Tuesday, December 13, 2011

George Rich '54

Your blogger is sorry to report the passing of George Rich '54. George was a native of Brockport, and grew up on the campus so to speak, going to both the Campus School and the college. He worked as an elementary school teacher in Rochester schools, and while still working and in his retirement was extraordinarily active in Brockport alumni affairs. He was president of the Alumni Board for six years, 1998-2004, and continued to be active in Alumni House affairs afterwards. In addition to serving in executive roles, George and his wife Rosie were active Brockport sports boosters, always taking part in the annual picnic to welcome back the football team. He was active just this past summer in the very successful Campus School reunion too.

 The family suggest that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the George Rich Student Philanthropy Award, SUNY College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, N.Y. 14420.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Boozer & Rogers, Football 1947

Here is a great shot from our archives of football coaches Marty Rogers and Bob Boozer, along with student coach Jerry Guardino (in order, l-r.) Marty Rogers came to Brockport in 1945 as a physical education professor and also oversaw the camp Brockport had, Camp Otter, which offered experience as a camp counselor for the budding recreation and leisure focus in PE, which later of course became a department of its own. Bob Boozer taught PE and was a popular and effective coach at Brockport from 1947 to his retirement in 1979.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Vespers

From at least 194o through 1962 a Christmas Vespers program was put on at the college. There would be a processional hymn, readings such as Luke 1: 26-38, carols, more readings and song from the men's and women's glee clubs and much more. The programs were popular and well attended by both the college and local community. Miss Pauline Haynes, well known music teacher here, directed many of these programs. The photo here shows part of the procession into the Hartwell Hall auditorium.