William Sivers

Obituary of William Albert Sivers

Albany William Albert Sivers, Jr. (Bill) Bill was the son of the late William Albert and Caroline Louise (Keppler) Sivers, and brother of the late Carolyn Jane Sivers LeMoine. Born in Albany, NY on March 17, 1917, he graduated New York State College for Teachers (now SUNY Albany) where he also earned a Master's degree in educational administration. He retired as a Lieutenant after 20 years of service in the United States Navy and in the Naval Reserve. He served on active duty immediately after Pearl Harbor from 1942 to 1946, mostly in the Pacific theater as both an enlisted man and an officer. After World War II, he earned a PhD degree in clinical psychology at Syracuse University (1953), and practiced as a clinical psychologist. Bill retired in 1983 as Chief of the Bureau of Psychological Services, New York State Education Department. Prior to that he was a professor of psychology at SUNY Oneonta and later was chief psychologist in the Rochester, NY public schools. He had previously served in the public schools as a high school teacher, a school district business manager, a guidance counselor, and a high-school vice principal. During the 1960's he also served as adjunct professor of psychology in the graduate schools of both Siena and Russell Sage Colleges. A diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a member of the American Psychological Association, Bill was formally recognized by the New York State Psychological Association and by New York University for outstanding achievement in psychology in the schools. In retirement, Bill was an active member of the Cotillion, L'Allegro, and USADance organizations which promote ballroom dancing in the Capital district. Bill is survived by four children, Susan, Barbara, William, and Sally, and four grandchildren. Bill was formerly married to Katy Sivers. All of them have continued to be members of a loving and caring family community. A Memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, January 21 at 3:00 pm at the Riverview Funeral Home, Inc., 218 2nd Avenue, Troy, NY 12180. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend and may also call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. For those who may wish to do so, memorial contributions may be sent to agencies which advance medical research and social caring. These are our father's express wishes and we can only give you heartfelt thanks in advance.
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