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He would have wanted people to understand


Relatives, friends say goodbye to slain professor Richard Antoun

BINGHAMTON — Richard T. Antoun’s final lesson would have been one of understanding his accused killer.

“He would have wanted people to understand, not judge,” said his sister, Linda Antoun Miller, following a memorial service Friday for Richard Antoun. […]

More than 400 people crowded into the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Riverside Drive to say goodbye to Antoun. A table in the congregation’s sanctuary was decorated with a portrait of Antoun, a Red Sox cap, and a coffee bean grinder that was a gift from a friend in the Middle East.

The professor had close ties to the Middle East. His grandfather was Lebanese and much of his work in academia centered in that region of the world, colleagues said.

The mementos were a backdrop to what Antoun’s family, friends and colleagues said about a man described as both brilliant and kind.

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