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Edward A. Bogdan Jr.

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Bogdan, Edward A. Jr. NAPLES, Fla. Edward A. Bogdan Jr., Esq. died on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Naples. Born in Amsterdam on July 4, 1930, he was the son of Dr. Edward A. Bogdan and Valeria Olbrycht Bogdan. Ed graduated from Amsterdam High School in 1948 and Harvard College in 1952 where he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 and SAE fraternity. Upon his graduation he joined the United States Navy and served his country from 1953 to 1955 earning the rank of petty officer third class. Following his tour of duty in the Navy, Ed entered Albany Law School where he was editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review in his senior year and was the valedictorian of the class of 1959. Upon graduation, he was awarded a two-year position as a trial attorney with the tax division of the Department of Justice under the attorney general's program for honor law graduates. Ed returned to the Albany area to enter private practice and pursued his interest in representing clients before the New York State Legislature. Upon his retirement in 2000, Ed had built the fourth largest lobbying firm in New York State. He is best remembered for his representation of New York-based banks, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Merrill Lynch, the California Wine Institute and his defense of the Wicks Law. During his lifetime Ed served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross, the Albany Boys Club and was president and director of the Harvard University Club of Eastern New York. He served as a trustee of both the Fort Orange Club and the Schuyler Meadows Golf Club. He was a member of the Saratoga Reading Rooms and the Bourbonnais Fishing Club in Canada. Ed retired to Naples in 2000. While in Naples, he served as a director of the Harvard Club of Naples and belonged to both the Royal Poinciana Golf Club and the La Playa Beach Club. Ed loved all things competitive and was an avid golfer, fisherman and sports enthusiast. He competed in many golf tournaments throughout his lifetime which created cherished memories and awards. He especially loved Harvard sports and spent many Saturdays driving to Cambridge, Mass., with friends and family for tailgating and games. Ed is survived by his wife of 54 years, Florence Bishop Bogdan; their four children, Agnes (Jon) of New York City, Edward III (Rosemarie) of Albany, Valerie (Kevin) of Cincinnati, and Stephen of Delray Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Kole and Chase Chapski, Drew and Nate Bogdan, and Taylor and Kyle Powers. He is also survived by his sister, Gloria (Orkan) Stasior. Services will be held in Albany at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 21 at St. Peter's Church, 107 State St.. A private burial service will take place on Saturday in St. John's Cemetery, Amsterdam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (jdrf.org or 950 New Loudon Road, Suite 330, Latham, NY 12110) or the Harvard Varsity Club (harvardvarsityclub.org or 65 N. Harvard St., Boston, MA 02163).
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Published in Albany Times Union on Mar. 8, 2014
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