The Amherst Central Alumni Chorale, a vision of ‘58 alumnus Robert Laskie, is in its third year of producing wonderful music. It is almost 50 members strong. Our inaugural conductor and accompanist, Rosemary Dayton and Carolyn Russell, will continue on a part time basis. But the funds will be to compensate all directors and accompanists and ensure the future of the Chorale.
Bob sang with us until he was no longer able to, sadly succumbing to Pancreatic cancer. We miss Bob will all our hearts and it is our desire to begin a fund in his name to enable the chorale to continue bringing generations of alumni together sharing music, memories and friendships. We are forever indebted to Bob, Posy and Carolyn for spring boarding this wonderful group!
Please feel free to donate in memory or honor of Bob or another musical alumnus!
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Thank you for your support!
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(By Ellen Marshall ’69, ACAF Board)
Robert W. Laskie loved both of his alma maters, Amherst Central High School and Buffalo State College. Lucky for Bob, as a loyal alum, he never had to change his school mascot or colors. Bob always rooted for the tiger team in orange & black.
It is impossible to acknowledge adequately the devotion of energy, time and spirit that Bob Laskie gave to ACAF, Inc. In 1975, Bob was named a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Amherst Loyalty Fund which would in 1987 become the Amherst Central Alumni Foundation, Inc. A main reason for the significant financial growth over that period stemmed from a very successful 50th Reunion of Amherst High School. Bob was the Co-Chair of the “Golden” Anniversary which saw more than 1400 Amherst alums return for an “All Class” Reunion.
Throughout his more than fifty years of volunteer service to Amherst, Bob held a variety of leadership roles, served on virtually every committee and participated in all fundraising projects. He was a Past President of ACAF, Inc. and a key member of the steering committee for the new HS Track. Bob co-chaired each Educator Emeritus event and served for all 13 years on the alumni golf committee. He was a Class Director for 1958 and worked on their class reunions. When the Amherst Alumni Chorale became a reality in 2013, no one was more thrilled than Bob to return to his musical roots in Room #602 at the High School.
It will be hard to imagine the Amherst Alumni Foundation without Bob Laskie’s enthusiastic involvement. This year’s 14th Annual Golf Classic on July 23rd will be dedicated to the memory of Robert W. Laskie ’58.
For information on memorial service and to read obituary, click here––>