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May 17, 2017:  In Memoriam: Donald J. Nolan, `60
Nolan, Donald James CLIFTON PARK Donald James Nolan Ph.D., entered into eternal life on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, peacefully and surrounded by family. He would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on Sunday. Don was born on May 14, 1934, to Henrietta and John Nolan of Cohoes, where he grew up with his older brother John "Jack." Don graduated from Catholic Central High School, Troy, in 1952. Afterwards, Don attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany; he then enlisted in the United States Army and served as First Lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division where he parachuted onto the icecap in Greenland. He later continued his service as an active member of the National Guard. He served his country with the same steadfast honor and integrity with which he did everything in his life. After his service, Don pursued his education, earning his B.A. in mathematics and his M.A. in French from SUNY Albany. In 1967, he earned his Ph.D. in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and taught French while there. Educational innovation was the theme throughout Don's professional career. His work in the field of education helped to revolutionize the opportunities that are provided to anyone seeking higher education in the State of New York. Don was an integral contributor to the establishment of New York State's first external degree program. Regents College, known today as Excelsior College, was built on the idea that what a person knows is more important than where he learned it. Don appreciated the simplicity and humanity in this concept. He served as the first director of the Regents External Degree Program from 1971 - 1978, and directed the establishment of the program, which offers undergraduate degrees by examination, through study at other colleges, military courses, and other nontraditional approaches. His work earned him honorary doctoral degrees from two colleges. Today, more than 35,000 students are enrolled in programs at Excelsior College, and Don's legacy will live on through the educational opportunities he helped create. From 1978 - 1982, Don worked for the State Education Department of New York as assistant commissioner for higher education academic review, and then as deputy commissioner of higher and professional education from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. He has also authored several publications, including the book Regents College: The Early Years, a comprehensive review of the establishment of the college. Throughout his life, Don also served as a member on several advisory boards. Don met Marguerite Ellen Hastings near her home in Carthage, N.Y., in the midst of his National Guard training at Fort Drum. Don and Marguerite were married on June 20, 1959, - the beginning of a lifetime of love, devotion, family, and faith that they built together. They welcomed their first child in 1960, and continued to grow their young family. By the time Don completed his Ph.D., he and Marguerite had five children and were living in a small apartment in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. In 1967, they moved to Clifton Park and into a loving community which would provide remarkable friendships over the next fifty years. Don and Marguerite welcomed their ninth child in 1976 and their large family was complete! The love and devotion that Don and Marguerite had for each other shone through every aspect of their lives. Their relationship was special and rare, and was a blessing to all who had the good fortune to know them. Don always spoke to and about his wife with love, gentleness, and respect, and she was always his priority in the midst of a busy life. It was clear how proud and grateful Don was to have Marguerite as his partner in this life. Don was a man of great faith and was a member of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park. He taught religion classes and served as both a minister of the Eucharist and a lector there. He and Marguerite were active in the church community and were members of the Hosanna Prayer Group where they developed special friendships with so many. For several years, he coordinated an annual retreat with his brothers in Christ to Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Mass. In everything he did, Don was an unfailing example of the love that God calls us to show for one another. Don enjoyed living a life of family and faith that he and Marguerite created. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and won many games of HORSE in the driveway and threw many footballs and baseballs to kids in the yard. He enjoyed bowling with his young family and later on was the coach for his son DJ's Special Olympics bowling team. He was an avid golfer and a member at Ballston Spa Country Club for many years. He played countless rounds of golf, most frequently with his sons, but also with his daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, and enjoyed playing in the BC Open in Endicott. He was a loyal fan of the New York Yankees, and if the Yankees weren't on T.V., somebody was golfing somewhere. Always interested in sharing life with others, Don was eager to learn about the lives of his family and friends; he listened without judgment, counseled when needed, and cheered enthusiastically for accomplishments of any kind. He loved laughter and jokes, whether they caused him to groan or to laugh so hard that he couldn't speak. Don completed the crossword puzzle and jumble every day and enjoyed watching Jeopardy! Don's gentle, humble, and loving manner was a blessing to all who knew him. He lived his life with grace, and was a constant example of pure love and goodness. Throughout his life, his faith in God sustained him; he never doubted God's plan for him. His legacy will live on proudly through so many and his presence will be greatly missed. Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marguerite Ellen Hastings Nolan; and their nine children, Mark Nolan of Mechanicville, David Nolan of Ludlow, Mass., Laura Hinman (Malcolm) of Jonesville, Barbara Marshall (Todd) of Broadlands, Va., Gwyn Nolan of Clifton Park, Stephen Nolan (Lisa) of Ballston Spa, Jay Nolan (Nancy) of Saratoga Springs, Kelly Rauschenbach (the late William) of Rock Tavern, and DJ (Donald Joseph) Nolan of Clifton Park. Don was the loving grandfather to 16 grandchildren, Sarah and Joel Hinman; Ryan and Casey Nolan; Julia, Timothy, and Kimberly Nolan; Sarah, Allison, and Katelyn Nolan; Erica, Elizabeth, Emma, and Esley Rauschenbach; and Olivia and Chloe Marshall. He is also survived by his older and taller brother, Jack Nolan (Sheila) of Naples, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. He was the devoted friend of many special people who have become like family to him as well. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Road in Clifton Park. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the church chapel on Friday, May 12, from 4-8 p.m. Burial will be in the Jonesville Cemetery, Jonesville, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made in Donald's memory to Shenendehowa.dollarsforscholars.org; or in C/O the funeral home and to St. Edward the Confessor Church Building Fund, 569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Please express your online condolences by visiting gordoncemerickfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

April 28, 2017:  In Memoriam: George H. Wood, Jr., `54
GEORGE H. WOOD, JR., 84 of Millbrook, formerly of Yonkers, died on April 22, 2017 in Poughkeepsie. He was born in Troy, NY on August 5, 1932 to George H. Wood, Sr. and Dorothy E. Flynn Wood.  George graduated from Lansingburgh High School in Troy, as well as NYSCT (U. Albany), before serving honorably in the U.S. Army from 1954-1962. He married Arline Lacy Wood on August 29, 1959. George spent the next 35 years as a teacher and guidance counselor at Hawthorne Middle School, then Roosevelt High School in Yonkers. He coached cross country, bowling, and his favorite sport, tennis. His Roosevelt teams dominated Yonkers City league tennis for 25 years. He finished his coaching career at Ardsley High School, coaching both the boys and girls teams. George volunteered as a track and field referee for the Glenn D. Loucks games from the 1970's until 2016, and was an active parishioner at Asbury United Methodist Church. For many years, he volunteered at the Will Library, both with its book sale and providing tax preparation for seniors.  During summers, George loved spending time at Babcock Lake, where he started a tennis program. He always had time to counsel a friend in need, with his only fault being that he was a Red Sox fan.  A devoted son, husband, father, uncle, and grandparent, George leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Arline, their son Hon. Charles D. Wood, Justice of the Supreme Court (Dori), daughter Susan Giannelli (Joe), grandchildren Elizabeth, Isabella, Troy, Joey, Ace, April, and a great-granddaughter, Layla. To honor George's life, family and friends will gather on Tuesday from 2-8 P.M. at WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME 190 Main St, Eastchester 914-337-4585. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M at Asbury United Methodist Church, 167 Scarsdale Road, Crestwood. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or your local Boys and Girls club.  To sign our online guestbook visit www.westchesterfuneralhome.com 

April 16, 2017:  In Memoriam: William J. Adams, `53: William J. "Bill" Adams of Clifton Park passed away at Albany Medical Center early Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017, and has been reunited with his beloved wife, Jane in Heaven. Bill was born in Watervliet, and is the son of the late John and Anna Jeffes Adams. Bill was a 1948 graduate of Watervliet High School, and then a 1953 graduate of The University of Albany, where he earned his master's degree and completed his doctoral course work. He married his loving wife, Jane F. Bagley in August of 1961, and spent 30 years working at General Electric's Research and Development Lab in Niskayuna. His last decade was spent with G.E. Medical Systems where he was instrumental in writing the programming for the early M.R.I. equipment and was awarded the prestigious Dushman Award in October 1991 for his work. He retired in 1993 and spent his remaining years enjoying the company of his friends and family, following the LPGA tour and could always be found immersed in a good book or a nap. In their early retirement, Bill and his wife spent many winters in Myrtle Beach and Pawley's Island, S.C., enjoying the warmer weather and lots of golf with many of their friends from the north and all of their South Carolina friends. When he wasn't playing golf, Bill tutored math students, played an exceptional game of bridge and entertained his friends, his children and his children's friends, with his many magic tricks. Bill is survived by his daughters, Kelly Wood and Jeffrey Stallmer, Susan (Bob) Adams-Judd, Amy (Tom) Abbati; son, William (Frances); as well as his sister and brother in-law, Patricia (Dick) Campbell; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Bud) Adams; granddaughters, Elizabeth Judd, Emily Jane Abbati; grandsons, Matthew and Kevin Judd; and his "adopted" grandchildren, Matthew Hogan, Carly (Cody) Weik and Jackie Stallmer. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., 1597 Rte. 9, Clifton Park, with a funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Edward's Church in Clifton Park. Burial will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, and to honor Bill's generous and caring spirit, the family requests that individuals perform a gracious and kind act toward another.  Obituary published in the Albany Times-Union.

April 11, 2017:  Spring Albany Luncheon:  Attending: Bob Umholtz, `51; Frank Ioele, `52; Claude Palczak, `53; Paul Ward, `53; Peter McManus, `54; Jack Higham, `57; Frank McEvoy, `57; Jim Morrissey, `57; Fred Culbert, `65; John Schneider, `65; Doug Davis, `69.  See photos in Albany Luncheons Album in the Photo Gallery (link at the left).

Paul's update on Veteran's Memorial Plaques:  Plaques to be installed at downtown campus between Draper and Huested by July 4.  No dedication date announced, yet. 

Plans will be made for recognizing the 100th anniversary of the death of Edward Potter, August 1, 2018.  More details following the Fall luncheon.

Fall Albany Luncheon: Tuesday, October, 10, 2017 at Route 7 Diner, Latham.

March 22, 2017: In Memoriam: Francis Rodgers, `54: Francis William Rodgers died at his home in Silver Spring, on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Born on September 3, 1932, he grew up in LeRoy, N.Y. and was a graduate of LeRoy High School and New York State College for Teachers at Albany, where he was a member of the Edward Eldred Potter Club and earned a bachelor's degree in English and mathematics and a masters degree in education. He was a longtime resident of North Greenbush, and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in East Greenbush. He began his career as a mathematics teacher and guidance counselor in the East Greenbush Central School District, then spent over 25 years as an assistant principal at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, retiring in 1989. In retirement, he served on the Town of North Greenbush Planning Board from 1991-97, advocating for local environmental protection and for the rights of the community; he also contributed his talents as a volunteer by teaching computer literacy in local libraries and playing piano in senior centers. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sue Ann (Hoogkamp); his daughters, Kerry Ellen and Tara Sue, all of Silver Spring; siblings, Judith Ames (Albion, N.Y.), James (Hopewell, Va.), and Barbara Brown (Bridgewater, N.J.); and 14 nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his brother Gerard. An extraordinarily devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, he took great pleasure in his family and in the companionship of his family dogs over the years. He is loved and will be dearly missed by an extended network of family and friends who knew him from the communities where he lived and worked, and through his many interests, including reading, cooking and baking, politics, jazz piano, hi-fi audio and computing, amateur magic, and tennis. He will be remembered for his deep commitments to social justice and civic-minded participation in journalism, evidenced by the hundreds of letters to the editor he published over several decades in publications such as the New York Times, the Albany Times-Union, the National Catholic Reporter, and the Washington Post, on topics ranging from local and national politics and the Catholic Church to the social implications of technological change. Visiting hours will be on Friday, March 24, from 7-9 p.m., at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd. W, Silver Spring. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m., in St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, 12319 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rensselaer, on Saturday, April 8, with a graveside service at 10 a.m. All services are open to the public. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the following non-profit organizations: ProPublica (propublica.org/donate/), to support journalism in the public interest; WBGO (pledge.wbgo.org/epledgenow), to support jazz on public radio; or Circles of Mercy (circlesofmercy.org/donate.html), a center in Rensselaer that supports those in need, especially women and children. Condolence page at wjlyonsfuneralhome.com

March 12, 2016:  After a long delay on my part updates follow.  Mea Culpa
Spring Albany Luncheon, soon, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  A letter/email will be sent shortly to all on the Albany Luncheon mailing list.  This includes all Albany-area Pottermen and all others who have asked to be included.  If you do not receive a notice, let me know by phone or email.  Reply to Doug Davis, if planning to attend.

In Memoriam: Ted Bayer, `51:  Ted passed away, February 16, 2017.  There was no obituary and no service.  His life events since graduation that he submitted as part of the 75th Anniversary Potter Club Directory follow: 
(02/23/2006) Family: married Jeanne Van Etten from Lake Katrine, NY, Aug 30, 1953; Children; Pamela Jeanne; Theodore C.; Lisa; Hollie; and Allison;  Military Service: United States Air Force, 1945-1947, Phillipine Islands, 1574 Weather Sq, 13th Air Force; MSgt - Weather Station Typhoon Recon - Clark Field, 1946-1947;  Completed MA Degree in Administration and Counseling at St. Lawrence University; Teaching positions: Tupper Lake CSD, Business Teacher, Coach, 1951-1956; NYSCT, Albany to SUNY Albany 1956-1989, Milne School Supervisor of Student Teachers and Department Chair, Assoc. Prof. of Educational Psychology, 1966-1989; Taught Undergraduate Ed. Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Psychology; Coordinator of doctoral students teaching undergraduate educational psychology courses; Graduate courses Taught: Educational Psychology (Masters Level); Advanced Ed. Psychology, Graduate School; Seminar in Teaching Educational Psychology; Other teaching: St. Rose College, Junior College of Albany, Schenectady County Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, National Teacher Corps; Retired in 1989, returned to University, part time until 2004;  Hobbies: Fly fishing and fly tier - Golf, Bowling, Reading, Hunting;  Awards: School of Education - "Golden Apple" Superior Teaching; Who's Who in American Education, 1987; nomination three times to University Outstanding Teaching;  Jeanne died January 13, 2011.

In Memoriam: Michael LaMarca, `53Michael James LaMarca, a biologist who taught for 30 years at Lawrence University, died in Rochester, Minnesota, on February 9, 2017, of complications from a stroke. He was 85.  Michael moved through life with effusiveness, humor, and generosity, fueled by many passions, especially his loving wife of 63 years, Joan LaMarca; his three children, Mary LaMarca (deceased) and husband George Stephens, Cathy Stroebel and husband Rob Stroebel, and Nancy Gordon and partner Steve Levens; his four grandchildren, Ben, Hannah, and Andy Stroebel, and Zach Gordon; many colleagues, students, and friends; and all things science—especially his life's work in developmental zoology. He greatly enjoyed his role as an educator and was known for sharing his knowledge of the natural world far and wide, even when the topic didn't particularly suit the occasion (thus leading to the aphorism, "You can dress a biologist up, but you can't take him to dinner").  Michael was born June 4, 1931, in Jamestown, NY, the son of Carl Anthony and Ignazia (Montagna) LaMarca, along with brothers Anthony S. and Carl R. LaMarca (all deceased). He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating with a BA from the New York State College for Teachers in Albany. Having enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, he served four years active duty stateside as a meteorological officer and achieved the rank of lieutenant before moving to active reserves to attend graduate school. He earned a PhD in biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and taught for two years at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, before joining the faculty at Lawrence.  As Professor of Biology at Lawrence from 1965 to 1995, his enthusiastic style of teaching impacted thousands of students, none more so than those he mentored through independent study, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers as doctors, researchers, and more. While at Lawrence, he earned the Excellence in Teaching Award Citation and was named the Raymond H. Herzog Professor of Science. His own research earned him a place of influence and honor in the scientific community and brought him to many sites, including Argonne National Laboratory, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Purdue University, and Harvard University School of Medicine. In 1984, he helped start and staff Appleton's first in vitro fertilization clinic.  Other notable achievements include owning a succession of beloved, terribly spoiled dogs; commanding the family troops for yearly camping trips and other adventures in nature; serving a lifetime position as family photographer and slideshow emcee (followed much later by the scanning and cataloging of fifty-odd years of color slides); perfecting a world-class spaghetti sauce with meatballs worthy of his Sicilian roots; and mastering an impressive range of home repair "five-minute jobs."  Memorials may be directed to the National Science Teachers Association or the National Academy of Sciences.  Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Feb. 26, 2017.

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