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Former AU Trustee dies

Bessey, Richard Baskerville Rochester: June 18, 2011 age 90.

Richard B. Bessey was born in Passaic, NJ, the son of the late John Mack Bessey and Grace Baskerville Bessey. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia Bessey; daughters Deborah (Mark) Benjamin and Melinda (Ken) Ginter; grandchildren Richard Benjamin, Daniel Benjamin, Brian Bradford, Andrew Bradford and Kathryn Bradford.

He was a veteran of military service in World War II and spent a year in Japan with the U.S. Army of Occupation. He was on the Public Relations staff of the Eighth Army Headquarters in Yokohama.

Richard served as a news reporter on the Cortland, NY Standard and the Binghamton NY Press before
joining the editorial staff of the News-Gazette, a Champaign-Urbana, IL daily. He worked in Champaign-Urbana for several years as a staff writer, Assistant City Editor, and Sunday Editor.

In 1957, he joined the Public Relations Department of Corning Inc., initially as a product publicity writer. He subsequently was appointed Supervisor of Product Publicity and then Supervisor of Corporate Information.

In 1965, he was appointed Assistant Director of the Corning Inc. Foundation. Bessey subsequently
served as the Foundation's Executive Director then as Foundation President and a member of its Board of Trustees.

Richard served as a Trustee of Alfred University. He also was on the Board of the College Center of the Finger Lakes and the New York Association of Independent Colleges. For several years he was on the Board of the Corning Community College Development Foundation and was Board President when he retired. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Corning Museum of Glass. He also was a longtime Trustee of the Rockwell Museum. He worked as Interim Director of the Rockwell Museum and was elected a Trustee Emeritus.

Richard will be remembered for his love of family and his commitment to his community. Contributions in Richard's memory can be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 191 Bridge Street, Corning NY 14830. To light a candle visit .

A memorial service will be held in Corning, NY at a later date.