In Memoriam: Bill Knoble

To: The St. Lawrence Community

From: William L. Fox, President

Date: September 25, 2013

Subject: In Memory: Bill Knoble '15

With sudden sadness, I bear news of the death on Monday night, September 23, of William Knoble ’15, whom many of us knew also as the husband of North Country Public Radio Director Ellen Rocco.  Bill was studying part-time at St. Lawrence for a bachelor’s degree; he was very proud to be a geology major and spoke to me recently about the great joy he found in his classes and field expeditions.  Bill was also the owner and operator of Red Truck Pottery in Chestertown, NY, for more than 40 years.  

Jeff Chiarenzelli, chair of the geology department, sent a warm tribute to Bill, which I share here:  “Friendly and kind to everyone, full of curiosity, (Bill) had a remarkable capacity to engage others regardless of their age, ability, or viewpoint.  He was extremely generous with his time and help, and I know many of our students relied on Bill to lead them through the difficult material crammed into a modern geology curriculum.  My own memories of marching through the woods to look at remote outcrops; examining thin-sections that held many mysteries; trying to keep up with Bill during the hay harvesting; admiring Bill's handmade ceramic treasures in wonderment; driving students to unique mineral localities with Bill as my right-hand man; and Bill showing up at the geology party we hosted last spring with two baby lambs in the back seat of his car. These memories I will cherish!”

A memorial service for Bill Knoble will be held Friday, September 27, at 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton.   I invite you to share your memories of Bill on our website or to send your expressions of condolence to   For those who wish to honor Bill’s, memory, his family suggests consideration of gifts to St. Lawrence University’s geology department (in care of University Advancement, St. Lawrence University), North Country Public Radio ( or Bat Conservation International (


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