Sherwood L. Boehlert, a 12-term moderate Republican congressman from upstate New York who bucked his party’s right-wing shift by standing firm as an ardent environmentalist, died on Tuesday September 21 2021 in a hospice care center in New Hartford, N.Y. He was 84.
A Representative from New York; born in Utica, Oneida County, N.Y., September 28, 1936; B.A., Utica College, Utica, N.Y., 1961; United States Army, 1956-1958; staff for United States Representative Alexander Pirnie of New York, 1964-1979; elected, county executive, Oneida County, N.Y., 1979-1982; delegate, New York state Republican convention, 1980; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1980; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 2007); chair, Committee on Science (One Hundred Seventh through One Hundred Ninth Congresses); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Tenth Congress in 2006.
Mr. Boehlert married Marianne Willey in 1976. Along with her, he is survived by two children, Tracy VanHook and Leslie Wetteland, and a stepson, Mark Brooks, from his marriage to Jean Bone, which ended in divorce; a stepdaughter, Brooke Phillips, from his wife’s first marriage; and six grandchildren.