2008-10-15 / Obituaries

Alexander Fraser Draper

Alexander "Sandy" Draper of Rhinebeck, NY, died peacefully at home on Sunday, September 21, 2008. He was born and raised in Goshen, NY, the son of the late Elizabeth Armitage Fraser Draper Gay and the late Henry Draper. A lifelong New York State resident, he spent many years in Garrison and had also resided in West Coxsackie and Chester, NY.

He attended Governor Dummer Academy, MA, and Arizona State University; and served in the US Marine Corps from 1945-1946 during WW II. Sandy's beginning in the Collie world began in 1948 with Cyn-San Collie Kennels and continued as a breeder, showmen, club and foundation member and AKC licensed judge for Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and Pembroke Welsh Corgies.

His club and foundation memberships extended across the country and worldwide and included: The Collie Club of America, Collie Club of Long Island, Jacksonville Dog Fanciers' Assoc, Collie Fanciers' of Central Florida (founder); Wallkill Kennel Club (founder and former VP), Hollywood Dog Training Club, Phoenix Field and Obedience Club, Arizona Collie Clan, and Tri- County Breeders' Assoc. He was the proud co-founder of the Collie Club of America Foundation, Inc., serving on the Board of Directors, as President, Vice President, and Grants Committee Chairman; and the AKC Canine Health Foundation, where he was elected to the Board of Directors in 1995 and served as treasurer until 2003.

In addition, Sandy was a member of the Hastings Historical Society, Hastings-on- Hudson, NY; the Mayflower Society (as a direct descendant); St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York; and the All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC.

Sandy's professional career was also full of leadership positions. He began as manager family's Black Acres Cold Storage in Goshen, NY; and continued with the St. Regis Paper Company; Allied Chemical Corp.; Electrovert, Inc.; Signet Industries, Inc.; Q-Tran LTD; and finally as Administrator to the Museum of the American Indian and as Deputy Director and Consultant to the American Geographical Society.

A devoted father, he is survived by his daughter and sonin law, Gail and Jeffrey Bauer of Mountainside, NJ, his son and daughter-in-law Scott and Susan Draper of Armonk, NY; and his beloved grandchildren Alexis and Christopher Draper. He is also survived by his former wives Cynthia Blair of Mountainside, NJ, and Doris Draper of Ossining, NY; his sister Elizabeth Draper of Harriman, NY; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations be made to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, P.O. Box 900061, Raleigh, NC 27675-9061 Online condolences may be posted at dapsonchestney.com Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson- Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market ST., Rhinebeck.

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