Jonathan E. Scholes

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Scholes, Jonathan E. BOSTON Jonathan E. Scholes, 33, of Boston, died Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Massachusetts General Hospital following a heroic 15-month struggle against overwhelming, aggressive carcinoma. The primary site of his cancer was never determined. His family and several of his closest friends were with him at the end. Born in Albany, N.Y., he attended Hamagrael Elementary and Bethlehem Middle Schools and Albany Academy, graduated from Philips Exeter Academy in 1992, Bowdoin College with a B.A. in 1996, and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University with an MBA in 2002. He was an active member of Delmar Dolphins, Bethlehem Youth Soccer, Capital Youth Hockey, and Albany Academy varsity hockey. He was a two-year starting defensive lineman for Bowdoin College football. Until his terminal illness, he continued to be an athlete. He placed in the highly competitive 30-35 age group at the 2004 and the 2005 Thanksgiving Troy Turkey Trot 5K. He served in the Peace Corps at PAZAPA, Jacmel, Haiti, from 1996-98. PAZAPA (Creole for "step-by-step") is a center for handicapped, third-world children. Jon successfully developed small businesses for their mothers and wrote grants. He organized a year-round recreation program, summer camp, and Haiti's first Special Olympics for the children. From 2002 until his illness, he was employed and traveled extensively in international marketing for Genzyme, Inc., Cambridge, Mass. He was the associate director of the organ Transplant Business for Genzyme's operations in Canada and Latin America. He married Susanne Hultgren of Stockholm, Sweden, on September 7, 2007, at the Cambridge, Mass., Town Hall. A church wedding was planned in Sweden for next summer. Survivors include his wife, Susanne Scholes, now of Boston; his parents, Charles P. and Nancy C. Scholes of Delmar; his brother, C. Patrick (Heather) Scholes of New York City; his uncle, Dr. Charles E. (Nancy) Cladel of Hummelstown, Pa.; his cousins, Anne Altor of Indianapolis, Ind., and David (Claudia) Cladel of Patagonia, Chile. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 26, 12 noon, at the Delmar Presbyterian Church, 585 Delaware Ave. At Bailey Island, Maine, Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28, close friends will gather to rejoice in Jon's life well-lived. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Jonathan in a special way may send a contribution to PAZAPA, P.O. Box 447, Dexter, MI 48130 or the Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Mail Processing Center, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6603.
Published in Albany Times Union from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2007
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