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John Howard Thayer 7/20/1942 - 8/17/2022

The Thayer Families Association would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and relatives of John Howard Thayer. He was a TFA member since February 1999, and Thayer Quarterly contributor in the December 2013 issue. 

John Howard Thayer, age 80, of Rome, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2022.

He was born July 20, 1942, in Rome, a son of the late Carlton E. and Rita Anna Alexander Thayer.  He graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1960. John was a member of the National Honor Society, played Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity baseball and was the captain of the record setting 1960 team (14-1).  He was a running back on the 1957 undefeated Junior Varsity football team, and the 1959 undefeated Varsity football team.  He also played freshman and JV basketball.  He graduated from the State University College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1964.  He was a member of “Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities” and Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity.  At SUNY Cortland, he lettered in Varsity Soccer, and was a Varsity Gymnast.  He also served as an assistant student coach of the Freshman football team and participated in student government and was a dormitory Resident Assistant during his senior year.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1966, with a Masters in Education degree in Personal Services.  This included a one academic year assistantship that he fulfilled at the State University College at Oneonta as part of his master’s program.

John worked as an Admissions Assistant at the State University Agricultural and Technical College at Farmingdale, L.I. from 1965-1967.  He then became a founding member and initial Student Services administrator with the title of Admissions Counselor and Registrar at Herkimer County Community College in January 1967.  He later worked under the titles of Director of Admissions, Assistant to the Dean of Students and Director of Counseling Services, and served as Acting Dean of Students on two occasions.  John retired from HCCC after 28 years of full-time service and 2 years of part-time service in 1997, and was awarded the prestigious “Torchbearers Award” in 2009.

Following his retirement, he moved to the St. Lawrence River area and spent many hours enjoying the 1000 Islands where he was at home while cruising the area in his boats.  He was proud of the fact that he only sank one boat while “at the river”.

John is survived by two sons, John Peter Thayer of Williamstown, WV, and Matthew Sheldon Thayer of Falmouth, ME; a daughter, Christal Rae Thayer of Ilion; a sister and brother in law, Rita and Frederick Hoffman, Lt. Col. USAF, retired, of Rome; a sister in law, Patricia Thayer of Rome; special friend and cousin, Kevin VanVechten; nieces and nephews, Christine Dambro, Erika Sperling, Michael Thayer and Bradley Hoffman; and grandsons Abraham and Simon Thayer.  He was predeceased by his brother, Brian E. Thayer in 2009.


Our Reunion Program Chair is Cousin Tammy Thayer and she needs our input! Please think of what you would like her to add to our agenda for our July 6-9, 2023 Reunion in Braintree, Massachusetts! (Braintree is the home of Sylvanus Thayer - Father of West Point - and the site of Thayer Academy, in addition to being the landing point of the first Thayer boys who emigrated from Thornbury, England to Braintree to start the Thayer family tree that makes us all "somehow cousins"! Can't wait to meet you all there!
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We have added the INDEX OF NAMES from all of Patricia Thayer Muno's "A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Families of America" so that you may learn which volume contains your family's information. The complete set is in Patricia's Corner in a searchable format.

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Marking Two Years Since Mayflower II's Triumphant Return to Plymouth Following Her Multi-Year Restoration. 

Speedwell ship drawingThe Speedwell (Left) was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. Later, it carried Thomas Thayer’s goods from England to Boston in 1637. Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER, was christened 16 August 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, and died 2 June 1665 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
C.A.Thayer Ship
The C.A. Thayer (Above Right) was built by Danish-born Hans Ditlev Bendixsen in his shipyard, located across the narrows of Humboldt Bay from the city of Eureka in Northern California. Bendixsen also built the Wawona (1897) which was dismantled in 2009. The C.A. Thayer was named for Clarence A. Thayer, a partner in the San Francisco-based E.K. Wood Lumber Company.
Click this link to view Harold Huycke’s 1957 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer in 6 parts. There are over 3 hours of video! Description: Harold Huycke motion picture film of C.A. Thayer (built 1895; schooner, 3m) restoration. Reel 1: Hood Canal to Maritime Shipyard, Tugboat Titan, and schooner C.A. Thayer. Reel 2: New stern, stepping masts, painting ship’s name, and Maritime Shipyard to Winslow. Reel 3: Winslow rigging to sea, sternwork, sailing return voyage to San Francisco. Reel 4: Deckhands at work and on rigging, sailing, lowering sails, arriving in San Francisco. Reel 5: Arrival in San Francisco assisted by tugboat “W 150”, visitors aboard, and Harold Huycke. Reel 6: Drawbridge, Maritime Shipyard, deckhands at work.
Captain Ottoman Friz’s 1958 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer
Captain Ed Shields motion picture films of the C.A. Thayer on her last cod fishing voyage in 1950. 
Axel Widerstrom motion picture film of C.A. Thayer final voyage to San Francisco
Historic C.A. Thayer returns to homeport after major restoration

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General meeting segment 1
Thayer Families Association General Meeting - Braintree, Massachusetts. Family Historian Patricia Thayer Muno, Saturday June 21st, 1997 Thayer Public Library - Thayer Heritage Presentation
Schooner C. A. Thayer
The C. A. Thayer is a wooden-hulled, three masted schooner with a long and colorful history. The last of her kind afloat on the West coast, the C. A. Thayer has hauled lumber, fish, coal, and war materials. She has survived 2 near sinkings and at nearly 100 years old requires much work to prevent her loss to wood rot.
General meeting segment 2
Thayer Families Association General Meeting - Braintree, Massachusetts. Al Morton, Saturday June 21st, 1997 Thayer Public Library