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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 19, 2007


Richard Paul Delaney

LEBANON — Richard Paul Delaney was a man who traveled the world to help others, but his heart was always here with his family at home. He died on April 10, 2007, at his Lebanon, N.H., home at the age of 59.

"He traveled because that’s where the work took him. He was very interested in his work," said his brother, Robert Delaney of Knox. "But I think he was more of a family guy; he really loved being with his family."

Born in Cornwall (Orange County), on March 18, 1948, to the late Thomas James and Mary Grace (Tozer) Delaney, Mr. Delaney graduated from Guilderland High School in 1968. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany.

In 1976, Mr. Delaney completed the Physicians Assistant Program at Dartmouth Medical School.

He married Suzanne Hunt on May 27, 1983, and they made their home in the Upper Valley.

Mr. Delaney received his master’s degree in public health from Boston University in 1989, and he served as a corpsman in the United States Navy during the Vietnam war. He was also employed as a physician’s assistant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospitals in both Albany, N.Y., and White River Jct., Vt.

It was the military that started him on a life-long medical career, his brother said.

"That’s how he got his start in the medical field, with military training as a medic," said Robert Delaney. "He was in the Navy with the amphibious Marine division.

Regarded as an expert on world-health issues, Mr. Delaney worked in Bosnia and Yugoslavia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Georgia, and South Korea. Most notably, Mr. Delaney worked in Uganda, Tanzania, and Liberia with the United States Agency for International Development; Medecins Sans Frontiers; the International Rescue Committee; and the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. Delaney was most recently honored by the Carter Center for his work with the Guinea Worm Eradication Project in Uganda.

His first job, though, had been close to home — in Altamont.

"We grew up right on Maple Avenue, and he worked at the print shop at The Enterprise many years ago," said his brother.

His brother also said Mr. Delaney always loved running, even running for the cross-country track team at Guilderland High School.

He enjoyed gardening, too, and spending time with family and friends.

"He was a mover; he was always on the move," said his brother. "He had both sides, whatever the situation was, he could be funny or serious."

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Richard Delaney is survived by his wife, Suzanne, of Lebanon; two brothers, Thomas Delaney Jr., and his wife, Nancy Jo, of Rockport, Mass., and Robert Delaney of Knox; and three sisters, Diane Gallagher, and her husband, John, of Dunwoody, Ga., Ruth-Ann Minor, and her husband, Edward, of Lake George, N.Y., and Mary Ann Tuttle, and her husband, Seale, of Tolland, Conn.

He is also survived by his Mother-in-law, Jean Hunt, of Fort Myers, Fla.; sister-in-law, Charlene Levesque, and her husband, David, of Rowley, Mass.; borther-in-law, Kenneth Hunt, and his wife, Susan, of Maynard, Mass; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

No funeral services will be held at Mr. Delaney’s request and a private family burial will take place at a later date and a memorial gathering will be announced at a later date for family and friends. Arrangements were provided by Ricker Funeral Homes and Crematory in Lebanon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714

— Jarrett Carroll


Thomas H. Meacham

Thomas Howard Meacham, an avid skier who enjoyed being outdoors and picking apples at Indian Ladder Farms, where he would visit annually from New York City, died on Friday, April 6, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Mr. Meacham grew up on Indian Ladder Farms – his family moved there when he was very young. His father was the farm manager. They lived there for 16 years.

"It was fun," said his brother, Don Meacham, of New Scotland, of the time the family spent at Indian Ladder Farms. "There was always something going on, and it was a place to be for all his kids."

Mr. Meacham was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y. on Feb. 23, 1938, to the late Robert and Bernice Meacham.

He graduated from Clayton A. Bouton High School in Voorheesville in 1956, and from Cornell University in 1960.

Mr. Meacham was an avid Cornell sports fan, especially football, said his brother.

After moving to New York City, Mr. Meacham became involved in the advanced optic and microscope business. "He was a principal in a firm that sold high-end microscopes and optic equipment to hospitals and universities," his brother explained.

Mr. Meacham had a home in Hillsdale; he would visit "to get away from the city," said his brother. He enjoyed caring for his lawn in Hillsdale and being outdoors there, he said.

He was "a very avid skier," Don Meacham said of his brother. "He had skied all over the world" including helicopter skiing in Utah."

Don Meacham said that he and his brother had taken different paths in life – he stayed in New Scotland, and his brother moved to New York City. But, whenever the two got together, he said, "it was a special time."

His brother was "very devoted to his family," Don Meacham said. "He was their number-one fan."

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Mr. Meacham is survived by his wife, Sandi, his sons, Thomas and Alec Meacham; and his daughters, Margaret Klemm, and her husband, Richard; and Molly Meacham, all of New York City.

He is also survived by his brother Don Meacham, and his wife, Lauren; and his sister, Jeanne Wilhelm. He is also survived by Peter Ten Eyck, his life-long best friend, as well as by several nieces and nephews.

Both of his parents, and his brother, Jim Meacham, died before him.
Services will be private at the request of the family.

— Rachel Dutil


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