October 11, 2018:
Potter Luncheon cancelled due to insufficient
turnout: With the
deadline having passed and replies from key members
unable to attend, the decision was made to cancel
the event. We will try to reschedule either later
this Fall or in early Spring 2019. We need to
have a good turnout in order to consider the agenda
items listed below. These items are crucial to the
future of the Potter Club Alumni Association.
Watch for mailings.
October 5, 2018: In
Fort Myers, FL (Potter Club `52) died in Ft. Myers
on July 11, 2018 at the age of 88. He was born in
Bay Shore, New York on December 6, 1929 and was the
son of Albert Edward Coles and Violet Pearce Coles.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jayne Penney
Coles. Other survivors include daughter Penney Coles
Soicher and son-in-law Barry Soicher of Davie,
Florida; son David James Coles and daughter-in-law
Belinda Shivel Coles of Farmville, Virginia;
grandson Matthew Alan Soicher and his wife Raechel
Soicher of Corvallis, Oregon; grandson Michael Drew
Coles and his wife Joanna de Nie of Richmond,
Virginia; and grand-daughter Kathryn Alexandra Coles
of Ft. Myers. In addition he had two great
grandchildren: Joshua David Coles and Torre Clarita
Gonzalez. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy,
serving on the destroyer-minelayer U.S.S. Harry F.
Bauer from 1954-6. He earned undergraduate and
graduate degrees from Albany State Teacher's
College, and worked as a teacher, guidance
counselor, and administrator in the William Floyd
School District in New York. Jim moved with his
family to Ft. Myers Beach in 1968, and for a number
of years operated The Cat's Meow gift shop there. He
then worked for the State of Florida's Department of
Health and Rehabilitative Services until his
retirement. Jim subsequently volunteered for many
years at the Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Public
Library bookstore. In addition he enjoyed traveling,
visiting with his family, and collecting antiques.
Jim and his wife were longtime members of the Unity
Church of Fort Myers. A memorial service will be
held at the church on August 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may
be made to the Ft. Myers Beach Public Library, 2755
Estero Blvd., 33931; Unity of Ft. Myers, 11120
Ranchette Rd., Ft. Myers, 33966; or Hope Hospice,
9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, 33908.
Published in The News-Press on Aug. 1, 2018
[N.B. Jim's wife,
Jayne, brought his passing to our attention
following the recent mailing to members about the
upcoming Albany luncheon.]
CA, (Potter Club `56) died October 2, 2016.
Wayne, was born in the town of Lorraine, Jefferson
County, New York on Dec. 8, 1934. First child of his
parents, Lloyd and Doris Overton's four children. He
loved sports in school and played baseball,
basketball and football. He loved fishing the local
streams. He graduated from Adams High School in
1951. He received his Bachelor degree in 1956 from
Albany State in New York and received his teaching
certification the same year. He joined the Coast
Guard but after his initial training was put on
reserves since he was a teacher which was a critical
skill that was needed at the time. He was honorably
discharged from the Coast Guard in 1965. He
taught math in New York for a couple of years and
then received a National Science Foundation grant
for four successive summers at Montclair State in
New Jersey. He also taught for a year in France at a
military dependent school. In 1962 he came to
California to attend San Diego State on a national
foundation grant. He was given a teaching position
at Hueneme High School in Oxnard in Sept of 1962
where he continued to teach math until he retired in
1992. He married Ann Stoddard on Aug 24, 1964, who
preceded him in death. They are the parents of two
children, John Overton (Paige) and Mary Overton
Harrison (Robert). He has six grandchildren Ashley
and Mathew Harrison, Jericho Overton, Jasmyne
Overton Hickerson (Joseph II), Jonah and Jarod Novoa
and 2 great grandchildren Helen and Joseph III
Hickerson. He married Ellen Graves in 2010 having
been widowed for thirteen years. He additionally is
survived by his two brothers, Francis and Henry
Overton (Jan), sister Joan Fowler, sister-in-law
Mary Ledbetter and nephews Dale, Dennis, Bill
(Kristin), Jim (Ruth), and Frank (Naomi) Overton.
Steven (Nancy), Lavern-Chris (Eva) and Brian
(Susan)(Angie) Fowler and Jeff Ledbetter (Jennifer).
He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints in 1968 and served faithfully in various
callings through the years. One that had the
greatest impact on him was the many years he served
as a scout master helping him to develop his love of
the outdoors, hiking and backpacking. An annual
outing that he organized for nearly 20 years was the
Kelso Endurance hike. Hikers would complete 32.5
miles in one day through the desert, beginning at
Halloran summit and ending at the train depot hotel
in Kelso, California. He enjoyed early morning
basketball at his church's basketball court for over
30 years. In 2011 he and his wife, Ellen, were
called to serve as missionaries in the New York
Utica Mission for 18 months, which brought him much
joy. Throughout his life and especially after
returning from that mission he often commented on
feeling the hand of God in directing his life and
for being grateful for all that had been given him.
A Viewing for Wayne will be held on Friday October
7th from 6-8pm at the Reardon Funeral Home, 511
North A St. in Oxnard. On Saturday October 8th there
will be another viewing starting at 9am with a
Funeral Service to start at 10am at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3501 Loma Vista
Rd. in Ventura. The Family has requested that the
Burial Service are Private. Wayne has been
entrusted to the care of the family owned and
operated Reardon Funeral Home, 511 North A St.
Published in Ventura County Star from Oct. 5 to Oct.
Wayne's wife, Ellen, brought his passing to our
attention following the recent mailing to members
about the upcoming Albany luncheon.]
September 18, 2018:
Fall Albany Luncheon,
Tuesday October 16, 2018.
A mailing has gone out from the UAlbany Alumni
Office. You need to reply and regsiter for the
event. The agenda for the meeting includes:
Discussing follow up to 100th Anniversary
Discussing plans for a fund raising campaign for
future Potter Room expenses;
Discussing possible solutions for managing the
Potter Club Alumni Database
and Potter Club Alumni Web Site into the future;
4. Other new and old business
We will meet at
the Alumni House. Parking permits will be
available. Watch for your mail with
registration information. Contact me if you
August 21, 2018:
Recap of 100th Anniverary
Commemoration is now available under the History
link at the left. A couple of links still to
be added. Pictures in the Photo Gallery Album
as mentioned below. Most names have been
identified. Send corrections or notations
about any of this new information.
August 7, 2018:
Fall Albany Luncheon
date, Tuesday October 16, 2018.
exact time and location will follow here and by
email and paper letters to those on the Albany
Luncheon list. If you are not sure whether you
are on the list, please contact me (see at bottom).
See 100th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony
photos in Photo Gallery, Edward Potter 100th Album.
Some help needed for names in captions.
August 1, 2018: 100th Anniversary
Commemoration of the Death of 1st Lieutenant Edward
Eldred Potter held at the
Garden of Remembrance, Draper Hall, and Husted Hall
Amphitheater, Downtown Campus, and Alumni House,
24 Pottermen and 11
others, including spouses, Alumni Association
personnel, and guests attended the ceremony.
Rain forced most of the ceremony inside at the site
of the WWI memorial plaque containing Edward
Potter's name. A wreath was layed on the exact
day Edward died 100 years ago in France. A
similar wreath was also layed at the cemetery in
Suresnes, France where he is buried.
details soon in
the History link at the left and in the Photo
Gallery, Albany Luncheons Album, also at the left.
July 27, 2018:
Registrations for 100th Anniversary Commemoration
now at 27. Check
UAlb site for names. See link below.
July 21, 2018:
Invitations to the 100th Anniversary Commemoration
Ceremony have been paper mailed to all Pottermen
with good addresses in the UAlb database.
If you have not been
notified use the following link to register:
July 17, 2018: 100th
Anniversary Commemoration of Edward Potter's Death,
Wednesday Aug. 1, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Garden
of Remembrance, Draper Hall, Downtown Campus.
The commemoration will
include a wreath laying at the WWI memorial plaque
which was recently rededicated along with the other
war memorial plaques now in the Garden of
A postcard mailing was
sent recently by the UAlb Alumni Office to all known
living Potter members announcing the event. A
followup registration form should soon arrive which
needs to be returned if you plan to attend the
ceremony and lunch.
June 20, 2018: War
Memorial Plaques Rededication Ceremony Douuments:
See link at left to
History and select War Memorial Rededication.
Information is forthcoming about the 100th
Anniversary Commemoration of Edward Potter's death
May 24, 2018: War Memorial
Plaques Rededicated, 5/23, at Draper Hall Garden of
honoring fallen veterans from the Civil War through
World War II were rededicated on Wednersday.
The following link will take you to the UAlbany web
site for an update on the ceremnony.
May 5, 2018: In
memorium: Donald O. Anderson, `52:
Date of death 3/14/2014,
courtesy of UAlb Alumni office. Obituary
unavailable at this time.
April 25, 2018: In memorium:
Joseph P. Stanionis, `50:
Joseph Paul Stanionis, 90, of West Haven, VT, died
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at his residence. He
was born Nov. 17, 1925, in Amsterdam, New York, the
son of John and Helen (Kazlauskus) Stanionis.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy while in high school
and was a gunner's mate 2nd class on a sub chaser
during World War II. He graduated from State
University of New York at Albany with a bachelor's
degree in business and earned a master's degree from
New York University. Mr. Stanionis was an
educator for more than 35 years at the Sayville
Public Schools in New York until his retirement.
In 1981, he relocated to West Haven, where he
enjoyed farming. He also enjoyed skiing and riding
horses. He served West Haven many years as tax
collector, constable, firefighter and planner.
Survivors include a daughter, Lin Stanionis, of
Lawrence, Kansas; three sisters-in-law; a
brother-in-law; several nieces and nephews. He
was predeceased by his wife, Marie Dickinson
Stanionis, in 1998; two sisters Betty Kuzmich and
Mary Stanionis; and two brothers John Stanionis and
Bennie Stanionis. There will be no public
calling hours. Graveside services with
military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept.
16, 2016, at St. Casimir Cemetery in Amsterdam, New
York. Arrangements are by Durfee Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Haven
Fire Department, c/o Durfee Funeral Home, P.O. Box
86, Fair Haven, VT 05743.
April 19, 2018: In memorium:
Robert E. Comley, `55:
Dr. Robert E. Comley, age
81, of Westview Crescent in Geneseo, died Tuesday,
November 3, 2015 at the Livingston County Center for
Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris, NY. He was
predeceased by his previous wife, Carolyn in 1976,
sister, Mae Imerie, brothers, Jack, Bill and Albert
Comley. He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen
Comley, children, William (Lucy) Comley of WA, Lynne
Comley of Schenectady, 3 Grandchildren, sister,
Beryl Danner of Columbus, OH, brother, Richard
(Patricia) Comley of Schenectady, many nieces and
nephews. Robert was born March 11, 1934 in Cohoes,
NY the son of Alec and Florrie Dodson Comley. He was
a Mathematics Professor at SUNY Geneseo until his
retirement in 1993. Dr. Comley was a long time
member of the Geneseo United Methodist Church. No
prior calling hours. Memorial Services will be
private at the convenience of the family. Memorials
may be made to the Geneseo United Methodist Church,
4520 Genesee St. (Route 63), Geneseo, NY 14454.
April 16, 2018: In
86, of East Greenbush, New York died Wednesday,
April 11, 2018 with his children at his side in Fort
Myers, Florida. Bob is predeceased by his parents,
Rinaldo and Filomena Giammatteo, and sister, Rose
Dahowski, survived by his wife Catherine, his sister
Edith Luca, his loving children, Catherine (Larry)
Mele and Robert (Jennifer) Giammatteo, and his four
prized grandchildren, Nicholas, Lauren Rose, Miles,
and Oliver. Bob was born and raised in Poughkeepsie,
NY, graduating from Roosevelt High School. He
attended SUNY Albany, where he completed his
undergraduate and Master’s degrees in 1953 and 1954,
respectively. While an undergraduate, Bob made many
close, lifelong friends in the Edward Eldred Potter
Club fraternity. Bob served in the Army for two
years as an intelligence officer, stationed in
Austria and Italy. After his service, he taught
French at the Orleans American High School in
Orleans, France for two years. Upon returning from
Europe, Bob started his teaching career in New York
State. He served for many years as the Director of
Guidance and Counseling in the East Greenbush
Central School District, at Columbia High School.
There, he took great pleasure assisting graduating
students as they took the next step forward in their
lives. While working at Columbia High School, Bob
attained his Doctorate in Education, also from SUNY
Albany. He also served as an adjunct professor at
Sage Colleges and the College of St. Rose.
After retiring, Bob spent over twenty years enjoying
life, splitting time between East Greenbush, NY and
Fort Myers Beach, FL. He specifically relished the
last eight years of his life, enjoying time with his
beloved grandchildren. Bob had a uniquely calm and
engaging way of conversing with family, friends, and
strangers alike. He was a gentle, dignified, and
caring man throughout his life, and he brightened
the lives of those who knew him.
friends are invited to visit W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral
Home in Rensselaer, NY for calling hours from 4-7pm
on Wednesday, April 18th. Private funeral services
will be held for family members.
This is a different funeral home from the one that
was announced earlier today.]
April 12, 2018: From
the Spring issue of the UAlbany Magazine:
Veteran Plaques Rededication
Join us as we honor our
alumni veterans at the rededication ceremony of the
Civil War, World War I, and World War II
memorial plaques recently installed in the garden
area adjacent to Draper Hall.
Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:00 A.M.
An informal reception will follow.
more information, contact the UAlbany Alumni
Association at (518) 442-3080 or email :
Carroll Judd Memorial Celebration, May 25, 2018.
Carroll Judd, `53, passed
away July 19, 2017. A brief obituary was
posted here at that time with the notation of a
memorial service to follow. Carroll's family
has provided the following information about the
memorial celebration, and a request for your
thoughts and memories. The announcement has
also been sent via email to all Pottermen for whom
we have an email address and by regular mail to all
Pottermen in the era of 1951 through 1956.
Celebration of Life in Honor of Carroll Watson Judd
Please join us for a
celebration of the life of Carroll Watson Judd on
Friday, May 25, 2018. The celebration will take
place at the Great Swamp Conservancy in Canastota,
New York. Dress is casual. The Conservancy
will open to guests at 11 am. Weather permitting, a
tree will be planted in Carroll’s memory in the
Memorial Garden at 11:30. Guests are invited to stay
for a luncheon in the newly renovated educational
building. Following the luncheon, there will
be a celebration of Carroll’s life with stories told
by friends and family. Please feel free to gather
your thoughts and memories, and share as the spirit
moves you. The family hopes you will be able
to attend the celebration. If you are unable to
attend but wish to share memories, please mail them
to: Penny Judd PO Box 275 Wampsville, NY 13163
If you plan to
attend, please RSVP to Sheila Shaffer at (845)
340-7303 or Penny Judd at (315) 697-9131.
Directions to the Great Swamp Conservancy:
From NYS Thruway: Take Interstate 90 to Exit 34 in
Canastota, NY. Turn left onto Route 13 South, in 100
yards turn right on Maple St. Turn right on North
Main St. and follow for about 3 miles. The Great
Swamp Conservancy is located on the corners of N.
Main St. and Pine Ridge Rd.
From Route 31 (East or West): Turn South onto North
Main Street and continue about 3 miles to Pine Ridge
Parking is available on
Conservancy property and on Pine Ridge Road.
In memorium: Robert
Whalen, `58: Bob's
passing came to our attention through the Spring
2018 issue of the UAlbany magazine.
Robert Albion Whalen, 86, passed away
peacefully surrounded by his family on
October 10th, 2017. Born on 125th Street
and Amsterdam Avenue, in the Irish section of Harlem
known as Vinegar Hill, Robert was the youngest child
of Patrick Francis Whalen and Elizabeth Kenny
Whalen. Bob graduated from Good Shepherd
Elementary School, and went on to attend La Salle
Academy where he excelled in hurdles and basketball.
Bob was awarded a basketball scholarship to
Fairleigh Dickinson University where he played four
years of varsity basketball, and earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in business and administration.
Bob then spent two years in the army where he was
assigned to serve in Korea. Upon returning to the
states, Bob attended Albany State College for
Teachers, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
in history and English. Bob began his teaching
career with his first position at Shaker High
School, and in 1961 was named a Freedom Foundation
Fellow for outstanding teaching in history. It was
at Shaker that he met the love of his life, Judy
Skocylas, although according to Bob, he had seen her
once at Albany State, the most beautiful woman he
had ever laid eyes on descending the main staircase.
He never saw her again until that fateful day that
they were introduced by a mutual friend at Shaker.
He won her over, and they went on to spend 54 years
together as husband and wife. He then
continued his education earning a Master of Arts
degree in History from Albany State College for
Teachers, as well as a Master of Science degree in
Education Administration from Siena College.
Bob then became the principal at Waterford Halfmoon
High School, a position that he retained for 20
years until his retirement. After retiring from
WHHS, Bob held a variety of jobs, but the one he
enjoyed most was teaching Christian Marriage at La
Salle Institute in Troy for six years. Always
a lover of travel and visiting new places, Bob went
on to become a travel agent for Conway Hammond
Travel, specializing in tours to Ireland, during
which time he took over twenty five groups on tours
to share his ancestral lands. When not keeping
busy with work, Bob found time to participate in
activities that he loved. When his wife Judy
revealed that she had always wanted to play the
bagpipes, Bob encouraged her to do so, and ended up
becoming the drum major for the Tara Hall Pipe Band
from Troy, NY. Bob and Judy also loved to
travel, and Bob loved to plan trips for them to
take, from the month long cross country trip in the
family station wagon with the whole family in the
early eighties, to trips for the two of them to such
places as Germany, Greece, China, Russia, Italy, and
of course Ireland among other places. One of the
last trips he planned was a road trip through the
south to Louisiana to allow Judy to pick up the last
few states she had not visited. Of course there was
also the annual snowbird trip to Myrtle Beach where
they spent five months a year living by the ocean.
Bob was predeceased by his wife Judith Whalen, as
well as by all of his siblings; William Whalen, Mary
Tomeo, Helen Burr, Patrick F. Whalen Jr., Anthony
Whalen, and Regina Trudell. He is survived by his
children Daniel F. Whalen of Waterford, Robert E.
Whalen of Corinth, and Katherine Garrity (Peter) of
Nassau. He is also survived by several nieces and
nephews. Funeral services will be Friday at
8:30 a.m. at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home,
133 Broad St., Waterford and at 9 a.m. at St. Mary
of the Assumption Church, Waterford. Interment will
follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National
Cemetery, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends
may visit at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to La
Salle Academy NYC in care of the funeral home
The March 13
snowed out, with Paul W, Bob U. and
Doug D. attending. Plans move
forward for the May 23 plaque dedication and
commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death
of Edward Potter at a later date. Watch for
the latest information here.
2018: Potter Club Albany Area Alumni Luncheon,
Wednesday March 13, 2018.
An email and a letter were
sent 02/01 to a total of 72 Pottermen on the mailing
list. The luncheon will be held at the Route 7
Diner, Latham, NY, at Noon.
The agenda will
details for the Dedication Ceremony for the War
To be held 11:00 A.M.,
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Downtown Campus,
Reception to follow;
2. Planning for
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Edward
Potter's Death, August 1, 2018;
3. Other new
and old business
Whether or not you can attend, we invite
you to send a greeting to everyone and ask for your
suggestions for the ceremony to commemorate the
100th Anniversary of Edward Potter's death. We
will keep everyone informed through this web site as
2018: Previous years entries are in the Archives.
See link at the left.
Alumni Luncheon, March 13, 2018 at a site to be
on the Luncheon Mailing List will receive notice in
February. Agenda will deal with plans for the
Memorial Plaques dedication ceremnony set for
Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the downtown
campus. Watch for announcements on both.
Send us your
Check the Archives link at the left for complete