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Peter '63 and Tina Radding

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Honoring the Memory of a Loved One
Winter 2017

Endowing a scholarship is a beautiful way to honor the memory of a loved one.  For couples who met at Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam more than 50 years ago, like Peter and Tina Santimaw Radding, an endowed scholarship at each college is even more special.

In 2014, the Peter and Tina Santimaw Radding Scholarship was established at SUNY Potsdam by Mrs. Tina Santimaw Radding, Potsdam Class of 1964, to acknowledge and honor the high-quality education that she received as an undergraduate at Potsdam, which prepared her well for her long and successful career as an elementary school teacher in the Corning/Painted Post School District. Today, as a retired school teacher, she continues to use the foundations of good teaching that she first learned at Potsdam as she teaches the game of bridge to adult learners in the area of Charleston, South Carolina.

Having grown up in nearby Helena, New York, Tina is honoring her North Country roots and her teaching career by designating her scholarship for a St. Lawrence County student, with preference given to a student preparing to be a teacher.

That same year, Tina established the Peter Radding ’63 Memorial Endowed Scholarship to assist students at Clarkson University who are enrolling in Clarkson’s School of Business, with preference given to those majoring in the Engineering and Management (E&M) program. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need, academic success and a strong commitment to personal growth and development as evidenced by their leadership and participation in extracurricular activities outside the classroom and/or in the community.

Peter, who passed away in 2009, had received his bachelor of science degree in Industrial Distribution (now E&M) from Clarkson University in 1963. After graduation, Peter worked his entire 35-year career at Corning in various technical sales, marketing and management roles, helping to forge Corning’s vision in telecommunication and fiber optics. One of his greatest passions was his love of aviation.  A pilot for more than 20 years, Peter donated his services to the Angel Flights program to transport critically ill adults and children.  He was honored as the Angel Flight Pilot of the Year and was also recognized by the State of Delaware House of Representatives for his “outstanding service to his fellow man by using his aircraft for the purpose of mercy.”

Peter served for many years as a member of the Clarkson University Alumni Association. In 1998 he was honored with the University’s Golden Knight Award for his devoted and committed service to Clarkson.

To make these endowment gifts, Tina took advantage of the now-permanent IRA Charitable Rollover Act, which allows donors who are at least 70-1/2 years of age to make a contribution directly to a charity from their IRA required minimum distribution (RMD), thereby avoiding taxes they would have had to pay if they had taken the distribution for themselves.

By establishing these two scholarships, Tina is happy to give back to the two institutions so that future generations of students may experience the benefits of a Potsdam and Clarkson education, as she and Peter had experienced.

(rev. 2/2017)

The 2016-2017
Brianna C. Malczewski '19
of Clarkson's
Scholarship is
Brianna C. Malczewski '19
a sophomre from
Elma, N.Y., majoring
in Engineering &

This year's receipient

Bittany Van Tassel
of Potsdam's
Radding Scholarship is
Brittany Van Tassel
from Fort Covington, N.Y.  Brittany is majoring in Elementary Education/English.

Tina Santimaw Rading '64 (Potsdam) and Peter Radding '63 (Clarkson)

Tina Santimaw Radding '64 (Potsdam)
Peter Radding '63 (Clarkson)

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SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University will soon celebrate 120 years of a partnership in service to the North Country and tens of thousands of students. Over the years, many of the students from each campus joined to form their own partnerships, most often in marriage. This newsletter celebrates those partnerships. In 2015 “Partnerships” received “Best in Category” honors from SUNYCUAD, SUNY’s organization for professionals in the field of Advancement, including alumni and development officers. “Partnerships” won top honors in the category of Innovations in Fundraising.