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Michael J. Dollard
Salem, New York
Jan 26, 1939 – Dec 24, 2012 (Age 73)
Michael J. Dollard, 73, of Salem, departed this life on Monday morning, December 24, 2012 at Albany Medical Center. He is survived by Suzanne (MacEachron) Dollard, his wife of 48 years; five children Dr. Norin A. Dollard of Tampa, FL, Mary A. Evans of Chesapeake, VA, Sean P. Dollard of Tallahassee, FL. Malcolm X. Dollard, of Albany, NY and S/Sgt Kieran F. Dollard, of the U.S. Army, and numerous grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, John L. "Jack" Dollard from Oaxaca, Mexico. Mr. Dollard was born in New Jersey to the late Nicholas H. And Zelda (Brinck-Seidelin) Dollard, and attended schools in New Jersey and New York. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served with air intelligence in Europe for a number of years. After leaving the military, he attended Siena College in Loudonville, from which he graduated cum Laude with a degree in social studies education. He was elected to Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Catholic honorary. Mr. Dollard did his master's and post-master's work at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, SUNY Albany. He received his MPA in 1972, and was elected to Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Public Affairs honorary. Mr. Dollard joined the staff of the NYS Department of Civil Service as a Psychometrician in 1966, and retired from that organization as a Principal Personnel Examiner in 1994. In his professional capacity Mr. Dollard received a number of awards for excellence and innovation. He served for many years as New York State's representative to the Mid-Atlantic Personnel Assessment Consortium, and served as President of that organization. He was a member of the International Personnel Management Association, serving on both its Board of Directors and the Editorial Board of its journal, Personnel Management. In his personal life, Mr. Dollard was a well-known social activist in the Capital District, leading the Albany protest against South African Apartheid in the early '80s as well as a number of actions against the Ku Klux Klan, which attempted to organize in the Capital District and Western New England in the '80s. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Albany Chapter of the NAACP, and for several years wrote their monthly column in The South End Scene. He was also the founder of the Coalition against Apartheid and Racism. He was a long-time member of the Irish Republican Clubs of North America, and served as General Secretary and Public Relations Officer for that organization. After leaving the Department of Civil Service, Mr. Dollard and his wife retired to Salem, Washington County, a village founded in part by Mrs. Dollard's McEachron ancestors in the 1760s. A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced Those wishing to remember Michael in a special way may make memorial contributions in his memory to the Salem Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 360, Salem, NY 12865.