In Memory

James Palcic

James Palcic

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08/13/10 05:45 PM #1    

Thomas Bury


Most of you know that Jim Palcic was my cousin.  Jim had a rather short but remarkable career.  He received his undergraduate and masters degree from Syracuse University. He worked as Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell for 6 years. He left Cornell to get his Doctorate Degree which he received from Florida State University where he met Cynthia Ross and later married.
Cynthia was pregnant with their daughter Jenny Palcic when Jim died in 1980. He died in an unfortunate swimming accident off Nags Head, NC.  He was caught in a "rip tide" situation that took his life way too early.  A bench located in the Willard Straight Rock Garden at Cornell was donated by Jim’s many friends.
Jim and Cynthia's daughter – Jenny recently received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston and is now working at that hospital. She plans to be married on 12/31/10 in New Orleans. If you have time to jot down some stories about Jim, we can forward them to Jenny so she can see the impressions that the father she never met has left with his friends.  All in the family remain close and we often share fond memories about growing up in Gowanda. 
Tom Bury

12/25/10 08:50 PM #2    

Lawrence Frenkel

Jim was one of my first friends in Gowanda because of his family contacts with the state hospital where my father worked.  We visited each other during grade school (I attended in Collins) and became closer friends during Junior and Senior High School, sharing many friends (Tom, Ron, David, Judy, Karen, and many others).  We also shared the same puppy love (my lips are sealed).  Jim's humor and gentleness were hallmarks of his relationships.  We stayed in contact during his undergrduate years and thereafter.  The last time that he visited me at my small apartment in NYC where I was a resident in Pediatrics. We talked together for hours and hours.  He shared with me some of his horrors as an Army intelligence officer during the Viet Nam conflict and his love of his life.  I was heartbroken when he died but am sure that there is a special place in heaven for him.  My heart continues to go out to his wife and daughter.  Larry Frenkel.

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