Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 7, 1988
A central school superintendent from northern New York will take over as superintendent of Oneonta schools Aug. 1, school board officials announced Monday.
Hans W. Dellith, 44, said he is looking forward to joining the Oneonta school district. He has been superintendent of Beaver River Central School near Watertown since 1984.
“We are all looking forward to our future association,” said Suzanne Hollist, Oneonta school board president. Dellith will replace Lowell Foland, who left Oneonta in March for a school district on Long Island.
Having just had a budget increase of 5 percent voted down by district residents, Dellith said he liked Oneonta’s city school system where the budget is set by the school board alone.
The new superintendent joined the Oneonta school district under a three-year contract. His salary for the 11 months of the 1988-89 school year that he will work in Oneonta will be based on annual pay of $60,000. In 1989-90, his salary will be $64,200, and the third year salary has yet to be determined.
Dellith is originally from New Jersey. He earned a bachelor of science degree with a major in economics from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University from Seton Hall College at South Orange, N.J., and a doctor in education degree from Fordham University in New York City.
From 1979 to 1984, Dellith was a principal with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Nassau County and subsequently executive administrator in the business and personnel division.
50 years ago
June 7, 1963
More than 100 Oneonta friends of Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Molinari were present to see him presented with a degree of doctor of humane letters at Siena College commencement exercises held Wednesday in Loudenville.
The Rev. Edmund F. Christy, OFM, president of Siena, conferred the honor upon Judge Molinari.
Justice Molinari’s citation, read by Rev. Brian F. Duffy, OFM, dean of the college, said:
“One of the basic manifestations of the freedom we cherish so deeply is the rule of law rather than rule by men.
“Our Secretary of State recently said that the rule of law enables us to pursue our eccentric orbits with a minimum of collisions.
“But collisions do occur, and then the law must be applied.
“To the application of the law as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Joseph Paul Molinari brings an excellent education — in Union College and Albany Law School, and wide experience — as district attorney, county judge and Children’s Court judge (in Otsego County).
“High offices in charitable, civic, and fraternal organizations attest the respect of his fellow citizens and his concern for and generous contributions to their welfare.
“Siena College joins Hartwick College in honoring him, according him the accolade of her degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.”
Justice Molinari was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at annual Founders Day exercises at Hartwick College in 1961.