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J. Baxter Swartwout

Obituary Condolences

J. Baxter Swartwout LATHAM - J. Baxter Swartwout, 90, died peacefully at home on April 2, 2013. Born in Cohoes, he was the son of Walton L. Swartwout and Margaret M. Baxter. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Walton Stanford (Stan) Swartwout and his first wife Dorothy Porter Swartwout. Baxter is survived by his wife Kathleen (Katie) Romp Ring Swartwout and their children John B. Swartwout of Watervliet, Frank P. Swartwout of Poestenkill, NY, Glen M. Swartwout of Pahoa, HI, Colleen A. Ring of Latham, NY, Lynn (Glen) LaBlanc of Mechanicville, NY and Teresa (Michael) Gray of Hayes, VA, five grandchildren , two great grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. Baxter is a graduate of Troy High School. After serving in the Army in World War II, he attended Russell Sage College and RPI. He graduated from Columbia University and received his Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. Baxter was in private practice for over 50 years, first in Troy and then in Latham, NY. He became widely known as both a lecturer and an author. His manual of procedures for vision therapy is still considered to be the gold standard for successful visual rehabilitation. He served on the board of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation for many years and became president of the organization. He was a fellow of the College of Visual Development and spent his career serving and helping children and adults in need. Upon his retirement SUNY College of Optometry in NYC established a chair in Baxter's name in the Vision Therapy Department. He was a long time communicant of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Latham. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Latham with over 50 years of perfect attendance. He will be missed by all who knew him. Donations to the Youth of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church or the Community Hospice would be appreciated A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Matthews's Episcopal Church, 129 Old Loudon Road, Latham on Saturday, April 6th at 10 AM. Family and friends are invited and may call at the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham on Friday from 4 to 7 PM. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Condolence page @www.bowenandparkerbros.com


Published in The Record on Apr. 4, 2013
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