Friday, 22 January 2016 09:34

Gerald Michael Erchak

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gerald Michael Erchak, age 70, died of cancer Tuesday morning, January 19, 2016, at his home in Saratoga Springs. He passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones.

Gerald was born on October 11, 1945 in Morristown, NJ, to parents Michael Erchak and Gloria Midroy Erchak. Gerald moved to Saratoga Springs in 1977 to become a professor of anthropology at Skidmore College, where he taught until retiring in 2007. His research specialty was the peoples of western Africa, where he was highly well traveled. Gerald has lived in downtown Saratoga since his retirement, and enjoyed going for walks on Broadway and eating at local restaurants. 

Gerald is survived by his four loving children: three sons, Ivan, of San Diego, CA, Alexei, of North Easton, MA, and Wyatt, of Troy, NY; one daughter, Abigail, of Minneapolis, MN. Other survivors include his sister, Donna, of London, England; his former wife and mother of Wyatt and Abigail, Jane Sandbo, of Minneapolis; his former wife and mother of Ivan and Alexei, Jenee Erchak, of Saratoga Springs; a niece, Clarissa Ward, of London; and several adoring grandchildren.

Friends and relatives gathered to remember him on Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Gerald to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 or


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