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November 11, 2017:  In memoriam:

Joe McCormack, `53  Joseph T., of Levittown on October 31, 2017. Beloved husband of Patricia. Loving father of Mary Connor (Michael), Thomas (Pauline), Peggy, Eileen Reish (Jeff), Joan Corsitto (Tom), Elizabeth Naughton (Jon) and Gerry (Eileen). Dear brother of Rosemary Lucas. Cherished grand-father of Jackie (Brian), John, Nicholas, Cameryn, Danielle, Jake, Sam, Christopher, Daniel, Greysen, Devin and Kendyll. Friends may call Sunday 2-5 and 7-9pm at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes, Hicksville Chapel, 47 Jerusalem Ave. (corner of W. Marie St.). Mass Monday 11:15am at Holy Family R.C. Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Joe McCormack Memorial Fund at Alzheimer's Association. (
Published in Newsday on Nov. 4, 2017
Gerry Holzman forwarded the obituary for Joe and added:  Joe, a Troy/Albany guy, taught mathematics at the Wheatley School in East Williston for 41 years where he was a highly respected department chairman and a role model for three generations of students. Joe’s dedication to his profession was recognized by awards from a number of national and regional institutions. He was a religious man who fully understood the concept that religion is as much about the way you live with people as it is about the way you live with God.

October 20, 2017:  In memoriam:

Patrick Carlo, `53 
Patrick A. Carlo, of Gulfport, born Nov. 22, 1931, passed away quietly on May 18, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Carlo grew up in Port Chester, NY. He was the beloved and devoted husband to Joan Palombo Carlo for 63 years. He is the father of four children, Patrice Carlo, Michael Carlo (Martha), Diane Carlo (John Dittmar), Linda Carlo Blanco (Robert). He has two beautiful grand-daughters, Michelle Carlo and Melissa Carlo Walton. Pat received a B.S.C. from SUNY in Albany, NY. and an M.S. from Hofstra University. He spent his career as a professional educator, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. He was the Director of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Northern Westchester and Rockland County, NY. He was well known and well liked by his friends and co-workers. Pat was known for his great sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh. He was a people person. Everyone he met, he treated like a friend. He was a devoted husband and father. He was loved and admired by his children. The fun that he created with family car trips, holiday traditions such as finding the perfect Christmas tree, Carvel ice cream, playing pinochle, going tobogganing, and too many things to mention, will live as dear memories. Memorial service will be 11 AM on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the David C. Gross Central Avenue Chapel in St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Suncoast Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.

October 17, 2017:  Albany Luncheon at Route 7 Diner:
Luncheon Group:  Front, L to R:  Ron Graves, `58, Pres.; Gary Penfield, `63, Pres.; Bob Umholtz, `51; Paul Ward, `53, Pres.; Gene McLaren, `45;  Back: Claude Palczak, `53; Bob Benton, `64; Doug Davis, `69; Doug Penfield, `60; Jack Higham, `57. 
See more pictures and captions in the Photo Gallery Albany Luncheon album (link at the left).
Discussion:  Military veterans memorial plaques on downtown campus have been installed.  Dedication plans are being discussed with University officials.  Stay tuned for dates and times.  Commemoration of 100th anniversary of Edward Potter's death in 2018 also being discussed.
Next Albany Luncheon:  The next luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at a location and time to be determined.  Stay tuned and watch for the announcement by email and letter to all on the lunch mailing list.  If you want to be included, please contact Jack.

New Pottermen Found:  Bill Labarr, `56, reported in about little damage from the hurricane at his Boynton Beach, FL, residence, and mentioned two Pottermen he recalled who had not been previously included in our database.  Paul Laverty and Boxer (Charles) Sackman, both Class of `56, but who left Albany in their second year, will be added to the database.  We are seeking further confirmation and current locations, if available.

October 12, 2017:  Hurricane Update:  50 Pottermen live in the hurricane ravaged States of TX, FL, and GA.  A letter or email was sent to each asking them to reply as to how they fared.  Replies came from the following with a brief recap of their comments:
Gary LaGrange, `53  Now living in CA, not affected by hurricanes nor wild fires.
Bruce King, `56  The Villages, FL.  Irma had slowed down.  We moved some furniture around, but there was only some debris to deal with.
Austin Leahy, `57  The Villages, FL.  Irma went through the Villages as a CAT 1, so no major problems.  Life is good here. In fact, it's good to be anywhere at our age!  Stay well.
Roger Quackenbush, `61, Land O' Lakes, FL.  We had no damage and no power outage - we were lucky.
Neil Tallis, `66, Boynton Beach, FL.  Everything fine here.  One screen panel and door damaged.  Thank you for your concern.
James Curley, `67, Orlando, FL.  We were lucky in Orlando that we only had minor damage and no loss of electricity at our home.
Kevin O'Connor, `80  Johns Creek, GA. 
In my Atlanta suburb we had wind and rain all day from Irma; but never lost power.  I was watching the giant pines in my backyard swing around and around; but none came down.   On a totally different topic, I’m headed to Albany soon to run the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon on October 8.  The race course starts in Schenectady and ends in Albany; most of it along the river bike trail.  The overall course is downhill and I hope to qualify for boston in 2019 when I’ll be 60 (and get 15 more minutes to qualify)

September 25, 2017:  In Memoriam:  The Fall 2017 issue of the UAlbany Magazine list of deceased alumni contained several Potter Men, for whom we had not yet learned of their passings.  In the process of seeking obituaries for these men, we also found another member who was deceased and whose passing was unknown to the Alumni Association.  All of these follow in chronological order of their dates of death:

Victor Montauri, `60:  Victor H. Montuori Jr., 74 of Loudonville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's in Albany. Born in Amsterdam on December 14, 1935, he was the son of the late Victor and Josephine (Pirfo) Montuori Sr. It was on August 12, 1961 that Victor married the former Marguerite A. Aleide. The two shared a blessed union of over 48 years together. He proudly served in the Navy. Victor was employed by the Watervliet Arsenal as a Mathematician for 29 years, a position he retired from in 1995. Prior to that he was a math teacher at the Guilderland High School from 1961-1966, and also taught statistics in the evening session at RPI. Victor initiated the first golf league at the Watervliet Arsenal. He enjoyed speed skating at the Albany County Ice Rink. He was a true family man, enjoying bicycling, cross country skiing, canoeing, fishing trips and especially camping in Cape Cod. Survivors in addition to his beloved wife, Marguerite include his loving children; Michael J. Montuori (Susan Szarek) of Glenville, Steven (Aurelie) Montuori of Queensbury and Daniel (Nanci) Montuori of Niskayuna as well as his six cherished grandchildren, Anthony, Justin, Nadia, Vincent, Abigail and Julia. He is predeceased by his two sisters; Angeline and Frances and his brother Daniel. Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, Ltd., 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at a time to be announced at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 1902 Central Ave. (at Colby St.), Albany. Interment will take place in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Liberty Enterprises (Assoc. for Retarded Citizens), 483 Liberty Dr., Amsterdam, NY 12010. For directions, information or to light a memory candle for the family please visit

Harley Dingman, `43  Harley S. Dingman died December 31, 2016 at his home in Stuart, FL under the care of his family and Treasure Coast Hospice. He was born February 6, 1922 in Watertown, NY to Harley S. and Viola Robbins Dingman. In 1939, he graduated from West Carthage High School. He obtained his BA and masters from Albany State College, also attending Cornell and the University of Buffalo for graduate credits. During World War II Harley served as a paratrooper in Europe and was a recipient of a Silver Star and Purple Heart.  Harley married Betty Bailey of Mount Morris, NY. She predeceased him in 1983. He married Carole Norton in 1991 and they resided on Pillar Point until moving to Stuart, Fl. He is survived by his wife Carole, daughters Anne (Jorge) Zavala, Three Mile Bay, NY and Stuart, Fl, Alice (James) Molero-Herron, Watertown, NY, Ellen (Eduardo) Garcia, Mexico City, Mexico, stepdaughter Julie (Michael) Bocciolatt, Chaumont, NY and stepson John Anderson (Cheryl) Bunce, Stuart, Fl as well as a chosen daughter, Lori (James) George of Bolton Landing, NY. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Erika Zavala Briscoe, Jorge S. Zavala, Juan A. Molero, Dr. Mariana Garcia, Eduardo Garcia and three stepgrandchildren, Morgan and Skyler Bocciolatt and Dillon Bunce, his sister-in-law, Doris Allen Dingman of Cape Vincent, NY, four great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Doris Dingman Herrick, and brother Donald Dingman.  Harley was a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent of New York State schools including Addison, Cheektowaga, Massena, Wantagh and Blind Brook-Rye school districts. He was high school principal in Massena from 1956 until 1964. Following retirement in 1977, he moved to Mexico City and became high school principal at the American School Foundation.  Harley was an exceptional musician who sang in church choirs and barbershop quartets in Massena, played in different bands/orchestras and acted in over twenty-five dramatic productions in Watertown, Mexico City and Stuart, Florida. He performed the national anthem at the Mets spring training facility in his late 80’s.  There will be no calling hours or funeral per his wishes.

John Canfield, `68:  John Allan Canfield, 70, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away in the early afternoon, Saturday, February 4, surrounded by his family. John was born October 25, 1946 in Amsterdam, NY to Earl Canfield and Antoinette Willits Canfield and grew up with his younger brother, Joel Canfield in Canajoharie, NY. He graduated from Canajoharie High School with the class of 1964 and went on to college at Clarkson University. He transferred to SUNY Albany and finished his Bachelor's in Business in 1968. While at SUNY Albany, he met his wife, Jill Malloy Canfield and they married in the summer of 1969. He began his career at UNIVAC and went on to Ingersoll-Rand and retired from Mitsubishi Chemical America as Senior Executive Vice President of Administration. His career took him all over the eastern U.S., from upstate NY to southwestern VA to Virginia Beach, when he took the job with Mitsubishi Chemical America in Chesapeake, in 1988.  An avid model train enthusiast, he built elaborate model trains and sets, and even created molds for new model trains that hadn't been created yet. John loved baseball, collecting baseball cards and paraphernalia. His love of soul music and conversation often made him the life of the party. He loved going to see his favorite performers, from James Brown to Chicago. His favorite instrument was the air drums, which he played at any chance he could get. He could relate to people from all walks of life. He was known for being able to see multiple points of view and for his deep empathy. His faith in humanity is something that his friends and family remember him for. He loved being outside, especially laying in the sun by the pool reading the latest detective novel. His favorite place in the world is Aruba, where he and Jill vacationed annually for years.  He is preceded in death by both his parents and his nephew, Jason Canfield. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jill, his children, Jay and Liz, his grandchildren, Gabriel and Jack, and his brother Joel. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Virginia Beach SPCA in his name at Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 19, 2017

George Poulos, `48:  George Poulos, 91, passed away on February 22, 2017 at his home in Rye Brook. Born in Agios Floros, Greece on February 5, 1926, he was the son of the late Demetrios and Magdalene Poulos. George was a United States Navy World War II Veteran. He graduated from Port Chester High School, Albany Teachers College and Georgetown University Law School. After law school, he decided to follow his passion for teaching and worked as a history and economics teacher for 36 years at Mamaroneck High School.  He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Amalia Poulos, and is survived by his four children Demes, Alex, Philip and Artemis (Arthur McGinn) and three grandchildren Christopher, Timothy, and Peter.  He cherished his time with his family and his church.

Thomas Dussault, `72:  Thomas Arthur Dussault, while in the peaceful comfort of his immediate family, passed away on April 9, 2017 and now awaits the eternal rejuvenation and union of all spirits at the Omega Point as conceived by the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Tom was born on July 10, 1950, the son of Thomas W. and Louise R. Dussault, both deceased, in the bucolic City of Little Falls, New York, with its cooling canopy of then mature and healthy Elm trees and a rich tradition of one world conservatism that in one form or another served as a beacon throughout his life.  Tom is survived by his natural family, all residing in the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, to wit: his beloved spouse, eternal compatriot and loyal protector, Jan Elizabeth Dussault; his son, Zachary R. Dussault, and his fiancé, Meagan Aylward; his daughter, Kyle Dussault Carinelli and her husband, Michael A. Carinelli IV; his grandson, Michael A Carinelli V: and the mother of his children, Ms. Robyn Marriott Dussault. He is also survived by his siblings and their respective spouses, to wit: his sister, Ms. Cathryn D. Franchino (Mr. Harry D. Franchino) of Fairport, NY; his brother, Mr. John G. Dussault (Ms. Susan L. Sanders) of Washington, DC; and his sister, Ms. Mary Elizabeth Dussault (Ms. Susan Breen) of North Andover, MA, as well as his nieces Jessica and Sarah and their respective families and numerous cousins on both his paternal and maternal sides.  Thomas was also blessed and is survived by an immediate step family, all residing in the country of England, to wit: his step-son, Andrew Withers and his wife, Laura Withers; his step-son, Raymond P. Withers and his wife, Julie Price Withers; his step-grandchildren, Ryan Withers (affianced to Ms. Rachel Knowles), Adam Withers, Hannah V. Withers and Jack D. Price. He is also survived by his beloved spouse’s sister, Ms. Anne (“Genghis”) Tilbury and her family, to wit; husband John Tilbury, their daughters, Julie Mulliner and Elaine Findlay and their extended families.  Despite his disillusionment with, and discontinuation of, the practice of law, Tom was extremely proud to have been a high ranking graduate of both The University at Albany and Albany Law School. His academic career was, best described as, if not stellar, certainly a bit unorthodox. He never quite fully answered the bell for the usual inquisitorial prerequisites for comprehensive academic success, “What to Learn?” and “How much to Learn?” Instead his primary query was “For what purpose am I being asked to learn this?” and he reacted according to his interpretation of the answer.  An even greater source of personal satisfaction for Tom was his active role as a parent for both of his children, Zachary and Kyle, serving and supporting Cub Scouts as a Den Leader and Committee member, Youth Ice Hockey and Minor League Baseball as a volunteer assistant, High School Debate Assistant and Chaperone requiring extensive travel, music aficionado and advisor (but he couldn’t play a lick). Prop construction for a school musical and research assistant. Tom was also a member of the Little Falls Historical Society and The Great Dane Athletic Club. He asks that any donations in his memory be made to The Great Dane Athletic Club, whose oft stated mission always places academics first (The University at Albany’s Athletic Department consistently rates near the top of all Division 1 schools by any measure of overall academic performance and as a member of America East supports the initiative of the “You Can Play” project) while also helping to maintain an extraordinarily high level of performance on the part of both men and women.  Memorial service at Carolina Funeral & Cremation Center on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. 5505 Monroe Rd. Charlotte, NC 28212.  Another memorial service will be planned later this year in Little Falls, New York. Date and location to be determined.

Rudolph Vido,`78:  Rudy E. Vido, 65, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital with his loving family by his side. Rudy was born on March 21, 1952, to the late Rudy and Lois Vido in Albany, Rudy was a graduate of Albany High School, and went on to have an illustrious sports career at S.U.N.Y. Albany in football, wrestling, and track and field. His shot-put record is still unbroken, and his 1974 season is the only year that S.U.N.Y. Albany's football team went undefeated. His accomplishments are countless, but to name a few are S.U.N.Y. Albany Hall of Fame, the Greater Capital District Football Hall of Fame, and he was the first UAlbany player to be signed as a free agent for the New England Patriots. Most important to him was coaching his son and daughter in Colonie Pop Warner football and cheerleading. Rudy worked as a neurobehavioral director for Millview T.B.I. Program. Rudy will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and friend. His passion in life was his family and helping others. He will be greatly missed. Rudy is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Lee Vido; his children, Shannon Stanton, Brittany Vido, and Tyler Vido; and his sister, Toni Cerulli. Rudy also leaves behind his football family of over 40 years, and all of his friends, co-workers, and clients at Millview T.B.I. Program. Calling hours will be held at New Comer Funerals & Cremations, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, on Friday, April 21, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Burial will be held in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rudy's name to

James Brook, `69:
  James F. Brook, age 70, was born July 18, 1946 in Rochester, New York, the son of James L. Brook and Patricia Doherty Brook. Jim lived his life to the fullest, loved and adored his family, and was always generous to others. He was awarded Boy Scout's Eagle Scout Award at age 13, New York State's youngest recipient to date in 1960, and served as a longtime camper and counselor at Camp Stella Maris in upstate New York. A graduate of SUNY Albany in 1968, with an undergraduate degree in Economics, Jim worked part time as a sheriff's deputy during school and was even dispatched to Woodstock in August 1969 with his fellow deputies to help keep the peace. Jim received his Juris Doctorate from SUNY Buffalo, College of Law in 1971. He spent two years in the Air Force ROTC based out of Loring Air Force Base in Maine. Jim moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1972, with his then wife Ann, and during his 45 years practicing law, rose to prominence as one of the leading attorneys in Arizona in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice. He also served as a judge in Paradise Valley from 1991-1995. Jim had a passion for sailing, especially in Tonga, Tahiti, the San Juan Islands, and Catalina Island. He also loved Arabian horses, which he and his family showed throughout the United States for over twenty years. Passing away peacefully on May 16, 2017, he is survived by his children Lisa Brook King (Thomas), Kristen Brook (Daniel), and Robert Brook (Daunell-Keisha). He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren Zachary, Katherine, Alexandra, Abbey, Jason, Dylan, Kyra, Lainey, Kyle, Serendipity and Carter and by his brother Dr. Robert Brook (Ava), and sisters Theresa Penrod (George) and Nancy Piechota (Charles). A memorial service will be held this Saturday, May 20th at 11:00am at Messinger Mortuary located at 7601 E. Indian School, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ryan's House, Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix AZ 85014, which provided loving and peaceful care to Jim during his final days. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.  Published in The Arizona Republic on May 19, 2017

September 8, 2017:  Fall Potter Club Alumni Luncheon mailing goes out to 70 members.
Potter club Membership Directory List updated.  See link at the left.

Loida Vera Cruz, UAlb Alumni Office, sent the following link from the UAlbany News about WWI and Edward Eldred Potter.  We will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Edward Potter in 2018.  Put it on your calendar. More plans later.

September, 1, 2017:  Fall Potter Luncheon now Scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
A strategic decision was made to change the date for the Fall luncheon from October 10, mentioned below in our Home Page Info, to October, 17.  The new date comes a day or so before the UAlbany Homecoming Weekend.  So, if you plan to attend Homecoming, you can catch the Potter Luncheon by arriving a day or so early.  More specific information on the luncheon will be sent by email in early September to the list of Pottermen who want to be notified about the luncheons.  The info will also be posted here at the same time.  The luncheon will still be at the Route 7 Diner in Latham.

August 3, 2017:  In Memoriam:  Carroll W. Judd, `53 Carroll W. Judd, 87, of Canastota passed away July 19, 2017 at University Hospital.  He is survived by his wife Reina, his daughters, Cynthia Reiter, Sharon Garcia, Sheila Shaffer and 2 grandsons and several nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at a later date. G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home, Chittenango is in charge of arrangements.  Published in the in the Syracuse Post Standard from July 22 to July 23, 2017.

[N.B.  We will notify Pottermen when details of the memorial service become available.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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