He died peacefully on August 12, 2019 at the age of 97.
He was born in Middletown, NY on December 12, 1921. He graduated from Drew University in 1947 (BA in history), interrupted by WWII, serving as a Marine on Guam, and taught American history to fellow servicemen under the USAF1 program. He then earned his master’s degree in English and history at SUNY Albany, and an Ed.D in administration from NYU. He had a long career in education and its administration in New York State which included many years as a teacher, superintendent of several school districts, followed by many years as an Associate Commissioner of Education, and retired as Executive Director of NYS Schools Board’s Association. Throughout his retirement he consulted and lobbied for handicapped children. He then served as Executive Director of Proprietary Colleges from 1986 until his second retirement in 1992.
Throughout his career he devoted much time to community organizations interested in the welfare of children, including Chamber of Commerce,YMCA, Boy Scouts, and the United Fund.
He and his wife retired to Venice FL in 1995 to enjoy fellow golfers and dear friends.
He was a life-long member of the YMCA, where he enjoyed swimming. Throughout his life he loved golf, mostly playing, but then watching. In 2001 he was inducted into the Drew U. Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball and basketball.
He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Annette LeJeune, infant daughter Anne, and son William, a victim of the 9/11 tragedy. He is survived by daughters Susan, and Marie (Lawrence) Scott, daughter-in-law Maureen Raub, and grandchildren Rebecca and Liam Raub and Dillon Scott.
A Graveside service for he and his wife will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12 Noon in Pine Hill Cemetery, 3470 Route 6, Middletown, NY
Memorial donations may be made to the William R Raub Scholarship Fund, Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.