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Bernice Ranger Burnett at age 104

Bernice Ranger Burdett, who would have been 105 on June 5, died on March 6, 2007. She was the oldest living graduate (Class of 1919) from Hornell High School, and had been honored by Geneseo State Normal School last year as a Class of 1921 graduate. She taught elementary grades in several NYS schools, retiring from AACS in the 1960s. She enjoyed traveling, and in 1932 she and a friend drove across country in her 1930 Ford coupe, attending the opening ceremonies of the 1932 Olympics in LA. This past spring, she was named “Queen” at Updyke assisted living facility in Hornell, where she had resided the past eight years.

Joan Berry Lindeman, 84, who died on March 19, 2007, at her home in Almond on the feast of St. Joseph. A graduate of Mercyhurst College, Erie PA, she was a retired teacher, as well as an avid free lance writer, known locally for her "Adventures with Joan”; column appearing in the Alfred Sun. She also had many published articles appear in the Organic Gardening Magazine, the Mother Earth News. Joan was a member and trustee of the Almond Library, and a communicant of St. Brendan’s Church in Almond, walking daily from her home to the church for mass. A member of the Almond Quilting Group, she loved to quilt and enjoyed the time spent with her senior citizens group and her St. Brendan family, and tending to her chickens.

Betty Ranger Lemen, who died in Buffalo, NY, on March 21, 2007. She attended Almond High School, and was a member of the Class of 1940, the first class to graduate from the new Alfred Almond Central School. Betty was a graduate of Bryant and Stratton Business School, and during the World War II years, she worked at Foster Wheeler in Dansville. Part of her job was to obtain the exemptions for men to stay at home and work in the factory, which was making steam boilers and generator equipment for the war effort.

M. Eileen Mitchell, 80, of 69 Scott St., Hornell, NY, passed away May 8, 2007. She was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1944, and the Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo She had resided in Florida for several years where she was employed as a secretary for Eastern Airlines. Eileen returned to Hornell in 1973, and was employed for 10 years at Connors Pharmacy. She had been a director of the Thrift Shop at Christ Episcopal Church, and enjoyed doing volunteer work.

Elthea A. Emerson, 85, formerly of 596 Clark Road, Alfred Station, NY, died May 9, 2007 at McAuley Manor.
Elthea graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School and held jobs in food service at Alfred State Tech and Alfred University for many years. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends in Florida and Texas. She loved to spend time with her family and was devoted to farm life.

Pictured are 4 generations of Lorow men. (left to right: Dale James, son William Douglas on lap, Cornelius James and Burrell Peter Lorow)

In center: Dale and Anne Lorow

Dale Lorow, 76, who died in Leesburg, FL, on June 24, 2007. A 1950 graduate of AACS, Dale was an outstanding athlete, and was a charter member of the AA Alumni Sports Hall of Fame. Prior to his retirement to FL, Dale was very active in the Alfred Almond community, where he started AA Little League and church league youth basketball. He was instrumental in the creation and continuation of the AACS Alumni Association, serving as president for seventeen yeas. In a column written for the Alfred Sun, Bob Baker wrote this about Dale:  "Every once in a while someone comes along with an incredible gift to get involved, and give all they have to many causes.  This valley has seen very few that could match the accomplishments of this one man.  Dale Lorow was just such a man."


By Bob Baker


In many ways he was just an ordinary man.  Brought up in smalltown USA---middle income, hard-working parents with an older sister and younger brother. But what an impact he had on so many lives in our Alfred-Almond community for the majority of his life!!


Without a doubt, he was one of the best athletes that ever graduated from AACS!  Had a chance for a full-ride to a Division I school (Canisius College) for basketball, had a try-out with a professional baseball team, set almost every record in basketball during the late 40’s, in spite of having to lay out one whole year due to rheumatic fever.   Very few athletes who donned the blue & gold could surpass his athleticism. 


But in all likelihood, these were only the “tip of the iceberg” of the contributions he made to our school, our community, and our lives.  These are just some of the ways he served, without a lot of fanfare, to make our community a better place:


            -instrumental in starting the Alfred-Almond Little League baseball

            -was the prime mover in getting the Sunday School Basketball program going

            -one of the charter members of the Almond Lions Club

            -member of the AACS board of education

            -along with Anita Evans and Jean Hanks Palmiter, he spearheaded the beginning of the AACS Alumni Association

            -one of the “founding fathers” of “Almond Days”

            -inducted into the very first AACS Athletic Hall of Fame

            -wrote a sports column for the “Alfred Sun”

            -town justice for Almond

            -&, there is no doubt much more than this!


It has been said, “he missed his calling!!  He should have been a stand-up comedian!  He was one of the funniest men I ever knew, without even trying!  He could just stand up in front of a mike and ad lib, and bring the house down!  With no notes!!”


He was a big man in so many ways, but not just in stature.  As one lady put it---“he was a friend to everyone---an icon!” 


Every once in a while someone comes along with an incredible gift to get involved, and give all they have to many causes.  This valley has seen very few that could match the accomplishments of this one man.  Dale Lorow was just such a man.