James Cooney, former Skidmore security chief, died October 24, 2002, in Saratoga Springs. He was 80.
Jim joined Skidmore’s security force in 1957 as a patrolman and was later promoted to sergeant, assistant chief, and ultimately chief in 1976. He retired in 1983, and at that year’s commencement exercises he was awarded an honorary master of laws degree, to an enthusiastic ovation from the graduating class.
Former Skidmore President Jamienne Studley wrote, “Known for his college-as-family attitude, Cooney took great pride in the special relationship that existed between Skidmore students and security officers during his tenure of nearly three decades.” President Joe Palamountain had described him as absolutely dedicated, always looking for the best in everybody, always supportive of the college, and always fair.
A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, Jim served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II.
He was survived by wife Wanda, twin sons, a sister, and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.