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Charles R. Bailey, a State University of New York distinguished service professor of history at Geneseo State College, died of cancer Aug. 4, 2000, in Highland Hospital, Rochester. He was 62.

He was a specialist in early modern history and the history of education and was considered an important scholar of the French Revolution. He was a past president and member of the executive committee of the New York State Association of European Historians.

Bailey, known as "Randy" to family and friends, became a member of the college's history department in 1967 and was its chairman at his death.

"Randy Bailey served the college in uniquely valuable ways for 33 years," Geneseo State President Christopher C. Dahl said in a statement. "He was remarkable for his contributions to his department and to statewide organizations and for his enthusiastic support of cultural and intellectual life on campus. His presence and commitment to his students, colleagues and friends affected every aspect of our college community."

A native of Unionville Center, Ohio, Bailey held a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in Athens and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

He was a volunteer on numerous committees at Geneseo State and was a member of the advisory council for the community-based Geneseo Friends of Music.

He was made a SUNY distinguished service professor in 1997. The distinction, a rank above full professor, is accorded those who have consistently contributed extraordinary service to SUNY, their community, region, state or nation.

Survivors include his wife, the former Susan Ferrall; two daughters, Kate of Santa Monica, Calif., and Rachel of Rochester; his mother, Alberta of Unionville Center; and two brothers, Larry of Danville, Va., and Joseph of Perrysburg, Ohio.

A service was held Aug. 8 at Geneseo State.

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