Dr. Phyllis Sohotra-Ferri, 59, Columbia Hospital chief of Pathology


Dr. Phyllis Sohotra-Ferri, 59, Columbia Hospital chief of Pathology

GREENPORT–Dr. Phyllis Sohotra-Ferri, 59, died Sunday, August 9, 2009, at her residence.

Born June 13, 1950 in Lahore, Pakistan, she was the daughter of the late Emmanuel M. Sohotra and Dorothy Mall-Sohotra.

Dr. Sohotra-Ferri was a graduate of the Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan and did her internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J.  She served her residency at Hartford Hospital (Conn.) and her fellowship at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, L.I. 

Dr. Sohotra-Ferri was the assistant Director of Pathology at Greene Memorial Hospital in Catskill, and Laboratory Director and Chief of Pathology at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, where she established the first Bloodless Surgeryand Medicine Program in upstate New York.

She was a passionate gardener and a member of the Royal Society of Horticulturists,a superb chef, and loved traveling.

Dr. Sohotra-Ferri was a Fellow of the College of American Pathology and a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.  She was board certified in both Clinical and Anatomical Pathology.

She was the beloved wife of Louis R. Ferri of Greenport; devoted sister of Ernest (Veena) Sohotra of Albany, Mavis (John) Caggianelli of Greenport, Joyce Sohotra of Claverack and Kenneth (Cathy) Sohotra of Livingston; loving aunt of Daniel, Myra, Leah, Jordan, and Zachary Sohotra, and great-aunt of Darren Sohotra.

Visiting hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & KeelerFuneral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson.

Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Reformed Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Emmaus United Methodist Church, 715 Morris Street, Albany, NY 12208 or to the Ernest Mall Ministries, 612 W. Godfrey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126.


Arthur J. Beaudoin, 83, proud WWII veteran

PHILMONT– Arthur J. Beaudoin, 83, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at his home. Born July 3, 1926 in Troy, he was the son of the late Charles and the late Rose ( Maltais ) Beaudoin.

Mr.  Beaudoin was married to Janice R. ( Greene ) of Philmont for 59 years. Employed by the New York state Office of General Services for 25 years, he was also a member the Kinderhook Elks Lodge # 2530. Mr. Beaudoin was a proud veteran who served in the U.S. Army through World War II.

 Besides his beloved wife, Janice, Mr. Beaudoin is also survived by one daughter, Patricia Claire, and one son, Thomas Arthur Beaudoin , both of Old Chatham; one grandson, Robert Arthur Beaudoin, and two granddaughters, Jessica Hogle and Amy Manville.

He was predeceased by a son, Robert Charles Beaudoin.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc, Route 9, Valatie, NY.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Kinderhook Cemetery.

Arthur R. “Bob” Garrison, 76, awarded the Bronze Star

WEST GROVE, Penn.–Arthur R. “Bob” Garrison, 76, of Copake, died Tuesday August 4, 2009 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.

He was born May 28, 1933 in Bronx, the son of Stephen and Helen Garrison.

Mr. Garrison had been a local resident for the past 15 years, previously residing in South Carolina.

A Bronze Star recipient, Mr. Garrison retired from the United States Navy where he served from 1952 to 1973. After his Navy career he became employed as a corrections officer in South Carolina.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Garrison of Copake; two sons, Robert Garrison Jr. of South Carolina and George Maddaloni of Copake and three daughters, Joyce Myer of Pennsylvania, Christine Maddaloni of New York and Roseanna Garrison of South Carolina. Additionally he is survived by six grandchildren and six siblings, Doris White, Joan Ballino, Steven, Donald, Ronald and Albert Garrison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday August 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls, with the Rev. Joseph Falletta officiating.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake, Sunday August 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday August 10, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Burial will be in New St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Copake Falls.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Community Rescue Squad, PO Box 327, Copake NY  12516.

To send an online condolence please visit peckandpeck.net. 


Shelly A. Powell, 48, worked for the state

LIVINGSTON–Shelly A. Powell, 48, of Valatie, died Sunday, August 2, 2009, at Livingston Hills Nursing And Rehabilitation Center in Livingston.

Born in Hudson  September 23, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Haynor and Nancy (Cox) Haynor of Smyrna, Tenn.

Mrs. Powell worked for the New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance in Albany and was a Communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Marvin R. Powell; two sons, Mathew R. Powell and Andrew M. Powell, both of Valatie; two sisters, Colleen Hielschner and Tiffany Haynor  and a brother, Michael Haynor, all of Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11a.m. from St. John The Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie with the service conducted by Rev. John Molyn. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

Michael Ryan, 58, writer, filmmaker, playwright

HUDSON–A memorial service is Saturday for East Taghkanic resident Michael Ryan, writer, filmmaker, and playwright, who died July 19 at New York University Hospital due to complications from a hip injury after a long battle with liver disease. He was 58.

A Boston native who studied at Boston College High School and majored in classics at Harvard, where he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson and president of the Signet Society, Mr. Ryan became a successful journalist and editor who also made an acclaimed documentary film, Eagle Scout: The Story of Henry Nicols, which ran on HBO in 1995.

After college Mr. Ryan had freelance articles published in Newsweek (My Turn), Town and Country, and the Boston Herald Magazine as he worked as a reporter at The Boston Phoenix, where he covered the school busing crisis, Boston Magazine where his profile on Boston Mayor Kevin White won a Penny-Missouri Magazine Award, and TV Guide, for which he interviewed President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office. He returned to Boston to write a column for the Boston Herald and later became an editor at Boston Magazine before returning to New York City to work as an editor of the Up Front (news) section of People Magazine.

At People Mr. Ryan handled the coverage of the assassination attempt on President Reagan, and through the magazine’s L.A. correspondents uncovered the fact that John Belushi had been with his drug dealer on the night of his death. In 1984 he traveled to Normandy with World War II Medal of Honor veterans. After a brief stint as an editor at the company’s magazine development department, Mr. Ryan left to work freelance for Parade Magazine, Life Magazine, Smithsonian, the Boston Globe and other publications.

During this period, Mr. Ryan traveled the world covering breaking news in far flung places from Eastern Europe to Russia, Africa, Asia, South Africa, Canada, El Salvador, Newfoundland and the Middle East. He went to Rumania and Germany, where increasing numbers of refugees were escaping from Russian bloc countries prior to the break-up of the Berlin Wall, and to Russia where he covered the coup in 1991. In Antarctica he talked with research scientists, visited the South Pole and covered a dramatic rescue on the ice. He visited the Peace Corps in West Africa and refugee camps in Cambodia, and saw military action in Granada, where he shared a crowded transport in the back of a garbage truck with Charlene Hunter Gault and Philip Jones Griffiths. He visited Jordan and Iraq with Dan Rather and, at the close of the first Gulf War, scored the first interview and attended the Iraqi surrender ceremony with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. The article ran as a rare double cover in Life Magazine.

He met and wrote stories about a host of cultural icons and political luminaries, including Bill Cosby, Hugh Heffner, Claus Von Bulow, Donald Trump (who entertained him at dinner at his Atlantic City Casino with Michael Jackson), Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, Henry Heimlich, Carl Sagan and others. His work as a contributing editor for Parade magazine allowed him to spotlight the innovative and altruistic contributions of individual scientists, engineers, doctors, designers, people like Mohammed Yunnis, who created micro-lending and founded the Grameen Bank in Bangledash, and Dr. Ben Carson, famous for his heroic surgeries to separate Siamese twins.

Much of his work focused on ordinary people who did extraordinary things, people like the octogenarian Harlem doctor who kept his office open to serve a community in need despite rising crime, or the Idaho community that united to stand up against hate crimes. He won an Easter Seal Award for a story on Camphill Village in Columbia County, and another for a report on an Adirondack guide, Paul Gibaldi, who fought disability from a head injury to achieve his dream.

In 1991 Mr. Ryan began work on the documentary film Eagle Scout: The Story of Henry Nicols, which told the story of a young man who, when he contracted AIDS in his senior year in high school, used his Eagle Scout project to go public with the information to educate his community and the world about the disease and how to prevent its spread. Mr. Ryan received a Daytime Emmy nomination for directing and producing the film, which he made with his wife, Debora Gilbert, and producer director Ellen Stokes. The film received a Cable Ace Award, among others.

He also wrote several plays, including The Empire Builder, which won the first Hudson River Classics Award from the Hudson based group by the same name, and M.A.D. (Mutual Assured Destruction) both of which were produced by the group in Hudson. He wrote two books, Climbing, a gently humorous social satire, and, with Jon Oliver, Lesson One: The ABC’s of Life, about a groundbreaking educational program.

Mr. Ryan, a natural story-teller, brought a humane sensibility tempered by sound journalistic judgment to his projects. His linguistic abilities allowed him to communicate directly with a range of subjects, and he had the knack, prized in foreign correspondents, of being able to hit the ground running and find and produce a story in record time.

In recent years, Mr. Ryan had found a vocation in the Episcopal Church, was involved in outreach work with the homeless and was planning on attending seminary in the fall.

He is survived by two brothers, James (Karin) of Rockville Center, Long Island and Robert (Maryanna) of Scituate, Mass., and seven nieces and nephews.

Two memorial services are planned, one in Hudson at Christ Church Episcopal August 15 at 11 a.m., and one in New York City (details to be announced). Donations in Mr. Ryan’s memory may be sent to the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Research Institute, 232 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016.