Bethlehem Central School District, Delmar, NY


by Clifford Lamere, Science Teacher (Sep 1967 - June 1991)


Webpage February 22, 2015     Revised February 25, 2018












Early History of Delmar High School and Bethlehem Central High School



Deceased Teachers -  High School & Middle School  (over 100)

     Guest Book for Margaret Dinova and Doris Quinn

Deceased Non-Teaching Staff - High School & Middle School  (over 50)

Deceased Staff - District-wide Non-teaching Staff plus Elementary & Substitute Teachers

     (over 190)  -  includes administrators, guidance counselors, secretaries, custodians,

     bus drivers, aides, nurses, cafeteria personnel, business office personnel, etc.


Deceased Graduates - All Years - (over 940 obituaries)  For a graduate to be included on this webpage, 1) an obituary must be found for the person, and 2) the person must be named in a yearbook. 

    When an obituary requires a fee to see it, or a link won't take you directly to it, the obituary has been copied and put on a Companion webpage.  When the obituaries on the old, free Times Union archive became unavailable, 174 links became broken.  These obituaries were copied and put on second Companion webpage.  A link from this All Graduates webpage will take you to the appropriate companion page and obituary. 


Graduates Not in Yearbooks  (over 50)  -  Obituaries said that these persons had graduated.  They probably did, because numerous graduates had no photo in the yearbook of their class.
Attended Bethlehem Central, but graduation not certain  (about 6)  -  Obituary said the person graduated, but the person is not in yearbook index.

Deceased Students  (over 25)  -  They were attending BCHS at the time of death

Deceased graduates for whom no obituary was found.  (in progress)

Alumni Directory of 1993.  Names 413 Deceased Graduates   12/3/2017

Class of 1964   Contains 52 deceased graduates with 42 obituaries, plus many comments by classmates.  However, this webpage is no longer being updated.  Those with obituaries are now also part of the All Graduates webpage above.  You should examine both webpages.



Andrew Joachim - Biology Teacher and special friend

Andrew Joachim - Biology Teacher - Yearbook Photos

Andrew Joachim (author) - Demonstrating Flight & Critical Distances as Survival Strategies in Living Crayfish

Andrew Joachim - Bird research outside of school involving students

     Heinrich Joachim - well-known cellist, father of Andy

     Heinrich Joachim - US Supreme Court

Warren Kullman - Science Supervisor 1964-1977, teacher 1955-1964

Clifford Lamere - Earth Science Teacher - Yearbook Photos

Norman Shartzer - Chemistry Teacher - Yearbook Photos

Thomas Watthews - Biology Teacher - Yearbook Photos

BCHS Science Department - Group Photo - 1970 Yearbook

BCHS Science Department - Group Yearbook Photos -  1969-1971, 1980, 1993-1996

Science Supervisors -  c1949-2015 (year of first BCSD science supervisor is uncertain)



Webster MacDonald - Industrial Arts Teacher

Louis Spelich - Art (HS)

Staff Photos - BCHS 1961-1983 (majority are 1963)

Faculty Photos - BCHS 1964-66



Guide to Preserving and Displaying Obituaries



Alma Mater (words to school song)

Near the mountain's silent splendor and the Hudson wide; Nobly stands our Alma Mater filling us with pride.
Sing the praise of Bethlehem Central, fight to bring her fame; Conquer all who dare to challenge, glorify her name.
Though we pass outside her portals when our days are through; orange and black her grand old colors, we will honor you.
Sing the praise of Bethlehem Central, fight to bring her fame; Conquer all who dare to challenge, glorify her name.





Bethlehem Central School District - official site

Bethlehem Central High School - official site

Bethlehem Public Library

   Bethlehem Central High School Yearbooks 1929-2016.  Select a decade, then a year.

   Obituaries in the Spotlight 1983 - present, and Albany County Post 1927 - 1943

   Directory of the Town of Bethlehem Cemeteries

   Records of the People of the Town of Bethlehem  (complete 461 pg book) - baptisms,

        marriages, censuses, cemetery records, and more.  A pdf file, it must be

        downloaded, then searched.

   Past Families in the Town of Bethlehem

   Spotlight newspaper issues 1955-2011


 Class of 1951 * (website) 

 Class of 1960 * (website)   45th Reunion Photos

 Class of 1961 * (website)

 Class of 1963 (website)  Photos of class play

 Class of 1964 * (webite)  Also see my page of deceased members above.

 Class of 1967 * (website)  50th reunion October 20-21, 2017.

 Class of 1968 * (website) 10/22/2017

 Class of 1972 - 30th Reunion Photos

 Class of 1973 - 30th Reunion Photos

 Class of 1974 * (website) x   30th Reunion Photos

 Class of 1977 * (website)   30th Reunion Photos   Fallen Classmates

 Class of 1987 * (website)

     * = I have had contact with that class, or I have a list of deceased classmates from their website.

     ~ = I emailed that class but haven't heard back yet




I Am An Eagle

A new song about Bethlehem Central by Mike DeAngelis

(Retired Middle School Physical Education Teacher & Coach; BCHS Class of 1979)


Mike DeAngelis wrote and performed this song as a tribute to his former colleagues and his beloved alma mater.

It was presented at Staff Opening Day on August 31, 2016.






Mike DeAngelis

Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar &

Vocals, Co-Producer

Retired BCMS Physical Education Teacher/Coach;

BCHS Class of 1979

Scott Apicelli


Owner/Manager of Blue Sky Studios;

BCHS Class of 1986

Eddie Hotaling

Recording Engineer at Blue Sky Studios

BCHS Class of 2005

Rob Lindquist


Band Director in Albany City Schools

Ace Parkhurst

Acoustic Guitar, Recording Engineer, Co-Producer

Owner of The Bombshelter recording studio

Ed Tourge

Bass Guitar

Retired Music Teacher Albany City Schools


Recorded fall 2015 at The Bombshelter recording studio in Albany, NY & at Blue Sky Studios in Delmar, NY.

Mixed & mastered at The Bombshelter.



Videos of BC students singing I Am An Eagle.


Bethlehem Central 2017 Choral Festival (Mike DeAngelis on guitar) (link)

Bethlehem Central High School 2017 Graduation (link)




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