James J. Cassidy received a BA from Albany State in 1930 and
an MA in 1933. A meteorologist in civilian life, Cassidy served
with the Army Air Force for 3 years during World War II, where
he organized the weather service at the Rome air depot and Syracuse
bomber base. After the war, he joined the air force reserves and
served as a weather briefing officer at the air bases in Rome
and Syracuse. When he retired from the reserves after 20 years
of service, he had reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.