Archived News for 2010
Check the other years for archived news from that era.

December 12, 2010: More and more and more.  We have completed the cross-walk and have found or located several missing EEPs.  Check the latest list at the link to the left.  A few questionable records are being researched.  Stay tuned!  Don't forget The Rail.

December 6, 2010: More revisions.  More new members found.  Still looking for more registrations for The Potter Rail.  More discussion needed about the future.

November 29, 2010: The Lost EEPs list has been updated, based on the UAlb Alumni records and info we previously had.  Check out the list.  If you can help ID any of these Pottermen contact me.

The comprehensive membership list of all Pottermen has also been updated and appears in the Potter Directory link at the left.

November 21, 2010: More revisions to the links list at the left.  Some new views added.  Hope you enjoy them.  If you find errors or omissions, please let me know.

Potter Rail: More intrepid souls have dipped their toes in the "water" and have registered at the Potter Rail.  Now let's see if we can begin to generate some chat.  Haven't registered?  What are you waiting for?  The water is fine!!

November 17, 2010:  We have a few people registered on The Potter Rail.  Visit the link to the left to become registered yourself, and to learn more. We have shut off open registration and unlimited viewing of the contents of The Potter Rail, so we now have a private place where we can share our ideas and reply to those of others.

Some revisions have been made to the list of links at the left.  Browse them anew for your destinations.

More on the Potter Club Membership List: In the process of reconciling our member list with the UAlb Directory several Pottermen were "found."  In some cases new names or corrected names.  We have reached some listed persons to confirm their membership in the Club and have feelers out to several more.  Since the changes have been numerous, please check the complete list in the link to the left and scan your Class year and years you were in Albany.  If you find discrepancies let me know.  We would like to be sure this list is an exhaustive list of Potter membership.  Only you can help us attain that assurance.

November 14, 2010:  Lots of news.  The Fall Albany Luncheon was held at 76 Diner on November 10.  A complete list of who attended will be posted with pictures soon under the Albany Luncheons Album in the Photo Gallery. 

80th Reunion Plans:  Nothing definite has been decided, yet, but a commitment is being made to hold the Reunion in the Albany area, in the early Fall.  Stay tuned for developments

Congratulations to Jim and Georgiana Panton, `53, for recognition in the 11/04/2010 Times Union of their efforts in Community Service in the category of Arts and Culture.

Potter Club Membership List:  We received a copy of the UAlbany Alumni Association records of those persons listing Potter Club as an affiliation.  Several discrepancies have been recently noted regarding incorrect listings and omissions.  A cross check has been completed between the two lists with the results returned to the Alumni Association.  We now have reconciled the two sets of records.  We show 951 members of Potter Club since the beginning in 1931 to its demise in the 80s.  A complete list is now posted under the Directory Link at the left.  We have also updated the list of deceased Potter Club members according to the most recent information.  Please provide your feedback if you see errors in either list, or have questions.

Photo Gallery:  Captions and titles will be added or corrected to the latest additions to the Gallery.  If you can help with information where it is needed, please contact us.

November 9, 2010: The Potter Rail.  You will notice a new link at the top of the list to the left.  You may remember "The Rail" in Husted Hall as a place where Pottermen met to talk.  The Potter Rail is an electronic version at which we can carry on multiple conversations about any number of topics, including "Where Do We Go From Here?" with future of the Reunions, and more..., much, much more.

A few people have been invited to be "guinea pigs" to test the feature.  To date, one has dipped his toe into the water.  If you wish, join us and we can all bumble through together learning how to use this.  If you have questions, get in touch with me and I'll do my best to help.  See you at the Rail?

November 4, 2010: Photo gallery..  Photos scanned from Tom Benenati's Photo Albums have been added to the Photo Gallery.  Our set of 706 pictures in 21 Albums is now complete.  If you have other pictures, please send them to add to the collection.  Some editing is needed, with some titles and captions to be changed, and typos corrected.  If you have feedback about the gallery, let me know.

We have no pictures or record of the Buffalo Reunion in 2000.  Can anyone help with some material?

Some suggestions about your use of the Photo Gallery:
1.  There is no need to "Log In" since you will only be viewing and not making entries or changes.
2.  You can do a "Search" by clicking on that menu item near the top of the screen.  In the Search menu you can type in whatever you want in the Search window.  For example: a last name, or year, or place.  When you initiate the search a "hit list" of slides that fit the criteria will pop up for you to view.  Hopefully the Titles and Captions will be sufficiently clear enough for you to find what you may be looking for.
3.  When viewing the slide with the Title and Caption showing you can click on the picture to see an enlarged version.  Several group pictures have been placed in the gallery in an extra large format so you can see more detail.  Most of the pictures are designed to about fill the screen.  Please send feedback about what you would like to see different with this feature.

Discussion of the Future:  More entries have been received and more on the way.  a copy of the latest will be handed out at the Luncheon on 11/10.

October 21, 2010:  Potter Club Luncheon scheduled for Noon, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 76 Diner in Latham, NY.  Let Claude or Milan know if you plan to attend.  Claude @ or 518-842-3723, and Milan at 518-477-4529 or @   This important meeting will focus on the plans for the 80th Reunion and the future of Potter Reunions, 2012 and beyond.

October 20, 2010:
Another Potterman appears on the radar!  Phil Billings, 1955, (says he considers himself, 1954) responded by email.  He was found in a recent search of the UAlb Online Directory.  See address changes link.

Photo found with albums assembled by Tom Benenati of group at reunion.  Bob Umholtz identifies the event as 1999 at the Boulevard Cafeteria, Albany.  Were you there?  Can you help ID those present? See Album for 1999 in Photo Gallery.  Photos from 1995 now in the Gallery.  Help needed with IDs.

October 15, 2010:  A couple of suggestions entered into the Discussion of the Future page.  Do you have some suggestions to offer?

October 10, 2010:  The Tarrytown Reunion is now history.  Hopefully all who attended enjoyed their time in Westchester County and the mid/lower Hudson Valley.

A giant Thank You to the Local Reunion Committee, Tom Singleton, `52 and George Wood, `54, for their efforts in meeting all of the needs to bring off a successful reunion.

Pictures from our events are posted under the Photo gallery (see link at the left).  If you have pictures to add, please send them to me.  Final attendance numbers and regrets are posted under the Reunion10 link. 

Two photo albums of past reunions, assembled by Tom Benenati, `53, were donated by Tom's widow, Vivian Shiro Benenati, `56, for inclusion among the memorabilia in the Potter Room at Alumni House.  We will scan the photos and add them to the online Photo Gallery before delivering the albums to the Alumni Association.  Look for these additions to our Photo Gallery in the near future.

A discussion was begun at the banquet about the future with respect to Potter Club Alumni Reunions.  Next year will be the Club's 80th Anniversary year.  Plans are still being formulated for this event.  You are invited to join now in the "conversation" about the future by sending your comments to me.  A new link has been added at the left for Discussion of the Future.  As comments come in they will be added chronologically to the page.  Hopefully this will help keep everyone up to speed on the emerging thinking about the future of Potter Club Alumni Association.  Many important decisions need to be made about our future.  Your input will be highly valued.

A gift card was presented to me at the banquet with a credit card for a very generous amount.  I greatly appreciate your appreciation!

October 5, 2010:
  Another attendee canceling due to illness.  The two unable to make it to the reunion due to illness are Ken Doran, `39 and Tom Yole, `52. 
Send a card to each, if you can.

October 3, 2010:  One attendee cancellation to the reunion and another regret arrived with an email and phone change.  Check address changes and regrets.  Tarrytown weather forecast calls for "Plenty of Sunshine" for late part of the week. 

September 29, 2010:  Registrations complete at 58 as mentioned below.  All handout materials for the Reunion have been printed and assembled.  Several more "Regrets: have arrived after the printing.  Check out the complete list at the Reunion10 link at the left.  We convene at Tarrytown one week from today!

The latest list of deceased has also been posted.  See In Memoriam link.

September 17, 2010:  We appear to have a party!  Registrations now at 58, including spouses.  See the complete list of those attending and the list of those sending regrets at the Reunion10 link at the left.  Checks are being prepared to send to our tour venues and for our transportation.  A little less than three weeks to "R" Day at Tarrytown.  If you need more information, call or email me immediately.

September 13, 2010:  Registrations still arriving.  Also a couple of regrets.  Attendance count is nearing 60.  Call me if you are planning to attend and have not yet registered.  See the Reunion10 link at the left for the latest attendance list and regrets list.

September 10, 2010:  Deadline is here!  After this date we cannot guarantee rooms at the inn, and cannot guarantee refunds in the event you can't attend after registering.  We will be notifying the Boat, Restaurant, and Tour people about our present numbers.  Registrations after today will be on an "iffy" basis.  If we can get you on the boat... If we can get you on a tour...  If we can get you into the restaurant.  If you have doubts, call or email me.

Latest numbers are under the  Reunion10 link at the left.

September 3, 2010:  One week until the Registration deadline, Sept 10, 2010!  Several registrations and a few more regrets have arrived. 
See Reunion 10 link at left for latest attendance and regrets.

Michael Schwartz, `65, suggests a Florida Winter Reunion for EEP.  He suggests holding it in, or near, The Villages.  If interest is shown for forming a local committee, let's see what develops.  A list of Floridian EEPs has been sent to Mike. 
Go to it, Mike!

August 22, 2010:  A couple of more registrations and a regret.  Charlie says his wife is still in the Nursing Center.  He said some of the "old-timers" may remember her as Prom Queen, `41 and Campus Queen, `42, and that she is still a very pretty woman despite her illness.

August 15, 2010: A few more address changes, a few more regrets, and a couple of more registrations.  See the lists.

In memoriam: V. Edward Burke, `42, Sep 27, 2007.  A note from his daughter, Kathleen, with the information.  Ed was House Manager, at the 495 State Street Potter House, probably in his Senior year.

August 1, 2010:  Early birds have arrived to register.  See list under Reunion10 at left.  Also have received several Regrets.  View those, too. 

A few brochures have come back due to people moving.  See Address Changes for updates since the 2006 Directory was printed.

July 28, 2010:  First registrants for 2010... Jean and Dave Manly, `52 !!
List of local restaurants and suggested Friday tour sites now on Reunion10 links.

July 25, 2010: Reunion 2010 Brochures are in the mail to about 385 Pottermen.  Watch for yours.  If it does not arrive within a few days, contact me.

Reunion 2010 at Tarrytown, NY:  We have finalized the plans for the reunion to be held Wednesday, October 6, through Friday, October 8, 2010.  Visit the Reunion10 link at the left for full details.  Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend.  A great time is in store for all.

Catching up on the news: We have been lax in getting news items to you received in the past few months.  Keep the info coming and we will try to be more timely.
*  Dick Herodes, 1959, Family (party of 12) travels to Costa Rica to celebrate Dick and Connie's 50th Anniversary.
*  Bert Jablon,  1952, sends picture of his last race.  He is now competing in the 80 to 99 age group!  Keep it up Bert!
*  Address Changes:  See latest list that corrects info in the 2006 Directory.
*  In memoriam:  Asher Borton, `50 deceased.  Information provided by Ben Jackson.
See latest list of Potter Deceased at the In Memoriam link at the left.
*  1975 Potter Club Alumni Newsletter.  Provided by Fred Culbert, `65.  See History link at the left.

May 31, 2010: Memorial Day.  Time to remember and give thanks to those who gave their lives in military service to preserve the freedom we enjoy, especially Edward Eldred Potter.

2010 Potter Reunion Update: Plans are beginning to gel for our 2010 Reunion now to be held in the Tarrytown, NY area.  The date is set for Wednesday, October 6 through Friday morning, October 8, 2010.  See the Reunion10 link for more info.  The program will feature a 2 hour boat cruise on the Hudson with lunch catered aboard; a tour of Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate; and dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Hudson.  Transportation for the events will be by chartered bus.  Stay tuned as we finalize the details in the coming days.

UAlbany Homecoming will begin the evening of October 8 in Albany.

In memoriam: William G. Miller, 1944, passed away on May 3, 2010 in Highland, NY.  Our condolences to his family.  Thanks, too, to Vivian Benenati who sent the following obit to us from the Poughkeepsie Journal.  William recently joined us for the Potter Reunion at Cooperstown.  His picture is on the web site from that meeting.
HIGHLAND - William G. Miller, Jr., 86, of Highland, NY passed away May 3, 2010 in Highland. He was born on The Endless View Farm on July 7, 1923 in New Kingston, NY the son of William G. Miller and Marjorie Davidson Miller. After graduating from Margaretville Central School he began college. He then served in WWII in the Philippines with the United States Army from 1943 through 1946 when he was honorably discharged. He attended The State Teachers College in Albany, graduating in 1947. He began his teaching career at Oppenheim Ephratah Central School in the Mohawk River Valley. In about 1950, he moved to Wappingers Falls School District to continue his teaching career while also working as a carpenter. In 1954 he purchased the family farm in New Kingston, NY and operated the dairy farm until 1964. From 1962 to 1966 he taught at the Fleischmanns Union Free School District and then was asked to serve as the principal of the district. In the fall of 1966, he was appointed as the Principal of the Highland High School in Highland, NY and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1978. He was elected Town of Lloyd Supervisor in 1980 and served until 1983. He was active with the American Legion Post #193 in Highland and the Milton-Marlboro United Methodist Church. He was predeceased by his wife Georgette Dunn Miller and survived by his daughter, JoAnn Rasmussen of Denver, CO, two sons, William D. Miller and wife Jolene of Huntsville, TX and Peter D. Miller and wife Veronica of Highland. His sister, Martha, and brothers, Richard and Jay, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews survive him. His sister, Betty Sheldon, also predeceased him. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm at Sutton Funeral Home, 1 Woodside Place in Highland, NY. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 10:00 am at the Milton-Marlboro United Methodist Church, 112 Church St., Milton, NY. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery on Vineyard Avenue in Highland. Published on May 06, 2010.

Get well wishes to Nancy Centra, wife of John Centra, 1954.  In an email to Paul Ward, John indicates Nancy had quadrupal bypass surgery in April, followed by some circulatory complications.  He also indicated she was improving, but it's a day to day call. 

Potter Club Alumni Newsletter, April 1975, courtesy of Fred Culbert, `65.  Fred found the letter among some of his belongings and shares it with us.  See the complete document under the History link at the left.

April 17, 2010: Reunion 2010 Local Committee complete, site tentatively set.
George Wood, `54, and Tom Singleton, `52, have agreed to serve as the local committee.  We have tentatively set the location for October Reunion 2010 in the mid or lower Hudson Valley area (probably Westchester County).  Follow developing details at the Reunion10 link.

Edward Potter Books added to University Archives.  Two personal volumes belonging to Edward, donated to the Club several years ago by Cordella Potter Lackey, were found by Bob Umholtz and passed on to Paul Ward, who has given them to the University Archivist.  See the History link at the left for more details.

April 11, 2010:  In memoriam:  Howard E. Lynch, 1943, EEP Pres. 1942-1943
The following obituary from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin was sent to us by Bernie Theobald, `57, who worked with Howard at Sidney for several years.  You can reach the newspaper web site at:
Dr. Howard E. Lynch, 88, of Saratoga Springs and Sidney, NY, died peacefully Thursday morning, April 8th, 2010. Howard was born March 2nd, 1922 in Far Rockaway, NY, the son of Anton and Julia Lynch. He married Catherine (Kate) O'Hara in 1949. He was the proud father of eight boys. He is survived by Daniel and Sarah, Peter and Holli, Patrick and Monica, Michael and Susan, Vincent, Joseph and Tracy; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and in-laws, Robert and Rita Berberich and Jeanne O'Hara. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine; sons, Timothy and Matthew; and his siblings, Anton Lynch, Virginia Lynch Osborne and William Lynch. Howard served three plus years during WWII in the US Army in the Medical Corp attached to Engineers. He was stationed in the US, France and Germany. He felt it an honor to serve and much appreciated the GI Bill, which was his ticket to a very successful career in Education. Howard had a lifelong passion for Education. Growing up during the Depression with little means, he was the only person in his family to get a college degree. That became three degrees, a BS and MS from Albany University, and a hard-earned Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. He ensured that each of his sons would not experience the hardship he endured. Each of his eight sons received a college education. His professional career began at Bedford Central in Mt. Kisco, NY, where he taught and coached for seven years. He coached both basketball and football. Encompassing the "whole" child had been one of the attitudes towards education that he fostered and enhanced. Many a former player and student have often shared with Howard's children how profound an impact he had made on their life. He then became a High School Principal followed by an Assistant Superintendent position. Throughout his career he was a positive mentor to many Teachers and Administrators. In 1965, he relocated to Sidney, NY, where he served as Superintendent of Sidney Central Schools for 19 years. He considered it a fortunate gift to work in a school system with a Board of Education that allowed him to cultivate an environment of educational excellence. The entire community, including his own family, benefited from his commitment to quality education. What he accomplished was highly regarded both regionally and at the State level. Howard was a proud member of the Sidney Rotary Club, where a four-year scholarship was established in his honor. Above all, family and extended family gatherings were precious. Of special fond memory are the many Canoe Regatta gatherings hosted at 59 West Main Street. Captain How kept all in the right frame of mind (i.e. Bozo Raider fun).
Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. at the CH Landers Funeral home, 21 Main St. in Sidney, NY. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 12th, at the Sacred Heart Church, also in Sidney. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney, NY shortly after the Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary Club of Sidney Community Foundation for Howard E Lynch Scholarship Fund, c/o Rotary Club of Sidney, PO Box 317, Sidney, NY 13838.

March 21, 2010:  Happy Vernal Equinox!  The most recent news follows:
Albany Luncheon:
  March 16 at The Century House, Latham. 
In attendance: Carl Coulter, 35; Ken Doran, `39; Ted Bayer, `51; Bob Lanni, `52; Milan Krchniak, Jim Panton, and Paul Ward, all of `53; Jack Higham, `57. 
[Note:  Address changes for Ted Bayer.  See link at left.]

Photo provided by Carl of Ray Hughes and him in 1937.  Both were teaching at Schoharie, NY at the time.  Hughes was the author of the words of the Potter Song.  (Click on the photo for an enlarged view.  Hughes is on the left.)


Reunion Planning Discussion - After much talk it was decided to keep the date in October around the Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 8 - 10, the expected date of UAlb Homecoming Weekend.  We may meet earlier in the week, however, such as starting on Tuesday, Oct. 5 and continue through Thursday, Oct. 7, or from Wednesday, Oct. 6 through Friday, Oct. 8.  Possible day trips are being explored for the first full day we meet.  We have not yet completely settled on a location.  Stay tuned for more info as it develops.

Tentative agenda for the 2-nighter 2010 Reunion:
Day 1: Arrive and check in.  Dinner on your own.  Ice breaker/social in the evening.
Day 2: Breakfast on your own.  Day trip to one or more destinations, either by car or possibly by chartered bus.  Dinner in the evening.  No featured speaker.  Potter Business Meeting, and Potter Song.
Day 3: Possible group breakfast.  Optional activities during the morning/day.  Travel home or attend Homecoming.

We need one or two guys as a local committee for the Reunion to handle the local arrangements.  All mailing and registrations will be handled as in previous years.  To date no one has stepped up to help in these chores.  Feelers are being put out.  Could you help this year?

In memoriam:
Carl G. Eppelmann, `60, passed away March 15, 2010 in Albany.  Dick Willis, `58, passed on the information after being alerted to it by Franz Zwicklbauer, `60.  For the complete obituary go to:
March 14, 2010:  In memoriam:
Robert C. Taber, `53, passed away on April 29, 2009, in Gainesville, FL.  This info was provided by his wife Margaret Ruck Taber, `53, in a phone conversation today.  Belated condolences to the Taber family.

March 8, 2010: Albany Luncheon, Tuesday Mar. 16, 2010 at Century House , Latham, NY.  Contact Milan or Claude if you plan to attend.  This venue is being considered as a possible site for the 2010 Reunion housing.  More on the 2010 details after the meeting.

In memoriam:
Grace Palmisano Harvey, Albany 1959, member of Beta Zeta, and wife of Wayne Harvey, 1958 died March 2, 2010 in Johnson City, NY.  You can view her obituary at:   Condolences to Wayne and his family.