BALTIMORE – Douglas R. McCuen, 72, of New Baltimore, died February
born to the late Carroll and Virginia McCuen, in Schenectady, NY.
He graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa High school and earned a
BA in Economics from Union College. Upon graduation, he served four
years in the US Air Force, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He
achieved the rank of captain and earned the Bronze Star for his
service in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force he received a
law degree from Albany Law School.
worked for the New York State Assembly for 15 years. He served as
Deputy Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly,
Stanley Fink, and as Associate Counsel to the Majority Leader.
Doug also served as Counsel to the N.Y.S. Assembly Codes Committee.
He was the director of the Assembly Program and Committee Staff and
was responsible for the central staff, committee operations, and
program development. Doug was grateful for the opportunity that
position afforded him to serve as a mentor and confidante to so many
of the staff members who served with him. From 1987-1991 he was
Counsel to the Lieutenant Governor of New York State, Stan Lundine.
After leaving state government, he led government relations at
Niagara Mohawk until his retirement in 1999.
retiring, Doug continued his public service and maintained his
interests in social justice and the environment as a volunteer. He
served on a number of boards including the Council of Community
Services (now known as New York Council of Nonprofits) and Parks and
Trails New York (PTNY). At PTNY, he was one of the longest-serving
members of their board and served as chairman during the crucial
work of developing their strategic plan, which included creating a
new vision, a new mission, and the name of the organization under
which PTNY now operates. In addition, he volunteered and was a
leader in advocating for increased funding for Alzheimer’s disease
research and services for patients and their caregivers.
he was dedicated to his wife of 46 years, Susan, to his children
Barbara, James, and Robert, and to his grandsons, Gordon and Levon.
survived by his wife, his children and their spouses, his brother
Bruce McCuen and sister Linda Cahill, niece and nephew, and
family warmly thank the staff of the Albany Stratton VA Medical
Center for their dedicated care and support.
memorial service and celebration of Doug’s life will be held at
1:00 on March 6 at Normanside Country Club, 150 Salisbury Rd.,
Delmar, 12054. A private burial will be held at Saratoga National
In lieu of
flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations are made to
the Doug McCuen Scholarship at the School of Social Welfare:
University at Albany Foundation, UAB 226, 1400 Washington Avenue,
Albany, New York 12222. Please note "Doug McCuen Scholarship" in the
memo line. Or
donations can be made to the Recreation Therapy Department, GPF1329
at the VA: with checks sent care of Michelle Ferrauilo, Albany
Stratton VA Medical Center, 65 Holland Ave, Albany, NY.