Pitkin, Joseph M.
HAGAMAN — Joseph M. Pitkin, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018, at his home in Hagaman.
Son of Corliss and Mary (Carney) Pitkin, he was born in Corinth on December 12, 1937. A specialist in the U.S. Army Reserves, he served during the Berlin Crisis and was honorably discharged in 1966. He received his PH.D. in mechanics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982, while working as an engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, from which he retired in 2000.
A devout family man, Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Jeanne; his five children, Michael (Janis) Pitkin of Burnt Hills, Stephen Pitkin of Clifton Park, Andrew (Adriana) Pitkin of Brooklyn, Christina (Brian) Milan of Cypress, Texas, and Elizabeth (Emilio) Nunez of New York, and his six grandchildren. He is also survived by his four sisters, Susan Lee of Clifton Park, Nancy (Christopher) Clark of Berwyn, Pa., Maureen Draganchuk of Ashburn, Va., and Jacqueline Vannoy of Port Ludlow, Wash.; and was predeceased by his parents and his brother, David Pitkin.
Joe shared his love of classical music with his family, relaxing at the piano many evenings. He also enjoyed solving engineering and math problems, woodworking and reviving furniture, and volunteering for his church. He loved to learn and had an appreciation for foreign language, as well as an uncanny ability to recount historical facts and dates, even while relating his childhood stories. He will be remembered for his ’punny’