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Robert M. Cole
Dr. Robert M.
Cole was born and educated in Tarrytown, NY.
He completed his postgraduate education with degrees at Columbia
College, and began a career in dentistry during World War II.
An Eagle Scout,
“Doc Cole” loved the natural world and all outdoor activities. He was an avid horticulturalist and orchid enthusiast, and
served as president of the Westchester, NY Men’s Garden Club.
He built a home greenhouse, and received prizes in many shows
including the New York International Show. He lectured and traveled
extensively on horticultural trips to the British Isles, South Africa,
Japan, Swiss Alps, Pyrenees and much of the United States.
resident of Silver Bay, NY on Lake George, Cole enjoyed a vigorous outdoor
life that included sailing and hiking.
He raced his Thistle class sailboat on Lake George for over four
decades. The sailboat sported the
same monogram as many of his artworks - "Eloc", his name
establish the Nature Center at the Silver Bay YMCA conference resort and
furnished mounted bird collections to the Silver Bay Association and the
Warner Library in Tarrytown. He served as President of the Hague
Historical Society, and was a well-known figure along the shores of
Northern Lake George.