ONEONTA – Ernest Goodman passed away from natural causes at the age of 96 at Cooperstown Center.
He was born Ernst Josef Guttmann in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), to Rose (Wagner) and Herbert Guttmann, and their large and thriving family.
In November 1939, at age 14, he became one of almost 10,000 German and Austrian Jewish and non-Aryan children rescued by the British government in what became known as the Kindertransport. His older brother and only sibling Henry had gone before in the Spring of 1939. Parents sent their children ranging from infancy to 17 years of age to the British Isles, for adoption or work, in a desperate attempt to save them from the Nazis.
OTEGO – Dr. Nancy Jane Bachman, 61, a reseacher and, more recently, SUNY Oneonta biology professor, passed away at home on May 22, 2018, after battling Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer.
Nancy was born in Walnut Creek, Calif., on April 24, 1957. She was the first of five children born to Muriel (née Fry) Bachman and Jack Bachman. Muriel was a teacher, homemaker and educational pioneer. Jack was a PhD researcher, professor and collegiate athletics coach.
Nancy was an active wife, sister, aunt, niece and cousin, supporting, loving and cheering her family with all her heart.
ONEONTA – Dr. Charles B. Ragozzine Jr., professor and chair of the SUNY Oneonta Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics, has been elected by the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America to serve a three-year term as its representative to the national Congress of the Mathematical Association of America.
Ragozzine’s duties will include representing the Seaway Section at national meetings and liaising between the section and the national organization. The section is named for the St. Lawrence Seaway, and including Upstate New York and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
Editor’s Note: Cooperstown’s Sam Goodyear has alerted us that Peter Macris, founder of Orpheus Theater, the Glimmerglass Opera and the Foothills Performing Arts Center, passed away early Saturday. In recent years he has been living in Suffield, Conn., near his daughter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Meanwhile, here is an appreciation of Macris that Goodyear delivered in 2008 at a testimonial for the giant figure in the development of Otsego County’s arts community.
PETER MACRIS: Man of the Arts
You remember where you were, if you were alive then, when you heard the news that John Kennedy had been assassinated. Similarly you remember where you were when you heard about the attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Catastrophes seem to make an indelible mark on us.
But there are happy markers, too. How about Man’s first landing on the Moon? That was a moment for wonder and celebration, all right, not to be forgotten. In that same category I put an evening in March of 1976, at my grandmother’s house at the north end of Otsego Lake. It was on that occasion that I met Peter and Ursula Macris.