"He was just witty, charming and smart. He was just very approachable and a wonderful person," said St. Rose Interim President Margaret Kirwin.
Kirwin says she'll miss Albany born philanthropist Carl Touhey. He was 95 and spent his life giving.
"He gave us two million dollars to start the Lally School of Education which has a gorgeous forum and Carl's name is wound around that forum," said Kirwin.
But Touhey's good deeds stretched farther than that with 125 million to Albany Medical Center and another million to new housing projects in Arbor Hill. Not to mention his leadership in the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, WMHT among others. Touhey also ran for mayor, rose to Captain in the United States Air Force and worked on a presidential campaign in the 40's. But as impressive a resume as Touhey had, those who knew him say, paper didn't do him justice.
"Carl Touhey exuded warmth. He was an extremely approachable person with a big smile and he was always interested in who you are which is always a wonderful feeling when you're across the handshake from someone. We honored him one year for his birthday. We loved giving him birthday presents and we're sorry there won't be another birthday party in the Carl Touhey forum," Kirwin said.
Touhey leaves behind four children. His son Charles continues his father's work at St. Rose and the Lally School of education with its urban scholarship program.