Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees adopted a resolution mourning the recent death of Barber B. Conable, Jr. at its regular monthly meeting yesterday evening. The Board also observed a moment of silence in Mr. Conable's memory.
Barber Conable was a longtime supporter of the College. He served as the commencement speaker at the College's 1972 graduation ceremony, and was an early advocate and supporter of the Genesee Community College Foundation. Mr. Conable was the featured speaker at the 1988 brunch that kicked off the Genesee Community College Foundation's first public fund raising initiatives. Mr. Conable was also a recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from the State University of New York in 1985.
Four years ago, at the urging of area residents, the Board of Trustees named the College's newly constructed technology building in honor of Barber and his wife Charlotte, in recognition of their service to the community, state, nation, and world.
"Barber exemplified compassion and service," said President Stuart Steiner. "In whatever he did, whether it was quietly helping the College or advising a head of state, he acted quietly and humbly. Barber was a role model for all of us."