Lincoln "Linc" Cathers

Queensbury* Lincoln "Linc" Cathers, 79, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013. 

     Linc, a self-proclaimed "Mesothelioma Warrior", was steadfastly committed to helping find a cure for this tragic cancer caused by asbestos exposure and, to that end. he courageously participated in numerous clinical research trials at the National Institute of Health, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Columbia University. He was also cared for locally by his deeply committed and compassionate oncologist, Dr. Eric Pillemer.

     Born in Syracuse, NY, he was the son of the late Lincoln B. Cathers and Dorothy (Drury) Cathers.  He married Nancy M. Fletcher on Aug. 2, 1958, and was looking forward to celebrating 55 years of marriage to his beloved wife this August.

     Linc's academic accomplishments include; Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Officer Candidate School - he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, George Washington School of Law, and a one -year MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.   Linc finished his 33 year career at David Taylor Model Basin in Bethessda, MD. working on concepts for future attack submarines.  Upon his retirement in 1989, he moved from Washington, D.C. area to the Adirondacks to be closer to his beloved Lake George.

     After settling in Queensbury, NY, Linc turned his efforts to a second career as a financial counselor. For the past 24 years he was active with Rotary International and Boy Scouts of America.  Linc was an active member at Harrisena Community Church, an off-ice official for the Adirondack Phantoms and a community driver for the American Cancer Society. He was also an active member of Pilot Knob Association and the local chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

     Linc is survived by his wife, Nancy Fletcher Cathers, his four daughters, Caren-Hurley (Bill) of Anchorage, Alaska, Jennifer Keninitz (Don) of Germantown, MD, Courtney Rowe (Charlie) of Advance, NC, Lynsey Fitzgerald (John) of Queensbury, NY, and his sister, Marcia Allen of Hickory, NC. Ten grandchildren also survive him; Nick, Nate adn A.J. Keninitz, Kendall and Lyndyn Hurley, Wilson and Christi Rowe, and Hayden, Sullivan and Carlyn Fitzgerald.

     Calling hours will be held from 1:30 to 3PM and 5 to 7 PM, Thursday June 6, 2013 at Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY  12804.  Burial will be a Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery with full military honors.  A memorial celebration of his life will be held in August.

     At Linc's request, the family suggests donations in his name to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (, 1317 King St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703-299-0399), or Boy Scouts of America Twin Rivers Council (, 253 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205 or Rotary International-Clean Water Project. 

     Condolences may be mailed to Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804 or emailed through

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