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Raymond Koss

July 22, 1929 ~ March 21, 2018 (age 88)

Raymond Francis Koss, age 88 peacefully passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital.

He was born on July 22, 1929 in Waterbury, CT, the son of the late Gustave Koss and Florence Miller Koss.

In High School Ray played shortstop on the baseball team and was a very good hitter gaining the nickname of “Killer Koss”.  Ray went on to Union College, played ball there and graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in chemistry.

Ray had a long and productive career at Sterling-Winthrop Research Institute working in the Biochemistry Dept as a Research Biologist.  He was instrumental in developing one of the first anabolic drugs, Winstrol.  Ray’s work ethnic was one of careful consideration of all sides of any issue in order to make the proper decision.  Patience was his major habit.  His motto: fail to plan, plan to fail.  He had a kind and considerate way with people, and was an excellent conversationalist about all things, especially politics. 

Ray was a member of the Albany Ski Club and hiked the Adirondacks.  Golf was his sport after college, becoming a single digit handicapper.  After retirement Ray made many trips to visit a friend in Palm Desert, CA where he golfed all the famous courses; PGA West, LaQuinta Resort and others.  Side trips included Las Vegas, Maui and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Ray served his country with pride in the US Army from 1951 to 1953. 

He is survived by his best friend, Joe Bartfay of California, additional friends and extended family who will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward Koss.

To honor Ray’s request there will be no calling hours or service.

 

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