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SAUGERTIES - Herbert Jerome Sorgen, 79, of Saugerties, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Ten Broeck Commons.
Born in Brooklyn, on July 29, 1938, he was the son of the late Milton and Francis (Glass) Sorgen.
Following his graduation from Brooklyn Technical High School, he completed a BA in English at Syracuse University in 1960. Following graduation, he taught high school English in Central Square, concurrently earning an MA in English Education at SUNY Oswego.
In 1965, Herb accepted a position as an English professor at SUNY Delhi. A few years later, Delhi College offered him a sabbatical during which time he earned a Master's in Library Science from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. He then returned to the college as library director for the remainder of his career. He retired from Delhi College in 1993.
In 1998, Delhi College offered Herb an opportunity to act as a "foreign expert" as part of its exchange program with the Northwest Institute of Light Industry in Xianyang, China. There he spent three months teaching English and serving in the institute's library.
In the summer of 1962, Herb participated in an English literature course through the Experiment in International Living/SUNY Oswego which took him to the British Isles and France. While sailing to England, he met Nancy Riffanacht, a fellow exchange student. They married a year later in June 1963.
Spending time with his growing family was one of his great pleasures. A passionate outdoorsman, Herb loved hiking, small game hunting, target shooting, trout fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, camping and jogging. He was a force of nature. While teaching high school in Central Square, he enjoyed his role as rifle coach. He was later adviser to the Delhi College's Outdoor Club. For 35 summers he led hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club at Echo Lake Camp in Acadia National Park, Maine. He also led hikes for the YMCA Camp in Frost Valley in Claryville. Herb and wife, Nancy, were world-wide travelers from the time they met, visiting countries on every continent except Antarctica, sometimes multiple times. Herb was also an active member in the Delhi and Rhinebeck Rotary Clubs. In addition, he was an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Blue Kats in Saugerties.
Over the years he was a member of several synagogues. They were Temple Concord in Syracuse, Temple Beth-El in Oneonta, Temple Emanuel in Kingston and The Woodstock Jewish Congregation in Woodstock.
Herb is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy. He is also survived by son, David and his wife, Sachiko (Shoko), of New York City; daughter, Laurie of Poughkeepsie; grandson, Michael Sorgen; as well as an aunt and uncle; and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation.
Interment will be held privately.
Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Avenue, is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA, 02108, or Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL, 60201.
Published on August 25, 2017
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