SUNY Canton Foundation Campaigns to Honor Harry King

Harry KingThe SUNY Canton Foundation has revealed plans to raise $100,000 to honor Professor Emeritus Harry E. King, one of the most venerable and dedicated professors in the college’s history.

“We’d like to name the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory in Harry’s honor,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “In order to secure that right, we will be asking for donations from Alumni and organizations who know of King’s dedication and commitment to the college and community.”

King, who graduated in 1940, created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1946 in the corner of an old barn with only a few tools. He oversaw the program until he retired in 1983. Now, the high-tech SUNY Canton lab has computers utilizing the latest design software and numerous air-handling units for students to study.

“Since its beginning, the program has continued to evolve and meet the increasingly complicated demands and needs of our society,” noted Arthur G. Hurlbut, Emeritus Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Harry influenced my life and the lives of countless other SUNY Canton graduates.”

King’s foresight has produced countless successful graduates. Nearly 100 percent of Air Conditioning Engineering Technology alumni secure successful careers immediately following graduation.

King has been decorated with Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni awards and is a former Alumni Association president. Both a SUNY Canton Foundation scholarship and an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers scholarship have been named in his honor.

“There are a select number of professors whose names echo in the history of SUNY Canton,” said David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “Harry’s is high up on that list. I encourage anyone who has been influenced by Harry and his work to consider contributing to this namesake opportunity.”

King lives on Pleasant Street in Canton with his wife, Wilda. They have three daughters, JoAnne Danehy, Barbara King, and Martha MacArthur (class of 1974 and 1978).

The SUNY Canton Foundation began this campaign in February and is looking for donations of any size to reach the $100,000 goal. For more information, contact Development Associate Jeremiah J. Ayrassian at 386-7038, or by email at

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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