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Richard Feibel Sonneborn

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Sonneborn, Richard Feibel ALBANY Richard Feibel Sonneborn, died peacefully at the Albany Medical Center on January 5, 2013. Born in 1918 in New York City. He met his bride Betty in the Adiron-dacks on an August day in 1945, and after six days together he proposed. They were married two months later and enjoyed 67 years of loving marriage and family, first in Dallas, Texas and then for 62 years in Albany. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Aufsesser; and sons, James (Marcene), Thomas (Joan), Dirk (Carol) and daughter, Elizabeth Hamel (Thomas). A graduate of the University of Virginia, Dick's first job was selling Pennsylvania motor oil to Texans. He then moved to Albany and became president of the Mohawk Brush Company, at the time a major employer in the region with over 300 employees based on Broadway and then on Fuller Road. To this he eventually added the duties of executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Fuller Brush Co. in Hartford Conn. He was later a founding director of Key Corp and chairman of Key Trust Co. He served the Albany community throughout his life, including the director and president of the Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dick played a major role in the merger of the Albany Medical College and the Medical Hospital, forming the Albany Medical Center and serving as its first chairman of the board. He also served on the board of directors of Albany's Hospital for Incurables, the Wildwood Program; Community Foundation, and served on the board of directors of the Albany Academy for Girls. Some of the awards Mr. Sonneborn received for his many years of community service include a honorary degree from Albany Medical College, in 2011 The Pillars of Albany Medical Center Award, the Higher Education Service Award from Hudson Mohawk Colleges and Universities, and he served on the board of, and was recognized by, the Albany Boys Club. He also helped establish a program for the deaf and hard of hearing preschool children at Albany Medical Center. A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013 at The Fort Orange Club, Washington Ave, Albany. In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that those who wish to remember Mr. Sonneborn make a contribution to the Albany Medical Center Hospital Foundation, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208, in his memory.
Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 8, 2013
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