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South Glens Falls CSD remembers Dr. Ronald Armstrong

October 5, 2021

The South Glens Falls Central School District wishes to express its condolences to the family of Dr. Ronald Armstrong on his passing on Oct 2, 2021. 

Dr. Armstrong taught Earth Science for the South Glens Falls School District for 30 years. As the Science Department Chairman, he supervised the development of several teaching innovations. 

In addition, he served as vice-president, president, and chief negotiator of the South Glens Falls Teachers Association; and co-chair of the Citizens Advisory Council. He was also an associate of the state Education Department.

Dr. Armstrong was honored with the South High “Teacher of the Year” award on numerous occasions and was inducted into the Bulldog Hall of Fame in 2008. He was also honored by his peers with the “Teacher of the Year” award from the National Earth Science Teacher Association. 

Dr. Armstrong also taught at SUNY Albany, SUNY Plattsburgh, and Ohio State University. He received the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award from the National Association of Geology Teachers and was inducted into the Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society. As chairman of the Moreau Narcotics Guidance Council, he led a team of seven Moreau residents to Yale University, where the concept of the Moreau Community Center evolved. 

According to his obituary, Dr. Armstrong was born in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Earl and Anna Marie Armstrong. He graduated from Memorial Catholic High School and then enlisted into the Air Force. He was first stationed on Iwo Jima and then transferred to the Air Force base in Plattsburgh, New York. While serving in Plattsburg, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. He went on to serve his four years in the Air Force and was honorably discharged. While earning his Bachelor of Science he met his soon-to-be wife, June Baker. They both graduated with teaching degrees, were married on June 16, 1961, and settled in the village of South Glens Falls. Ron continued his higher education receiving his master’s degree in Earth Science from Indiana University and later the University Certificate of Advanced Study and Doctorate from SUNY Albany.

He was an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Albany where he taught undergraduate and graduate classes. Ron served as curriculum writer and consultant for the State Education Department, the Capital District Regional Planning Center, BOCES, and numerous school districts in New York and Vermont. He was also published in the Journal of Geological Education. He also served as a visiting professor at Ohio State, SUNY Albany, and SUNY Plattsburgh.

Ron and June were both long-standing members of the South Glens Falls School District and spent most vacations and summers camping with their kids and many teacher friends. The couple traveled extensively during their retirement years, going to Portugal, Italy, and the United Kingdom. They also enjoyed their winters in Venice, Florida.

Ron and June had three children; Mark, Michael, and Lynn, all of whom are South Glens Falls graduates. 

Besides his parents, Ron is predeceased by his wife of 58 years June (Baker) Armstrong. He is survived by his brother, Bro. Richard Armstrong, his three children: Mark Armstrong (wife Donna), Michael Armstrong, and Lynn Armstrong Mulderry. Along with his grandchildren: Taylor Armstrong, Camden Armstrong, Shamus Mulderry, Sean Mulderry (wife Victoria), and his newest granddaughter Emily Elizabeth Mulderry.

Per Dr. Armstrong’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service and mass will be held at noon today at St. Michael the Archangel 80 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls with Rev. Guy A. Childs officiating. The family will greet guests before the service.

A private burial service will be held at Saratoga National Cemetery for immediate family and close friends.

 

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