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Ruth Durham (1948 – 2015)

HUDSON—Ruth Ann Durham, 66, of Hudson went to heaven to rest Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Catskill, July 7, 1948 to William and Bertha Swain, both deceased.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Stephen David Durham; her daughter, Nicola Durham; son, Alex Durham of Hudson; her loving and devoted niece, Leomi Bell; her sisters, Josephine Holmes of Florida, Eloise Burgess of Connecticut, Linda Snoddy of South Carolina and Connie Iverson of New York; a brother, Bert Swain of New York; many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her son, Stephen David Durham Jr.; her brothers, Willie James, Arthur Frank, Daniel Swain and sisters, Geneva Swain and Joyce Hill.

A calling hour takes place Saturday, March 21, 2015, noon to 1 p.m. at Rock Solid Church, 334 Union Street, Hudson. Services follow at 1 to 2 p.m. Arrangement are with Bates & Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Services, Inc.

M.J. Gladstone (1923 – 2015)

DEDHAM, MA—M. J. “Mike” Gladstone, publisher, editor, designer, historic preservationist, and leader and advisor to many organizations in New York State and the Hudson Valley, died peacefully Friday, February 13, with his children by his side. He was 92 and had been in declining health.

Mr. Gladstone was born in New York City in 1923. He was educated in New York public schools and, after graduating from Harvard University in 1946 with an MA in fine arts, worked for the U.S. Army Air Corps at Wright Field as an anthropometrist.

Mr. Gladstone worked in publishing and the arts throughout his professional life. He learned printing in his 20s as a printer’s apprentice in Woodstock, VT, and later worked as art and illustrations editor for Merriam-Webster, as advertising manager for Yale University Press, and participated in the early days of mail order publishing at George Braziller, Columbia Records and McGraw Hill Publishing Company. He headed publications departments at the Museum of Modern Art and at Arno Press.

Mr. Gladstone was a publications consultant to the New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Twentieth Century Fund and the Preservation League of New York State. He served briefly as director of the Museum of American Folk Art and was the author of a book on roadside American folk art, “A Carrot for a Nose” published by Scribner in 1974.

In 1968 he conducted a one-man field museum salary survey, traveling 30,000 miles to visit 106 New York State museums and historical societies. In 1973 he founded the Publishing Center for Cultural Resources to help nonprofit institutions become effective publishers. As its director until 1989 he edited many important catalogues and regional studies.

In the late 80s, Mr. Gladstone moved from Manhattan to Columbia County, where he lived with the art historian Mary Black in the historic Rockefeller Tavern, which together they restored. Following Ms. Black’s death in 1992, he designed and built, with architect Michael Altschuler, a 450-square foot summer residence employing a corrugated steel grain silo as the central living area, a nod to the local vernacular architecture that he treasured. He lived in the house in the summer months and in West Palm Beach during the winter.

In these later years, Mr. Gladstone worked as a senior consultant to Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, on their grants in publishing. He was an active volunteer, board member and leading force of local nonprofits, including Historic Hudson, Hudson River Heritage, the Hudson Opera House and the Columbia County Historical Society. He actively worked toward the restoration of both the Hudson Opera House and the Plumb-Bronson House, and when Cavell House, on the grounds of Columbia Memorial Hospital, was threatened with demolition, he was a strong voice for its preservation.

Mr. Gladstone is survived by: his daughter, Abby Yozell, her husband John, and their daughter, Esme; and by his son, Charles, his wife Elaine Souza, and their daughter Lucy Gladstone.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street in Hudson. Contributions in Mr. Gladstone’s memory would be welcome at Historic Hudson, Hudson River Heritage, the Hudson Opera House, or the Border Terrier Club of America.

Albert Canelli (1935 – 2015)

HUDSON—Albert Canelli, 80, of Hudson passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born in Fishkill, March 7, 1935, he was the son of the late Lou and Mary Canelli.

Mr. Canelli was a member of the Rombout Fire Company in Fishkill. He was employed as a caretaker at the Craig House in Beacon.

Surviving are: his children, Thomas Canelli (Amy), Albert Canelli, Jr., (Nikki Gordon) and Carol Kelley (Charles); 11 grandchildren, Tommy, Crystal, Joshua, Dane, Brandon, Jennifer, Sara, Anna Rose, Meghan, Michael and Dentisney; 14 great-grandchildren, Emily, Bryan, Jaiden, Jordan, Gabrielle, Gavin, Gunner, Jace, Mckenzie, Magnollia, Mahala, Madison, Jullian, Leonardo, and two on the way, and his ex-wife, Betty Owen.

Calling hours will be held Monday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Firemen’s Home Chapel, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson. Services will follow at 1 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will be in the Firemen’s Home Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

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