Fager, Robert Ph.D. COHOES Robert Fager, Ph.D., 85, formerly of Syracuse, passed away on October 31, 2012 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, with his loving family by side after a long illness. Robert, "Bob," the youngest of three boys born in the Chicago area to Frank and Marie Fager attended Ohio State University where he earned a Ph.D. in psychology and met his first wife, Virginia (Martin), who predeceased him. He began his career as an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University where he published professionally. He moved his family to DeWitt in 1959 where he worked at Syracuse Psychiatric Hospital and lectured at Syracuse University. In 1967, Bob pursued a career in Albany where he served many years as an assistant commissioner in the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene. Following his retirement, he volunteered his time and expertise to help others with dispute mediation. Bob's love of the outdoors blossomed in Albany where he pursued his passion for hiking, skiing, and canoeing. He was active in the Adirondack Mountain Club where he met his second wife, Mary (Hoyle), with whom he spent the remainder of his life. Bob enjoyed traveling, classical music, antiques, stained glass, and collecting glass lampshades, although perhaps his favorite passion was spending time at camp (Charleston Lake, Canada), which became a focal point for family recreation and leisure. Bob designed and built much of the camp himself and his spirit is remembered and celebrated in the many personal touches he added. Bob is survived by his devoted wife, Marion (Hoyle); brother, Don (Thea); sister-in-law, Vera; brother-in-law Jim (Polly) and children, David (Judith), Kathryn, and Jeff; stepchildren, Gary Hoyle (Mona) and Andrew Hoyle (Chris); seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. A private family gathering took place in July to celebrate his life. The family is grateful for the outstanding and compassionate care provided by Bob's caregivers at the Eddy Village Green, who surely enhanced the quality of his life. Per his wishes, donations may be made to the Adirondack Mountain Club. See website.
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Published in Albany Times Union on July 21, 2013
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