, MD; three grandchildren, Gabrielle, Neviah and Kamea McIntyre; two sisters, Joan Wynder Smith and husband Samuel, Kennesaw, GA, Lynette Lynch and husband Charles, Baltimore; two brothers, Clinton Wynder, Baltimore, Joseph Wynder Jr. and wife Michelle, Baltimore; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Bernie's honor may be made to the Bernard Wynder Legacy Fund, c/o the Frostburg State University Foundation, Frostburg State University, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, Maryland 21532."

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Saunders J. Parrott
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
My heart goes out to the Wynder family during this difficult time. Bernard was a dear friend. We graduated from Frostburg in 1978 and stayed in touch when I would travel to Cumberland to visit my wife's family. What is so shocking is that I saw and spoke to Bernard just recently at my mother-in laws funeral in Cumberland on May 9, 2013 and we spoke about getting together. And now this. Words can not express the pain I feel right now, but I pray that his life has been an inspiration to the many lives he has touch. May God Bless his wife(Robin), children and family and may He provide you comfort and strength to continue on. I'll miss you Brother "B".
With love your Brother Saunders.

John Berkley
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Words cannot begin to express my thoughts at this time. I share with you what I passed along to the NPHC here in Baltimore: Bernard was a great advocate for students. As a recruiter he provided a path off of the streets for many students in our urban communities. He was a friend to everyone, mild mannered, very community oriented. He was a surrogate father to many of the students that attended Frostburg and he treated each of them as if they were his own. For over 33 years he was a member of the staff and administration at Frostburg, a mainstay, that person we always looked for whenever we visited the campus. His home was always open for us, and if he called you his friend, then you had a friend for life.

On a personal and fraternal note, Bernard was an ideal Omega Man. He lived our Cardinal Principles like no one I know. From the day I was initiated until our last conversation a few weeks ago, he has always been the standard bearer for “Living Your Creed”. He was a mentor, an advisor, my brother, my friend. While he praised me for my accomplishments, I thanked him for providing a strong foundation for me to stand and grow on. We called him Hard Nard because he gave tough love that would only be appreciated after coming through the test. He was a man of principle and never compromised his position in the Fraternity to advance his own cause.

This passing is like losing a family member because I have known Bernard all of my adult life. We have truly shared good and sad times. It is a great loss to Omega and the Frostburg community. It is an even greater loss to those students who may be lost and don’t have a Bernard Wynder to help them find their way. We will need to fill this void. We must be the ones to reach back and pull someone along until they are able to walk on their own. This we can do.

RIP Bro. Bernard Wynder. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Sherrie T. Howell
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
May the works I've done speak for me.
May the works (I've done) speak for me.
When I'm resting in my grave,
there's nothing more to be said;
may the works (the works I've done)
let it speak for me, (for me).

May the life I live speak for me.
May the life (I live) speak for me.
When I'm resting in my grave,
there's nothing more to be said;
may the life (the life I live)
let it speak for me, (for me).
The works I've done,
sometimes it seems so small,
it seems like I've done nothing at all.
Lord I'm (leaning) and depending on You,
if I do right You're gonna see me through;
may the works (the works I've done),
let it speak for me (for me).
Every since hearing the news of Bro. Bernard's passing, these lyrics have been running through my mind. Bernard, worked and lived to serve others. That is the ultimate service to our Lord, to serve others selflessly and relentlessly. Soror Robin, I pray that you and the children find comfort in knowing that as long as the legacy that he has created lives, so does he. May the Lord be pleased with his soul. Love, Sherrie T. Howell (class of 1983).

sister John Francis, OSP
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Bernard Wynder was a great friend of St. Frances Academy. We got to know each other in 1984 when I was the new counselor at SFA and he was recruiting African-American students from Baltimore city. A number of our students attended Frostburg under his guidance and tutelage and did very well. His niece graduated from our school in 1993. Every year that we went to the Alhambrah basketball tournament (this year included), he was right there to cheer on our team. He will be sorely missed. I have the highest regard for him as a mentor to our youth and I offer my sincere condolences to his family.

Linda McCulloch
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
My Dear, Dear Robin,
I am totally shocked and saddened to learn of Bernie's passing. For me, he was the one vital and solidifying presence at FSU! No matter what was right or wrong, he was always a model of professionalism and, mercifully, an initiator of solutions. His respect and compassion for others ran very deep and very wide and encompassed everyone around him - faculty, staff and students. Across the entire FSU campus and over many years, Bernie was an incredibly strong and unifying force whose warm manner would belie the huge impact he had on people and situations. His recruitment skills were unmatched; he left his generous and indelible stamp on the lives of countless students through that work! In fact, he left that stamp on all who knew him.

From me personally, I had great respect and affection for Bernie; among other things, he was always "on my side" when I needed a friend in "academia." He was an exceptional man who will be sorely missed.

Robin, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and in my heart. May you find peace, my friend.

Coach Owens
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
First and foremost, I want to thank God and Robin for the countless hours Brother Bernie came to Baltimore to help me and the over fifty students including one of my daughters enter Frostburg State University.
Robin, the prayers of my wife and I are with you and your family.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to be of service!

Judy & David Owens and Family

trina and mike ricketts
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
We are soo sad to hear of Bernie's passing. We send our deepest condolences.

Derwin Pearsall
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
I want to express my deepest sympathy to the Wynder family. Bernard will be missed. I can share from personal experience how Bernard was a mentor to me during my Frostburg years and continued to be a friend after that time frame. I know he was a friend to many but when you were in his presence you were his only friend at that time. That is the way he made each person around him feel. He was a blessing in my life and the lives of many others.

Royal V. Hines
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Wynder family. Bernie touched many lives and especially those of us who matriculated through Frostburg State University. He always encouraged students to do well and was a mentor to many. I can truly say I will miss him as I could always count on seeing him as I frequented the "Burg". Rest in Paradise my friend and thanks for all you did to enhance my Frostburg experience!!! You will definitely be missed, but never forgotten!!! Peace & Blessings!!!

Jim Limbaugh
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Both Trish and I send our heartfelt sympathy to the Wynder family. Having worked with Bernie for the entire 28 years I was at Frostburg State University, I was one of many who benefited from his professionalism and his friendship. Our thoughts are with you...and all the FSU family.

Anthony Ancruem
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Condolences! Instead of expressing sad words... I celebrate/remember how Mr. Wynder affected my life at Frostburg State University. Remembering how Mr. Wynder called me to his office... when I got there he knew everything about me and my curriculum. In the end, providing motivation to complete my education experience with flying colors. Thanks Mr. Wynder for your guidance and leadership. Peace

The Rev. Edward and Mary Ann Chapman
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Let Light Perpetual shine upon him. Prayers, peace and love.

Mary Ann and Bo

linda rigby
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Thank you brother 'bear' for allowing GOD to use you earlier.
I will never forget the kind words and encouragement that you showd me
Personally at the BURG! You are truly home now. To Live is Christ but to
Die is Gain. See you on the other side. "Well done thy good and faithful
Servant" amen. Rigby

Kathy Stewart Shupe
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Dear Robin, Bear and Brandy,
I am heartsick over the loss of Bernie. He was so young. I send you love, peace and hope that someday you find comfort.

Of all the things at my father's retirement, I remember what Bernie said. It meant so very much to me as a daughter.

Your Dad and husband was a wonderful human being. He made a difference in this world.
Kathy (Lauren's Mom) (Ken Stewart's daughter)

Glynn Baugher
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Robin and Family--

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of one so young and sweet-tempered. I never saw Bernie that he didn't smile very shortly after meeting. I retired 13 years ago, but I remember Bernie's always being helpful and just as nice as he could be, especially during the hectic times of Summer Planning Conference.

Tammi Wiley Wickson
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Robin and family:
I am so sorry for your loss. While I worked at Frostburg, Bernie was one of my favorite people. He truly loved the students and worked diligently to make a difference in their lives. I hope that all of the good memories will console you during this difficult time.
Keeping you in my thoughts,
Tammi Wickson

angelo bucchino
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
My prayers and thoughts are with you. Bernard was a good student and, above all, a good person. What more can a teacher ask for. We will miss him.

Kris Ritz-Perry
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Dr. Wynder was my very first adviser at FSU. He was always so engaging, energetic, and encouraging. Over the years after I graduated, we'd spot each other around town here & there, and to my delight, he always remembered me. If anyone could be described as a "people" person, he personified it! He always wanted to know how I was doing, was I was up to, and what I thought about LIFE! My hear goes out to his family and close friends. I know that you all have suffered a great loos. Be assured that you are not alone, as Bernie touched SO many people, and we feel his loss deeply. As one of my favorite educators, and all around fantastic human being, I will never forget the positive impact he had on my life.

Kris Ritz-Perry
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Dr. Wynder was my very first adviser at FSU. He was always so engaging, energetic, and encouraging. Over the years after I graduated, we'd spot each other around town here & there, and to my delight, he always remembered me. If anyone could be described as a "people" person, he personified it! He always wanted to know how I was doing, was I was up to, and what I thought about LIFE! My hear goes out to his family and close friends. I know that you all have suffered a great loos. Be assured that you are not alone, as Bernie touched SO many people, and we feel his loss deeply. As one of my favorite educators, and all around fantastic human being, I will never forget the positive impact he had on my life.

Mike Breeden 10BK76 Frostburg 1978
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
My Number #1 Sands, First Baslieus, Leader, Bridge-Builder and Friend!

Peace , Omega Psi Phi PEACE !

Linda Arrington
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
To The Wynder Family,

Bernard was a wonderful inspiration to all who met him. He always had a smile on his face and an encouraging word. The FSU campus will surely miss him as will I. Although I did not visit often, I looked forward to seeing him when I did visit. I glad to have to seen him and Robin at my godson's graduation this past May. May God bring you comfort during his time. God Bless.

Linda DST-Kappa Psi SP82

Roxanne "Rocky" Pinkney
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
Wow, where do I begin??? I echo many of the words that have been expressed by others about Bernard: Surrogate Father, Big Brother, Wise Counselor, Advisor, The "Glue" that binded Frostburg students together, and the list goes on.....I am so grateful that the Lord used Bernard to guide my path after high school, which led to becoming a graduate of "The Burg". What a humble, caring, thoughtful and wise man who possessed the knack of making each person with whom he encountered feel as though "we were special to him". While my heart is deeply saddened, I am yet rejoicing that I was able to be a recipient of the love, kindness, and wise counsel he extended to me before, during and post graduate from Frostburg. I could go on and on and on, And I too echo: "Well Done, Thy Good and Faithful Servant, Well Done!" May the Peace of God, and the Awesome memories of Bernard Overwhelm His Family, His Frostburg Family, and everyone whose life has been enriched by Bernard Wynder. Agape, Rocky

Maurice & Linda Smith FSU'88
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Bernard the human being was just as impressive as his professional accomplishments....kind, proud, dependable, supportive, funny, encouraging, strong, dignified, and ultra cool. God has a beautiful place for beautiful people who have touched so many lives like Bernard has. Maybe we can try to impact others, the way that Bernard impacted our lives.....Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Enter thou into the house of the Lord. (Matthew 25:21)

LaVern Whitt
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
I am still in disbelief.... I remember Bernard recruiting me to FSU for the fall of 1980. The experience at the "Burg" was shared with my son who decided to apply for this Fall 2013 Class which he was accepted as an early admission. Bernard talked to my son and I every week for the past 4 months preparing him for the experience. Thank you Bernard for everything. You are a pioneer and will always be remembered. My heart is very heavy...Only God knows why he needed you this soon.

Pastors Kenneth and Shannon Watkins, Souls Won Outreach Mins.
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
We, the pastors and members of Souls Won Outreach Ministries, Cumberland, MD, would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the Wynder family.

If not for Mr. Wynder, there would have never been a "Shannon and Kenny Watkins". Thank goodness Mr. Wynder thought to share Kenny's contact information many years ago when the newly resurrected gospel choir (then, the "F.S.U. Gospel Voices") had all singers, and no musicians. He recalled Kenny having played for the choir in previous years, and passed that information along. The rest, as they say, is history, because beautiful "music" has continued to play ever since. About 18 years later... including 14 years of marriage, the formation of an outreach ministry and several gospel CD projects, and also the welcoming of a new baby...the life we now know is because of Mr. Wynder, not to mention our gratitude for the support and guidance given during and after Shannon's years at F.S.U., and Robin's role as the coordinator of our wedding.

Thanks, Mr. Wynder, for your unwavering efforts and dedication to the betterment of all. Somehow, these words don't seem to be quite enough...with heavy hearts, and the continued shock of it all. But, our lives have certainly been blessed, and Robin, do hang in there..."the race is given to the one who endures until the end".

We, alone, have enough love for you and your family to last many lifetimes. You mean the world to us.

Blessings, love, peace, and comfort to you all during this difficult time.

Antoine Scott
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Like most students that went to FSU it really hurt my heart to hear about the passing of Mr. Wynder, but I also understand like most student we would like to say thank you for the time that we did have with him because of his help we were able to learn more about our self and the way we should be in school in the first place. But I would like to say thank you Mr. Wynder for pushing me and giving me the strength needed to get through my years at Frostburg and I am glade I was able to meet and man with such I hopes for me and others and you will be deeply missed and my prayers go out to you family and Mrs. Wynder or as I like to say and many other mama Wynder. May you rest in peace really going to miss you friend, Mentor and my frostburg father god bless you and hope to see you again in the next life.

Adrienne Townes
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
When I heard of Mr. Wynder's passing, I was in a state of disbelief. I am so saddened by the loss.

When I think of Mr. Wynder, I think of his sincere smile and welcoming heart. As long as I have known him since 1983, he has always been willing to help with any concern or difficulty I may have had. Anything he did was with a willing heart and a smile. There are not many special people in this world, but Mr. Wynder was one of them. I pray for his family and that God brings them through this difficult time. He will be missed and thought of fondly...

Philip Allen
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Susan and I are shocked to think that Frostburg -- nay, the world -- has lost this tender, solid man.

Catherine H.
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Although I did not know him well, I can truly say that this man brightened up my day every time I saw him on campus. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face! Lets keep our heads held high and remember him as the happy man he was in life, as he now rests in peace up even happier!

Debra Kelly Godsey
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
B. Wynder was an initiator. He set forth and changed the way he thought and he changed the way we thought. He changed the face of FSU and how good it looks because of his efforts. His spirit cannot be replaced. A huge void is there now and I pray for every soul that was leaning on him. Carry on and Carry Bernie's spirit. That is the greatest testimony to a man who gave his all!

Gonna miss you B. Wynder. ' '

Ralph and Jo-Ann Verdiglione
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Dear Robin,
In 1998 when my son applied to attend Frostburg, I called Susan Eisel and the first thing she said was that Bernie Wynder was working at the Admissions office. She transferred me by phone to his office and the rest is history.
Bernie was ecstatic to hear that my son was going to FSU. He personally took my sons application wrote an acceptance letter and mailed it to him. Today because of your great husbands deeds fifteen years later, my son is married, a father, and an Assistant Principal.
Bernie Wynder became a friend to my son during his years at Frostburg and every time my son saw Bernie on campus it made him feel very secure that there were people willing to go the distance to make him feel at home in Frostburg.
Jo-Ann and I send our most sincere condolences to you and your family in this time of grief.
Everlasting Sincerity
Ralph Verdiglione KZX 1975

Donna Sivic
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Robin & Family:

My words can not express the sympathy that I feel for your family. Bernie made our workplace so enjoyable. We worked hard, but yet he made it fun as we served the students of FSU. He will be so missed by the staff at the Center for Advising and Career Services. Bernie and I loved football season, as we cheered for our Baltimore Ravens football team. I pray that God is will you and your family peace, rest and trust in Him as you go through this very hard time.



Susan Glickstein
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
My condolences to the entire family, especially Joseph Jr. and his wife--Joe, I found out about this when I came back yesterday for the last day before furlough. I was so sorry to hear about this and everyone on Team 506 is saddened for your sudden loss.

Bonnie Russo, Former Mergenthaler Teacher
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Dear Family and Friends of Bernie Wynder
I am so very saddened by the untimely death of my former student and friend, Bernie Wynder. I taught Bernie at Mergenthaler Vocational-High School where he was a member of my Leadership Class. I remember him fondly and knew even then that he would be someone who would make the world a better place. After reading his obituary, I know he positively affected the lives of many people, but especially the students of Frostburg State University. When Bernie visited me at Mergenthaler during his freshman year at Frostburg, he talked about adjusting to his new surroundings, especially since he felt like it was so totally different from city life. "Ms. Russo, there are cows and they roll up the sidewalks at night," he said. I encouraged him (as everyone did who knew him then) to just do his best and bloom where he was planted. Sure enough, that's just what he did!
I send my deepest sympathy and love to his wife, children, grandchildren, family members, friends, and the FSU family. I am so thankful for all Bernie taught me, and I am so grateful that our paths crossed.
Love to all,
Bonnie Russo
Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical Teacher (Social Studies)

Nathaniel Bullock, Jr. DDS
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
I am at a loss of the sudden passing of Bernard Wynder. God Blessed my Frostburg University family with an amazing Educator, Pioneer, Leader, Mentor and Friend. My fellow Burg Alums we all share in his AWESOME LEGACY. May God give Grace, Peace and Strength to his beloved family.
Agape as always

Sarah Dotson
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Robin, Brandie and Bear,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Bernie's death. The Frostburg community has lost a wonderful, inspiring man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Muriel Suggs
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
His Journey's Just Begun By Ellen Brenneman
Don't think of him as gone away--
his journey's just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched
for nothing loved is ever lost--
and he was loved so much.

What a Legacy Bernard left. The Wynder family, Frostburg, and the community has lost a Jewel, but Heaven has a new Angel. He will Forever touch our lives, and today we mourn. "Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning." Psalms 30:5
Muriel "LE AKA"

Carmen Burley
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Thanks to David Owens, my daughter's Theology teacher @ Bishop O'Connell, I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Mr. Wynder! My daughter will attend FSU this fall because of Mr. Bernie. Mr. Bernie has been very instrumental in guiding us through the college process, from admissions to financial aid and everything in between. He always took my calls, answered all my questions, and encouraged me to allow my daughter to attend FSU because of the "support & caring family-atmosphere". After a second Open House visit to FSU, my daughter, Shannon, had the privilege of meeting Mr. Bernie in his office. He treated Shannon like a daughter. She left his office convinced FSU was the place for her because "Mr. Bernie will be there". Thank you for your kindness, Mr. Bernie! May the arms of God, Our Heavenly Father, embrace you like you have embraced us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Carmen, LaVelle & Shannon Burley

Simona Jones
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Mr. Wynder was the father of all students on campus. Even after I graduated I called on him for another student and he express how proud he was of me. He was and still is a powerful force to me. Deeply sadden by his loss. I was looking forward to seeing him for homecoming.

My prayers and love go out to the family and all who loved him. God gained another angel. Peace and Blessings *tears*

Michael Leptic
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Bernie was an exceptional person and an inspiration to all. I send my condolences to the entire family.

Larry Neumark, Former Chaplain, FSU (1979-2008)
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Receiving the news of Bernie's death was shocking beyond belief. My heart goes out to Robin and the family. I recall Bernie as a positive role model for students and others who came in contact with him. His enthusiasm and "thumbs-up" attitude were contagious. His concern for the campus and community was genuine. His passion for diversity and social justice was evident in many ways. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. This is a huge loss. Some people can't be replaced; one of them is Bernie Wynder.

Baxter Wright
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family and university community in this time of sorry. Bernie will be truly missed.

Rebecca Kavanaugh Cerritos
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
To the Wynder family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Wynder was a help in the kittenettes at Frostburg and Robin you were a great mentor to me through the diversity club. Sending lots of love to you all.

Love Re-Re

Merisa Mosley
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
To the Family,

Mr. Wynder was a great man and an important figure and person not only to his Frostburg family but to the people back home in Baltimore. When i first met him it was at Preview for the class of 2015 and when he found out i was from Baltimore City he said to my mom, " I have her back because i know how it is living in the city." Although i didnt get the chance to use his services he always smiled and encouraged me to do great and positive things as we passed eachother on campus. Even though he is no longer here his legacy lives on through his children, his achievements, and through the people he touched. He will be greatly missed and his smile will forever be engraved in my memories.

Alan Tanwi
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Couch Wynder was a great inspiration and role model to me and the championship forum family as a whole. He helped me stay focus on my goals, always motivated me with stories and shared and tought me great ways of staying strong and on task. His lessons, and positive outlook on things will live to changeld me become a better individual all through my life. This news still is so sureal to me, his presence will be dearly missed but deffinately never forgotten. My deepest sorrow and simpathy goes to his family, and loved ones. May his soul rest in Peace.

Pastor Cheryl Hinton (Formerly Watts)
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
It still doesn't seem real that Bernie is no longer with us. My heart is saddened that we will never have the opportunity to speak and catch up as we would from time to time. My connection My Wynder goes back to before I even met him, because my mother, Barbara Watts, was one of his high school teachers at Mergenthaler in Baltimore. She made sure that he was one of the first people I met when when I started at FSU. From this time forward he has made such an impact on my life. From being my mentor while I was at Frostburg and my friend since I have graduated. It is not often that you have an opportunity to know someone that truly enjoys what they do. You know he was living a life that he was called to. Helping thousands of young people learn who they are in this world and always pushing us to be better. It wasn't too long ago that we met for lunch while I was working in the Cumberland area and had a chance to catch. I thank God that we had that opportunity. I know that you are home with the Father and I thank God that he allowed our paths to cross. Rest in Peace. I pray that the God of peace will comfort the family and give them strength.

Eliott & Deb Baker
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
Robin, "Bear" and Brandi...

Please know we share in your loss. How blessed we are to have had you and Bernie in our lives. Despite your short stay in Slippery Rock, a long lasting friendship developed over 30 years ago and has never waned. Our loss was Frostburg's gain and Bernie was a true son of Frostburg. The students he mentored these many years will be Bernie's living legacy. Every time we saw him, and it was all to infrequently, it was as if time never passed.

Bernie will be with us always. He will never be forgotten. Our deepest sympathies to you all.

Love... Eliott & Deb

fred johnson/ Frostburg U class of 1992
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
to the wynder family.. i offer my condolences.
mr wynder was a great inspiration to me my freshman year in 1988.

i remember him calling my name from time to time and making sure i was staying in the books.. he will be sadly missed.


Shenell Allen
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
I didn't know Mr Wynder, but I do remember that he stopped me in the caf. one day and he started asking me how I was and how my grades were doing. He was a pretty nice dude and I wish I would have known him better. I'm very sorry for your lost. Rest In Paradise Mr Wynder.

Maria Price Detherage c/o 82
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
Dear Soror Robin, Bernard Jr., Brandie, Joe, Michelle and entire Wynder Family:

May God’s ample arms give you all you need as you journey through this time of Bernard’s transition from this life. You all have opened your hearts and home to many of us and embraced us as your extended family as we were trying to find our way at The ‘Burg. Now we all extend that love and support right back to you!!! Bernard was a man of passionate conviction for what was right and just. He was a strong visionary and an impactful guardian over the FSU BSA community. He made sooo many rich deposits into all of us. Let us all honor his legacy with random act of kindness, especially at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Sending love, hugs and prayers…

His jouney's just begun

Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

Maria Price Detherage (CORRECTION - Class of '86)
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013

Bob Riggs
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
The passing of the young always saddens me, but with Bernie's sudden death the sense of loss is especially keen. He was such a great and generous person and fine gentleman. May "flights of angels sing thee to thy rest," my friend. Bob Riggs

Patricia H. Lewis
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013

Tom Metz
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Bernie's recent passing.

My dad and I first met Bernie when I was in middle/high school, when we would go to the Frostburg State University PE center to play pick up basketball. Bernie was among a core group of "seasoned veterans" who would play with the college guys, and they welcomed a young kid and his dad into their group. He always had a smile on his face -- unless he was driving to the basket -- and you could see the light from his heart in his eyes. He was a good mentor for the sport and sportsmanship.

Later, when I attended FSU as a student, I would periodically run into Bernie, and he would always smile and ask how I was doing. He seemed to know everyone.

Joseph C. McNeill
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
I concur with Brother John Berkley. I met Brother Wynder via Brother John Berkley many years ago. As we traveled to Frostburg from time to time we could always expect to receive a warm welcome and kind words from Brother Wynder. He will be missed by all especially the Frostburg community.

James Gowen Jr. , FSU '87
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
I would like to offer my condolences and sympathy to Robin and the Wynder family at this time of loss. I was shocked and instantly saddened by the news of Bernie's passing last Friday.
I immediately began to reflect on how special he was not only to me but to everyone he came into contact with especially students of color at Frostburg. As a young black man, his presence, encouragement, and standing as a leader at FSU was a physical and effective reminder that I was not alone (even at the 'Burg) and that I can be successful anywhere if I chose to be.

He was a mentor, a friend, and a source of wise counsel at a time when I was getting an education in an environment that was actually preparing me for how to succeed (without me even realizing it at the time). That has now been over 25 years ago.
He cared about people and he was a faithful man of influence which is why he was so well-respected. He was a positive force and established a worthy legacy. It has been too long since I have returned to visit FSU. His absence will be a void when i return but he will never be forgotten. 2 Cor. 5:8, Dan. 7:18

James L. Gowen, Jr. - APA-Mu Upsilon FA84
Charlotte, NC

Jennifer Johnson
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
My father met Bernard back in 1975. They were friends and remained friends over the years. I remember one of the first times I met Bernard at Frostburg, he told me about how the first time he met me and thought I looked like a doll. Over the course of three years, I would always head to the red barn and just drop by to say hello. Whether it was around campus, red barn or downtown Frostburg. Bernard always had a smile on his face and always made you feel so special. I will miss having the lunches that Bernard, my boyfriend Owen and I would have with Bernard when we would head to Frostburg after graduating. Bernard was the man and you could tell how he inspired people just by all the people that were around him. He inspired me and I am so glad that he was apart of my college experience.Bernard will be missed by my family, my boyfriend and myself. I am sure in Heaven he will inspire even more and maybe give those angels some tips. Either way, it will be very hard for someone to step-up to the greatest in which Bernard did for the people around him and the city of Frostburg.

Josep B. Stuart
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
As graduate of FSU, class of 1980, student 76-80, I don't recall Bernard, but the years we were both on campus, 76-his graduation in 78 FSU was a smaller student body so I probably had some sort of contact; class, mutual friend, ect. From the condolences I have read he seems like a good guy and did a lot for FSU, to his family and friends my condolences on yours, FSU's and my loss.

Jessica Gesang Morgenstern, Class of '78
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
To all of the Wynder family - my heartfelt condolences on Bernie's passing. Bernie and I were classmates. He was the first person that I met on campus during summer orientation in June 1974 and we were friends from the start. Bernie was always there to lend an ear or to share a good story. I loved to visit with him whenever I was back on campus. It was as if we'd just seen each other last week regardless of the time that had passed. I will miss Bernie. He was a good man and he did a lot for his alma mater.

Jessica Gesang Morgenstern, Class of 1978

Linda Pease Finder
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
Bernie was a good friend of mine while I was a student at Frostburg State U. He is a very good man. Words cannot express how much he did for me. May G-d be with the Wynder family at this point in time, especially Robin. . .

Tom Striplin
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
Amazing man, mentor, friend to so many! Bernie your presence will be missed by so many. We became friends through Leadership Allegany and the last year was a great pleasure getting to know you and to call you my good friend. You have achieved a legacy that so few people ever could.


Jennifer Johnson
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
Bernard was a wonderful person and was such a huge part of my life when it came to Frostburg. It wouldn't have been the same without him. We will be missed because he was Mr. Frostburg. He was the first person I hugged after graduating from college. He met alot to me. My parents, Owen and I will miss him dearly. r
Jennifer Johnson, Frostburg Alumni 2011

Windi Kretchman
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
I had the distinct pleasure of working for Mr. Wynder at Career Services during my Jr. Year (2011-2012) at FSU. I was so amazed at how wonderful he was with all of the students who came through our doors. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for all he saw. I was so pleased to be able to see on May 18, 2013 after my graduation from FSU. He was quick to give me a big hug and congratulate me on my achievement. I will always think of his wonderful smile and genuine love for Frostburg. My most sincere sympathies to his beautiful family~he will truly be missed.

Reuben Sanders, class of 1985
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
My condolences to all who knew or met this great man. This is a huge loss to the family of Frostburg State University, especially to the African American community. Bernie was the soul of all of us who shared in the
Frostburg Experience. He was everyone's Big Brother. It did not matter which fraternity or sorority or club or no club that one belong to, Bernie made sure that we were taken care of. He did his best to try and make the Frostburg Experience a good one for all of us. I am blessed for having to have met Bernie when he recruited me to Frostburg in 1980 and I am thankful for his service. "The person who is greatest among you will be your servant"{ Matthew 23:11 KJ Bible } Bernie, I will always remember you and how you made it possible for thousands to achieve an education at Frostburg State.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.{Spr.82}

MomPat Hunt
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
Dear Robin, Brandy & your precious grandbabies: I send you hugs and prayers from your NCBI/BAH Family. Know that we embrace you & your family during these hard-to-concieve days. Peace & Love (We are holding you all in the Light of Love)

Percy E. Dangerfield Class of "92"
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
On behalf of the members of Phi Beta Sigma, Kappa Beta Chapter; I express my deepest sympathy to the Wynder family. I had the pleasure of knowing Bernie as a mentor, a boss and most importantly -a friend. He offered the stability that was needed for so many that were away from home for the first time. Bernie has influenced entire generations in such a positive way; that our children will benefit from his kindness, care, and genuine love. His legancy will be lasting....

Rodney Miller c/o 2001
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
It is with a heavy heart that I offer my condolences to the family of Mr. Wynder. As a student he served as a mentor and champion to me. As a professional he became a colleague but continued to serve as a mentor while becoming a true friend.

He helped me to understand the importance of serving the cause for diversity and fostering student achievement within the collegiate experience not only with his words but with his actions.

I take pride and having the time I had to have his friendship. It saddens me that I will not be able to attend the homegoing but my heart is truly with the Wynder and Frostburg family that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Regina Bowman-Goldring Class of 1990
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
To the Wynder family,
My deepest sympathies to you as you deal with the loss of your husband and father. Mr. Wynder was a great man and I enjoyed touching base with him when I visited the 'burg. May God continue to hold you and your grieving hearts in his loving and comforting arms.

Jackie Best
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. May you find strength & comfort in prayer.
God Bless,
Jackie Best aka Phi Beta Sigma "Mother Nature"
Class of 1986

Lisa Willoughby-Thomas
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
I was shocked to open my e-mail and hear this news about my dear friend, mentor, surrogate dad, and colleague's passing. Mr. Wynder and Mrs. Wynder meant the absolute world to me. I know that I would not have made it through Frostburg without their wisdom, guidance, support and love. My heartfelt condolences go out to Mrs. Wynder and her family. What the two of you shared was remarkable and provided a wonderful model for all of us to aspire to in our own future relationships. Thank you Mr. Wynder for being a man of integrity and honor. You will always be remembered with fondness and love.

Michelle McCarty Thorfinnsson (FSC 1979)
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
To the Wynder Family:

My sincerest condolences on the passing of Bernie. I knew Bernie during my days at Frostburg. Who knew that a number of years later his sister-in-law would be in a training class I taught for work. I still see Michele and was able to keep up with Bernie's comings and goings through her. Rest in Peace Bernie

Eric N. Williams Jr.
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
With utter disbelief, I offer condolences much deeper than this message can truly express. Mr. Wynder was my first advisor and instructor at FSU. He was a man who would stop and take the time to speak to each student he had ever met each time he passed them, regardless of where they were. Not only offering a friendly greeting, but also extending immensely valuable words of encouragement every time. I can remember sitting in Mr. Wynder's orientation class as he told us that he was going to be our advisor for life in anyway needed, even if things got tough and we needed to borrow a couple dollars for a week or so. He could be counted on to do his best to help. His advice always empathetic and supporting, helped so many. He never hesitated to support a student in any of their efforts. Most notably, in talking to Mr. Wynder came a sense of connection which will most certainly be missed.

Betty J. Johnson
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
To the Family :

My heart is filled with sadness at your loss of Bernard. I can not imagine the pain you feel now but I wanted to let you know that my loving thoughts are with you.

He will be sadly missed.

Betty Johnson ,Secretary MD State NAACP

Debby Brown (DB)
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
I can only offer my condolences to you Robin, Bernard Jr., Brandi and all of Bernard’s family for the loss of this brother. How blessed we all were to have been exposed to “B Wynder.” I place these letters on paper but they cannot begin to capture the spirit of “B Wynder.” I accidentally discovered this special soul in fall of 1974 on Frostburg’s campus. B just continued to blossom and to give of himself to others, for generations to follow. If it was within his power, you had it. He would reach back and pull you up with just a word, a prophetic thought or some deed. His laughter was contagious. I just loved his spirit.

Reflecting, I paraphrase and yes.. I know that he did not remain silent, he sought relief and was a form of deliverance for so many. I thank God for the opportunity to have known him. “…Yet who knows whether you, (B Wynder) have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Ester 4:14

Monroe Family
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
Where do I begin? Bernard was a good friend to my brother (Mony) and our family. He was very nice and a comforting person. My prayers go out to Robin, Bernard Jr, and Brandi. May GOD keep you in the days to come.


Erwin and Avis Thomas, Founders, The Village Connection (TVC)
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
Erwin and Avis Thomas are very grateful that we had the opportunity to witness Bernard Wynder’s greatness while he was alive! We're grateful for you supporting our daughter Aisha Thomas; and many other FSU students. Thank you Mr. Wynder for your legacy of commitment and being a great servant to humanity of the many lives that you touched in the community! Our hope is that students continue your great work. We'd like to dedicate to a great man - Bernard Wynder - excerpts from a famous quote, Martin Luther King Jr., “Everybody Can Be Great – Because Everybody Can Serve!"

Well done – a good and faithful servant!

Neil & Lenore Callahan
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
It was always great to see Bernard's friendly face at Frostburg homecomings. He always had a kind word and a glowing smile. He will be missed. Prayers to his family.

Vivian Sawyer
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
A true example and role model to all, as a person of integrity and wisdom, who loved to share the love of learning. Thanks for guiding so many of our youths to the next chapter in their lives.

Joanie O'Neal-Blackburn
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
Dear Robin and family ,
I am so sorry to hear of the lost of one of Gods' wonderful men. Bernard was one of the first people I met when I arrived at Frostburg in 1983. He was always there to help or just listen with a smile and a caring heart. He loved his family very much and made every student that he came in contact with feel like family ! He also did whatever he could or it took to ensure we all became alumni of Frostburg! I will always remember his smile and his caring heart.
My prays are with you and your family. I know your hearts are filled but I truly believe God is smiling down on you all. I also believe, God has welcome Bernard home with him. I believe Bernard did here our father say Welcome Home my true and faithful Son ! To you and your family keep smiling.

Always in my pray

Joanie M. O'Neal-Blackburn class of 1987

Marge Amodio Nikpourfard
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
Dear Robin and family,
My heart is broken and My heart breaks for you. There was no person more loving, no person more vibrant, no better friend than Bernard. I can't tell you how many times he made the effort to reconnect when he came through Hagerstown and how many hours we talked. Bear, Brandie, he was sooo proud of you both. I always knew what was happening in your lives. Robin, although the years have flown, the place he held in my heart has never changed. I am sorry I could not be there with you.
I hope that through the DIFFICULT days you are facing that you know he would want each of you to grab life and savor every moment. Take care, your friend, Marge

Larry Stevenson
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
Mr. Wynder sat me in his office once after he caught wind of a "Physical Disagreement" which resulted in the pre mature ending of a party in the Lane Center..And rather than chastise me..he asked did I understand the maginatude of my actions to those who sacrified before me? To allow me access to this WONDERFUL EDUCATION at this Lil University in this quiet town in Western MD?
Bernie you made me understand the long road traveled to allow me access as a result of those struggles. And now you are gone just like they took that piece of the dream away..And like you told me,,"Don't allow it on your watch..Just like I won't allow it up here in my watch."

To Mrs Wynder the testament of ones life is during this walk. I believe Mr Wynder has given so much to so many..A life lived in service and excellence. Peace be with you during these days and times.

Travis Dordevic
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
Mr. Wynder is one of the most genuine and sincere person I have ever met. His presence on and off the campus of Frostburg State will most definitely be missed. The impact he has had on people's lives can not be matched by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they navigate through these trying times.

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd M. Alston, Sr.
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely passing of our dear friend, Bernard Wynder. I was Bernard's principal at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School. Of the many students that I was privileged to know in my teaching and administrating career in public education, Bernard remains outstanding in my mind because of his self-direction and personal concern for the students with whom he associated and served as a student leader. The students of Mergenthaler were very complimentary of him throughout his enrollment there. He cared greatly about them and sought to help make the school outstanding. It is without a doubt that his demeanor and leadership qualities prepared him for his roles in his undergraduate and graduate school years, as well as in his community, his fraternity, and his professional life.

A great application of knowledge and wisdom from this young man has passed this way. He has left an indelible mark on those who experienced his skills, sacrifices for their good, and in-depth planning with follow-up action for their improved condition.

Our daughter, Margaret Alston, got to know him when she was a Freshman at Frostburg State College (as it was known then in 1978) and Bernard worked in Admissions. He showed his sincere concern for the welfare of the students there right from the beginning of his career there.

We had just spoken with Bernard this past February at the Omega Mardi Gras, and we took a photo of him. News of his death was a shock. He will truly be missed. We must all give praises to God for the wonderful gift that He gave to us through Bernard Wynder. We thank God for his family: his wife, Robin, his children, his grandchildren, his mother and his siblings for their unselfishness in sharing such a wonderful man with us. Our sincere condolences go out to them, as well as to his colleagues, fraternity brothers, students of Frostburg--former and present--who benefited from his caring tutelage.

The brotherhood of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity also has great love and respect for our friend and brother who exhibited our Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift to benefit all.

From: Lloyd M. Alston, Sr., Pi Omega Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
and wife, Josephine

Herb and Nancy Reinhard
   Posted Wed July 03, 2013
Like all others we were shocked to hear of the passing of Bernie Wynder. Bernie was a true gentleman, an excellent role model for so very many students, and a first class human being. He will be sadly missed but our good Lord has welcome Bernie with open arms. Our prayers are with Robin and the family. May God bless you all.
Herb. and Nancy Reinhard

Taueret K. Thomas
   Posted Tue July 16, 2013
I am filled with so many emotions after receiving the news about my beloved mentor and friend. I am a recipient of his good works. I witnessed first hand how one person can have a positive influence on so many. Bernard gave me the foundation to become the educator I am today. My prayers are with Robin, Bear and Brandie. Bernard will never be forgotten!

Taueret K. Thomas
Class of '91

Lerlene McAllister
   Posted Tue August 06, 2013
I just today found out about the passing of my high school buddy "Bernie". We had re-connected in October 2012 after I attended a Financial Aid Conference and one of the presenters was From Frostburg. I gave her my card to give to Bernie. After 30 years it was nice to hear from him. He was the same Bernie I knew in high school. Always smiling and caring. I work at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD but I am also a seamstress and 2 of my customer's are relatives of Robin (Chris and Maria). I did alterations for Chris for the Mardi Gra affair in Febuary and mentioned that a long time friend of mine was in town from Cumberland for the affair, and we both said his name at the same time. Maria came by today and somehow Bernie came up in our conversation. She didn't know that I didn't know. I still cannot believe he's gone. We last talked to each other in April. He remembered my birthday on April 4th. That's the kind of person he was. My heart is heavy. My condolences go out to his wife Robin and his children and grandchildren. Bernie will be sorely missed.
Lerlene "Mervo 73"

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