College Librarian Mary L. Bucher, 59, of Canton, died on June 6th following an illness. She was a 34-year employee of the College and much revered for her wisdom and helpful nature.
She joined SUNY Canton in in 1978. She was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Library Service in 1990, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy appointed her as university archivist in 1994.
“Mary is deeply missed by all of us,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Molly M. Mott, who oversees the Southworth Library. “She revered our campus and its unique history and she would light up at the chance to relay the stories and reflect on the personalities that made the campus what it is today.”
She was a member of the SUNY Librarians Association and the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, in addition to serving as secretary for the College’s chapter of United University Professions.
Mary was an active and dedicated member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She was chair of the committee for their AAUW Endowed Scholarship with the Canton College Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a SUNY Canton female student from St. Lawrence County who is planning to transfer into a four-year academic program.
This scholarship program was very close to her heart as she was a strong advocate for its promotion and support of SUNY Canton students. Those who would like to make a gift to the scholarship as a tribute may do so by donating to the Canton College Foundation, Inc., 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617. Checks may be made payable to the Canton College Foundation. Please note in the memo section, “In Memory of Mary L. Bucher for the AAUW Endowed Scholarship.”
A complete obituary is available at North Country Now.
We invite the campus community and anyone who knew Mary well to leave comments below.