RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Joseph A. Lemay, a longtime resident of Ridgewood and Ramapo College professor, died Aug. 27 at his country home in the Adirondacks. He was 82.
LeMay was born and grew up in Brooklyn, and later moved to Paterson. He was married to Moira from 1958 until her death in 2014.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he graduated from Penn State University in 1960 and received a master’s degree from Georgetown and a Ph.D. from Fordham.
A lifelong scholar, Lemay worked briefly for the government, then became a professor at Vassar College. He was a founding member of the new Ramapo College and taught political science and international business there for more than 30 years. He was particularly passionate about veterans, collecting their stories and encouraging them to share their experiences through lectures and writing.
He spent most of his final days at his home in Loon Lake, N.Y.
He is survived by his children Valerie (LeMay) Teal and Joseph B. LeMay; grandchildren R. Scott Teal, Kathleen (Teal) Zimmermann, and James Joseph Teal, sister Lorraine (LeMay) McShane, nieces Paula Sturla and Nicole Boze, and nephews Gregory Gruzdis and Sean McShane.
He was predeceased by his wife Moira (Fitzpatrick) and sister Joan.
There was a funeral Mass Thursday at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, Ho-Ho-Kus. Donations in his memory may be made to Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School.
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