on August 7, 2014 - 7:45 PM
, updated August 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM
March 12, 1930 – Aug. 2, 2014
BATAVIA – Richard C. Call, co-owner of one of the state’s largest farms, died Saturday at his home in the Town of Batavia. He was 84.
A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, he and his brother, Robert V. Call Jr., expanded the farm founded by their parents into thousands of acres in Genesee and neighboring counties.
My-T Acres is now operated by Mr. Call’s three sons and a niece, Patricia C. Riner.
He was a trustee emeritus of Cornell’s board of trustees and recognized with the institution’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
He was also recognized with a distinguished service citation, the highest honor of the New York State Agricultural Society.
Aside from his involvement in many agri-businesses, he served on the boards of Genesee Community College, Genesee Boy Scout Council, Genesee Memorial Hospital and Batavia Rotary Club.
Surviving are his wife, Marie R. “Bea” Call; three sons, Nathan F., Peter R. and Philip R.; two brothers, Robert and David L.; a sister, Evelyn Brumsted; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Road, Town of Batavia.