Norris E. Osborn NiskayunaNorris E. Bud Osborn, 94, died peacefully at home in Niskayuna, NY on January 23, 2013. He was born August 1, 1918, in New Haven, CT, to the late Minott Auger and Dorothy Curtis Osborn, and was brother to the late Louis Osborn, Joan Bloomfield and Lee Robinson. Bud is survived by his wife of 58 years, June Chase Osborn; daughter, Dorothy Taylor (Raymond) of Louisville, KY; sons, Minott Osborn (Meredith) of Port St. Lucie, FL and Christopher Osborn (Tracey) of Niskayuna, NY; grandchildren, Patricia Osborn, Allison Osborn, Brooke Osborn, Georgia Taylor and Edith Taylor; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Growing up, Bud spent summers at Camp Dudley on Lake Champlain. There, he internalized the camp motto The other fellow first and developed a lifelong passion for hiking. He graduated from Yale University in 1940 with a degree in economics, and late in life became treasurer of his class. An Army Air Corps veteran, Bud served tours of duty in Egypt, India and Bahrain between 1941 and 1945. In the years following, Bud worked as a purchasing agent at Florida Atlantic University (1963 to 1978) and dealt in real estate and property development in Florida and Canada Lake, NY, where he was a summer resident who enjoyed working on the camp with family and friends. An active member of the Lions Club and Unitarian churches in Boca Raton, FL and Schenectady, NY, Bud believed in community involvement. He started a Habitat for Humanity chapter in Deerfield Beach, FL, where he served on the planning and zoning Board. From 1980 to 2002, Bud enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and Elderhostel groups. An avid hiker, some of his happiest times were spent on mountaintops and trails in the Adirondacks, on the Long Trail, parts of the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Orizaba in Mexico and, at age 74, trekking in the Himalayas. Bud resided at the Glen Eddy community in Niskayuna, NY, from 2002 until 2012, when he moved to the Wynwood community in Niskayuna. Per his wishes, his remains were donated to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program. In lieu of a service or flowers, the family wishes that Bud be remembered during walks and hikes, or in quiet moments of contemplation, honoring his love of beauty, humor, nature and knowledge.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on January 27, 2013