NASSAU - Meldon John Wolfgang III, 68, of Nassau, New York died July 5, 2013 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA after a long illness. He was born on March 14, 1945 in Albany, NY, the only child of Meldon J. Wolfgang, Jr. of Albany, NY, and Madeline Frances Scott of Brooklyn, NY. Mel was a graduate of Vincentian Institute in Albany, NY and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Mel served as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he taught English at the Mutolere Senior Secondary School in Kisoro, Uganda. There he met his wife Pat, a fellow volunteer and a native of West Virginia. They were married in Kampala, Uganda on August 23, 1969.
Mel served as Commissioner of Human Resources for the City of Albany and as an administrator for the NY State Cancer Registry. He also served as a Trustee of the Albany Public Library and as a Trustee adviser to the Albany City-County Archives, one of the country’s first intergovernmental archives.
An active and avid genealogist and family historian since 1961, Mel was the founder and owner of Jonathan Sheppard Books, specializing in out-of-print books on genealogy and local history, as well as re-publishing historic maps for genealogists and historians. He taught and lectured about genealogy and family history around the US and Canada for nearly 40 years. Mel wrote the genealogy column for the New York State Archives Partnership Trust's quarterly magazine “Archives” from 2005-2012 and wrote other scholarly and educational articles for the genealogist. He was a member of many state and local, national and professional genealogical societies and archival organizations and a Fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
He devoted many hours to researching the baseball career of his grandfather, Meldon (Mellie) J. Wolfgang, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and teams in Albany, NY and Lowell, MA, with a special emphasis on his days playing sand-lot ball and semipro ball in Albany and Lowell.
He was a past president (and until 2012, the archivist) of the Executive Council of the Kappa Alpha Society, the oldest college social fraternity in North America.
Mel is survived by Patricia E. Lockhart Wolfgang, his wife of 43 years; his sons Meldon J. Wolfgang IV (Sarah Minifie) and Andrew J. Wolfgang; and his grandchildren Lola Chapin Wolfgang and Miles Hooper Wolfgang. Funeral arrangements will be private. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Albany Rural Cemetery.
In honor of his grandchildren, contributions to the Massachusetts General Hospital Food Allergy Center would be appreciated.