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VOLUME 6

ELMIRA, N. Y. V JANUARY, 1936

NUMBER 1

DR. WALTER NELSON THAYER, JR., STATE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTION, DIES
R. WALTER NELSON THAYER, JR., Commissioner of          Mrs. Lehman and I extend our sincerest sympathy to
Correction of the State of New York, died Janu-   Mrs. Thayer and her family.
ary 6th at his home at the Institution for Male De-         President and Mrs. Roosevelt, among hundreds
fective Delinquents at Napanoch after a brief illness  of others, sent a message of sympathy and from the
with pneumonia. He rests                                                       Mutual Welfare League of
on a hillside in Fantinekill                                                   Sing Sing Prison, an organi-
cemetery at Ellenville within                                                  zation of inmates, came this
view of the institution where                                                 message of condolence:
he labored for many years.Orsnest                                                                 ymahs
Mr. Lhma ad IextndOur sincerest sympathito
sare. extended to you in these hours
Thayer, two sons, Walter N.                                                    of sorrow and mourning over the
Thayer, 3rd of New     York,                                                  loss of your beloved helpmate and
our friend. Our humble message
and Harry M. Thayer of Al-                                                    of condolence joins those of count-
bany A  rothr,  dwar  E.less multitudes of mourners in a
united expression of grief. We feel
Thayer of New     York, also                                                  that the State has suffered the
survives,                                                                     loss of one of its most devoted and
unselfish servants and that all
The funeral was attend-             41citizens will mourn the passing of
ed b  may  stte  fficalsthe friendliest of friends and the
ymost understanding of men. May
and  sorrowing   friends in-                                                  his soul rest in peace.
cluding Governor Herbert H.
Lehman, who, when inform-                                                          Dr. Thayer was born in
ed of Dr. Thayer's death                                                       Troy, July 5, 1875, the son of
paid him this tribute                                                         Walter Nelson and Adelaide
Briggs Thayer. He attended
I am shocked and grieved by                                               the Troy Academy, the Uni-
the  death of Dr. Walter N.
Thayer, Jr., Commissioner of Cor-                                             versity of Vermont and was
rection.                                                                      graduated    from   the  New
A career man in the Statethedical
service, he established himself asn                                                           ri      e
one of the foremost penologists in                                            College, where    he  was a
the United States. Dr. Thayer'sa
intimate knowledge of p r i s o nth                                                                     n
problems went hack as far as                                                   Christian, Superintendent of
1898 His enlistment in the ser-
vice in his own native State began                                             the Elmira Reformatory, in
in 1904, when he became Assistantof
Physician at Clinton Prison.                                                  dt fen   dlisthon  rieds far
Through various promotions hede-aClno                                                          Prsnfm
became Superintendent of Napa-                                                 1892 to 1899 and the first
noch in 1920 and retained that
position until he was appointed                                                warden   at Great Meadow
Superintendent of th  Maryland State Prisons in 1929. In  Prison.  After graduation Dr. Thayer served as
1930 he wa recalled to the service of this State by Franklin
D. Roosevelt then Governor. During the administration of  prison physician at the Connecticut State Prison at
Covernor Roosevelt and my two administrations, Dr. Thayer  Weathersfield, and it was while there on June 20,
served the people of the State loyally, efficiently and with
splendid devotion. His long and full experience and hi lead  1899, that he married Adelaide McDonnell at Danne-
ership will be greatly missed.                                            (Continued o Page )

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