Former FM head dies

JOHNSTOWN – Hadley Sheldon “Stretch” DePuy, the second president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, has died, a news release from the college said.

A dean at Cornell University, Franklin and Marshall College, and at Hamilton College, DePuy was the second president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. He came on board July 1, 1972, and served through the end of 1977. He was honored by the chancellor of the University for the college’s growth and program development, the release said.

At the time of DePuy’s presidency, the college had been at its current location for only three years. Before then, the campus was located in various buildings in Johnstown.

The release said although FM’s campus was situated on 164 acres of land when DePuy took over, the enrollment was declining.

DePuy worked hard to change this, the release said. He worked with faculty, staff and sponsors to create technical programs. By their working together for the common good, the release said, enrollment was increased.

Some of the technical programs DePuy brought to FM included automotive technology, construction technology, electricity and electronics, food service, graphic arts, natural resources conservation, forest technology, transportation, environmental, science laboratory, floriculture, mortuary science, industrial technology, and nursing.

Also under DePuy’s leadership, the release said, FM was one of the first institutions that became involved in guaranteed transfer agreements as well as having high school seniors take courses at the college.

DePuy was born, raised and educated in Ellenville, Ulster County. He graduated from Ellenville High School in 1949. He was Student Council president, captain of the track and cross-country teams, member of the basketball team (where the nickname “Stretch” came from), and a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated with a baccalaureate degree from St. Lawrence University, a master’s degree from Colgate University and a doctorate from Cornell University.