For more than a century, beginning with camper Eugene Cowlin (#742, Jack’s grandfather and a boyhood friend of Chief Beckman), the family has been a presence at Dudley. Jack’s first year was 1949; he served as a JL and leader during the summers of 1954-56. Though he was involved in the Rhythm Ramblers and edited The Last Whistle, it was a love of the outdoors that truly captured his interest for the rest of his life. Jack and his wife, Katie, honeymooned in Westport, with Director Bob Marshall announcing their marriage at hymn sing in July, 1961!
After a Ph.D. at Cornell, postdoctoral appointments, and several years on the faculty of Kansas State, Jack and Katie settled in Oneonta, New York, where Jack led a distinguished career as Professor of Chemistry at SUNY-Oneonta. He won numerous awards for teaching, among them being named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. Jack was an accomplished speaker and lecturer, as well as coauthor of fundamental textbooks for inorganic and general chemistry.
As an active member of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Kotz presented over sixty talks on chemical education and the use of technology to students and faculty at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Instrumental in the revolution in education facilitated by technology, Dr. Kotz served as the Director of Educational Technology for the College at Oneonta, as well as being a member of the Fulbright Advisory Board and Board of Directors for College of Oneonta Foundation.
Jack and his wife Katie have two sons, David (#12190) and Peter (#12135), who attended camp in the 1970’s. Katie was involved in civic activities in Oneonta for many years, and the whole family enjoyed camping and hiking in the Adirondacks. They lived overseas several times. Jack has retired, and he and Katie now live on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, when they aren’t traveling. Jack is an accomplished photographer, beautifully documenting their visits to remote areas of the world.
Twenty family members over five generations have Dudley camper numbers, including grandchildren Andrew (#19135), Ian (#19136), PJ (# 19137), Emilie (#20335), John (#20690), Mara (#21790), and Andy (#22490). Jack is pleased to be able to serve on the camp’s Board of Managers for the support and friendship that Dudley has given to him and his family over the years.