NYACK, N.Y. – Thomas P. Bailey, Sr., of Nyack, died Saturday, June 18, in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 99.
He was born in 1917 in Wilmington, Del., ,to Nathan Bailey and Anita Lynch Bailey. He married Joyce Wentz in 1944. He was educated in the Wilmington Public Schools and later attended Nyack College, Taylor University, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. He served in Patton’s Third Army, 65th Division, iduring WWII.
From 1951-53, he served in occupied Germany. He also served during the Korean War.
He held the EAME Campaign Medal with two battle stars, the American Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the U.S. Army Reserve Medal with cluster.
He retired from the U.S. Army in 1977. He joined Nyack College in 1947. He was the college’s academic dean for nearly 20 years, starting in 1958. In 1975, he was named president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. After retirement in 1982, the college designated him professor emeritus.
He was a member and leader at Simpson Memorial Church, past member of the Nyack Rotary Club, on the Board of Nyack Public Library and was a trained classical pianist and a humorist.
His wife died in 2012.
He is survived by his children, Thomas P. Bailey, Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Nyack, Ruth Cottle of Riverside, N.J., Deborah Bailey-Graff and her husband, Kerry, of Valley Cottage, and Michael Bailey and his wife, Cindy, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Thomas P. Bailey III, Jonathan Cottle, Jason Cottle, Katharine Graff, Connor Graff, Alexander Graff, Anne Bailey and Erin Bailey; and five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by sisters, Beatrice and Marian, Anita Bailey, Ruth Shinn, Marjorie Frankel and Mary McGarvey; and by brothers, Nathan Bailey and Richard Bailey.
Services will be conducted on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Shuman Hall on the Nyack College campus.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nyack College for the Thomas and Joyce Bailey Scholarship Fund.