Longest Serving Trustee of Power Authority, Dies at 86
April 11, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BINGHAMTONGeorge L. Ingalls, a New York Power Authority (NYPA)
trustee for 23 years until his retirement in 1990, died Tuesday at Our
Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. He was 86.
"George Ingalls is one of the giants of Power Authority
history," said Joseph J. Seymour, chairman and chief executive
officer of NYPA. "When he was first named to the board, only the
Niagara and St. Lawrence hydro projects were in operation. By the time he
retired, the Power Authority was the largest state-owned public power
organization in the U.S., operating 11 power plants and 1,400 miles of
Ingalls was appointed to the board by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in
1967, and his 23 years as a NYPA trustee17 years as vice chairmanis
a record. His lengthy tenure was recognized in 1991 when the powerhouse at
the Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in
Schoharie County was named for him.
Then-chairman Richard M. Flynn, at the dedication ceremony, said,
"Today, George, you join the immortals of Power Authority historyFranklin
Roosevelt, Robert Moses, James FitzPatrick and Charles Poletti. Your name
now adorns the powerhouse of the project that you envisioned and later
helped bring to reality, Blenheim-Gilboa."
Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief operating officer of the Power
Authority, said, "All of us at NYPA are aware of George Ingalls'
years of dedicated service and we are grateful for the huge strides the
organization made during his tenure on the board."
Ingalls was born in Danielson, Conn., on June 7, 1914. He graduated Phi
Beta Kappa from Amherst College in 1935 and magna cum laude from Syracuse
University Law School in 1939. Before receiving his law degree, he spent a
year as a high school teacher.
He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1952 as a Republican
and was named majority leader in 1961. He became minority leader in 1965
and chose not to seek re-election in 1966.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Joggerst Ingalls, of
Binghamton; three sons, Bryan W. of Chevy Chase, Md., Robert G. of
Binghamton, and John S. of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif; one daughter, Janety
Ingalls VanDine of Binghamton; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral
Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral
services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m., Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that expressions of
sympathy in memory of George L. Ingalls be made to Lourdes Hospital
Foundation. 169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, or any charitable