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January '69: New beginnings for a new year

The Rev. Robert W. Withington (second from left) smiles after his installation as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Jan. 12, 1969. Celebrating the day are, from left, Cortland Hopkins; Rt. Rev. Allen W. Brown, bishop of the Albany Episcopal Diocese; Rev. Robert H. Brock, dean of the Mohawk Deanery and rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Johnstown; and William Schultz, the church’s junior warden.
The Rev. Robert W. Withington (second from left) smiles after his installation as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Jan. 12, 1969. Celebrating the day are, from left, Cortland Hopkins; Rt. Rev. Allen W. Brown, bishop of the Albany Episcopal Diocese; Rev. Robert H. Brock, dean of the Mohawk Deanery and rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Johnstown; and William Schultz, the church’s junior warden.
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Some people put away their formal clothing on New Year’s Day. Others keep top hats and tuxedos ready for other January events. The first days of a new year are often times when groups and societies install and introduce new personnel. In 1969, Rev. Robert W. Withington was smiling — he had just been introduced as the new rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Schenectady. Leslie Harris was also dressed for the moment, and ...


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