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Peter Denison Shaver

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Shaver, Peter Denison TROY Peter Denison Shaver died in Troy on October 24, 2011. Born 58 years ago in Niskayuna, he was the son of the late F. Willard and Elizabeth Denison Shaver. He was a graduate of Niskayuna High School and received his B.A. degree in history from Syracuse University. Peter was a curator of photography at the New York State Museum, a longtime employee of the Preservation League of New York State, and an associate professor in the school of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He retired earlier this year from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, field services bureau, where he was instrumental in obtaining National Historical Landmark status for the Gardner Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery. He was the author of 'The National Register of Historic Places in NYS," and at the time of his death was preparing the publication of a social and architectural history of Troy's Washington Park. He supported the Rensselaer County Historical Society as a board member and remained an active volunteer. Peter Shaver is survived by his sister Christina (John) Kelly of Melrose; great friend Carl Erickson of Troy; nieces Kathleen (Adam) Smith of Savannah, Ga., Bridget Kelly (David Kleinschmidt) of Buffalo, N.Y., Fiona Kelly of Denver, and Ann (Zachary) Metzger of Shelbyville, Ill.; great-nephews Caleb and David Smith; and cousin Lester Denison. He was a friend of Bill. Friends are invited to a reception in celebration of Peter's life at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second St., in Troy on Tuesday, November 1 from 5-7 p.m. Contributions in honor of Peter Shaver may be directed to the Anderson Lindholm Shaver Challenge at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second St., Troy, NY 12180. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Ave., Troy, NY 12182. (518) 235-0952.
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John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home
565 Fourth Avenue Troy, NY 12182
(518) 235-0952
Published in Albany Times Union on Oct. 30, 2011
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