Honorary Trustee Laura Houghton died Wednesday, April 9, at age 102. Laura Richardson Houghton was the mother of Rep. Amo Houghton and Corning Inc. Chairman James R. Houghton. She received an honorary doctorate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1961.
“The Colleges are grateful for Mrs. Houghton's service to the Board of Trustees. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,” said President Mark Gearan.
As a member of the Houghton family of Corning Glass fame, she is also a relative of the Houghtons for whom Houghton House is named. A tribute to her was published in the Thursday, April 10, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, April 11 Geneva Finger Lakes Times, and in the April 12 New York Times.