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June 28, 2015:  In Memoriam: Capt. Francis Joseph Schatzle (USN, Ret.) February 26, 1932 - June 9, 2015
Captain Francis Joseph Schatzle, (Ret. USN), age 83, passed away on Tuesday, June 9 in Annapolis, MD. Born in Cold Spring (Nelsonville), NY to the late Frank and Mary Schatzle, Frank cherished his hometown. The eldest of 5 boys, Frank and his brothers loved to tell stories of growing up in Nelsonville and Cold Spring, attending school at Haldane High School, ice skating on frozen ponds, running around main street and working all over the village. All 5 brothers were exceptional high school athletes. Frank held the New York State high school mile record for many years, raced in Madison Square Garden against Roger Bannister, and continued to run races and marathons for decades. He graduated from Haldane High School in 1949, from Albany State in 1953 with a Bachelors Degree in Physics and finally a Masters Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. In January of 1954, Frank was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While serving in Jacksonville, FL, he met his wife of 49 years, Ann Turner, (1932-2010), whom he loved dearly. Ann, from Peterborough, England, met Frank when she was working as a stewardess for National Airlines. Frank enjoyed a long and distinguished 29-year Naval career, retiring as Captain in 1983. Frank was extremely proud of his Naval Career and upon his retirement was considered one of the top hurricane experts in the country.

Frank was a lifelong avid golfer who loved to tee off early in the "Dawn Patrol", so he could be home in time to work in the yard. After retiring, he remained in Pass Christian, MS, enjoying golf, happy hours with Ed and Helen Smith, attending Navy Hurricane Hunter Reunions with lifelong Navy friends, and enjoying Mardi Gras every year for 33 years, all the while collecting thousands of beads, mementoes and memories.

In addition to his wife and parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brothers, Arnold, Eddie and Danny Schatzle. He is survived by three children, Matthew Schatzle of Annapolis, MD, Sharon (Jeff) Bonck and Andrew (Amy) Schatzle all of Pass Christian, MS and his brother, Phillip Schatzle, of Cold Spring, NY. He is also survived by a source of great pride to Frank, his ten grandchildren, Claire, Jacob and Noah Schatzle of Annapolis, MD, Stephen, Jack and David Bonck, Alison, Nicholas, Brady and Cooper Schatzle all of Pass Christian, MS.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00am on Tuesday, June 23 at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair St., Cold Spring, NY, followed by interment at Cold Spring Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Haldane High School Foundation, where all five brothers attended school.
http://www.haldaneschoolfoundation.org/HowToHelp.html
 

April 17, 2015: Spring Potter Luncheon held April 15, 2015 at Latham:  Those attending included: Pete McManus, `54; Milan Krchniak, `53; Bob Giammatteo, `53; Claude Palczak, `53; Frank Ioele, `52; Paul Ward, `53; Bernie McEvoy, `57; Bob Umholtz, `51; Gerry Leggieri, `68; Doug Davis, `69; and Jack Higham, `57.  Fred Culbert, `65 unable to attend at last minute.  Pictures are posted in the Photo Gallery, Albany Luncheons.  Paul reported on the progress of the war veteran plaques, and on plans to establish the Joe Persico Library in the Potter Memorial Room.  The Fall Luncheon agenda will include discussion of plans, if any, for an 80th anniversary celebration, and what to do with money in our account with the Association at the point we decide to dissolve as a group. 
If you have any ideas or suggestions, contact us.
Address change for Grant Downs, `68.  See link at left.

In Memoriam:  The picture of Richard was in a Syracuse newspaper about Licensed Practical Nurses, 02/24/2014

Richard MargisonRichard L. Margison, `36 
Friday, March 20, 2015:  Richard L. Margison was born in Albany, N. Y. on July 2, 1914 to parents Louis and Carrie Margison. He received a B.S and M.S. Degree at the Albany State Teachers College and then taught Business Subjects in High Schools in Coeymans, Mohawk and Lake Mahopac, New York from l936 to194l.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 194l and assigned to the 96th CAA Regiment anti-aircraft unit at Camp Davis, N.C. After Pearl Harbor attack he was alerted for overseas shipment. He married Margaret Kaemmerlen on Dec. 3l, l941 in Wilmington,North Carolina and was sent to the West Coast for shipment to Corregidor. Corregidor fell while his convoy was en route and the 96th CAA (AA) was diverted to Hawaii. He applied for OCS and came back to the States for Officer Training. After Graduation he was assigned to the 449th CAA (AAA) AW Mbl. and trained at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod.

The 449th was sent to England in 1943 for further training before the invasion of Europe in 1944. Took part in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland and Central Europe until V-E day in June 1945. He separated from the service with the rank of Captain in December of 1945.

After teaching at the Northampton, Mass. commercial college for two years he accepted the position of Business Officer at the Potsdam State Teachers College in 1948 and served there until 1959 when he accepted a similar position as Vice President at the State University College at Cortland. In addition to supervising the Business affairs of the college he coordinated the expansion of the college involving over $100,000,000 of construction work. He retired in 1978 except for a few years of part time teaching in the Economics Dept. at SUNY.

A staunch supporter of community activities, he was a member and Pres. of the Chamber of Commerce, member and Chairman of the Planning Commission, Trustee of the Cortland YWCA, member of the board of the Murray Center, member of the Central New York Regional Planning Board, member and Treasurer of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Central New York, member and President of the Cortland Rotary Club, Trustee of the Cortland Savings Bank, and a Deacon, Trustee and Elder of the United Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a daughter, Ellen Jennings of Baldwinsville, N. Y., a son Richard (Lynn) and a son-in-law, Thomas Cleveland. He was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Cleveland and son-in-law Robert Jennings. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Christopher (Jennifer) and Scott Cleveland, Ramsey (Lauren) and Blake Margison, and Allison and Sarah Jennings and 6 great grandchildren: Bobby , Brendan , Emily and Abby Cleveland and Gracie Jane and Benjamin Margison).

Those wishing to make a donation are requested to consider the stain glass window project at the United Presbyterian Church in Cortland, NY. Peg and the family would like to express their gratitude to the loving caregivers at McHarrie Pointe and McHarrie Place in Baldwinsville.

The family will greet friends on Friday, April 24th from 1-2 pm at the United Presbyterian Church, Cortland with a celebration of life service to follow at 2pm. Burial will be at the Cortland Rural Cemetery

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An interview with Richard at the time of his 100th birthday appeared on an Internet site.  In it he relates his experiences in World War II.  Richard was the oldest know surviving Potter Man at the time of his death.  The interview can be seen at:
           http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1065345#.VTKZApODve0

Ken Haser, `40 
On September 2, 2014 of Bethesda, Maryland. Husband of the late Elizabeth Murphy Haser. Beloved father of Kathleen Haser, Jim Haser, John Haser and his wife Diane, Susan Biggs and her husband Gary, Tom Haser, Dan Haser and his wife Shelly; grandfather of Mark, Bethany, Erin, Inga, Valerie, Luba and Nadia. Memorial Contribution may be made to the Rockville Nursing Home 303 Adclare Road Rockville, Maryland 20850.  Ken's death reported in UAlb Alumni Magazine, Spring 2015.

Don Makely, `60
  Donald Makely, Medusa, NY, died Friday, June 14, 2013. Born Wallace Donald Makely on July 13, 1938, he was youngest son of the late Wallace and Dorothy (Wood) Makely. He is survived by his sister, Anna Seal; and brother, Robert Makely; he also leaves behind seven children, Ken Makely, Sam Makely, Terry Makely, Melissa Crowther, Andy Makely, Tim Makely, Tom Makely; 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The majority of his adult life, he had three jobs: teacher, negotiator and farmer. A graduate of Greenville Central School (1955) and the NY State University at Albany, he also earned two masters degrees during his teaching career. Until retirement, he taught sciences in the Albany school system and served as a negotiator for the New York State United Teachers Union. Don believed in life-long learning and encouraged the pursuit of higher education. Still, at the core, his truest passion was farming. Throughout his life he was dedicated to keeping the family farm up and running. In Oak Hill, where he lived most of his life, he taught his children and others the intrinsic value of the land, and instilled the importance of hard work. His family will always be grateful for those lessons and the privilege of experiencing them first hand. In accordance with his request, Donny has been cremated. All who wish to share remembrances may visit the family at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, on Thursday, July 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Light a candle at ajcunninghamfh.com.  Don's death reported in UAlb Alumni Magazine, Spring 2015.

Makely, Donald OAK HILL Donald Makely, died Friday, June 14, 2013. Born Wallace Donald Makely on July 13, 1938, he was youngest son of the late Wallace and Dorothy (Wood) Makely. He is survived by his sister, Anna Seal; and brother, Robert Makely; he also leaves behind seven children, Ken Makely, Sam Makely, Terry Makely, Melissa Crowther, Andy Makely, Tim Makely, Tom Makely; 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The majority of his adult life, he had three jobs: teacher, negotiator and farmer. A graduate of Greenville Central School (1955) and the NY State University at Albany, he also earned two masters degrees during his teaching career. Until retirement, he taught sciences in the Albany school system and served as a negotiator for the New York State United Teachers Union. Don believed in life-long learning and encouraged the pursuit of higher education. Still, at the core, his truest passion was farming. Throughout his life he was dedicated to keeping the family farm up and running. In Oak Hill, where he lived most of his life, he taught his children and others the intrinsic value of the land, and instilled the importance of hard work. His family will always be grateful for those lessons and the privilege of experiencing them first hand. In accordance with his request, Donny has been cremated. All who wish to share remembrances may visit the family at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, on Thursday, July 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Light a candle at ajcunninghamfh.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=donald-makely&pid=165384608&fhid=27339#sthash.Yhr1Gekr.dpuf
Makely, Donald OAK HILL Donald Makely, died Friday, June 14, 2013. Born Wallace Donald Makely on July 13, 1938, he was youngest son of the late Wallace and Dorothy (Wood) Makely. He is survived by his sister, Anna Seal; and brother, Robert Makely; he also leaves behind seven children, Ken Makely, Sam Makely, Terry Makely, Melissa Crowther, Andy Makely, Tim Makely, Tom Makely; 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The majority of his adult life, he had three jobs: teacher, negotiator and farmer. A graduate of Greenville Central School (1955) and the NY State University at Albany, he also earned two masters degrees during his teaching career. Until retirement, he taught sciences in the Albany school system and served as a negotiator for the New York State United Teachers Union. Don believed in life-long learning and encouraged the pursuit of higher education. Still, at the core, his truest passion was farming. Throughout his life he was dedicated to keeping the family farm up and running. In Oak Hill, where he lived most of his life, he taught his children and others the intrinsic value of the land, and instilled the importance of hard work. His family will always be grateful for those lessons and the privilege of experiencing them first hand. In accordance with his request, Donny has been cremated. All who wish to share remembrances may visit the family at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, on Thursday, July 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Light a candle at ajcunninghamfh.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=donald-makely&pid=165384608&fhid=27339#sthash.Yhr1Gekr.dpuf

March 10, 2015:  In Memoriam:
Arthur C. Batty, `52, 
84, of Johnstown, NY, passed away suddenly on March 5, 2015 at Ellis Hospital with his loving Battyfamily by his side. Family was Arthur's pride and joy. He also received great satisfaction from helping other people. Arthur was born on Aug. 25, 1930 to the late Wilfred F. Batty and Helen Benedict in Gloversville, NY. On September 12, 1953, he married the love of his life for 61 years, Marilyn R. Tomek Batty. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School and obtained his BA in education/English and history from the State University of New York. Arthur went on to get his master's degree in administration from the State University. He was a proud veteran who joined the U.S. Naval Reserves which became active duty during the Korean War Era. He taught English and history at Estee Jr. High School, Babylon High School, Knox Junior High School and Johnstown High School until 1967, and also was the director of Adult Education for the GJSD. He went on to be the Director of Extension and Community Services at FMCC for three years. All of these experiences lead Arthur to his first administration job as assistant principal at Knox Junior High School and then Principal of Johnstown High School, until his retirement in 1985. Some of the things near to his heart were being class advisor, coaching baseball and wrestling and instructing ballroom dance. After retirement, Arthur stayed active in education and took multiple interim positions. He was most proud of his involvement in serving as the Director of the 21st Century Community Learning Center for all of Fulton and Montgomery County School Districts. Some of the things Arthur enjoyed most were the Rotary Club, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Fulton County, Fulton County Cooperative Extension, Johnstown Hospital Board of Directors, Technical Advisory Board at FMCC, Concordia German-American Singing Society, L. Allegro Ballroom Dance and Cotillion Dance Society. His favorite hobbies outside of being with family and friends were; ballroom dancing, golf, poker, canoeing and fishing. Arthur truly loved every moment spent with his family and even built an addition on his house to accommodate the growing family he loved so much. He would often say It makes my day, my week, and my year, when everyone is here. Arthur leaves behind his loving wife, Marilyn Batty; his children, Mark C. Batty (Amy), Lisa Wager (Joe), Linda C. Macklin (Michael), Michael Batty (Monique); his grandchildren, Jeremy and Courtney Batty, Hailey Dunlap, Joe, Jamie and Jenna Wager, Alexandra, Joseph and Vincent Ruggeri, Ben, Ross, Jake and Max Batty. Arthur also leaves behind three beloved great-grandchildren, Crickett, Finn and Isla. The family invites relatives and friends to attend a visitation from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 North Market St., Johnstown, NY 12095. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Laurie Garramone to preside over all services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Arthur's memory to The Arthur C. Batty Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be mailed to Ehle and Barnett Family Funeral Home, LLC., 15 N. William Street, Johnstown, NY 12095 or can be brought to any services held. Please visit and sign the family's guestbook at www.ebffh.com.  Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N William St Johnstown, NY 12095  (518) 762-8681  Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Mar. 7, 2015

Robert D. Keel, `55, YARDLEY, Pa. Robert Donald Keel passed away January 29, 2015. Was born January 20, 1931 in Syracuse, N.Y. to the late Robert Ehl Keel and Mabel Warne Keel. Growing up in the Albany, N.Y. area, he was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany (1948) and a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany (cum laude, 1955, double major in English Literature and History). His college studies were interrupted when he was activated into the United States Marine Corp in 1950, serving as an operational sergeant in fire direction control in Korea from 1951-1952. Upon his return from combat, Robert Donald Keel married Patricia Ann Klahr on June 21, 1952. Their son, Robert Donald Keel Jr., was born in 1953. Robert D. Keel Sr. entered the Philadelphia Divinity School in 1955, at which time their daughter, Stacy Caedmon Keel, was born in 1957. Robert graduated in 1958 with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Albany, Frederick Lehrle Barry, at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany on May 31, 1958. Robert first served as Rector of Trinity and St. Michael's Church, Middleville, N.Y., where he was ordained a priest by the Bishop of Albany, Frederick Lehrle Barry, on December 13, 1958. A second daughter, Hillary Ann Keel, was born in 1959. He then served as rector for 5 years at Grace Church in Canton, N.Y. He was rector of St. John's Church, Lower Merion in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. from 1965 to 1984, during which time he also served as Dean of the Merion Deanery. Later he became the rector of Trinity Church, in Buckingham, Pa. from 1984 to 1995. Robert and his wife, Patricia, retired to their home in Lackawaxen, Pa. where they lived from 1995-2012. Robert D. Keel was an avid hiker, camper, and canoeist. He loved nature, and hiked extensively, including the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. He is often remembered for camping trips he took with his family and friends, as well as with church groups. He felt privileged and honored to be a priest, to take part in the lives of so many. He is also remembered for his sermons, his love of literature, his mentoring of youth in his parish youth groups and his disciplined spiritual practice. In retrospect, he emphasized how grateful he was for his fortunate life. He is predeceased by his son, Robert Donald Keel, Jr., and survived by his wife, Patricia of Yardley, Pa.; his sister, Kay (John) Geurtze of Selkirk, N.Y.; his brother, Richard (Susan) of Selkirk, N.Y.; by his daughters, Stacy Adams (Steven) of Yardley, Pa., Hillary Keel (Gerhard Strohmeier) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and her children, Paul Robert Strohmeier and Sophie Gertrude Strohmeier of Vienna, Austria. He is also survived by nephews, Steven, Michael and David Keel, Daniel, William Wakeman and many cousins. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on February 14, 2015 at Trinity Church Buckingham. Burial at Memory Gardens in Colonie, N.Y., date to be announced. Donations made to: https:// www.episcopalrelief.org.

Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 12, 2015

January 25, 2015 (posted March 10, 2015):
Finnen honored for 50 years at Lafayette-Lehigh Basketball game.  See following link for YouTube presentation: http://youtu.be/QyY0Wvos6-s

January 20, 2015: In Memoriam:

Richard Terzian, 90, of Latham, Potter Club `53, beloved husband of the late Barbara Mendoza Terzian, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at his home in Latham. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Karekin and TerzianSeranoosh (Eyjian) Terzian. Richard married his wife, Barbara Mendoza, on August 8, 1959 and the two shared 49 years of marriage prior to her passing on April 19, 2008. He was a high school math teacher serving several school districts in the Capital Region. He has resided in Latham since 1970. Richard had a love of golf, art, reading, and talking politics. Survivors include his loving son, Peter Terzian and his husband, Caleb Crain, of Brooklyn; his sister, Anna Gabaldon; niece, Sherry Edwards; and nephews, Gary Minerley and Richard Gabaldon. He is also survived by several grand- nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his sister, Alice Minerley. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Troy. Donations to the Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, or the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110, in memory of Richard Terzian, would be appreciated. For directions, information or to light a memory candle for the family please visit dufresneandcavanaugh.com.  Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 20, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=richard-terzian&pid=173905765&fhid=4777&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.0tE7mFmB.dpuf

Terzian, Richard LATHAM Richard Terzian, 90, of Latham, beloved husband of the late Barbara Mendoza Terzian, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at his home in Latham. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Karekin and Seranoosh (Eyjian) Terzian. Richard married his wife, Barbara Mendoza, on August 8, 1959 and the two shared 49 years of marriage prior to her passing on April 19, 2008. He was a high school math teacher serving several school districts in the Capital Region. He has resided in Latham since 1970. Richard had a love of golf, art, reading, and talking politics. Survivors include his loving son, Peter Terzian and his husband, Caleb Crain, of Brooklyn; his sister, Anna Gabaldon; niece, Sherry Edwards; and nephews, Gary Minerley and Richard Gabaldon. He is also survived by several grand- nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his sister, Alice Minerley. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Troy. Donations to the Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, or the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110, in memory of Richard Terzian, would be appreciated. For directions, information or to light a memory candle for the family please visit dufresneandcavanaugh.com.
Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 20, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=richard-terzian&pid=173905765&fhid=4777&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.0tE7mFmB.dpuf

January 4, 2015:  New Year's greeting to all Pottermen!  Keep sending your news and we will try to keep you posted. 

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