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 UAlbany

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August 7, 2018:  Fall Albany Luncheon date, Tuesday October 16, 2018.  Particlulars regarding 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, UAlbany Campus. 

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.

See 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:  www.alumni.albany.edu/PotterClub2018

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 Remembrance. 

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 Remembrance
Plaques 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.
 https://www.albany.edu/news/87175.php?utm_source=toa&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=internal_comm&utm_term=facstaff&utm_content=headline

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 memorium:  Robert (“Bob”) Rocco Giammatteo: 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. 
Family and 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. 
[N.B.  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. 
For more information, contact the UAlbany Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 or email : alumniassociation@albany.edu

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 Road.
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. 
WATERFORD- 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 office.

The March 13 Luncheon:  nearly 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.

February 7, 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 include:
1.  Discussing details for the Dedication Ceremony for the War Memorial Plaques,
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 details develop.
 

January 7, 2018: Previous years entries are in the Archives.  See link at the left.

Potter Club Alumni Luncheon, March 13, 2018 at a site to be determined.  
Everyone 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.

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