Jean Stamm, City Librarian Dies at 74

Jean Stamm 2001 Retirement Celebration
Picture of Jean taken by Ellen DeLalla at her retirement party

Jean Stamm was plain and simple a wonderful person.  She and her friend and boss, the late Harry Dutcher,  were instrumental in creating the fantastic library we all enjoy today.  Her vibrancy, her curiosity, her generosity all combined to make her a great librarian. She enriched all of our lives.  I know I speak  for many when I express condolences to her husband, Jay Portnoy, and to the rest of her family. 

Below is the obituary from the Saratogian.


Jean E. Stamm SARATOGA SPRINGS – Jean E. Stamm, beloved wife of Jay Portnoy, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday March 22, 2016. Born in New York City on February 5, 1942, Jean grew up in Queens, New York. Always interested in learning, she took pride in her graduation from The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates as well as her graduation from Queens College and the Library School at SUNY Albany. Jean moved to Greenfield Center in 1970 and a few years later married Jay Portnoy. For over 30 years she worked at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, rising to the position of Assistant Director of the library and also supervising the Saratoga History Room. Her passion for the library was evident in her work on the passing of the library bond issue and serving as the library liaison to the construction of the current library building. Jean loved researching Saratoga Springs history, attending the Saratoga Racetrack and traveling. Her favorite destination was Hot Springs, Arkansas. She once wrote an article comparing Saratoga Springs to Hot Springs, Arkansas for which she received a letter of gratitude from then governor Bill Clinton. Besides her husband of 43 years, Jean is survived by son Gregory (Heidi) Limongi of Orlando, Fla.; 2 brothers, William Stamm and his wife Emily; Peter Stamm and his wife Maureen and 2 grandchildren Megan and Nicholas Limongi. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be conducted at 10am Friday, March 25, 2016 at the William J. Burke Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. Donations may be made to the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Online remembrance may be made at


One thought on “Jean Stamm, City Librarian Dies at 74”

  1. A wonderful person! So full of humor, opinions and life, and I was only just beginning to get to know her. She recently told me she wanted one of the bathrooms named after her at the library – The Jean John. While that would be great, I hope she gets much more than a Jean John in her memory.


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