Lamar, Reverend Robert Clayton ALBANY The Reverend Robert Clayton Lamar passed away peacefully on January 9, 2019, at St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a resident for a year. He was 96 years old, and had lived a life of faith, gratitude and grace. He was born in 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Avis and Ralph Lamar, and grew up in Colorado and Kansas, the eldest of five children. He left Topeka to attend Yale University, graduating in 1943, and in 1946 graduated from Yale Divinity School. He began his ministry in Milford, Conn., where he and his wife, Ethel, lived. In 1950 they moved to Stamford, Conn., where he served as associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, while he and Ethel raised their family of four children. The search committee from the First Presbyterian Church of Albany extended a call to become their senior pastor, and in 1958, the family moved to Albany. During the next 60 years, Bob was instrumental in developing and strengthening ties with the interfaith community in the area; was active in local and national civil rights initiatives, the beginnings of the FOCUS churches, Habitat for Humanity; was executive director of the Capital Area Council of Churches, and served as an officer and board member for many organizations - Equinox, The Urban League, The Wildwood Schools, the Albany Presbytery, the Sidney Albert Interfaith Board, The South Mall Towers Housing program, Colonie Senior Services Centers, The Chapel House, the Rabbi Kieval Institute of Jewish/ Christian Studies, Capital Region Ecumenical Organization (CREO), the Airport Interfaith Prayer Room, the Mary and William Barnett Foundation, and The Interfaith Task Force. He was also a 50 plus year member of Rotary. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from both Tarkio College and Centre College, as well as a doctor of humane letters from Siena College. He was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in 1974, and was co-chair of the Joint Committee on Presbyterian Reunion from 1969-1983, when the Southern and Northern Branches of the Presbyterian Churches were reunited. Among Bob's interests were music, in particular the French horn, and golf, at which he excelled. Bob was married to Marion Tietz from 1986 until her death in 2010. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Frank and his brother Herb; his sister-in-law, Margie; and daughter-in-law Patty. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Geoffroy; his brother, Stan (Margot); and sister-in-law, Marnie. He leaves his four children, Paul (Mark Eamer), Margaret King (Steve), Mark (Michelle), and Jim (late Patty); as well as his stepchildren, Laura Kemner (Ken) and Fred Tietz (Jennifer Hope). The grandchildren are Clayton (Kristen Majewski), Cyriaque, Annick, and Katie Lamar; Ellery and Jacob Kemner; and Ryan (Amber), Grant (Mackenzie) and Paige Eamer-Dulin; and great-granddaughter, Hannah Eamer-Dulin and great-grandson, Elias Eamer-Dulin. His nieces and nephews, Debbie, Janelle, Susan, Thomas, Steve, Dennis and their families, as well as members of Ethel's family also survive. There will be calling hours on Thursday, January 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Tebbutt and Frederick Memorial Home, 633 Central Ave., Albany, and a funeral on Friday, January 25, at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 362 State St., Albany. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to First Presbyterian Church, 362 State St., Albany, NY, 12210, or a charity of your choice
in memory of Robert C. Lamar. Condolences may be sent to sbfuneralhome.com
or to the Lamar family, c/o 46 Ramsey Place, Albany, NY, 12208.
Published by Albany Times Union on Jan. 13, 2019.