Julian B Graham, 95, of Ballston Lake and a former longtime Red Hook resident, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY.
Julian was born on November 6, 1916 in Woodstock, CT, the son of the late Hugh F. and Mary Peck (Myers) Graham. Julian married Eleanor Schroeder on December 25, 1943 in Egg Harbor, NJ. She predeceased him on January 30, 2010.
Julian graduated from Gettysburg College in 1936. He then received his Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1938. He later earned a Doctorate in Education from New York University in 1956.
Julian served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of Captain. He spent most of that time stationed in the United States as a Communications instructor, though he was posted overseas late in the war, mostly in India supervising the instillation of landing lights on airfields to facilitate the landing of planes. After the war he was briefly stationed in Ohio and Georgia.
For many years Julian worked as a high school American History teacher. Before the war he taught for a short time near Boston in Quincy, MA. After the war, while helping to run a youth program in Sharon CT, he began to teach for the Croton-Harmon School District in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. During his time as a teacher in the Croton-Harmon School District Julian lived for many years in Peekskill, NY. He mostly taught eleventh grade American History, as well as some electives for seniors such as Economics and eventually Advance Placement American History. Julian retired from the Croton-Harmon School District in 1979. Colleagues and students reportedly regarded him as an outstanding teacher; many stayed in touch with him.
Julian is survived by his son, Robert J. Graham of Ballston Lake, NY, his granddaughter, Kimberly Labrecque in nearby Rexford, NY, and his two great-granddaughters, Sophia and Chloe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews mostly from Eleanor’s family.
Julian was predeceased by his two brothers Victor and Harold Graham.
On July 15th 2012 at 1:00 P.M. a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Reformed Church, Upper Red Hook, NY. Internment will follow in St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Julian’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans or the East Haddam Historical Society (checks payable to East Haddam Historical Society Endowment Fund) P.O. Box 27, East Haddam, CT 06423.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.
For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com