Dr. Stuart Fourman, a Stony Brook opthalmologist and ten-year member of the Three Village Central School District's board of education, died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 52.
At Tuesday's school board meeting, trustees, administrators, teachers and community members observed a moment of silence for Fourman, who served the board from 1998 to 2008, including one school year as its vice president and close to two years as its president before his resignation in April of 2008.
"It's very sad because it was sudden," school board president John Diviney said of Fourman's death. Diviney said Fourman was instrumental during the district's transition years later in his tenure and helped get the most recent bond passed.
Fourman, a Three Village resident since 1990, was also an associate professor of opthalmology at with a specialty in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. According to school biographies, he completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College of Union in 1981, interned at North Shore University Hospital, and held residency and fellowship at the Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh. He later helped found the Department of Opthalmology at SBUMC and served the Stony Brook University Medical School Admissions Committee for 15 years.
In the Three Village school district, Fourman was known for his work with the Youth-At-Risk/Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinating Council and for teaching math workshops at and .
"He was a great person to work with," Diviney said. "A great guy. A true professional."
Fourman is survived by his wife, Marian, and sons Daniel and Mitchell.