Dr. John P. ArmstrongJohn Paul Armstrong, a World War II veteran who worked in special education for the state, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany. He was 90.
Known to his friends and family as “Jack,” Dr. Armstrong spent time in Albany, Thompson’s Lake in the Helderberg Hilltowns, and Cocoa in Florida.
Dr. Armstrong was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. He was the son of the late Mildred and Louis Morton Armstrong. He served in the United States Marine Corps 4th Division during World War II where he saw action in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, Roi Namur, and Iwo Jima.
After honorable discharge, he graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. He then attended the University of Illinois (Champagne-Urbana) to continue his studies in advanced research in education. Dr. Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in research and administration at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
In 1955, Dr. Armstrong joined the New York State Education Department as an associate in the Special Education Department in Albany, and worked there until his retirement in 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Clara, and his two children, John C. Armstrong, and his wife, Ann, of Mims, Fla., and Dr. Kathleen Armstrong-Bernhard and her husband, John, of Glen Lake, N.Y.
Dr. Armstrong was remembered at a memorial Mass on Monday, April 8, at the chapel in the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany.
Interment with full military honors was held in Buffalo at the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery on Saturday, April 6.
Arrangements are by the Hans Funeral Home of Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family or to send a sympathy card, go online to www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice at the Stratton Veteran Affairs Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. The family extends its sincere appreciation to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the medical/support staff at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Reverend Joseph Grasso.