Irving Paul Fleishman ’52

Irving Paul Fleishman ’52 died February 2, 2015, in Albany, New York.

(The following appeared in The Daily Gazette, February 5, 2015.)

Irving Paul Fleishman, 85, formerly of Warnerville, departed this world on Monday, February 2nd at the Teresian House Elder Care Center in Albany. Born on January 23, 1930 and raised in Albany, the first son of Irving S. and Margaret M. Fleishman, he received his primary and secondary school education at The Albany Academy. From there he went on to attend Bowdoin College from which he graduated in 1952. He subsequently earned his advanced degree at Tufts and Wesleyan Universities. During the Korean War, he served active duty with the US Army as a communications officer, first on a destroyer escort stationed in Key West, FL and later at shore command in Florida. Following his military service, he began his teaching career at Berlin Central School and after four years, moved on to Middletown High School. In 1961 he joined the faculty at what was soon to become SUNY Cobleskill where he spent the next 30 years teaching various courses in the Humanities. In 1969 he married Yachiyo Shimizu, a former student of his from Japan and took up residence in Warnerville. In 1981, he became one of the founding trustees of the Iroquois Indian Museum which subsequently established its home in a new museum building in the nearby hamlet of Howes Cave. Both he and his wife were active members and regular volunteers of the museum during the ’80s and early ’90s. In 2004 after having retired from their work and their positions at the museum, the couple moved to Albany to become residents of Avila that had become a retirement community created under the sponsorship of the Albany Catholic Diocese. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fleishman is survived by a brother, a sister and numerous nieces and nephews.