I saw several familiar names under the AHS Class of 1948 picture that appeared in the June 22 edition of the Amsterdam Evening Recorder. Among the 360 graduating students listed were the local attorney and judge Gene Catena, longtime reporter and talk show host Sam Zurlo, my old bowling partner Tony Sculco, Bell lab scientist Bob Laudise, Montgomery County OTB Commissioner Pete Bylina and the only member of the class who was attending Harvard the following September, today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog Celebrant, Edward A. Bogdan Jr.
His dad, Dr. Ed Bogdan Sr. was a native of Amsterdam and a popular Rug City physician. Junior would not follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. Instead, after graduating from Harvard in 1954 and serving two years in the Navy, he attended Albany Law School where he edited the Law Review and was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1959. That earned him a two-year appointment with the tax division of the Department of Justice in Washington. He then came back to Albany and became one of the most powerful lobbyists in New York State. He represented the New York State interests of some of the largest trade associations, banks, and corporations in the country and he became a scion of Albany society. He retired from his practice and relocated to Naples, Florida in 2000, at which time his son Edward A. Bogdan III was ready to take over his client list. He died on March 4, 2014 and is buried in the family plot in Amsterdam’s St. John’s Cemetery. His wife Florence and three other children survived him.