It is with sadness that I share that Lou Albright, co-founder of the Cornell CEA program and long-time member of our NCERA-101 group has passed away.
Louis (“Lou”) DeMont Albright, 81, of Ithaca, NY passed away March 26, 2022. Lou was born December 31, 1940 in Ithaca NY, to Richard and Catherine Albright, and grew up in Newfield NY, graduating from Newfield High School in 1958. He attended Cornell University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (1963), Master of Science in Food Science (1965) and PhD in Agricultural Engineering (1972). He served in the US Army from 1965 to 1968. After receiving his PhD, he took a tenure-track position at UC Davis, before returning to Cornell in 1974, where he taught until retiring in 2010. In 1994 he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. He was a dedicated researcher, teacher and advisor, receiving numerous teaching awards, including Cornell’s Weiss Presidential Fellowship. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, sister Janice, son Adam and daughter Amy, and step-daughters Darla and Rhonda. In addition to family and research, he had a lifelong devotion to nature and the outdoors, and enjoyed bonsai and stonecraft.
A small service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Newfield, NY at 1pm Friday, April 22. The family suggests that those who would like to make a donation in Lou’s memory kindly consider the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org.