LAKE PLACID — Laura Russell Viscome was born June 26, 1927 in the Bronx, the daughter of William G. and Laura (Josten) Russell. She died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 in Lake Placid following a lengthy struggle with multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer.
Laura was a resident of Scarsdale. A Roman Catholic, Laura attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale and Good Counsel Academy in White Plains. For many years she served as a station agent for the New York Central Railroad’s Harlem-Hudson Division.
In 1953 she married John Viscome of White Plains, and immediately following their marriage they moved to Lake Placid, where her husband opened an automotive service station.
After moving to Lake Placid, along with raising a family, she was an active member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and taught at Mount Whitney for many years. From 1959 until 1972, she ran the Lake Placid Youth Commission’s Alpine Skiing Program, offered without charge after school at Scotts Cobble, a small ski center then located off the fifth hole of the Craig Wood Golf Course.
She was very active in the Lake Placid community, including positions with the Adirondack Publishing Company’s Adirondack Daily Enterprise and later the Lake Placid News. She held public relations positions with both the Olympic Regional Development Authority and the Adirondack Park Agency.
Laura’s column, “Odds and Ends,” published in the Lake Placid News for more than 40 years, gave her the chance to express her passion for writing as well as her love of the Lake Placid area. In her later years she earned a B.S. degree in journalism from SUNY-Empire State College.
She became a volunteer at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society’s Museum and later authored a photographic book, “Then and Now Lake Placid,” with the proceeds being donated to the society.
Survivors include two sons: George and John, both of Lake Placid; and two daughters: Janet Viscome of Santa Monica, Calif. and Laura Jean Clark, her husband Mark and their children Samantha and Warren, of Lake Placid; two brothers: William and Josephine Russell of Chatham, Mass. and Tom Russell and Mary Thomson of Chocowinity, N.C.; and a sister, Janet and Alan Daly of Chatham, Mass.
Laura’s husband John predeceased her in 1998.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Agnes Church on Monday, Aug. 16 with the Rev. John Yonkovig officiating.
Donations may be made in Laura’s memory to the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society, P.O. Box 189, Lake Placid, NY 12946.
The Clark Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.