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One Year Later – UAlbany Remembers Richard Bailey

October 22, 2009



President George M. Philip speaks during a remembrance ceremony for student Richard Bailey.

Vice President for Student Success Christine Bouchard, Student Association President Joshua Sussman and Father Paul Butler listen as President George Philip remarks during a remembrance ceremony for Richard Bailey. Photo Mark Schmidt)

Following the echoing chimes of the noon Carillon bells, the University at Albany community gathered outside the University Police Department building to remember student Richard Bailey, one-year after his tragic and sudden death.

Students, administrators, staff and UPD officers huddled near the Eastern red bud tree and memorial marker – dedicated in Bailey’s honor last year – for a ceremony celebrating the 22-year-old Long Island native’s life and legacy.

“It was a tragedy that shook and saddened our campus,” said President George M. Philip. “Rick was an outstanding individual, filled with humor, spirit and generosity. His goal was to become a police officer, like his dad.”

During the ceremony, the University announced the first recipient of the Richard Bailey Memorial Scholarship, Samuel DeWitt, whose aim is to enter law enforcement after graduating with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree from UAlbany’s nationally ranked School of Criminal Justice in 2010.

To date, about $50,000 has been raised in support of the Richard Bailey Memorial Scholarship through generous contributions made by the Class of 2009 and members of the UAlbany community.

"I can't imagine what his family went through, but I would hope that I, as well as all of the other criminal justice graduates, would be able to carry on Richard's memory," DeWitt said.

Donations can be made to The Richard Bailey Memorial Scholarship by contacting Valerie DiRocco Ruskin, The University at Albany Foundation, at (518) 437-5090. Contributions may also be made online at, or by check, made payable to The University at Albany Foundation and mailed to:

The University at Albany Foundation
Richard Bailey Memorial Fund
1400 Washington Avenue
UAB 226
Albany, NY 12222

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