Richard John Doran

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Doran, Richard John EAST GREENBUSH Richard John Doran of Old Red Mill Road entered into rest at home on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born at Memorial Hospital in Albany, on January 29, 1927, the son of the late Edward A. and Mattie May Grinder Doran of East Greenbush. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy on the USS Castle Rock. He was a man of many firsts, he was the first person to be inducted into the Columbia High School Hall of Fame as well as the first player to score a soccer goal in the History of Columbia High School, and later inducted into the Columbia High School Sports Hall of Fame. He received his bachelors degree from Siena College in 1950 and his master's degree in social work from Adelphi University in 1952. He worked for 32 years with the V.A. and among his professional assignments; he served as chief, social work service at the Veteran Administration Medical Centers in Manchester, N.H., Providence, R.I., St. Louis, Mo., Albany and Miami, Fla. prior to his retirement. Over the years he participated in a great many community projects. He was one of the founders of the STARS Program in the East Greenbush Central School District and for 10 years served as chairman and coordinator for that program. He was also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Hospital Association's Society of Social Work Directors. Predeceased by his wife, Virginia (Davis) Doran, and son, David A. Doran; his brother, Edward D. Doran of Merritt Island, Fla. and his sister, Mona Doran, of East Greenbush. Among the many who will miss him and that have survived him are his daughters, Amy J. Doran and Susan Doran-Russ, both of East Greenbush, and their sons, Steven C. (Beth) Doran of Deltona, Fla. and Michael D. Doran of Brooklyn. Also his seven grandchildren, Caitlin (Todd) Heim, Kyle and Daniel Russ and Kacie, Patrick, Sean and Mattie Doran. Also surviving are several nephews, nieces and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to his calling hours Saturday afternoon from 1-3 at the Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Tpk., Rensselaer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those wishing to make contributions in his memory make them to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, N.Y. or The Eddy Visiting Nurses, 433 River Street Suite 3000, Troy, NY 12180. Special thanks to all his caregivers Martha, Tessa, Jenny, Sharon, Karen, Paige, Michelle, Erin, Elizabeth, Sue B. and to Chip Balzer for his friendship. Light a condolence candle at


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Published in Albany Times Union from June 26 to June 28, 2013
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