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Philanthropist Jane Golub dies at 80

Philanthropist Jane Golub dies at 80

Philanthropist Jane Golub dies at 80
Neil Golub kisses his wife, Jane, at a miSci event on May 4.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

CAPITAL REGION -- Longtime Niskayuna resident Jane Golub -- a philanthropist, teacher and contributor to her family's supermarket business -- died Tuesday afternoon.

In an email note to friends, Neil Golub said his wife "passed peacefully" at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at 3:29 p.m., Pacific time.

The Golubs have been major influences in the Price Chopper/Market 32 supermarket chain. Neil Golub is currently executive chairman of the board of The Golub Corporation, the chain's parent company.

Jane Golub has served as the company's director of in-store marketing programs. She was proud of her days as a teacher; she spent more than 20 years as a teacher in the Niskayuna Central School District.

In 2016, Jane Golub mentioned her past career as she and her husband were honored for years of contributions to miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science. 

Jane served on the miSci board for more than 14 years, including a term as co-president. She also led fundraising efforts as a member of the museum’s Gala Committee.

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“Once a teacher, always a teacher,” Jane said at the miSci event. She also said she enjoyed seeing the reaction on kids’ faces when they came into the museum to see something new.

According to Jane Golub's Facebook page, she and Neil married on June 2, 1963.

Also according to her Facebook page, Jane studied elementary education at the State University of New York at Oneonta. She received her English degree from the University of Michigan. She went to Forest Hills High School.

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Over several decades, the Golubs took on a variety of leadership roles with organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Ellis Medicine and Bellevue Woman’s Center.

They also were involved with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Schenectady Day Nursery, A World of Difference, United Jewish Federation, Proctor’s, Schenectady Jewish Community Center, Union College, Double H Ranch, Jewish National Fund, Wildwood School and Special Olympics, among others.

They led the effort to launch a Woman’s Heart Health Center at Bellevue Woman’s Center, the first of its kind in New York state. 

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