Resolution J593-2013

Mourning the death of Mary Joan Koonz Egan



  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 22, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of  Mary Joan Koonz Egan,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, The State of New York is deeply saddened by the  death  of  its
esteemed residents; and
  WHEREAS, Mary Joan Koonz Egan passed away on February 4, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary  was  born on June 22, 1919, the daughter of Casper and
Mary Koonz; and
  WHEREAS, Due to her hard work and dedication to her studies, she grad-
uated the Academy of Holy Names at the age of 16; and
  WHEREAS, In 1940, Mary received a degree in library science  from  the
New  York  State Teachers College, now the University at Albany; she was
also honored with the Agnes Feutrer  Award  for  her  remarkable  acting
talent; and
  WHEREAS,  She began her distinguished career in New York City, working
for Major Seversky, author of VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER, and  was  later
employed by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District during
World War II; and
  WHEREAS, Mary spent several years making a loving home for her family,
and  then  returned  to work as a librarian at the University at Albany,
her alma mater, where she also registered as a  student;  she  earned  a
Masters in Education and a Masters in Educational Administration; and
  WHEREAS,  She  then served in various library positions for the Albany
Public Library, Albany Medical Center, several schools  in  Schenectady,
and the Shenendehowa Central School District; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary  was  a beloved member of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
Central School District community, serving as Director  of  Library  and
Media Services from 1961 until her retirement in 1999; and
  WHEREAS,  During her distinguished tenure, the district was recognized
with the Encyclopedia Brittanica Award for the greatest  improvement  in
elementary schools in the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary was also recognized with the New York Libraries Associ-
ation's Outstanding School Library Innovation Award, the  Excellence  in
Education  Award  from  the  University  at Albany, and inclusion in the
seventh edition of Who's Who of American Women; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, she was renowned as the  writer,  producer,  and
host  of  a series of televised library skills lessons on WRGB and later
on PBS; the series ran for more than 15 years; and
  WHEREAS, Mary contributed her time and expertise as President  of  the
School  Library Media Section of the State Library Association, as State
Chairman of the Junior Great Books Program, and as adjunct professor  at
the University at Albany; and
  WHEREAS,  She  was  an accomplished author, having written articles in
"School Library Journal" and "Instructor" magazines and a book  entitled
BILLY'S  VILLAGE;  at  the time of her death, she was working on another
book, MARY'S CITY; and
  WHEREAS, Predeceased by her husband, William  Egan,  Mary  Joan  Koonz
Egan  is  survived  by  four daughters, Maureen Buhrmaster, Eileen Mach,
Tracy Egan, and Margaret Cummings; six grandchildren,  Kate  Buhrmaster,
Sarah  Buhrmaster,  Timothy  Mack,  Maura  Mack  Hisgen,  Bridget Blythe
Briere, and Emmie Cummings; and three great-grandchildren, Maeve Hisgen,
Caroline Mack, and Katharine Hisgen; and
  WHEREAS, Her memory will forever be honored by  the  legacy  she  left
through  her  extraordinary  dedication  to education and her community;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn the death of Mary Joan Koonz Egan; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Mary Joan Koonz Egan.


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