News of Otsego County


Be The Match Event a Success

Be The Match Event a Success

On Tuesday, the Be the Match bone marrow donor event took place at CCS High School.  Several got swabbed, but just as important, students were stopping by that weren’t quite 18 yet to register.  When they turn 18, they will get information sent to them on how to become part of the registry. “I wanted to volunteer at this event because I learned about it when we had a community service project we had to do.  I’m in community health care and this is very important to me,” said Ariadne Hodgson.  Left to Right: Back row:  Ln Alessi, (Vincenza’s mother), Jennifer Pinder and Rebecca Burk-Sciallo, event organizers and teachers.  Front Row: Students Ariadne Hodgson, 12th grade and Malachi Sciallo, 11th grade, volunteers.
Robert W. Smith, 77; Oldest Transplant Survivor In Nation

IN MEMORIAM: Robert W. Smith, 77;

Oldest Transplant Survivor In Nation

Robert Whitehall Smith
Robert Whitehill Smith

COOPERSTOWN  – Robert Whitehill Smith, this country’s oldest living heart transplant patient, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 3, 2015, at Whitehill Cottage, his home in the Town of Middlefield, after a valiant struggle against cancer.  He was 77.

Born Feb. 2, 1938, in Flushing, Queens, Bob was a son of Charles and Theodora (Miller) Smith.

After graduating from Bay Side High School, he enlisted in the Air Force on Feb. 5, 1957. He served as an Air Policeman with the 54th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron and was stationed for one year in San Antonio, Texas, 18 months in South Korea, and 12 months at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D.  He received his honorable discharge from the military on Nov. 4, 1960, having achieved the rank of Airman Second Class, and continued serving his country in the Reserves.

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