SAVAGE, JR., Archie B.
Archie B. Savage Jr., Ph. D, 81, of New Britain, husband of Susan (Strong) Savage, passed away Monday (October 24, 2011) at the West Haven VA Medical Center. Born in Memphis, TN, he lived in New Britain since 1980. Archie served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Denver in 1966, his Masters in Education from the University of Maryland in 1971, and his Ph. D from the University of Denver in 1976. As the first African American Special Agent in the United States, he served in counterintelligence for the US government for 22 years. His many foreign assignments included working in Europe and Asia. His second career was spent in administration or as a faculty member of several colleges including Central CT State University. The last 15 years he served as Director of the Office of Affirmative Action at the UConn Health Center. Archie was an active member and past Senior Warden of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Britain. He was heavily involved in community activities at local, state, and national levels. Archie served as chairman of the New Britain, CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; served on the National Board of Directors for the YMCA of the USA, with service on the Jerusalem International YMCA Task Force; and recently retired from the board of trustees of the New Britain YMCA. He also served on the board of directors of the Association of Mental Health of CT, and on the board of directors of the Community Mental Health Affiliates in New Britain. In addition, Archie served on the board of directors of the United Way, New Britain Public Library, Catholic Family Services, and the Boys & Girls Club. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin. At the time of his death, Archie was serving on the board of directors of the Hospital for Special Care, as acting secretary of the board of directors of the New Britain-Berlin YMCA, and as a sitting member of the board of Fire Commissioners in New Britain. Besides his wife Susan; he leaves three sons, Carl Thomas Savage and his wife Marie of Conyers, GA, H. Anthony Russell, M.D. and his wife Linda of Los Angeles, CA, and Michael P. Mooney and his wife Jaimee of Nazareth, PA, five daughters, Karen Savage Bradley and her husband Paul of Milwaukee, WI, Barbara Savage of Los Angeles, CA, Antoinette Russell and her husband Michael Mann Lee of Los Angeles, CA, Melissa Perry and her husband Brian of South Windham, and Megan F. Mooney of Colchester; a brother, Youlon D. Savage in Denver, CO, six sisters, Hester Besteda and her husband Walter of Milwaukee, WI, Canary Girardeau of Silver Spring, MD, Rosetta Foote and her husband Jim of Rancho Mirage, CA, Mary Mitchell of Milwaukee, WI, Cecilia Dade-Winfield and her husband George of Silver Spring, MD, and Denise Jones and her husband Thomas of Racine, WI; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Zohn, Daniel and Shelby Gene Savage.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 147 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051. Burial with military honors will follow in the church Memorial Garden. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or to the New Britain YMCA, 50 High Street, New Britain, CT 06051. The Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain is in charge of arrangements. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com