Hugh J Tuohey
December 22 1927 - August 09 2011 - Age 83

Hugh J. Tuohey Jr., a lifelong resident of the Capital District, whose professional life in journalism and university media relations spanned 44 years, died Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital at the age of 83. He retired as senior communications officer of the staff of the central administration of the 64-campus State University of New York in 1989. He had joined SUNY in 1962 as its public relations officer following a 17 year career as a reporter and editor of the Albany Times Union. Over the 27 years he served the university, he acted as spokesperson for the university, its chancellor and board of trustees for all media, print, radio and television at local, state and national levels. In addition to media relations, he coordinated development of a monthly, university-wide tabloid newspaper which attained a circulation of 48,000, various university-wide general informational pamphlets, catalogs, and a newspaper for central administration employees. Soon after joining the university, he utilized his experience in production to help establish a procedure for on-time delivery of the university catalogs, which were often months late. In cooperation with the State Office of General Services and Department of Audit and Control, a program was developed which established contract printers in each of the state's four major geographic areas, greatly facilitating timely production of the more than one million bulletins and catalogs required at the university's 30 state campuses. He also supervised the committee which drew the guidelines for the establishment of a university-wide Confederation of Alumni Associations. Over the years, he was cited for "distinguished service" by the state university public relations council and received a special citation of "deep appreciation" from the Confederation of Alumni Associations. Both organizations later amalgamated as the SUNY Council for University Affairs and Development, which, in June 2003, formally inducted Tuohey into its Hall of Fame. Mr. Tuohey began his career with the Times Union in 1945 as a copy boy following graduation from the former Vincentian Institute. After a brief stint as a sports writer, he transferred to the city desk, where he was a general reporter, feature writer and assistant city editor before spending six years as a specialist in covering state government. He wrote a weekly series of news and feature articles framed in a special page called "statewide" and covered the executive and legislative branches as an accredited legislative correspondent. He left "The Hill" to assume the post of business Editor, responsible for expanding the paper's coverage of the area's business, commercial, home building and financial enterprises. He was Sunday editor when he left to join SUNY. Upon retirement from SUNY, Mr. Tuohey served as executive director of the Upper Hudson Valley chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation through July of 1995. He continued his affiliation with the organization as a member of its governing board over the next four years and participated in the reorganization of the Chapter as the Bleeding Disorders Association of Northeastern New York. For 22 years he chaired the annual golf tournament which grew to become the principal fund raiser for the former and redesigned organizations and was cited variously as Volunteer of the Year and recipient of the Raymond J. Zwack Memorial Award. Mr. Tuohey was active in his community as a volunteer van driver for the Town of Bethlehem Senior Services Department for 18 years and as a school crossing guard for six years. He was a longtime member and former officer of Albany Council 173, Knights of Columbus and was an enthusiastic participant in its golf league for almost a quarter century. He was a communicant of St. James Church where he served as a member of the parish council, Eucharistic minister and usher. During the Korean War, he served with the public information office of today's 27th Armored (then Infantry) Division, NYNG, rising to the rank of sergeant first class. He is survived by his beloved wife, the former Laurie Luther; two sons, Daniel of Delmar and Dennis of New York City; a daughter, Mary Margaret (Craig) Reopell of Manlius, N.Y.; his brother, Joseph of Clifton Park; his grandchildren, Kristin, Michael and Margaret Mary Reopell and his sister-in-law, Maryanne of Chevy Chase, Md. He was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Sarah (Martin) Tuohey; his son, David; and his brother, John. Funeral services will be held 8:45 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2011 from the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, Inc., 490 Delaware Ave., thence to St. Francis of Assisi Parish (formerly St. James Church) where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home Friday, August 12, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will follow the Mass in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, N.Y. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 391 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12209

Delmar, NY (current)
Albany, NY (birthplace)

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