LGLC Mourns Loss of Director, Harvey Schadler

The Lake George Land Conservancy is saddened by the recent passing of Harvey W. Schadler, Ph.D, a 14-year member of its board of directors.

Harvey, his wife Margaret, and their three children enjoyed summers at Lake George at their home in Northwest Bay, which they shared with their extended family. His love and appreciation for Lake George came through in his commitment to LGLC.

Harvey Schadler with his wife, Margaret Schadler, at LGLC's 2010 Land & Water Conservation Celebration

Harvey Schadler with his wife, Margaret Schadler, at LGLC’s 2010 Land & Water Conservation Celebration

LGLC Board President John Macionis said, “Harvey had an enormous presence at the Lake George Land Conservancy. Harvey and Margaret were extremely generous, sharing not only of their time and talent but their treasure as well, often anonymously. We will miss Harvey—as a colleague, as a fellow environmentalist, and as a dear friend. Harvey reached out to everyone in kindness and in friendship.”

LGLC Executive Director Nancy Williams said, “We will miss Harvey’s passion for protecting land around the lake. He was a keen observer of human nature and offered reflections on events that positively influenced many of our board votes. I will miss Harvey’s caring compassion and gentle nature. We were so fortunate to have him here with us.”

Harvey joined the LGLC board in August of 2001. From the outset, he was an active member, serving from 2003 to 2008 as vice president. Always vocal, Harvey offered wise counsel, provided encouragement, and recognized a job well done, always with a twinkle in his eye. During his tenure, Harvey was instrumental in the completion of 23 conservation projects, including some of the largest purchases in LGLC history.

Harvey attended Cornell University as a John McMullen Scholar and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in physical metallurgy in 1954. He received a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from Purdue University in 1957, and received that university’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1992. It was while at Cornell that Harvey met Margaret Eleanor Horsfall of Hamden, CT; they married and moved to Schenectady, NY, in 1957, where Harvey worked at the General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center.