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10-27-2003

Clarkson To Hold Memorial Service For Professor Emeritus Harry W. Paige

Clarkson University will hold a public memorial service for Harry W. Paige on Saturday, November 1, at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of Clarkson’s Downtown Snell Hall (downtown campus) across from the Potsdam Village Offices.

Paige, a retired faculty member who taught in Clarkson’s Department of Humanities for nearly 30 years, died September 10 in Albany.

Paige was an award-winning author of ten novels as well as numerous short stories, plays, poems, essays and articles, many of which explored the Native American experience.

He was born in Syracuse on September 25 to Ruth Converse Paige and Montfort Schley Paige and grew up in Delmar, N.Y. He attended Miami University, Ohio from 1941-45, when he left to join the Army Air Force and fight in World War II. Following his military service, Paige resumed his education at Union College in Schenectady, graduating in 1947.

He joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1952 and taught in the Liberal Studies Department until 1960, and then again from 1966 to 1988. During his six-year absence from Clarkson, he taught at Rockland Community College and SUNY Albany, where he also earned a doctoral degree in 1966.

Paige was awarded Professor Emeritus status upon his retirement in 1988. He continued writing and working from his Clarkson Professor Emeritus office in Liberal Arts and maintained close friendships with faculty, staff and students until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth (Killough); his daughters Sandra P. Sorell (Neal) of Delmar and Judith McKinnon of Queensbury, one grand daughter, two great-grand children, and a sister.

Paige’s greatest passions were his family, writing and tennis. He learned to play tennis at an early age from his father and became a tennis professional. At one time, he was ranked one of the top players in the Northeast.

He was a multiple winner of the Western Writers of America’s prestigious Spur Award and was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for field research on the Lakota Sioux reservations in South Dakata.  Some of his best-known works include:  Songs of the Teton Sioux, The Indian Summer of Nancy Redwing, and Land of the Spotted Eagle. A memoir he wrote of his mother, Mother O’Mine, was published this fall.

Contributions in memory of Paige can be sent to the Dr. Harry W. Paige Memorial Liberal Arts Studies Fund, c/o Development Office, Box 5515, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY  13669.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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