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December 5, 2016: In Memoriam:
Anthony Denova, `55: Anthony V. De Nova, 85, Almond Street, died Monday morning, Oct. 31, 2016, in the Extended Care Facility of the Oneida Healthcare Center, where he had been a patient for the past six weeks.  Born in Oneida, on June 27, 1931, he was a son of Samuel and Josephine Cafalone De Nova. A lifelong resident of Oneida, Tony was a graduate of Oneida High School, Class of 1949, received his bachelor's degree from Albany State University, and his graduate degree from Colgate University, and served with the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. He married Dorothy Mett in St. Joseph's Church, Oneida on Dec. 24, 2000. She died on Oct. 10, 2009.  For 28 years, Tony served with the Oneida City Schools, first as a mathematics teacher and later as a guidance counselor. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church and a member of the church's Seniors Group, the Oneida Elks Lodge No. 767 BPOE, the Knights of Columbus, E. Bart Hanifin Council No. 473 and the New York State Retired Teachers Association.  Surviving are his stepdaughter and her husband, Bridget and Nolan Atkins and their sons, Nathaniel, Benjamin and Gabriel of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; his sister, Ann Franklin of Jordan; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his sister, Rose Lupica, his two brothers, Carl A. ""Kelly"" De Nova and Peter F. De Nova, and his niece, Marianne Lupica. 
Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m., Saturday from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida and 10 a.m. from St. Joseph's Church, where the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Kapral, pastor. Interment will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 4-7 p.m., Friday. Contributions, in his memory, may be made to St. Joseph's Church Memorial Fund, 121 St. Joseph's Place, Oneida, N.Y. 13421.  To leave a message of condolence, please visit  CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. Oneida.  Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Nov. 3, 2016

November 29, 2016:  In Memoriam:
Robert Lanni, `52:  Robert Patrick Lanni, age 86, passed away at his home on November 24, 2016. Robert Lanni was a professor of physics at SUNY Albany, from 1953 until 1992. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Anne Fitzgerald; and six children, Joseph, Mary O'Williams (Leo, Deceased), Catherine Lanni-Cuprill (Angel, Deceased), Thomas (Kathleen Leonard), James, and Margaret (Dale Buskey Sr.). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Leo O'Williams, Paloma Cuprill, Dale Buskey Jr. and Christopher Buskey. At his request, his body has been donated to the Albany Medical Center Anatomical Gift Program. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Eagle St. Albany, on Saturday, December 3, at 10 am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and visit with the family at the cathedral after the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany NY 12208-1771, or to the charity of your choice .  Published in Albany Times Union from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2016.

Fall Albany Luncheon, Tuesday October 4, 2016
:  Seven Pottermen gathered for the Fall luncheon.  Attending: Bob Unholtz, `51; Claude Palczak, `53; Paul Ward, `53; Jack Higham, `57; Dick Fairbank, `66; Doug Davis, `69; Dave Wheeler, `71.  See Luncheon Pictures in the Photo Gallery, Albany Luncheons Album.

Edward Liston, `57:
Edward J. Liston of Brunswick, Maine and Vero Beach, Florida, passed away on July 30, 2013. He was born in 1931 in Mount Kisco, NY. His father, Edmond, was born in 1898 in Foynes, Ireland. His mother, Mary was born in Kildimo, Ireland in 1903. Ed was always proud of his Irish heritage and was thrilled to be named "Irish American Man of the Year" in the State of Rhode Island in 2000. He is survived by the love of his life, the former Judith Manning of Boston, MA. They were married in Milton, Mass. in 1959. Ed and Judy are the parents of six wonderful children. Daughter Jennifer of West Newbury, MA, Daughter Judith of Fairfield, ME, Daughter Nancy of Vero Beach, FL, and Son Major Mark Liston USMC currently stationed in Okinawa. Daughter Christina and son Edward J. Liston predeceased their father. Grandchildren include John Munson, Emily Munson, Kelsey Liston, Zachary Liston, and Lt. Edward J. Liston USMC.  Ed's career afforded an opportunity to the family to experience different parts of the country as they were growing up. He joined the U.S. Army when he graduated from Mt. Kisco high school in 1949 and was sent to Germany for three years in the army of occupation following WW 2. When he returned home, he worked as a lineman for the N.Y. telephone company before taking advantage of the G.I. bill and enrolling in SUNY Albany where he received a Degree in Business. In his senior year, he met his future wife, Judith while they were both working during the summer at a resort hotel in the Adirondacks. Upon graduation, he was offered a teaching assistantship at Ball State University in Indiana. After receiving his Master's Degree, he was invited to stay at B.S.U. as an instructor. He and Judith were married and she joined him in Indiana. They both missed their families back East and Ed explored teaching opportunities closer to them. The northeastern states were just beginning to establish community colleges and Ed embraced the vision of these new institutions and was hired to teach at Rockland community college in NY. He advanced rapidly and was offered an administrative position at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY, where he began taking graduate work at Syracuse University. Two years later, he was recruited to become the founding president of Housatonic Community College in Connecticut. Seven years later, he assumed the presidency of Los Angeles Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley. The family moved back East when Ed became the second president of the Community College of Rhode Island where he had a distinguished career of 22 years. He was always a champion of providing opportunities for inner city residents and he was recognized for his efforts when the Providence campus was named the "Edward J. Liston" campus.  After 43 years of teaching and administration in higher education, he retired in 2000 and he and Judith moved to Maine to live on Quahog Bay where they used to spend many restful weekends prior to retirement. Ed was very active in State and National organizations throughout his career. He was twice elected to the board of the American Assn. of Community Colleges as well as the National Junior College Athletics Assn. He was also a member of the Board of the Community College of the Air Force. He was a member of the Board of the New England Assn. of colleges and universities and chaired many accreditation visits to colleges and universities in New England as well as serving as an accrediting official for American overseas schools. Upon retirement, he was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Rhode Island College.  Ed enjoyed athletic activities all his life. He was an enthusiastic tennis player and a runner and often traveled with the athletic teams of the college to show his support when he thought it would be helpful. He always remarked that he felt fortunate to have found his chosen profession to be a blessing that few people ever experience, to spend his entire working life doing something that he truly loved, helping people achieve their educational dreams.  A Funeral mass will be held Saturday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. at Good Counsel Convent, 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY. Burial immediately following at St. Francis Cemetery, Mount Kisco, NY. To leave a message of condolence or a fond memory of Edward for his family, please visit his memorial page at In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Edward J. Liston Scholarship Fund, c/o Community College of Rhode Island, 1762 Louis Quisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865-4585.  Published in the The Journal News on Aug. 1, 2013.
[N.B.  The information on Ed's passing was forwarded to us by Michael Schwartz, `65, who was  a teaching colleague of Ed's.]

September 13, 2016:  In Memoriam:
Clarence "Rapp" Rappelyea, `57: Clarence D. ("Rapp") Rappleyea, 82, a native of Norwich, NY, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Albany Medical Center, with family by his side.  Affable and approachable, "Rapp" personified principled commitment to public service as Norwich City Attorney, Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly, and Chairman of the New York Power Authority.  He was born on November 2, 1933, in Norwich, Chenango County, NY. After graduating from Norwich High School, he attended Wagner College on Staten Island, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1957. Before proceeding to law school, he taught at the South New Berlin Schools in Chenango County. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Cornell University School of Law in 1962. He was admitted to the bar in 1964 and practiced law in Norwich. He served as City Attorney of Norwich and was active in an array of charitable and civic organizations in Chenango County.

Prior to running for elected office, he drove Formula Ford racing cars in ACCUS (Automobile Competition Committee for the United States) sanctioned competitions, an avocation that he would later characterize as "safer than politics". He also took flying lessons and piloted his first solo flight in his four seater Beechcraft Bonanza in the 1970s.  "Rapp" served in the New York State Assembly for more than 22 years. Elected to the Assembly in November 1972, he became the Republican Minority Leader in January 1983. He led the Assembly Republicans until June 1995. Significantly outnumbered by the Majority Democrats, he described his position as "the Rodney Dangerfield of New York politics:", and remarked, "I'm not as funny as Rodney, but I get a lot less respect".  Appointed by Governor George E. Pataki to serve as a Trustee of the New York Power Authority, "Rapp" was elected by the Trustees to serve as Chairman in July 1995. He led the nation's largest state-owned public power enterprise until January 2001. The organization's headquarters in White Plains, Westchester County, was subsequently named in his honor.  He continued to be involved in public life as a lawyer and lobbyist, after retiring from the Power Authority. He served as Board Member Emeritus of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, which created the Clarence D. Rappleyea Government Scholar in Residence program in his honor. He had also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the New York State Fair since 2011.  Rapp loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was incredibly generous and had a great sense of humor. He was passionate about helping others and making the world a better place. He was committed to his home town of Norwich. He made a difference in more people's lives than he ever realized. He put his family above all else and he will be dearly missed by his wife, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all adored him.

Rapp is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Oates Rappleyea. Also surviving are: his three daughters and their husbands: Pam (Don) Vredenburgh of Chenango Forks, NY, Stacy (Rob Towne) Rappleyea of Chapel Hill, NC, and Susan (Paul) Powers, of Schodack Landing, NY; seven grandchildren, Jacob (Amanda) Vredenburgh of Troy, NY, Dr. Zachary (Kara) Vredenburgh of Somerset, NJ, Sam Towne of Charlotte, NC, Sarah Towne of Chapel Hill, NC, Katherine (Lucas) Ashby of Castleton-on-Hudson, NY, Mia Powers of Albany, NY, and Matthew Powers of Schodack Landing, NY; and four great-grandchildren, Gracelyn, Charlie and Benedict Ashby, and Molly Vredenburgh. Rapp is also survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Frank and Dorothy Benenati, two brothers, Richard Rappleyea and Robert Rappleyea, and a sister, Linda (Coleman) Wake; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence D. Rappleyea Sr. and Mary (Griffin) Rappleyea Coleman, a brother, Ronald Coleman, and the wonderful couple that raised him, Cut and Millie Burrell.  The family would like to thank the staff at The Terrace at Beverwyck, for the wonderful care they provided for him over the past year, as well as the many medical providers that saw him on a regular basis, particularly, Dr. Bill Caramore, Dr. Era Hanspal, and Dr. Rafia Chaudhry.

A Celebration of Life for Rapp will be held at the Northeast Classic Car Museum, 24 Rexford Street, Norwich, NY, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Private burial services will immediately follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Norwich. Friends are invited to call at the car museum from 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., on Friday, September 9. Another Celebration of Rapp's life will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, September 12, at the Terrace Gallery, 4th floor of the New York State Museum, Empire State Plaza, in Albany. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in his memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research , Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163, or the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, or the Roger Follett Foundation, Inc., 35 West Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Sept. 7, 2016.

Leonard Skolnick, `50  [News of Len's passing sent to us by Ben Jackson.]
Leonard passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016. He was a resident of Oak Park Heights, Minnesota at the time of his passing. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, and was married to Jeanne Skolnick.  Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55450-1199.  [No other obituary found.]

August 23, 2016: Fall Albany Area Potter Club Luncheon, Noon, Tuesday October 4, 2016 at the Route 7 Diner, Latham, NY.  Let Paul or me know by September 27, if you plan to attend.

In Memoriam:  A reply from Steve Walrath, in response to our recent emailing to members, informed us his dad, Glen Walrath, `42, had passed away in 2012.  Glen Walrath was Potter Club President, 1941-1942. An obituary was located by our friends at the UAlbany Alumni Office.
Glen Walrath, Kerrville, TX  Mr. Glen Walrath, age 91, of Kerrville, TX, passed away Monday, June 11, 2012. He was born April 26, 1921 in Schenectady, NY, the son of Merrill and Grace (Leonard) Walrath. He married Charlotte Anderson in 1947 in Schenectady, NY. In his younger years, Mr. Walrath worked as a radio personality for several radio stations in New York State. He loved to read, was very interested in music and played the piano. Mr. Walrath was a veteran, having served in New Guinea with the Army during WWII. Upon his discharge, he completed his master's degree and eventually became the department head of Foreign Languages at Niskayuna Central Schools in Schenectady. He taught French, Spanish and Russian. He had also taught in other school systems in New York State. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Kerrville, TX; sons, Stephen Walrath and wife, Nancy of Sandy Hook, CT and John Walrath and wife, Wendy of Schenectady, NY; sister, June Wheeler of Sumter, SC; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A brother, Merrill Walrath, preceded him in death. No services will be held. Condolences may be sent at by selecting the Send Condolences link. Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville, TX Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on June 14, 2012.

July 7, 2016:  Empire State Carousel Celebrates 10th Anniversary.  Gerry Holzman takes pride in announcing a 10th Anniversary Celebration in Cooperstown, Saturday, July 30, 2016.
The following link provides more detail.  EmpireStateCarousel 10th invite.pdf

June 13, 2016:  In Memoriam: (Comments added in double parens for clarification)
Tito Gugliemone:  Tito Walter of Callicoon, New York (previously of Oakdale, New York; Long Beach, New York; Mastic Beach, New York; and New York, New York) died on Saturday June 11, 2016. He was almost 81. Tito was born on July 13, 1935 in Bronx, New York. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Buddenhagen Guglielmone & his children, Daniel Herbert Guglielmone of Lloyd Harbor, New York, Karen Virginia Guglielmone (partner to James "Jim" Hurst) of Telluride, Colorado and Lisa Guglielmone Gillis ( married to Frederick "Rick" Gillis) of Chicago, Illinois; a brother, the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, 13th Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina; his grandchildren Samantha Marie Leonard, Christian Joseph Gillis, Ethan William Gillis, Francesca Guglielmone Gillis, Grace Louise Guglielmone and Elizabeth Moira-Anne Guglielmone and many nieces and nephews. Tito was predeceased by his parents, Francesco Guglielmone and Carolina Guiffre Guglielmone; his brother, Nicholas R. Dana; and his sister-in-law, Anita Dana. Tito enjoyed a long and distinguished career in education with the Herricks Union Free School District in Nassau County, Long Island. He began his career as a history teacher at Herricks High School and spent 13 years as principal of that same high school. His last position was Director of Curriculum for the five public schools of the District. He is a graduate of Center Moriches High School on Long Island. He earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from SUNY Albany.
((He was a member of Potter Club, 1957)).  Before getting his Master's Degree, Tito spent two years in Germany with the US Army as a member of the Pentomic Marne division. Tito will best be remembered for lively conversation in his garage, his vegetable garden and tall tales about fishing, whales and "Moby Buck." He loved to travel across the United States and around the globe with friends and family. He was an avid soccer fan, having played the game throughout high school, in college and while in the US Army. Friends may call on Tuesday June 14, 2016 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, from 4pm to 8pm. A memorial mass will be held at 11am on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at the Holy Cross Church, 9719 State Route 97, Callicoon. Tito's brother, the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in Tito's name to the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd, Callicoon, NY 12723 (1-845-887-5155) or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 (1-845-561-6111).
For more information, Call Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 845-887-4900 or visit their website at Published in Newsday on June 13, 2016 - See more at:

April 27, 2016:  In Memoriam:  (Comments added in parens for clarification.)  Fred Culbert found the obituary in the Oneonta paper and passed it along.
Bernard "Bernie" F. Theobald, 80, passed away peacefully in Ocala, Florida, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Bernie was born in Rome, NY, (graduated from Camden Central School in 1953), and was predeceased by his parents, Adelbert and Helen Theobald and first wife, Beverly (nee Bev Ross, Class of 1958). Bernie married Patricia Akullian, June 21, 1987. Bernie enjoyed golfing, kayaking, traveling, spending time with his family and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dunnellon, Florida. Bernie was a devoted family man, always putting his family first. He attended the New York State College for Teachers in Albany, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a Certificate of School Administration. (He was a member of the Class of 1957 and was V.Pres. of Potter Club.)  After graduation, Bernie served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Bernie began his education career as a Social Studies teacher and assistant principal at Shaker Junior High in Colonie. He then became principal for the Sidney Central School District from 1965 to 1990. During that time, Bernie was very active in the community serving on the boards of Delaware County Mental Health, Sidney Library, Sidney Hospital, Community Chest (now United Way), Delaware County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sidney Chamber of Commerce, Next-to-New Thrift Store, and Sidney Golf and Country Club. In 2014, Bernie was inducted into the Sidney Central School Alumni Association Wall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni and Educators for his Exemplary Leadership in Education and Community Service. In 2007, Pat and Bernie relocated from Sidney to Dunnellon, Florida, where they built a home by the beautiful Rainbow River. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Patricia Theobald; children, Karen S. Theobald, of Fort Myers, Florida, Kelley A. Dorrill and her husband, Mark of Dunwoody, Georgia, Keith D. Theobald and his wife, Terri of Sidney, Kevin B. Theobald and his wife, Kate of Holly Springs, North Carolina, Laura D'Agostino and her husband, Matthew of Sudbury, Massachusetts, Jennifer Akullian Avery and her husband, Mark of San Francisco, California, Lisa Gentry and her husband, Benjamin of Grove Town, Georgia; nine adoring grandchildren, Michael and Elizabeth Dorrill, Brad and Sarah Theobald, Cameron Theobald, Anna and Kimberly Gentry, Asher and Maizie D'Agostino. Bernie is also survived by four siblings, Bruce Theobald and his wife, Mary of Vestal, Donna Cluse and her husband, William of Southport, North Carolina, Pat Abrams and Suzanne Elston of Gainesville, Florida; as well as many special nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474 (or Hospice of your choice) or National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 300, Miami, FL 33131.  Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at CH Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with funeral services at 11 a.m., Monday, May 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sidney.  Published in Oneonta The Daily Star

April 26, 2016:  In Memoriam:
Bernard Robbins, `57.  His passing was reported earlier below.  An obituary has since become available.
Bernard F. Robbins, 85, died on March 4, 2016 in the Truro home he loved and built himself. His family was beside him. He was born in Dolgeville, NY, to Ellsworth and Fiorena Robbins, and grew up in Herkimer. He served in the National Guard for eight years and attended SUNY Albany to study mathemetics. There he served as president of the Edward Eldred Potter Club in his senior year. In 1954 while visiting his roommate in Ossining, NY, he met the love of his life, Mary, and so began a 62-year relationship. They honeymooned in Wellfleet and fell in love with the Lower Cape. In 1960, after his first year teaching middle school and high school mathematics in Yorktown Heights, NY, they began camping in Truro each summer, a tradition they continued until they moved to Truro in 1996. Bernie attended several institutions on National Science Foundation scholarships, including Knox College, Mercy College, Fordham University, where he received his master's in 1969, and Columbia University. There he studied the Columbia Math Program for gifted students, which he implemented in the Yorktown school system. A talented, dedicated teacher and advocate for public schools, he taught mathematics for over 30 years. For many of those years, he also taught driver education, worked nights as the school custodian, tutored scores of math students, and assisted with the Yorktown lacrosse team. After teaching, he built and renovated homes, worked as a machinist with his children's company, Gravity Research, and continued tutoring students into his eighties. Proficient at building and carpentry, he built his beloved house in Truro from Mary's designs. He was an avid walker in the Truro hills and an enthusiastic and experienced chair caner and repairer who could never leave a discarded chair at the Truro dump. He served many years on the board of the Truro Council on Aging and volunteered with the Laughing Lifters strength-training group there. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and by his three children and their families: his son, Christopher, daughter-in-law Michelle and three grandsons, Rhys, Brandt, and Willem of Wappingers Falls, NY; his son Wendell and partner Tammy of Wassau, WI; and his daughter and son-in-law Christopher of Truro. He was predeceased by his brother, Ellsworth, Jr. Bernie's kindness, knowledge, appreciation of life and inherent cheerfulness will long be remembered by all who had the good fortune to call him teacher, colleague and friend. As per his wishes there will be no services or memorials, just the hope that all people will treat each other with respect and kindness.

Donald A. Milne, `60:  Don's wife, Barbara, sent news of his passing as a result of our recent Reunion mailing.
Donald Alexander Milne II of Queensbury and Glen Lake, passed away peacefully at sunrise, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving wife, Barbara and family. He was 77.  Donald was born July 17, 1938, in Albany, the son of Oswald G. and Edith Beakbane Milne. Donald graduated from The Milne School, Albany. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from Albany State College, now University of Albany, in 1960. In 1964, he received a Master’s of Science in Physics from Clarkson University. In 1970, he received a fellowship in pursuit of a PhD in Education from Harvard University. After a one year commitment, his focus on family and the pursuit of success led him to a career in physics education and school administration at Deer Park High School, Deer Park. He was also an adjunct professor at C.W. Post College LIU.  He was married Aug. 29, 1959, to Barbara Marie Doyle; they had three children, Judith Anne Schneider (Henry), Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Pamela Edith Cembrook (John) Bernardsville, New Jersey and Donald Alexander III, Massapequa, New York; and seven grandchildren, Allissa, William, Samantha, Douglas, Jacqueline, Sara and Henry.  Growing up on Glen Lake, Don enjoyed numerous activities including boat building, racing and waterskiing. Don’s love of the North Country and specifically Glen Lake led to one of his greatest accomplishments in personally constructing his and Barbara’s lakefront dream home.  Don served as President of the Glen Lake Protective Association and chaired the Environmental Committee and the Dam Committee. During this time, he spearheaded research in lake quality and the science of combating invasive species in Adirondack lakes. His focus in this field will continue to help preserve and protect the lakes in this region.  Don was an accomplished pianist, leading to a lifelong love of music and his affiliation with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Board of Directors.  Don loved playing the game of golf, especially as a long-standing member of Glens Falls Country Club. He also enjoyed skiing with his grandchildren at West and Gore Mountains.  The family will receive their relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Our Lady of the Annunciation, 448 Aviation Road, Queensbury, NY. The Funeral Mass celebrating Donald’s life and faith will follow the visitation. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, a donation would be appreciated to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801, or one of Don’s passions, the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 2036, Glens Falls, NY 12801, (  Arrangements are under the care of Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY.

John Burrington, `72.  His passing was discovered by Fred Culbert who sent along the following obituary.
John "Jack" Charles Burrington passed away at home on Friday, November 9, 2012, in Ashburn, Virginia. He was born July 29, 1948, in Richfield Springs, son of the late John Cecil and Stella Brown Burrington of Richfield Springs. He was educated in Richfield Springs, graduating from Richfield Springs High School. Jack was involved in every sport offered in Richfield Springs from basketball, (his favorite), to captain and first baseman of the baseball team, and kicker (nick name, "the Toe") on the high school football team. There was not a sport Jack didn't like, and each one he played, he played very well. Jack went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the State University of New York in Albany. He was a member of the Edward Eldred Potter Club, 1972. He began his 34 year career with the United States Postal Service in Albany and held many management positions, including Postmaster (Hampton and Dover, NH), Acting Division Manager (Springfield, MA) and Chief Financial Officer (Portland, ME). He also held high level management positions in US Postal Headquarters (Washington, DC), overseeing the agency's national first class, expedited services and customer service measurement programs. Throughout his career, Jack received many awards and recognitions for outstanding performance and achievements. He took the most pride in the career and personal success of countless employees who worked for him or sought his insight as their mentor. Jack was always quick to volunteer his time to career development programs, coaching, mentoring, and training on behalf of others. Jack took up golf before retiring, and just like he did during his wonderful school days in Richfield Springs, he picked up the game quickly. He even holed two holes-in-one within the first year out on the courses and soon was winning many local club events on the senior league. Always accepting, loving and smiling, having a good word to say to and about everyone, Jack cheered on everyone he met, had many friends and enjoyed meeting new people and his life everyday. To cherish his memory, he leaves behind his loving wife, Shannon; beloved daughters, Becca Burrington and Brenna Simonds, and stepchildren, Robin Pompa and Rev. George Nixon. He is deeply missed by his much loved sons-in-law, Kymry Esainko, Roy Simonds and William Pompa, and cherished grandchildren, Nathanael and Jeremiah Simonds, Kai and Stella Esainko, Clara and Grant Pompa; his devoted sister, Vicky Burrington Ulrich and her husband, Richard Ulrich, of Dallas, Texas, their sons, Christopher, Matthew and Seth, their daughters-in-law, Vickie, Allison and Jennifer, and his sister's grandchildren, Zachary, Kelsey, Victoria, Cooper and Truman Ulrich. A Celebration of Life Service of music and memories will be held for family and friends of Jack on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 10:30 at the Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs, Reverend Mark Ioset presiding. Published in Utica The Observer-Dispatch from July 7 to July 14, 2013

April 12, 2016:  Albany Luncheon and 85th Anniversary Celebration.  A great luncheon, catered by Sodexo, was enjoyed by 60 in attendance.  43 Pottermen were joined by members of the Alumni Office Staff, led by Lee Serravillo, Exec. Dir.; guest, Susan Potter Mintzer, Grand Niece of Edward E. Potter; Spouses; and invited guests.  Jerry Leggieri, `68, was our capable program MC.  Click on the following link for the list of Potter men who attended.  Click on the following link for the Group Photo.  The photo and many more are posted in the Photo Gallery.  All have captions.  Click on the link at the left to access the Gallery.  Look for the Albany Luncheons Album and search for 2016.

Robert Umholtz, `51 was honored as Potter Club's "Unsung Hero." Click for an enlarged view of his photo.  A plaque commemorating the honor was presented to him and a copy will hang in the Edward E. Potter Memorial Room at Alumni House. Click to read the citation for his award.

A memorial donation  was made in the name of Milan Krchniak, `53, by Paul and Doris Ward.  Donations for the good of the order were made by Fred Culbert, `65 and Alfred Gerstman, `53.

The success of the luncheon was immensely helped by the assistance of Loida Vera Cruz, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs, and Kathy Gaddis, Administrative Assistant.  Stephanie Snyder, Communications and Marketing, took the group photo and provide many candid photos.  All of the Alumni staff pitched in to make our event memorable.  Our "Thanks" to everyone at the Alumni Association office!

The next Albany Area Potter Luncheon will be held in the early Fall.  The exact date and place will be determined soon.  Everyone on the Albany Luncheon Mailing List, paper and email, will be notified.  If you are not on the list and wish to be, let me know by phone, letter, or email.

April 8, 2016:  Albany Luncheon and 85th Anniversary Celebration, Tuesday April 12.  The final registrations are in, and 61 plan to attend.  Of the total number 44 are Pottermen; 4 spouses; 8 Alumni Association guests; and 5 other guests, including Susan Potter Mintzer.  Bob Umholtz will be honored as Potter Club "Unsung Hero."  Watch the Photo Gallery for photos following the event.

March 14, 2016: In Memoriam:  The following Pottermen have passed away.  They are listed in order of DoD from most recent.  Some had not come to our attention until following our recent luncheon mailing.  We offer condolences to the families of all of these members.
William A. Dumbleton, `50: William A. Dumbleton, professor emeritus of English, University at Albany, passed away peacefully in his home in Chicago on March 7, 2016. Born in Troy, on December 31, 1927, he was the son of the late Anna M. and Albert F. Dumbleton and the stepson of the late Stephen J. Johnson. Bill earned a BA and MA in English at the University at Albany; a PhD in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania; and an additional MA in Irish Literature at University College Dublin. In 1963-64, he traveled around the world and spent the better part of a year teaching at American University in Cairo, Egypt. He was professor of English at the University at Albany for more than forty years (1953-1994), during which he taught English and Irish Literature to an estimated ten thousand students. After retiring, he continued to conduct seminars at DePaul University and the Newberry Library, and led tours through Chicago's Architecture Foundation. His publications include Ireland; Life and Land in Literature and James Cousins. His academic life and achievements aside, Bill found immense pleasure in literature, art, theater, and music; as well as in the joys of intimate conversation; distinctive food; and boundless laughs with family and his many dear friends. Above all, he will be remembered for his warmth, generosity, good humor, and au gratin potatoes. He is survived by his wife Susanne Murphy Dumbleton; his children Kathleen Dumbleton of Chicago, Timothy Dumbleton of New York City, and Molia Dumbleton of Evanston; his granddaughter Fiona Wonderlich of Evanston; his brother Stephen J. Johnson of Troy, and many sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister and lifelong friend, Dorothy Hemker of Niskayuna. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to remember Bill in a special way may send contributions to The Dumbleton Fund for Innovation at DePaul University. (Contact Published in Albany Times Union on Mar. 11, 2016
Bernard F. Robbins, `57: 
Passed away March 3, 2016 in Truro, MA.  No obituary available at this time.  Bernie was President of Potter Club in 1957.
Ross T. Dailey, `58:  In life there are two kinds of people. Some come and go in our lives unnoticed. And then there are the very precious few who touch our lives, and we are forever blessed. Ross Tallman Dailey, our kind, compassionate gentle husband, father and devoted grandfather, blessed our lives forever. He passed quietly in his sleep on Jan. 4, 2016, in Ocala, Florida.  He is survived by his wife Karen Dailey, son Ryan Tallman Dailey (wife Melissa) and his oh-so-special three grandchildren: Tallman, Adalyn and Eli. He also is survived by his two sisters: Pamela Hillebrand (husband Robert) of Ocala, Florida, and Diane Dailey of Los Angeles, California. Ross was born June 18, 1936, in Pearl River. He graduated from Albany State Teachers' College with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1972. He was the Business Department chairman at West Babylon High School on Long Island for more than 20 years. He moved with his family to Saranac Lake and began a 15-year employment with North Country Community College. His positions were associate professor, acting dean of students and chair of the Business, Recreation and Human Services Division. He was a respected colleague, sensitive leader and model educator.  In 1993, Ross was granted a sabbatical to be a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Education at his alma mater, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He was joined by his son Ryan for a unique experience both of them shared, creating great memories and growing closer together as father and son. Karen and the family pet, Chelsey, remained in Saranac Lake as Karen was employed at the Tupper Lake Central School District as a math educator. Ross retired from NCCC in 1996. He continued a 15-year career as a U.S. soccer official throughout the North Country. His love of officiating brought him great joy. Many times parents could be heard saying, "Ross is the gentlest official on the field. When my daughter commits a foul, Ross always made it a teachable moment." Imagine if all youth could experience such kindness and learning. Ross was the director of the FHA at Kiwassa Road. When he left there, residents knew they were losing a uniquely compassionate leader for all.  Ross was a 36-year member of the Saranac Lake United Methodist Church. He was the resident photographer for the church's annual Turkey Supper, capturing many memories of our church community effort. He so dearly appreciated all of the friends he made in the Tri-Lakes. If you are reading this and were fortunate enough to spend time with him, please know he enjoyed every conversation with you. He found much joy in his life by being able to touch others lives through his compassion and gentleness. He was as humble a man as they come, and we are grateful to be touched by his kindness. His 12-year-old, ever-loyal border collie, Buddy, survives. Two celebrations of Ross' life will be held. The first will be in Ocala, Florida, at Ocala West United Methodist Church on Friday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m., followed by a small meal. The second celebration and meal will be held in Saranac Lake at the United Methodist Church sometime in May or June, followed by the spreading of his ashes.  Those wishing to remember Ross may do any of the following: Make a donation in his name to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake, send flowers for the service on Friday to Ocala West United Methodist Church in Ocala, Florida, or post a story or memory on his memorial site,
Edward Treacy, `51: Edward D. Treacy, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Friday, September 5, 2014 at The Joe Raso Hospice Residence, New City, NY. He was 87 years old. Son of the late Michael J. and Elizabeth Cann Treacy, he was born April 21, 1927 in Highland Falls, NY. Edward was a retired Biology Teacher with Ramapo Central School District in Ramapo, NY. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Highland Falls, NY and a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II. Edward was the widower of MaryEthel Clark Treacy, who predeceased him in 1998.  Survivors include his daughters: Mary E. Treacy, Rita T. Hotaling and her husband Tim of Troy, NY, Katherine T. Mannon and her husband David of Pearl River, NY; and his six grandchildren: Will and Tim Sweeney, Michael and Kevin Hotaling, Jenna and Daniel Mannon. Edward was predeceased by his sisters: Anna Lewis, Helen Kurek, Betsy Calabrese, and his brothers: Harry, Jim, Tom, Bob, Mike, and Jack Treacy.  Edward's family would like to thank A&T Healthcare of Rockland for their care of Dad during his illness and a very heartfelt thank you to Jack Focht, who has been an extraordinarily special friend to Dad not only through his illness, but continuously-a lifelong treasure.  Visitation will be held from 2-4 & 7-9 pm on Tuesday, September 9th at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10th at Sacred Heart Church, 353 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.  Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Rockland for The Joe Raso Hospice Residence, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956-3505 or Sacred Heart Church, 353 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY 10928.
Paul J. Rissberger, `59: Paul passed away July 28, 2011 in Lacey, WA.  No obituary is available.

March 1, 2016:  Albany Area Potter Luncheon and 85th Anniversary Celebration of Potter Club, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Alumni House, University at Albany Campus.
Mailings have gone out to more than 400 living Pottermen with details for the upcoming luncheon and reunion celebration.  The occasion will also include recognizing Bob Umholtz for his long and dedicated service to Potter Club as our "Unsung Hero."  Look for your announcement either by mail or email.  If you do not receive anything, please contact me.  Deadline to register by sending a check for $20 per person to Bob Umholtz is Tuesday March 29, 2016.  A Buffet Lunch will be catered by the UAlb Food Service.
In Memoriam:  The following Pottermen passed away, but their passings had not come to our attention until now.  We offer condolences to all of the families of these members.
H. Joseph Rowland, `39:  SARATOGA SPRINGS - Harold Joseph Rowland, known as Joe Rowland, of Pinewood Avenue, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was 93. Born Oct. 18, 1917, in Saratoga Springs, he was a son of the late Frank J. and Mary T. Fleming Rowland. A 1935 graduate of St. Peter's Academy in Saratoga Springs, he graduated from the New York State College for Teachers in 1939. He attended the Eastman School of Business in Saratoga Springs, worked as a cost accountant at G.F. Harvey Co. in Saratoga Springs and later taught social studies at Stillwater High School in 1944. In 1945 he attended the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City, from which he earned his Master of Arts degree.  Joe began teaching history in the Nyack school system in Rockland County in 1945 and retired from the district in 1972. During this period, he attended graduate school at Fordham University and Seton Hall University. Following retirement from teaching, he worked for eight years as a sales clerk in Bamberger's department store in Nanuet. In 1980, he returned to Saratoga Springs and later worked in the gift shop of the historical society in Canfield Casino in Congress Park.  While living in Nyack, Joe traveled the world and then returned home to spend time in his garden and with the thoroughbreds.  He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, John, Francis and Edward (Ned); and a nephew, Edward J. Rowland. To many family and friends, he was known as "Uncle Joe." He is survived by his nieces, Marge Rowland, Sandra Butler and Fonda Howard; many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; the Co-eds; and his beloved canine companions, Stella and Cotton. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway, 584-5373. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, with the Very Rev. Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery on West Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Joe's name to Adirondack Save-A-Stray, 4880 Route 9N, Corinth, NY 12822.
Richard Lonsdale, `39:  Richard C. Lonsdale, professor emeritus at New York University, passed away on March 11, 2013, in Glenmoor Retirement Community, St. Augustine, Fla., where he resided for nine years. He was born in Paterson, N.J., the son of Dr. William J. Lonsdale, a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church. He moved with his family to Glen Rock, N.J., and then to East Greenbush, N.Y. Graduating from high school early, he attended New York State College for Teachers (now SUNY Albany) and graduated with honors. He then taught high school history in Margaretville, N.Y., for two years. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy and was commissioned with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He participated in the 1943 landings by Allied forces in North Africa. In 1944 he was among the troops landing on D-Day on Utah Beach, where he was responsible for evacuation of the wounded. After the war he studied at Syracuse University where he earned his doctorate in educational administration. He taught at Syracuse until 1964 when he accepted a position at New York University. He retired from NYU in 1989. In 1982 he received the Honored Alumnus Award from Syracuse University. He did research in Futures Studies and was a consultant to the Department of Education in Australia where he lectured. He is survived by his wife, Claire; his son, William J. Lonsdale; daughter-in-law, Jackie Levinthal; grandson, Sam Lonsdale; stepson, John R. Glennon and his son Michael and daughter Meghan; stepson, David A. Glennon, his wife Karen, daughter Caitlin, husband Ty and son Patrick, and great-grandson William; along with his nieces and nephews. He is also survived by stepchildren Winthrop Rockwell and Sandra Robinson and their families. He was predeceased by his first two wives, Carolyn Kelley Lonsdale and Ruth Rockwell Lonsdale. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Glenmoor Scholarship Fund, 235 Towerview Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092. St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Stanley Kullman, `40:   Stanley G. Kullman, a resident of Walden Place, Cortland, and formerly of McGraw, NY, passed away on October 18, 2013 at the age of 95. He was born in Albany, NY, the middle son of the late Nathan E. and Irene Potter Kullman. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Lucille Faville Kullman; two sons, Stanley G. Kullman Jr. (Martie) of Harvest, AL, and Brian C. Kullman (Margie) of Canadian Lakes, MI and Peoria, AZ; a daughter, Catherine K. Paddock (Ken) of Dryden, NY; six grandsons, Stanley, Michael, Aaron and Daniel Kullman, and Nathan and Seth Paddock; two great grandsons, three great granddaughters, four nephews and a niece. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Nathan and Warren Kullman, and a daughter-in-law Sharon Kullman. Stanley graduated from the Albany State Teacher's College in 1940. He taught in Voorheesville, Hartford, and Dundee, NY, before joining the faculty at SUNY Cortland. He was called to active duty in the US Navy for service during WWII and the Korean War. Memberships include the McGraw United Methodist Church, American Legion, VFW, BOCES Board, Lamont Memorial Library and the McGraw Historical Society. Stan was a jack-of-all-trades whose time and talents provided steadfast stewardship for his home and community. He laughed easily, loved unconditionally, savored coffee with every meal, enjoyed hunting for deer (and for a bargain!), and was a compassionate caregiver for his wife Lucy. The family wishes to thank the staff of Walden Place, Cortland Park, and the Cortland Regional Medical Center for their kind and competent care during Stan's period of declining health. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Barth Funeral Home. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the McGraw United Methodist Church (PO Box 608, McGraw, NY 13101), the Lamont Memorial Library (PO Box 559, McGraw, NY 13101), or the Cortland College Fund (PO Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045) earmarked for the Raquette Lake Endowment.
[N.B.  Stan Kullman was one of three brothers to attend Albany State, all of whom were members of Potter Club.  They were Nathan, `37; Stan, `40, and Warren, `47.  This is the only instance of three members of the same family becoming Pottermen.]
Charles Quinn, `41:  Captain Charles J. Quinn, Jr. TROY - Captain Charles J. Quinn, Jr. 95, (Ret.) of Troy passed into eternal rest on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Heritage House surrounded by his loving family. Born in Marlboro, New York, Charlie was the son of the late Charles J. and Hazel Quinn, Sr. and the loving husband of 71 years of Marion Duffy Quinn. Charlie received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from State Teachers College (SUNY). He taught high school in Tannersville, New York prior to joining the Navy. Charlie served his country in the U.S. Navy in WW II and the Korean Conflict. He retired at the rank of Captain. Charlie worked for the New York State Education Department for 35 years retiring as the Director of Federal Funding. After his retirement, Charlie volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years. Charlie was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church and was a past president of the Parish Council and a member of the men’s prayer group. In addition to his wife Charlie is survived by his children Maureen Dinon of Troy, Patrick Quinn (Janet) of Woburn, Mass., Charles J. Quinn, III (Nancy) of Saratoga, NY, William Quinn (Laura) of Nassau, NY, and Robert Quinn of Portland, Oregon. Charlie is also survived by his sister Shirley Swartz of DeBary, Florida and his brother George Quinn of Star Lake, New York. Charlie is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral for Charlie will be held on Wednesday morning at 8:45 am from the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third Street, Troy and at 9:30 am at Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Randall Patterson, Pastor. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 – 7 pm. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Troy. Charlie’s family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the employees of Eddy Heritage House for the excellent care given to both Charlie and Marion. In lieu of flowers contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to Eddy Heritage House of Troy or Our Lady of Victory Church, Marshland Court, Troy, NY 12180.  Published in The Record on July 20, 2015

February 7, 2016:  Potter Club 85th Anniversary to be celebrated at the Potter Club Albany Area Spring Luncheon, Tuesday April 12, from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at Alumni House on the UAlbany campus. More details about the event will be sent soon to all Potter Club members in the event any living outside the Greater Albany Area may wish to attend.  Watch for an email or letter to those without email service.

January 4, 2016
In Memoriam: Daniel W. Joy, `52  We were notified by George Wood, `54, of the passing of Dan Joy on January 4.  The announcement was made through Dan's church, New Hope Lutheran Church, Jamaica, NY.  His wake and funeral were conducted January 9, 2016.  Dan was centrally involved with his church.  In the absence of an obituary we obtained the following citation from UAlbany for Dan as a Distinguished Alumni at UAlbany in 1997.

Dan JoyJustice Daniel W. Joy demonstrates a deep interest in the well being of his fellow human beings, witnessed in part through a life of professional community service, as well as substantial leadership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and in ecumenical circles in his home of Jamaica, NY. As Justice in the Appellate Division of Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department, he is known for decisions blending significant compassion, understanding and law in the busiest appeals court in the State. Justice Joy is one of two African American justices on this court. After graduating from Albany, he served in the Korean conflict in the U.S Army. He received his J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School, and then devoted 25 years of his life to public service in the field of housing, serving Deputy Commissioner of New York City's housing department, under Mayor John Lindsey, Abe Beame, and Ed Koch. His most demanding and highly visible position was overseeing the City's central heat complaint facility in Harlem. In 1983 he was elected to Civil Court of the City of New York. He has lectured extensively at colleges and law schools, and has written numerous book reviews on housing matters. He has provided leadership to community organizations, and promotes the value of education in his work with young people. Justice Joy has received the Distinguished Disciple award of his Lutheran Church synod, which serves 90,000 people in New York State. His married to Ruby, a tax accountant. They have two children and four grandchildren. A life dedicated to varied service is evident in this recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dan's wife, Ruby, can be reached at 14438 168th St, Jamaica, NY 11434