Douglas R. McCuen New Baltimore, NY Douglas R. McCuen, 72, of New Baltimore, died February 27. Doug was born to the late Carroll and Virginia McCuen in Schenectady, NY. He graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa High School and earned a BA in economics from Union College. Upon graduation, he served four years in the US Air Force, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of captain and earned the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force, he received a law degree from Albany Law School. Doug worked for the New York State Assembly for 15 years. He served as deputy chief counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Stanley Fink, and as associate counsel to the Majority Leader. Doug also served as counsel to the N.Y.S. Assembly Codes Committee. He was the director of the Assembly Program and Committee Staff and was responsible for the central staff, committee operations, and program development. Doug was grateful for the opportunity that position afforded him to serve as a mentor and confidante to so many of the staff members who served with him. From 1987-1991, he was counsel to the lieutenant governor of New York State, Stan Lundine. After leaving state government, he led government relations at Niagara Mohawk until his retirement in 1999. Upon retiring, Doug continued his public service and maintained his interests in social justice and the environment as a volunteer. He served on a number of boards including the Council of Community Services (now known as New York Council of Nonprofits) and Parks and Trails New York (PTNY). At PTNY, he was one of the longest serving members of their board and served as chairman during the crucial work of developing their strategic plan, which included creating a new vision, a new mission, and the name of the organization under which PTNY now operates. In addition, he volunteered and was a leader in advocating for increased funding for Alzheimer's disease research and services for patients and their caregivers. Above all, he was dedicated to his wife of 46 years, Susan; to his children, Barbara, James, and Robert; and to his grandsons, Gordon and Levon. He is survived by his wife, his children and their spouses, his brother, Bruce McCuen and sister, Linda Cahill; niece and nephew, and grandsons. The McCuen family warmly thanks the staff of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center for their dedicated care and support. A memorial service and celebration of Doug's life will be held at 1 p.m. on March 6 at Normanside Country Club, 150 Salisbury Rd., Delmar, 12054. A private burial will be held at Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations are made to the Doug McCuen Scholarship at the School of Social Welfare: University at Albany Foundation, UAB 226, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222. Please note Doug McCuen Scholarship in the memo line. Or donations can be made to the Recreation Therapy Department, GPF1329 at the VA: with checks sent care of Michelle Ferrauilo, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, 65 Holland Ave., Albany, NY.
Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Mar. 2, 2014