Obituaries: Carlson, Miller, Myers, Fout, Forbes

James Carlson (1933 – 2013)

ALBANY—James Carlson, 79, a lifelong resident of Copake died Monday, June 17 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born December 9, 1933 in Copake, the son of the late James F. and Lydia M. (Jensen) Carlson.

He graduated from Roeliff Jansen Central School and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in education from Boston University in 1955. He was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army after serving in Korea. While there he voluntarily taught English to Korean students.

He remained a lifelong student, studying Greek and German.

In December 1962, he married Meredith Dunbar. They traveled the world extensively and made many friends in Germany and Denmark.

The Carlsons operated yarn and needlecraft shops in Copake and Wappinger’s Falls until 1989. Thereafter, they operated James Frames, a custom picture frame business, until retirement in 2000. Mrs. Carlson died in 2004.

Mr. Carlson never lost his keen sense of humor with quips, one-liners and intellectual repartee. His interest in the culinary arts led to his elevation to the rank of “officer” in the Chaine des Rottisseurs, the oldest international wine and food society.

He is survived by: his brother, Harry of Altamont; nephews, Jim Carlson of Williamsville and Christopher of Scottsdale, AZ and nieces, Susan Edwards of Altamont and Tracey Dunbar of Pennsylvania.

A remembrance will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, June 28 at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 29 at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, an Episcopal church at 261 Route 344, Copake Falls. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association or the American Cancer Society. To send an online condolence visit

Agnesmary Miller

VALATIE—A memorial service for Agnesmary Miller will be held Saturday, June 29, 1 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie.

Ms. Miller died June 12.

Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Doris S. Myers (1927 – 2013)

HUDSON—Doris S. Myers, a resident of Whittier Nursing Home in Ghent, passed away June 23, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by her entire family.

Born March 31, 1927 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Julia (Trowbridge) Seymour.

She graduated from Ilion High School and Utica School of Commerce.

Mrs. Myers was employed as a telephone operator for New York Telephone in  Utica and then for Columbia-Rensselaer Telephone in Chatham. She retired from Sonoco Crellin, Inc., in Chatham after 25 years of service as a quality control inspector. She was a past member and officer of the East Chatham Ladies Auxiliary and more recently a member of the Ghent VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Philmont Rotary Club. She devoted her life to caring for and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Myers was the beloved and cherished mother of Michele (Bill) Mickle of Chatham, Mark (Peggy) Myers of Ghent and Scott (Roxie) Myers also of Ghent. She was the grandmother of Jason (Rachel) Shatney, Natalie, Jocelyn, Mark, Jr., Emily and Corbett Myers; great-grandmother of Kevin and Kaiden Krein and Talan Kring and step-grandmother of Michael, David, Robert Mickle and Ashley Johnson and Samantha Zucco.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Clifford Myers and grandson, Colin Myers and great-grandson, Jordan Krein.

Private services will be held for family and friends in celebration of her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the East Chatham Fire Department.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham.

Dr. John C. Fout (1937 – 2013)

HUDSON—Dr. John Calvin Fout, 75, passed away at his home in Hudson, Friday, June 21, 2013.

He was born in Omaha, NE, November 11, 1937 to Karl and Fannie Fout.

He received his BA at the University of Nebraska, Omaha where he also earned his MA after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. He went on to earn his doctorate in history at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Dr. Fout began his teaching career at Bard College in 1969. His friend and colleague, Dr. Gennady Shkliarevsky wrote eloquently of Dr. Fout’s career. “Much of John’s life was devoted to Bard. In the course of his illustrious career, he left an indelible mark on this institution and in his professional field. John was one of the pioneers of Women and Gender Studies in America and here at Bard. He was the founder of the prestigious Journal of the History of Sexuality and served as its editor.”

After 31 years of teaching, writing and editing, Dr. Fout retired and moved to Columbia County. He embraced Hudson wholeheartedly. He spent time on the Board of the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Historical Society respectively. Additionally, he worked with Jim Eyre as the assistant editor of and contributor to the Columbia County History & Heritage magazine. Dr. Fout became editor after Mr. Eyre’s death for two years. He also taught several semesters at prisons through Bard’s Prison Initiative program.

Dr. Fout is survived by: his loving partner, Claude M. Cherry; his three children, Justine A. Fout of Fairfield, CA, Elizabeth L. Fout of Hudson, John E. Fout and his spouse Angela M. Fout of New York City; his grandson, Krystov A. Fout of Hudson and granddaughter, Savana J. Fout of New York City.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Wednesday, June, 26.

There will also be a graveside service at the Bard College Cemetery at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 27. The service will be conducted by Bard College’s Chaplain, Dr. Bruce Chilton. Following the service there will be a reception at President Leon Botstein’s house to celebrate Dr. Fout’s life. All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Dr. Fout’s name may be made to Bard College, c/o President Leon Botstein, Annandale-on-Hudson 12504.

Gloria D. Forbes (1955 – 2013)

ALBANY—Gloria D. Forbes, a resident of Hudson, died Friday, June 21, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born in Georgia on December 18, 1955. She was a certified nurse’s aide at Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

Calling hours for will be from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Green Street, Hudson.




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