Cameron, James S. ALBANY James S. "Jim" Cameron, 82, of Albany died March 7, 2013 at Community Hospice of Albany, St. Peter's Hospital. Mr. Cameron was born on April 6, 1930 in Bridge-water, Mass., the son of the late Donald and Bertha Kenney Cameron. Jim served in the US Army as a psychiatric social worker during the Korean War. He then received his MA/A.B from Boston University in 1955 and his M.S.W. in social work from SUNY Buffalo in 1961. Jim was one of New York's leading child welfare experts, working for 50 years providing leadership on child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention in NY and across the USA. He began his career in Buffalo working his way to director of Child Protective Services in Erie County. Jim then moved to the Albany area to become the first director of New York's Child Protective Services, advising the NYS Legislature and setting up the state's Child Abuse and Maltreatment Central Register and reporting hotline. Mr. Cameron served on numerous state and national committees including the National Resource Center on Child Abuse and was a NYS Court Appointed Special Advocate. He was a speaker at state and national conferences and published several articles on child protective services practice. Jim was a faithful member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Albany for many years. He generously used his many talents to support the ministries of the parish. He served as a vestry member, senior warden and was a member and chair of the Outreach Committee. Jim, along with his late wife Lee, was the parish liaison to the Extra Helpings food buying club sponsored by FOCUS. In addition to his parents, Jim is predeceased by his late wife, Lee Scanlon Cameron and a son, Adam Cameron; brothers, Donald Cameron Jr. and Malcolm Cameron; and a brother-in-law, Peter Scanlon. Jim is survived by a daughter, Paige L. Cameron of Albany and a sister-in-law, Frances (Stanley) Merrill of Venice, Fla. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 10 N. Main Ave., Albany. Family and friends may call from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. following the service at church. Inurnment will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands. For condolences, please visit sbfuneralhome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013