Major One-Time Donor

James Watkinson, AEF DonorJames Watkinson (right) was born in Albany on Carmel Avenue. As an Albany High School student, Class of 1945, he spent time on the football and baseball fields. He graduated from Stanford University, and went on to have a successful career with Morton Thalhimer Inc., a commercial real estate firm.

Now retired, and living in Virginia, Watkinson wanted to do something to benefit his home town. He also wanted to remember his mother, Kathleen Watkinson, who was an Albany librarian for many years , and to honor his sister, Mary Wallmann.

Mary Wallmann (below), also an Albany High graduate, was the Albany High librarian from 1966 to 1992. She was a founding member of the Albany Education Foundation and returned to serve on AEF‘s Board again after also serving as a Member of the Albany Board of Education from 1998 to 2002.

Mr. Watkinson made a donation of $5,000 to the Albany Education Foundation with a request that the money be used for books and materials at the Albany High School library.

    Mary Wallmann, Albany High librarian



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