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SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Professor, Founder Passes Away

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

SUNY Canton is mourning the loss of the founder of the College’s air conditioning engineering technology program.

Professor Emeritus Harry E. King, Class of 1940, taught at SUNY Canton for 37 years and remained active with the College as part of the Alumni Board of Directors until passing away early on Monday, July 26, 2010. He was 90 years old.

“Harry King was one of the College’s biggest supporters and advocates for nearly 70 years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re lucky to have his legacy live on in so many of us. He touched the lives of everyone around him and we are grateful for the impression he left on our community as a student, professor, mentor and friend.”

Mr. King, who grew up in Redwood, N.Y., graduated in 1940 from the College with a degree in technical electricity. During the next six years, he worked for the George H. Hyde Plumbing and Contracting Co. in Ogdensburg and married Wilda “Willie” Barton King in 1943. Mrs. King, who also worked for a time at SUNY Canton, predeceased her husband in August 2008 just after the couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

He returned to his alma mater in 1946 and started what was then the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program (HVAC).  One of the most profound ways Mr. King influenced SUNY Canton was teaching, developing a wonderfully crafted air conditioning program that prepared students for successful careers in the field.

“After his family, I think his greatest love was teaching young people,” said Ronald L. Woodcock, who served as co-chair of SUNY Canton’s Centennial Campaign and was a 1959 graduate of Mr. King’s program. “He took trips to Syracuse with students to show us job opportunities, set up job interviews and see interesting HVAC projects.  He exposed his students to the real world of the heating and air conditioning industry, and we are thankful for his dedication in helping all of us achieve much during our lives.”

That sentiment was evident in 2008 when alumni, family and friends of Mr. King came together early in the year and raised enough funds to name the new air conditioning laboratory after him.

“The efforts of nearly 200 people coming forward and raising over $150,000 to name the laboratory after Mr. King is perhaps the greatest tribute I know that expresses how Harry influenced so many lives,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “It illustrates the impact he had on all of us and the Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory now serves as a constant reminder of his continued generosity and passion for SUNY Canton.”

Mr. King was honored by SUNY Canton several times throughout his life, including being named Distinguished Alumnus in 1979 and Distinguished Faculty two years later.

The year of his retirement, 1983, was commemorated by the campus and the students with the yearbook being named in his honor. Alumni also honored his retirement by establishing ‘The Harry E. King Scholarship’ that same year in recognition of his long devotion to the College and to his caring interest in the many students he taught throughout his tenure.

In 2003, SUNY Canton recognized Mr. King’s continued dedication and commitment to the College by naming the annual Honors Convocation after him.

A long time resident of Canton, Mr. King was also an active member in the local community. He served as a volunteer board member for United Helpers Nursing Home for 25 years. Earlier in July, he was awarded Emeritus status by the organization in Ogdensburg and celebrated for his outstanding commitment to its mission and vision.

His family remains in the Canton area, including his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara King, JoAnne and James Danehy ’65, and Martha ’74 & ’78 and Peter MacArthur, as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton, where a Masonic Service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be held privately in the Redwood Cemetery.

Those desiring may send memorial contributions to: Harry E. King Scholarship, SUNY Canton College Foundation, Canton, NY or to the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, 17 Park Street, Canton, NY or United Helpers Maplewood Campus, State Street, Canton, NY 13617.

Mr. King’s full obituary can be found at: http://northcountrynow.com/obituaries/harry-e-king-90-canton.

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Harry E. King Dedication Planned for SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Harry KingThe SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory will be renamed to honor the program’s founder and 1940 graduate, Harry E. King of Canton.

The naming ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 101 during a reunion for graduates from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program.

Over 160 donors came forward to contribute the $100,000 necessary to name the room in honor of King. President Joseph L. Kennedy suggested that the naming was a gift bestowed by King’s students, family, friends, and the SUNY Canton community.

“We’ve received tremendous support for the campaign to honor Harry,” Kennedy said. “It is extremely appropriate for the college to name the lab after the program’s founder and fitting that we forever attach his name to the program. It is a grand recognition of his dedication and devotion to teaching.”

King created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1946 in the corner of an old barn with only a few tools and helped orchestrate its tremendous growth until his retirement in 1983. King’s foresight has produced countless successful graduates. Nearly 100 percent of Air Conditioning Engineering Technology alumni secure successful careers immediately following graduation.

King has been decorated with Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni awards and is a former Alumni Association president. Both a SUNY Canton Foundation scholarship and an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers scholarship have been named in his honor.

All of the donors will be recognized on a plaque permanently mounted in the Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory. “The sheer volume of contributors further demonstrates how much Harry has positively influenced his former students and friends,” said David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “The campaign to honor Harry has been so successful because of his wonderful dedication to the college and its students.”

King humbly said that he was honored to have his name associated with the program. “I certainly want to thank everyone who made this possible,” he said.

King lives on Pleasant Street with his wife, Wilda. They have three daughters, JoAnne Danehy, Barbara King, and Martha MacArthur (a graduate of the class of 1974 and 1978).

The naming ceremony is just one of the many events slated for SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend Celebration, which begins on Friday, June 13. This year’s celebration has special reunions for Automotive Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Nursing, in addition to Air Conditioning Engineering Technology graduates.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Foundation Campaigns to Honor Harry King

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Harry KingThe SUNY Canton Foundation has revealed plans to raise $100,000 to honor Professor Emeritus Harry E. King, one of the most venerable and dedicated professors in the college’s history.

“We’d like to name the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory in Harry’s honor,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “In order to secure that right, we will be asking for donations from Alumni and organizations who know of King’s dedication and commitment to the college and community.”

King, who graduated in 1940, created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1946 in the corner of an old barn with only a few tools. He oversaw the program until he retired in 1983. Now, the high-tech SUNY Canton lab has computers utilizing the latest design software and numerous air-handling units for students to study.

“Since its beginning, the program has continued to evolve and meet the increasingly complicated demands and needs of our society,” noted Arthur G. Hurlbut, Emeritus Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Harry influenced my life and the lives of countless other SUNY Canton graduates.”

King’s foresight has produced countless successful graduates. Nearly 100 percent of Air Conditioning Engineering Technology alumni secure successful careers immediately following graduation.

King has been decorated with Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni awards and is a former Alumni Association president. Both a SUNY Canton Foundation scholarship and an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers scholarship have been named in his honor.

“There are a select number of professors whose names echo in the history of SUNY Canton,” said David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “Harry’s is high up on that list. I encourage anyone who has been influenced by Harry and his work to consider contributing to this namesake opportunity.”

King lives on Pleasant Street in Canton with his wife, Wilda. They have three daughters, JoAnne Danehy, Barbara King, and Martha MacArthur (class of 1974 and 1978).

The SUNY Canton Foundation began this campaign in February and is looking for donations of any size to reach the $100,000 goal. For more information, contact Development Associate Jeremiah J. Ayrassian at 386-7038, or by email at ayrassianj@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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