2016 Wall of Honor Inductees
Betty Cure (Class of 1945) Betty has dedicated herself to the Coxsackie community, holding positions within the school district and serving on several boards and community groups. Betty led the effort to construct the gazebo in Riverside Park and remains a supporter of the Arts, the Coxsackie Chamber of Commerce, Heermance Library, the Town Zoning Board and the C-A School District.
Franklin B. Clark (1911–2012) Franklin not only served his country during World War II as a statistical control specialist with the Ninth Tactical Air Command, he also dedicated his career to education and made significant contributions to the Coxsackie-Athens School community as District Superintendent of Schools from 1948 to 1976, including overseeing the consolidation of schools and implementation of BOCES, now Questar
Joseph Garland Jr. (1921-1996) Joe was the consummate self-made businessman. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he moved his family to Coxsackie in 1959 and, in addition to running a successful business, was elected to the Coxsackie-Athens Board of Education in 1964. He helped spearhead a campaign to construct the two new elementary buildings and raised money to support sports programs at the high school. Joe was also very active in the community serving on numerous boards and community groups.
Lennie Daniels (Class of 1974) Lennie was a gifted athlete earning awards and accolades throughout his high school career at C-A and in college at Lehigh University. He had an impressive 37 year career with the NYS police where he served as a Trooper, Investigator, Senior Investigator, a member of a federal Drug Enforcement Agency team, and after 911, a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Theron “Tete” Gunderman (Class of 1960) Born and raised in Coxsackie, Tete returned to his alma mater to teach Science for nearly his entire career. Dedicated to his students, he motivated them to do their best, both in and outside of the classroom. Tete has served his community as a clerk for the Greene Family, Supreme, and County Courts. He has also logged countless volunteer hours as a member of numerous boards and community groups.
Robert C. Hallock (Class of 1958) Bob has been active in church and community affairs all his life, serving the Town of New Baltimore, the Medway Congregational Church, the United Methodist Church, and the Cornell Hook and Ladder Company in various capacities for over 30 years. During his tenure on the board of the Greene County Historical Society, holding both President and Chairman positions, many restorations and improvements have been made to the property. He’s also done many programs as a first person interpreter of General Nathanael Greene.
2015 Wall of Honor Inductees
Col. Richard Swengros: Mr. Swengros currently serves as the Deputy Director for Training and Professional Development of Federal Protective Service (FPS). In this capacity as a member of the Senior Executive Service, he manages the overall training and professional development of Law Enforcement and Security Officers Mission Support personnel, and the mandatory training of approximately 13,000 Protective Security Officers (contract guards) at Federal Facilities nationwide. He also oversees the management and operations of two training facilities and several law enforcement, weapons, tactics, and security and protection related special skills training programs.
Marge Chaloner (class of 1951): In addition to her roles as wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Marge is a true lead in the community. Over the years she has served on the Greene County Hospital Board of Managers, the Hudson Valley Girl Scout Board of Directors, and the Riverside Cemetery Board of Directors. She is a member of the WW2 Memorial, the Hendrick Hudson Daughters of the American Revolution, the NYS Cleaner Hudson Committee, the NYS Historians, the Greene County Historians, the Coxsackie Garden Club, the Village of Coxsackie Park Commission, the Red Cross, St. Peter’s Church, and the Girl Scouts of America. Not only was Marge a two-term Trustee of the Village of Coxsackie, but also the first female Mayor of the Village of Coxsackie.
Roberta Roberg (Class of 1962): Roberta has dedicated herself to the children of the community as a teacher as well as co-founder of the C-A Gals softball League. She volunteered for 13 years as an instructor in the Red Cross summer swimming program at the Athens pool and trained children in the Greene County Junior Golf League. She has continued to serve her community in recent years by working for the Village and Town of Coxsackie courts. She has never stopped being interested in or helping others, and her pride in our schools and our community.
Joseph Zanchelli: As a Bereavement Counselor at Community Hospice in Catskill. In this role, Joseph works with adults and children helping them navigate and cope with the loss of a loved one. Additionally, he authored “The Healthcare Providers Guide to Understanding the Warrior Culture”, a teaching tool to help hospice and health care workers better serve veterans and their families which continues to be used in practices all over the country. Joseph has also proudly served on Senator Gillibrand’s and Congressman Gibsons Veterans Advisory Board. As a Coxsackie Village Board Trustee, member of the American Legion and the Coxsackie High School PTSO, Joseph continues to build relationships and offer ideas and solutions to make the community stronger. He is credited with bringing the school lunch program to the school district to ensure no child is hungry during the school day and has taught religious instruction as a member of St. Mary’s.
William Stafford. Growing up in Athens it became apparent pretty early that William was a gifted athlete as he set records at C-A in basketball and baseball and at graduation had offers to play basketball at Duke and Syracuse and had 15 professional baseball teamsrecruiting him. He chose to play baseball with the New York Yankees. He played in the Yankees farm system during 1957 – 1960 when on August 17, 1960 he made his American League debut with the Yankees at Fenway Park against the Red Sox and won. He went on to a career with New York that included 5 AL Pennants. He pitched in both the 1962 and 1963 World Series winning one game in each of those two years. Bill would be with the Yankees up to the 1966 season playing next to baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.
Charles “Chip” Tailleur: For fourteen years, Chip served the citizens of Greene County as their Assistant District Attorney. During this time, he personally prosecuted and otherwise was significantly involved in every major felony prosecution in the county, most resulting in substantial prison sentences for the offenders. He worked closely with the police officers, investigators and the corrections officers who work hard to protect this community. He served as president of the Greene County Bar Association and a member of the Common Ground Mediation Board and the Coxsackie Planning Board. Chip Tailleur currently serves as one of Greene County’s two county judges. In that capacity, Judge Tailleur presides over family, criminal, supreme and surrogate court matters affecting the citizen of Greene County. Outside of work, Chip has always been very involved in his children’s lives and in the community coaching basketball, softball and baseball teams, assisting with high school mock trial and religious education at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie.
2014 Wall of Honor Inductees
Gerald Frisbee, Col. USAF (Ret.) has led a life of service. He is a C-A graduate who committed to serving his country for nearly 34 years in the United States Air Force. During his career, he rose from the rank of airman basic to colonel, earning his Bachelor’s and master’s degrees along the way. Col. Frisbee had critical roles in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. While stationed in Japan, he helped improve relations between members of the military and Japanese citizens. In 2001, he initiated a scholarship for C-A students and continues to maintain it. An Athens native, Col. Frisbee now resides in Illinois.
Ione Patricia DeLucia inspired thousands of students during her 34 year teaching career in the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District. She primarily taught 11th and 12th grade social studies and served as faculty advisor for Quiz Bowl and National Honor Society. Her passion for music and desire to be involved in her community go hand-in-hand. Mrs. DeLucia was a founding member of the Coxsackie-Athens Community Band, where she still plays clarinet and percussion. For years after retiring, she was the accompanist for school music groups and is currently the assistant organist at St. Mary’s Church. She has also taken active roles in many local community and volunteer organizations.
Dave Merchant is a C-A graduate and a leader in his community. Mr. Merchant and his wife, Trudy, have owned the Quarry Steak House for more than 30 years. In that time, they have hosted countless fundraisers and community events, donating their time and resources to help those in need. Making these acts of kindness even more special is the fact that they are done quietly, often behind the scenes with no desire for recognition. Over the years, Mr. Merchant has employed scores of local young people at the Quarry, helping them learn important lessons in responsibility and hard work. Service is always accompanied by humility and a contagious smile.
Hon. Richard Roberg served the C-A Central School District as a dedicated teacher, mentor, class advisor, and coach for 36 years, and has served Coxsackie as a village and town justice for 32 years. Additionally, he served a term as president of the NYS Magistrates Association, going on to achieve their highest honor – NYS Magistrate of the Year. He also spent two years in the Army as a member of the U.S. 6th Infantry Division. A true supporter of the people and businesses of our local community, he has made outstanding contributions to our town and villages in the more than 55 years that he has lived here.
Helen Rosenfield has made an enormous contribution to the performing arts in the C-A Central School District by creating and providing the costumes for C-A Drama Club productions since 2001. She has spent thousands of hours creating and fitting the perfect looks for productions. No costume has been too daunting, no detail too small. Her generosity extends well beyond the community events, and allows students to borrow vintage clothing for the prom. In addition, her kind and caring nature have endeared her to Drama Club students as a mentor and mother figure.
Irving Steele, a graduate and Army veteran, was a constant face in the care and maintenance of our schools and its people during a time when our physical school facilities changed dramatically. He assisted administrators, staff, and students through moves to the new high school, a new elementary school in Coxsackie, and a new elementary school in Athens. In his 30 year tenure and through all of these changes he remained the can do, go to guy. Mr. Steele would find a way to fill in any need. For many years he coached a successful sports program at the school. Mr. Steele was a lifelong resident of Coxsackie and is being honored posthumously.
2013 Wall of Honor Inductees
Edward Arthur served as principal of the Athens Elementary School from 1966 to 1995.
To recognize his outstanding service and commitment to the district, the school was renamed Edward J. Arthur Elementary School in 1995.
He is known for setting high standards for students and staff, then encouraging them to exceed expectations.
Harvey Durham (Class of 1941) served his country in World War II, and pursued a career in education upon returning home.
His more than 30-year career as an educator included time as an eighth grade history teacher and C-A High School principal.
At age 90, he remains an active member of the Greene County Historical Society and is active in his church.
Hon. Daniel Lalor (Class of 1962) has enjoyed a long career in law in Greene County, in private practice, as Greene County’s first public defender, as district attorney, and as a county court judge.
He currently works part time as a Supreme Court Justice in New York.
Christian Pfister (Class of 1962) served his country in U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam, and enjoyed a career in restaurant and food service management and health care purchasing and procurement. Upon retiring, he returned to his hometown of Athens and became active in local politics. He is currently the mayor of Athens. His commitment to the community is evident through his involvement with groups including Meals on Wheels, Greene County Aging Services Foundation, Athens Tree Planting, and Adopt-a-Basket Flower program.
John Porter M.D. (Class of 1978) is currently a professor of surgery, anesthesia and emergency medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson,MS. He served his country as a U.S. Army surgeon, with multiple deployments overseas.
A summa cum laude graduate of both Davidson College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Porter also excelled in sports, earning a spot on the 1981 College All American Baseball team.
Pat Scott enjoyed a teaching career at Coxsackie-Athens that spanned almost 40 years. She is remembered fondly by countless math students as a teacher who was firm but fair to all, who demanded a lot from her students, but gave much in return. Her dedication showed as she often reached out on her own time to help students who struggled in class. Scott is credited with valuable work in the teachers’ association and as part of the teachers’ negotiating team.
Howard Solvin taught physical education in the district’s elementary schools for 25 years, and is remembered for his dedication to young people. Coach Solvin, as he was known, set up pre- and post-school activities where students competed against each other and themselves in athletic competitions. He also worked with dozens of students on weightlifting, often choosing students he thought needed help with self-esteem or positive influences outside of their homes. Solvin passed away in 2000 and will be honored posthumously.
2012 Wall of Honor Inductees
Robert G. Chaloner Sr. is honored posthumously for his contributions to what is now the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District. Mr. Chaloner was a principal for 25 years, beginning with the Coxsackie Union Free School District. He was the driving force behind the centralization of Coxsackie and Athens Union Free Districts as well as selecting the site of the location of the school today. He was also a founder of the Coxsackie-Athens Rotary Club and involved in a number of civic organizations.
Dr. Robert G. Chaloner Jr. (class of 1949) is honored posthumously for his years of involvement with the school district and his impact on the lives of students. Dr. Chaloner served a dual role of Coxsackie – Athens Board of Education President — a role he served for over 20 years — and school physician. Dr. Chaloner gave his best selflessly to the community until his death in 2009. Known for his ability to connect and inspire students, faculty and parents, Dr. Chaloner believed in the district and demonstrated a true passion for making it better.
Alice Robbins, affectionately known as “Ma” Robbins, is honored posthumously for her dedication to the school district and the long lasting impact she had on students. Mrs. Robbins started teaching in 1909 in the one room school house in Climax and continued in the local district as it evolved for the next 50 years. Her many accomplishments include instituting a school lunch program that was lauded by the Department of Agriculture as one of the best in the country. To this day, she is remembered for her passion for teaching and her high standards.
Frank Gerrain (class of 1952) is honored for his contributions to the school district and his volunteerism. Before his 20 year tenure as Coxsackie Elementary School principal began, he served as a teacher and reading administrator, and made reading a fundamental part of the curriculum. Mr. Gerrain believes that a community can be most successful when supported through volunteering and has inspired those around him to do just that. His integrity, dedication and selflessness to the community is tremendous as is his philosophy to make sure decisions are in the best interest of the students – not just today but down the road.
Seraphino (Sy) DeLucia is honored for his contributions both to the schools and the community. He began his 35 year career with the district as a teacher but rose through the ranks to become principal, then superintendent. Mr. DeLucia is credited with identifying new curriculum programs that advanced the district to be an area leader in academic success. He also served as Town of Coxsackie Supervisor and president of the Coxsackie-Athens Rotary. He is a board member of the Greene County IDA and plays tuba in the Coxsackie-Athens Community Band.
Dianne Ringwald (class of 1962) is honored for dedicating her life to the residents of the Village of Coxsackie. As an elected official since 1982, including roles as mayor and village trustee, Ms. Ringwald works tirelessly to bring the community together through local events including Christmas by the River and the Memorial Day parade. Her dedication to making the community better comes through loud and clear as she is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and weed the planters or personally volunteer for local charities, serving as an example of what local politicians can achieve by connecting with the community on every level.