NYSERDA honors Parker Mathusa

The plaque unveiled in the boardroom in his honor reads as follows:

"Dedicated to the memory of Parker D. Mathusa, who, over more than 30 years, served NYSERDA with distinction as an energy research program director and then as a Member of the Board and as Chair of its Program Planning Committee.

"A nationally recognized research scientist, Parker led with integrity, knowledge and foresight, with a steady focus on NYSERDA's energy innovation mission and the interests of the People of the State of New York."

Mathusa was a graduate of the Historic Little Red School House in Cedar Hill and Ravena-Coeyman-Selkirk High School Class of 1955. In 1958, he was a community ambassador for the Town of Coeymans in Amsterdam, Holland. Mr. Mathusa received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University at Albany in 1959 and his master's degree in engineering management from Northeastern University in 1970.

He was an Eagle Scout and served in the National Guard.

"He began his career in Newport News, Virginia, after receiving his Bachelor of Science in physics from SUNY Albany by serving under the command of Admiral Rickover," Delorio said about Mathusa's work on the USS Enterprise.

He was also selected and served as emissary to China for Energy Infrastructure Development.

After retirement, he served on the NYSERDA Board of Directors as a Research Scientist for 10 years and was Bethlehem's planning board chair, member of the Planning Advisory Committee, the Comprehensive Planning Oversight Committee, and the Quadricentennial Committee.

Cunningham said the event was a nice way for NYSERDA to acknowledge Mathusa's contributions and added that he wished he were still around today to with the new wave of energy initiatives.

"It was very nice event and a good way to recognize his work for NYSERDA," said Cunningham. "I was proud to be there and it reminded me of how much I miss Parker."

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