In Memory

Eugene "Gene" Uchacz

Eugene Gene Uchacz

UCHACZ, Eugene "Gene" 62, a 12 year resident of Highland Mills, NY and formerly a resident of Washingtonville, NY and Boston, MA, passed away on April 27, 2010 at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, NY. He fought a gallant battle against leukemia-cutis for the past 10 months. Gene, lovingly known as "Pops" or "Coach", was born July 28, 1947 and grew up in Garden City, NY, son of the late Frank and Stella Uchacz. He was an Associate Athletic Director at West Point Military Academy for the past 25 years and previously an Athletic Administrator at UMASS Boston and at Boston College, where he was also the head lacrosse and soccer coach. Gene graduated from Tufts University in 1969 where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta. Gene, an avid Red Sox fan and Army supporter, enjoyed all sports. His interests also included history, revolutionary war re-enactments and Irish music. He has been a mentor to thousands of West Point cadets and was a friend to everyone who knew him. Gene's great sense of humor and indomitable spirit touched all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his son, Travis Uchacz, his daughter, Amanda Uchacz, his brother, Ron Uchacz and sister-in-law Karen Uchacz. - See more at:

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11/26/16 12:57 AM #1    

George Collison

I had just gotten onto this site after finding a link in the mail.  I was sorry to read of Gene's passing.  He was on my floor at 5th floor Wren hall.   I really liked Gene;  he was always so honest and straight forward.  Our studies and lives at Tufts did not overlap much.  I was at the bottom of the hill in physics and math much of the time, a rather closed society.   Recently I was diagnosed with a lymphoma (Waldenstrom's), in 2016.  With the advances in reading DNA sequences and brilliant biochemistry, there is a pill for this cancer.   In 18 months, one pill a day puts the disease in deep remission.  I looked it up online;  leukemia cutis is still very difficult to treat.  With further advances this disease will also be readily treatable in the near future.

I grieve with his family.  Gene was so full of life.  He was a fine, most gracious and honorable man.

George Collison  A69 math/physics

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