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September 21, 2014:  Check for latest address changes at left.

September 12, 2014:  Jim Finnen, `54, Recognized by Lafayette College for his 50 years as public address announcer.
  The link that follows describes Jim's announcing career and the honor he will receive at Yankee Stadium at the 150th meeting of Lafayette and Lehigh on November 22, 2014.  Our best wishes and congratulations to Jim and Bea!  FinnenLafayette.pdf  Jim was President of Potter Club in 1954.

August 31, 2014:  In Memoriam:

Joseph E.  Persico, `52,  
passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY after a long illness. His family was with him. Mr. Persico followed 11 years as chief speechwriter for New York Governor and Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller with a career as biographer and historian. He wrote his first book, My Enemy My Brother, about the Battle of Gettysburg, as he once put it, while moonlighting from my speechwriting job, out of desperation at having to write in somebody else's shadow. After leaving government and politics in 1977, Mr. Persico began writing books full time. His works include several acclaimed biographies and histories. Eric Sevaried described Mr. Persico's Edward R. Murrow: An American Original as the definitive biography of the broadcast pioneer. The New York Times reviewer said of Mr. Persico's, The Imperial Rockefeller, No one has written a book like this about Nelson Rockefeller before. His Nuremberg: Infamy On Trial was described by the broadcast journalist, Howard K. Smith, as simply the best account of the trial. The Nuremberg book was adapted by Turner Network Television for a miniseries winning two Emmy Awards. Mr. Persico also co-authored Secretary of State Colin Powell's autobiography, My American Journey, which remained for 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Persico's other books include Casey: From the OSS to the CIA, Piercing the Reich, The Spiderweb, a novel, Roosevelt's Secret War, A New York Times, Notable Book of the Year, Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day 1918, Franklin and Lucy and most recently Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II. As a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission he wrote the Announcement and Field of Gold Stars inscriptions inscribed on the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. Mr. Persico also served as a consultant, writer and on camera commentator on several television documentaries for PBS, A&E and The History Channel. Joseph E. Persico was born in Gloversville, New York on July 19, 1930, where his parents, Thomas and Blanche Persico, worked in the local glove trade. He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1952, and entered the Navy where he served as a lieutenant junior grade aboard a minesweeper during the Korean War and later with NATO headquarters in Naples, Italy. He subsequently joined the U.S. Information Agency and was posted to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Washington, DC. He then went to work for Governor Rockefeller. In 1996, his alma mater awarded Mr. Persico an honorary degree as Doctor of Letters, for your outstanding contributions as a writer in illuminating the human actor on the public stage. Of his career Mr. Persico once said, I was infected with the writing virus after winning a ninth grade essay contest prize, $10 in 1944 War Savings Stamps and I never recovered. In recent years, Mr. Persico divided his time between homes in Albany, NY and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia LaVista Persico; daughters, Vanya Perez, and Andrea Holder; five grandchildren, Amanda and Joshua Perez, and Georgia, Daniela and Sofia Holder; a brother, Richard Persico; and sister, Annabelle Townson. The calling period to pay respects will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Guilderland's DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 5216 Western Turnpike (Rt. 20 just west of Carman Rd. (Rt. 146)). A private burial service will be held at the Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Persico's name to the University Library at Albany, which houses Mr. Persico's archival papers. Checks may be made payable to the University at Albany Foundation, and sent to the University Library, LI-123, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222. Alternatively, donations may be made to Mr. Persico's beloved hometown library, the Gloversville Public Library, 58 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, NY 12078. - From Schenectady Daily-Gazette.

August 20, 2014:  Ken Doran Takes to the Skies -  Ken Doran, `39, who recently relocated to Wisconsin to be near his son, will be one of six to take part in the Ageless Aviation Foundation 15 to 20 minute flight in a 1940s Boeing Stearman Bi-plane on August 26, 2014. 

A Media Alert from the Foundation said of Ken, "Ken Doran, 96 and a resident of Hyland Park of Sun Prairie, served in the 8th Air Force in World War II (England) under General Eisenhower.  Ken's rank during the war was a first lieutenant but he eventually became a lieutenant colonel after his 20 years of service.  He was a special services officer, meaning he was responsible for the health and wellness of the troops at his base.  He was, in other words, the "Morale Officer" Ken is very excited about his opportunity to take flight in an open cockpit plane.  He says that it is "going to be a thrill".  His wife and son, "Ric", will be present to share the experience with him."

The Potter Club Alumni wish him well on the adventure.  If you want Ken's address, contact me by email or phone.

July 27, 2014:  In Memoriam:
James E. Panton, `53  James E. Panton passed away peacefully on July 3, 2014 with his wife at his side. He was born in April 1931 in Worcester, Mass., to Ella (Hill) and James H. Panton, deceased. He spent his early years in Worcester until the death of his mother when he was seven. He and his younger sister moved to Emporium, Pa., to be with their grandmother, and returned to Worcester two years later. The family moved to Albany in 1943 and he graduated from the Milne School in 1949. He briefly attended Albany State College and joined the Potter Club. He left college in 1951 to join the Navy and later graduated from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. In 1961 he received his MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He worked for the New York State Senate Commission on Coordination of State Activities in late 1950s and early 1960s. He authored parts of the then-new Motor Vehicle Law and created multiple classes of driver licenses and also worked on creation of the Department of Mental Health. Following that he worked in Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's Program Office and then moved into management consulting. He was a consultant for several years with Case and Company, Ernst and Ernst in New York City and with the Jacobs Company of Chicago, later working independently as Aspen Hill Consulting Group. He served in local government as town of North Greenbush assessor and was a licensed real estate broker. Before retiring he was an analyst in the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Mr. Panton was a lifelong learner and an avid reader. He shared a love of music and art with his wife of 52 years and they shared an interest in politics and a belief in community service. In retirement he was involved in a variety of activities. At his passing he was a longtime member of the board of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and served as a vice president, member of the program committee, the development committee and in other capacities. He was also on the board of Albany Center Gallery and was a former president. He was a former member of the University at Albany Foundation and chaired its Citizen Laureate Committee for several years. Previously he was on the board of the Art Center of the Capital Region and was a founding member of the Dutch Acres Neighborhood Association. For several years, no matter the weather, on a weekly basis he picked up car-loads of surplus produce from area supermarkets and delivered it to food pantries. He also remained active with the alumnae groups of the Milne School and Potter Club. He was honored in 2010 to receive with his wife Georgiana, the Third Age Achievement Award in Arts and Culture from Senior Services of Albany and in 2012 he received Albany Center Gallery's Les Urbach Lifetime Achievement Award and SCORE's Outstanding Contribution Award. Mr. Panton is survived by his loving wife, Georgiana; daughter, Diane Panton, M.D. of San Diego; grandchildren, Jonathan and Georgiana; and son James G. Panton, P.E. of Duxbury, Mass., and his wife, Kimberly and grandchildren, Cody and Taite. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary McKinney, and is survived by his sister, Elouise Barnett, and brother, Donald Panton. A memorial service will be held at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany, on Saturday, August 2, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to are encouraged to make a contribution to the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany Center Gallery, or the Art Center of the Capital Region. Condolence page at wjlyonsfuneralhome.com.

William F. Helmer, 87, of Skyline Drive, Morrisville, passed away on July 10, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 12, 1926 in Oneida at the original Broad Street Hospital, the son of Floyd Nelson Helmer and Helen Ottaway Helmer and spent his early years in Oneida Castle. A 1944 graduate of Oneida High School, Bill earned an A.A.S. in auto mechanics at Morrisville Agricultural & Technical Institute (now Morrisville State College) and a B.A. at the New York State College for Teachers at Albany. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in old English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. After a courtship of five years, on August 27, 1955 Bill married Joan E. Smith at St. Patrick's Church in Oneida, and they were almost inseparable ever after. He was a devoted family man who liked nothing more than spending time with his loved ones. He lost his beloved wife and best friend Joan on January 17, 2010. Bill had a lifelong fascination with railroading and wrote two railroad histories: "O&W: The Long Life and Slow Death of the New York, Ontario & Western Railway (1959), considered a "classic" in the genre and Rip Van Winkle Railroads (1970), deemed to be a "definitive history" of railroading in the northern Catskills. More recently, Bill was featured in the new documentary, Rails to the Catskills. For several years he was the Morrisville correspondent for the Mid-York Weekly newspaper. He was also a contributor to The Encyclopedia of New York State and the local histories, Country Roads and Country Roads Revisited. He had an extraordinary level of knowledge about Upstate New York history and his Helmer ancestors who settled in the Mohawk Valley in the early 1700's. Bill taught English in the Stockbridge Valley and Whitesboro Central Schools before accepting a position at what was then Morrisville Agricultural and Technical Institute (which became Morrisville State College). Dr. Helmer retired in 1985 after serving the College for thirty years first as an English professor and for the last twelve years he was the dean of the Liberal Arts Division. Bill was active in community affairs, as the first leader of the Madison Hall Association, the Morrisville Improvement Committee, and the Morrisville Historic Preservation Commission. He also served on the boards of the Morrisville Library, the Mid-York Foundation, and was the Morrisville Village Historian for many years. He also was an usher and served on the Parish Council at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church for several years. He was an ardent supporter of environmental causes and a tireless advocate for historical preservation. During World War II, Bill served as a heavy equipment mechanic with the U.S. Army 748th Engineer Depot Company in Manila and the 410th Engineer Construction Battalion at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and during the Korean War he was a member of the 984th Engineer Field Maintenance Company. He was awarded several military honors and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Korea. Bill was a proud father and is survived by his adored children, William S. (Maureen) of Delmar, Stephen (Susan) of Manlius, Mary Claire of Morrisville and Guilderland and Michael (Lori) of Summit, N.J. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Billy, Katie and Elizabeth of Delmar; John (Jackie), Maura, Caroline and Meggie of Manlius and Annie, Michael, Jr., Grace Catherine, Andrew, Christopher, Daniel, Mary, Grace Elizabeth and Sean of Summit; his sister Barbara Sanderson of Sherrill; brother, Daniel Helmer and wife Patricia of Bel Air, Md.; sister-in-law Phyllis King of Oneida Castle; a very special niece, Christine Calogero, her husband Michael and children, Matthew and Clare; and many other devoted nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Eileen Kenny Helmer in 2006 and by a special nephew, John J. King, in 1995. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc. 260 Main Street, Oneida and 11 a.m., from St. Patrick's Church. Interment will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, at St. Joan of Arc's Church, Morrisville and 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home. Contributions in Bill's memory may be made to SEVAC Ambulance Corps, Box 1030, Morrisville, NY 13408 or Madison Hall Association, P.O. Box 115, Morrisville, NY 13408. Envelopes for these funds may be obtained at the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence, please visit campbell-dean.com.

July 8, 2014:  In Memoriam:

 Thomas R. Yole Sr., 83, formerly of 94 Oak St. in Hudson Falls and more recently of Angel Lane in Queensbury, passed away peacefully July 6, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family, Sunday.  Born June 13, 1931, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late William J. and Clara (Beecher) Yole.  On June 30, 1951, Tom married Patricia White at St. Mary’s in Hudson Falls. She passed away Dec. 17, 1992. He married his second wife, Patricia Busher Taylor on May 7, 1994, at St. Mary’s in Hudson Falls and Adirondack Friends Meeting in South Glens Falls.

In 1948, Tom graduated from Hudson Falls High School and continued his education at SUNY Albany, graduating in 1952. He then received his master’s degree in math and science from Union College in Schenectady. Following graduation from SUNY Albany, Tom started his teaching career in 1952 at the Fort Ann school district. He then continued his love of mathematics education at the Lake George school district, Hudson Falls school district and Glens Falls school district until 1972. Starting in 1972, Tom was the Hudson Falls junior high principal, until his retirement in June 1986.  During his career, he was an instructor at the Education Department at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and at the University of Prince Edward Island, also in Canada. Tom was a mathematics consultant for American Cooperative Schools in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. He also taught an in-service course in mathematics for elementary teachers at BOCES.

He belonged to several education organizations. Tom was a member of the National Education Association, New York State Teachers Association, Tri-County Teachers Association, Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, National Council of Teacher of Mathematics, Mohawk-Hudson Valley Area Mathematics Association, Glens Falls Teachers Association, where he was president and first chief negotiator, School Administrators Association of New York State and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  From 1965 to 1972, Tom was very involved in his community, having served as town councilman for the town of Kingsbury, where he was secretary-treasurer of the Inter-municipal Water Survey Committee. One of his proudest involvements was as treasurer of the Hudson Falls-Kingsbury Swimming Pool Committee. This committee raised funds and solicited labor to complete an outdoor pool which was given, debt free, to the town of Kingsbury. Tom was also on the Board of Directors for the Washington County Unit of the American Cancer Society and chairman of the first Swim-a-Thon. He once served as chairman of the United Way Drive for the village of Hudson Falls and Hudson Falls Central School. Tom was also a trustee for Hudson Falls Free Library.

Throughout Tom’s life, his love of family, his love of children and education, his love of community and service can be seen through his giving back as husband, father, grandfather, educator and as a pillar of the community.  Besides his parents and first wife, he was predeceased by his siblings, Richard Yole, James Yole, Jack Yole, Gerald Yole and Rosemarie Hafner.  Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Patricia Yole; his children, Susan Kearns and her husband, Gerald, Barbara Scherer and her husband, Hans, Diane Yole, TR Yole and his wife, Mary, Patti Barrett, Jeffrey “Spit” Yole, Lisa Webb, Scott Yole and Mary Beth Moreau and her significant other, William McCullen Sr.; his stepchildren, Susan Pate and her husband, Michael, Anni Stewart and Peter Taylor and his wife, Kathy; his grandchildren, Keith Scherer and his wife, Casey, Hans Scherer and his wife, Michele, Andrew and Lindsay Yole, Shannan Wierzbicki and her husband, Tim, Timmy Barrett Jr. and his wife, Nikki , Jennifer Bardin and her significant other, Jay Riehl, Todd Barrett and his wife, Lisa, Connor and Colton Webb, Kaitlin Ingalls Faour and her husband, Rabie, Lauren and Ian Moreau and Ryan Patrick Johnson; his step-grandchildren, Julie Wardell and her husband, Judd, Taylor Stewart and his wife, Lisa, Christina Taylor and her husband, Sasha Tochilosky, Alexander Taylor, Kelsey Taylor, Tracy Brayton and her husband, Jeff, Michael Stewart and Jed Stewart and his wife, Jean; 13 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert Yole, and his wife, Helen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson Falls Middle School, 131 Notre Dame St. in Hudson Falls.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.  Bearers will be his grandsons.  The family suggests memorial donations be made to High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 79 Glenwood Ave., Second Floor, Queensbury, NY 12804; West Glens Falls Emergency Squad, 86 Luzerne Road, Queensbury, NY 12804; or Fort Edward Rescue Squad Inc., P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828.  Online condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net.

 Richard “Dick” Earl Jacobson, 82, of Schuylerville, New York, died Friday, July 4, 2014, at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.  He was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Newton, Massachusetts, to Earl William and Lavina Raynor Jacobson.  Dick was a graduate of Middletown High School in Middletown, New York, and later received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, speech and drama (1953) and his Master of Arts degree in guidance and administration (1954) from the New York State College for Teachers at Albany, where he was a member of Kappa Phi Kappa, a National Education Honorary society and the Edward Eldred Potter Club. In January 1954, he married Margaret Ann Eckert of Tuckahoe, New York. He and his new wife moved to Massachusetts for the two years he served in the Army Security Agency at Fort Devens as an instructor in the Army Security Agency School during the Korean conflict.  In 1956, Dick began his career in education in Wappingers Falls, New York, where he taught high school English for two years at Roy C. Ketcham High School. He later served in positions there as a guidance counselor, director of guidance, director of pupil personnel services, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent and acting superintendent. In his final year at Wappingers, he was hired as deputy superintendent. Following his service at Wappingers, he attended SUNY Albany to work on a doctoral program in educational administration. He completed all the course work by 1977, when he became superintendent of schools for Schuylerville Central School. Upon leaving SCS in 1987, he began his post-retirement career as a guidance counselor at St. Mary’s School in Glens Falls, New York, for two years. He was then hired as director of the Head Start Program for Washington/Warren Counties from 1990 to 1995 and as a consultant in 1996.

An accomplished tenor, Dick sang as a paid soloist in churches in Poughkeepsie and Albany, and was a member of the Community Mixed Chorus in Poughkeepsie, as well as Voices of the Southern Adirondacks. He was active in Schuylerville Community Theater, where he appeared in lead and supporting roles in several musical productions and as producer for “The Music Man.” He was most proud of being selected to play the role of Daddy Warbucks in “Annie.” Dick was a proud collector of antique clocks and enjoyed attending antique car shows, having owned several vintage cars. Playing tennis was a favorite pastime, which he continued well into his 70s. He and his wife loved Cape Cod, as well as boating in their cruiser on Lake George. His dog, Simba, was a beloved companion for the past 10 years.  Dick is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Schuylerville; his son, Glenn Jacobson, and his wife, Connie, of Ballston Spa; his daughter, Gail Emich, and her husband, Rob, of Poughkeepsie; his grandson, Kyle Emich, and his wife, Li, of New York City; sister, Barbara Cook of San Luis Obispo, California; niece, Linda Workman, and her husband, Ron, of Pismo Beach, California; and nephew, Brian Cook and his wife, Mary, of Memphis, Tennessee.  A memorial service to honor Dick’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville.  Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Saratoga, New York.  Those wishing to remember Dick in a special way may send a memorial contribution in his name to Old Saratoga Reformed Church or Yaddo Garden Association, P.O. Box 395, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home in Schuylerville. Messages for the family may be left at www.flynnbrosinc.com .

June 1, 2014: In Memoriam:
David A. Brown
`54 - Albany: David A. Brown, 81, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center. Born in Middletown on May 2, 1932, David was the son of Victoria (Clement) Brown and David P. Brown. He is survived by his brother, Robert T. Brown and sister-in-law, Bonnie Brown of Naples, Fla.; nieces, Holly (Brown) Schoonmaker of Naples and Jana (Brown) Denny of Woodstock. He is also survived by special friends in the McManus and Jeram families. David graduated from Middletown High School and the New York State Teachers College at Albany where he obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees. Dedicated to the education of young people, he taught business education classes to high school students in McGraw and Medina. In 1963 David returned to the Capital District to begin his 26 year tenure in the City School District of Albany. Initially he taught business education at Albany High School and subsequently directed federally funded programming. He continued to become deputy superintendent for business. While serving in this position he drafted the legislation enabling the district to become fiscally independent when the City lost its "Big Six" designation. Prior to retirement in 1989, David served his remaining seven years as superintendent of schools for the Albany City School District. David also served as a legislator in the Albany County Legislature. In later years he was active in real estate. David enjoyed many years of membership at the Fort Orange Club where he was a contributing and valued member. He also held membership in a number of educational associations including the New York State Schools Association of Superintendents. Family and friends wish to express their deep appreciation to the caring staff at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center and to Dr. John D. Filippone, Dr. David Hart, Dr. Thomas Schumacher, Dr. Denis Chagnon and their staffs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Historic St. Mary's Church on Capitol Hill, corner of Lodge and Pine Streets, Albany. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Avenue, Albany on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Rte. 9W, Glenmont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David's memory to Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 So. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 or to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 965 Albany Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110. For on line condolences, please visit danielkeenan funeralhome.com.

Robert DeMichiell, `55 - Waterford, CT - Captain Robert L. DeMichiell, U.S. Coast Guard (retired) passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014, at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was a seasonal resident of Waterford.  Captain DeMichiell was born in West Point, N.Y. to the late Stella and Giovanni DeMichiell of Highland Falls, N.Y. He graduated from Highland Falls High School and then attended the State University of New York at Albany where he met his beloved wife, Nan McEvoy of Little Falls, N.Y., at a freshman dance. At the end of his second year, he received one of the 200 appointments to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and graduated with 60 fellow classmates in the class of 1957. The young ensign was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Barataria in Portland, Maine and to the buoy tender Cowslip in South Portland. His next assignment was a two-year tour as commanding officer of the LORAN Station in Kodiak, Alaska. Captain DeMichiell was fortunate to have his young family accompany him to this new duty station.  Captain DeMichiell returned to the Coast Guard Academy in 1962 to teach in the department of computer science and physical sciences and was later appointed to the Permanent Commission Teaching Staff. Cadet life continued to be an integral part of his life as he coached JV basketball and supported many athletic events and student-centered activities. Captain DeMichiell earned a master's degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Connecticut to continue his strive for excellence in education and technology. The Academy honored him for his achievements as an educator and administrator for college-wide computing activities, as well as designating him professor emeritus.  Upon his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard, Bob joined the faculty at the University of New Haven and served as director of the southeast branch of UNH at Groton. His professional teaching career continued at Fairfield University where he taught undergraduate and graduate students and served as head of the department of information systems. He was awarded professor emeritus upon his retirement from Fairfield University after 15 years of devoted service. Bob continued his lifelong adventure in education and served as a visiting professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., teaching and advising doctoral students. He dedicated his life to his family and to his students, mentoring many long after their college days concluded.  In his retirement, Bob formed Robert DeMichiell and Associates, a consulting and executive seminars company which focused on technology management for government business and education. Bob truly enjoyed collaborating with colleagues nationally and internationally and traveled extensively to share his knowledge and love of education. Throughout his distinguished career he published numerous works and participated in seminars and presentations which enlightened, inspired and provoked thinking.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Nan, of 57 years on June 8; and their children, Robert DeMichiell Jr. and his husband, Jeffrey Wilson, of New York City, Lynn Lynch and her husband, Brian, of Waterford and their children, Matthew Lynch of Waterford and David Lynch of New York City, and Gail DeMichiell and her daughter, Jessica Harran, both of Waterford. He is also survived by his two brothers, Ronald DeMichiell of Waterford and Raymond DeMichiell of New York City.  Bob dearly loved being with his family and friends. He took great pleasure in planning events and vacations to celebrate their lives and achievements and was passionate about documenting the events with his own specially produced films.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the U.S. Coast Guard Memorial Chapel. For security purposes, the Academy requests that all occupants in all vehicles present a valid ID upon entering Academy grounds.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Class of 1957 J.W. Kime Ethics Forum Endowment, c/o The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, New London, CT 06320.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilanfuneralhome.com. Published in The Day from May 26 to June 1, 2014

 May, 18, 2014:  Albany Luncheon held Wednesday May 14.  Those attending included: Joe Zanchelli, `49; Bob Umholtz, `51; Tom Singleton, `52; Paul Ward, `53;  Peter McManus, `54; Jack Higham, `57; Fred Culbert, `65; Gerry Leggieri, `68. Guests: Geoff Williams and Mark Wolfe, UAlbany.  Unfortunately no pix were taken.  More discussion on archiving the web site with Geoff and Mark, and info shared on regrets from several not able to attend.  Get well wishes to Milan, still on the recovery list.  Next Albany Luncheon, Wed. October 8, 2014.

April 15, 2014:  A little business to attend to...  Please read below.
Pages for Past Presidents and Myskania:
  Discovered that only the first pages for these lists had been posted on the web site.  Now all of the pages are there.  Check `em out!
David A. Golden demise greatly exaggerated!  A message from Henry Klein, `71 (not an EEP), roommate of David Golden, `71, asking for info on locating David's next of kin, since his demise was reported in the recent UAlb Alumni News.  Upon checking he found David to be alive and well and in the State of Washington.  The UAlb News will print a retraction in next issue.  Seems another David Golden, Albany Alum had passed.

In Memoriam:
Carlton Coulter,
`35 - New Paltz - Carlton Alexander Coulter, 99, died Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie after a very brief illness. He was the husband of Elsa (Munch) Coulter and the late Rosemary (Peck ) Coulter. Born June 3, 1914 in the Town of Jackson, Washington County, New York on the family farm, he was the son of William Selfridge Coulter and Bertha (McClarty) Coulter. He was the last of six generations to live on the farm. After graduating from Cambridge Union School (Cambridge, NY), class of 1931, he went on to New York State Teacher's College in Albany, graduating in 1935. He later earned his Master's Degree in Education. He and Rosemary were married in 1941 and raised their family in New York. Carlton proudly spent 39 years in public education, 19 in the classroom and 20 in administration. He was working in West Islip on Long Island at the time of his retirement. In July 1991 he married Elsa. They moved to New Paltz, to be near their children and spent summers in Ontario, Canada. Along with his wife, he will be deeply missed by his children, Carol Ann Shoreborn and partner Linda Tisdale of Dexter, ME, Jonathan Selfridge Coulter of Brodnax, VA., William David Coulter and his wife Carolyn of Wallingford, CT, Jennifer Linda Weijer and husband Kornelis of Groton, MA, Thomas C. Stratton and wife, Sally and Richard E. Stratton and wife, Leslie of New Paltz, NY, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Rosemary, a grandson, Christopher Coulter and granddaughter, Amani Joy Pinder, 2 brothers, Clarence and Robert Coulter and 2 sisters Elizabeth Wallace and Margaret Talmidge. A memorial service will be held in Connecticut at a time to be announced. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge, NY, when Carlton is buried with Rosemary. The family is being assisted by Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge, New York.
[N.B.  Carlton was President of Potter Club, 1934-1935, and was there at the beginning of EEP, having joined the Club in his Freshman year, 1931-1932.]

William Haller, `41 - Saratoga Springs - Bill Haller, 94, passed away on Tuesday, April 8th at Saratoga Hospital.  He was born in Dexter, New York, and was a 1941 graduate of Albany State College where he was the President of the Men’s Athletic Association and The Potter Club Fraternity.  Bill began working as a Chemical Engineer in 1941 at General Electric in Schenectady and continued working there for nearly 30 years. He later worked for Roymal Coatings and Bradley Laboratories as an Industrial Coatings Sales Specialist. He married the late Shirley Eastman Haller of Deansboro, New York in 1943. Bill was an avid bowler into his 90’s and participated in the Florida Senior Olympics in recent years. He enjoyed playing cards, watching baseball and basketball right into this spring. Bill wintered in Sebring, Florida and he spent many happy summer hours in Pillar Point, New York fishing for perch, northern pike and smallmouth bass in the waters of Chaumont Bay, Lake Ontario. He also enjoyed and excelled at croquet and horseshoes. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Dexter for over 50 years.  After Shirley’s death in 1967, he married the late Bette Russell Haller of Niskayuna and the late Dorothea Pettit Haller of Pillar Point.

Ted Bayer, `51, had lunch with Bill just a day or two before he passed away.  It seems they both resided at the same facility in Saratoga Springs and may have just met. 
[N.B.  Bill was President of Potter Club, 1940-1941, and was a member of Myskania.]

Carl F. Schrader, `58 - Oneonta Daily Star, April 2, 2014  SENECA, S.C. — Carl F. Schrader of Bayshore, Seneca, S.C., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.  From an early age, Carl was a person who developed an interest in many fields. He walked and hitchhiked to Albany, where he earned his college degree. Over the years he enjoyed music, art and trips to places around the world — Peru, South Africa and Thailand, to name a few.  When Carl became a school superintendent, he set out to help the gifted and talented as well as those who needed help. He added extra adults to assist teachers in classrooms so help could be given and those who needed it could stay mostly with their classmates.  He built a new school keeping the above in mind, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School, Cherry Valley.  One of his favorite pastimes was breeding and showing Norfolk terrier dogs in places such as New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta.  May he dwell in peace, may he know we care and share and may love always be there and open many interesting doors.  He is survived by his wife, Faith; son, Austen; daughter-in-law, Debbie; grandkids, Tyler, Casey, Derek and Riley; sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Roy McEnerny, `65 -
Roy McEnerney, 70, of South Glens Falls, passed away suddenly at his home Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. He was the loving husband of Cynthia S. McEnerney, and the loving father of Kerry A. (McEnerney) Ozmelek and John R. McEnerney. Born June 28, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late John and Marjorie "Louise" (Osborne) McEnerney. On June 15, 1963, he married the love of his life, Cynthia Pettey, in New York Mills, N.Y.  Roy graduated from SUNY Albany in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree and was employed by IBM and Executone. He was an amazing entrepreneur, amassing some five to 10 businesses in his lifetime, including Communication Management Associates, a telecommunications firm, and Rollerfun Inc., a traveling group of roller skaters who introduced the fun of skating to elementary school children all over the area. Most people in the Capital District will remember him as the cool guy with the plaid pants who ran Rollerfun with his wife for 20 years. After residing in Latham for many years, Roy and Cindy sold their businesses and relocated to South Glens Falls, where they took over the SaraGlen Motel in 1997. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and sharp sense of humor.  Roy was proud to be a Rotarian and received the Rotarian of the Year award in 2011 from the South Glens Falls Rotary Club and was also a Paul Harris fellow. Roy also served as the Alumni Association President of SUNY Albany from 1983-85. Roy also greatly enjoyed golf and spending time with his family.  In addition to his parents, Roy was predeceased by a sister, Judy Schuetz. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years, Cindy McEnerney; his son, John McEnerney and his partner, Lyle Houston; his daughter, Kerry Ozmelek, and her husband, Raif; his grandchildren, Evan and Ryan Ozmelek; and his father-in-law, Robert Szarek. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 80 Saratoga Road, South Glens Falls, NY 12803. Arrangements are under care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls, NY 12803. To leave online condolences or to view Roy’s Book of Memories, please visit www.kilmerfuneralhome.com. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, directly following calling hours. The Rev. Guy A. Childs, pastor, will be officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in Roy’s name can be made to South Glens Falls Rotary Club, 233 Reynolds Road, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

Obituaries for Carl and Roy were forwarded to us by Fred Culbert, `65.  Fred worked with Carl at Cherry Valley.  Fred and Roy were classmates at Albany.  William's obituary was forwarded by Paul Ward.  Carlton's obituary was discovered online.

Spring Albany Luncheon, Noon, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Route 7 Diner, Latham, NY
A full announcement will be sent to all on the "official list" which includes about 50+ Pottermen.  If you are not receiving the mailings (either email or paper) let me know and we'll add you to the list.  The mailing will go out in about 10 days.  Note the Route 7 Diner is our new location.

February 16-20, 2014:  Address changes: Art Weigand, `53, Sven Sloth, `54, and Don McGurrin, `65, new or recent address/email/phone changes.  Check Address Changes link at the left.  For new phone, contact me.

January 25, 2014:  In memoriam:
Dr. Benjamin H. Button, 80, of Golf Course Road, Amsterdam, NY went to be with his loving Lord on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at River Ridge Living Center, Amsterdam, NY.  He was born on a family farm in the town of Canajoharie to Phelps and Josephine Schwabrow Button on June 13, 1933.  He graduated from Sharon Springs Central School in June 1950.  He then went on to college at SUNY at Albany and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in June 1954.  He then attended SUNY Medical School at Syracuse and received his MD degree in June 1958.  Dr. Button then went on to Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, for 5 years and became an Orthopedic Surgeon.  In July 1963 he came to Amsterdam and worked at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital.  On September 19, 1964 he married the former Jane Burton.  During 27 years of practice he was Chief of Staff at both St. Mary's and Amsterdam Memorial Hospital in addition to many other positions.  On July 9, 1990 he retired and did volunteer medical missionary work for the next 15 years.  This was with Samaritan's Purse in many African countries and Afghanistan.   In June 1999 Dr. Button received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alumni Association of SUNY at Albany.  In the Fall of 2002 he received the Award of Excellence in Medical Missions from World Medical Missions (Samaritan's Purse).  In January 2008 he received the  Sister Catherine Bernard's Award for  Life Time Service from the Foundation of St. Mary's Hospital.  In January 2011 he received the Herbert T. Singer Community Service Award for  his history of volunteer work from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.  He was also an active member of the Inman Senior Center in Amsterdam.  Dr. Button was a founding Charter Member of the Adirondack Baptist Church in Gloversville, NY.  He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Amsterdam; two sons, Scott of Arlington, VA and Christopher (Sheila) of Virginia Beach, VA; a granddaughter, Pauline of Virginia Beach, VA and a sister, Virginia (Nathaniel) Jones of Florida, and cousins.  A memorial service was held on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Adirondack Baptist Church, Gloversville, NY.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam, NY.
The obituary was mailed by Claude Palczak to Paul Ward who forwarded it for the web site.
 

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