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In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM John Kirk Clemens, 77; Led Leadership Institute

IN MEMORIAM

John Kirk Clemens, 77;

Led Leadership Institute

John K. Clemens

ONEONTA – John Kirk Clemens, Hartwick College professor emeritus of business administration, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 8, from complications due to Alzheimer’s’ disease.

John began his professorial career at Hartwick College in 1980. In addition to teaching, a passion he held throughout his 34-year career, he established the Hartwick Humanities in Management Institute as a result of receiving a substantial grant from the Kellogg Foundation to fund the creation of a leadership development program and complete a library of 100 leadership cases. These cases were used at Hartwick, at other universities and in corporate training programs nationwide. He wrote in refereed journals, as well as articles for the national business press. He co-authored four books.

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Thomas W. Eklund, 70; Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas W. Eklund, 70;

Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

Thomas W. Eklund

MARYLAND – Thomas W. Eklund, 70, whose creativity ranged from building houses and cabinets to building guitars, passed away at home after a long struggle with cancer on Jan. 13, 2018.

Thomas was born on Dec. 5, 1947 in Stamford, son of Robert and Pauline Eklund. Tom grew up in Davenport and graduated from Stamford Central School.  He then attended drafting school prior to joining the Navy and serving during the Vietnam War.

Thomas married Deborah Ingalls in 1999.

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Josephine Colburn; Craftswoman; Raised Goats, Ponies

IN MEMORIAM: Josephine Colburn;

Craftswoman; Raised Goats, Ponies

Josephine J. Colburn

BURLINGTON FLATS – Josephine Elizabeth Jacobs Colburn, 87, Burlington Flats,  who raised goats and ponies with her late husband,  passed away Monday Jan. 8, 2018, in Cooperstown.

Josephine was born on Dec. 16, 1930, on Christian Hill in Fly Creek, the daughter of the late Charles Eugene and Myrtie Thompsons Jacobs.

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IN MEMORIAM: Harriet C. Lyon, 97; Active With Scouting, Youth Sports
IN MEMORIAM

Harriet C. Lyon, 97;

Active With Scouting

Harriet Lyon

COOPERSTOWN — Harriet C. Lyon, 97, a Queens native who moved to East Springfield in her retirement, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at home with her daughter Melissa and her family by her side.

Born on June 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, to Christina and Harry Brunn, Harriet grew up in Queens. After graduating from high school, she went to work at Metropolitan Life. Harriet married Charles F. Lyon IV on Nov. 17, 1940, moving to Westhampton Beach, in 1944 where she and Charlie adopted and raised two children.

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Johanna Golja, 89; She, Husband Farmed For 62 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Johanna Golia, 89;

She, Husband Farmed For 62 Years

Johanna Golja

WORCESTER – Johanna Alex Golja, 89, who with her husband, Frederick, farmed for 62 of their 67 years of marriage, passed away at home Jan. 6, 2018, in the loving company of her family.  She also worked in the Worcester Central School main office for many years.

Born April 18, 1928, in New York City, she was the daughter of William and Anna (Senica) Alex.  She grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, then found employment with Harriman Brown Brothers on Wall Street.

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Gene Thaw, 90, Helped Reinvent The Fenimore

IN MEMORIAM

Gene Thaw, 90, Helped

Reinvent The Fenimore

Gene Thaw at the dedication of a Native American totem pole on the law of The Fenimore Art Museum in May 2010. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Nationally renowned art collector Eugene Thaw, whose donation of his Native American art collection reinvented The Fenimore Art Museum in the 1990s, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at his home in Cherry Valley.

His wife and collaborator, Clare, a Cherry Valley native, passed away last June 29.

Eugene Thaw was also a foremost collector of European old master art, and a benefactor of the Morgan Library.  His personal collection of more than 400 artworks includes works by Goya, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

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Margaret A. Sorrentino, 92; Moved Here From Long Island 42 Year Ago

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret A. Sorrentino, 92;

Moved Here From Long Island 40 Years Ago

Margaret Sorrentino

NEW LISBON – Margaret Ethel Antaly Sorrentino, 92, who lived in New Lisbon for the past 40 years, passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2017, surrounded by family and close friends.

She was born in Woodbridge New Jersey on Aug. 24, 1925, the daughter of the late Ethel (MacVassey) Antaly and Andrew Antaly. Margaret lived on Long Island in her earlier years before moving here in the 1970s.

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