Paul Kantor is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Fordham University. Since receiving his BA in Political Science and Economics at the University of Illinois and a Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Chicago, he has lectured, taught and conducted research on American and comparative politics at educational institutions here and abroad, and chaired the Political Science Department at Fordham University. He is author of many books and articles on the subject of urban policy and politics in North America and Western Europe. Paul served his discipline as John Marshall Distinguished Fulbright Professor, Fulbright Senior Specialist, President of the American Political Science Association’s Urban Politics section, and as member of many editorial boards.

Paul was born in Chicago and raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He began attending the Episcopal church when he settled in New York City. Paul married Anna Desmond in 1975, and they attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, New York for 35 years. They joined St. Philip’s Church in 2014 after moving to Cold Spring, and witnessed the baptism of their two granddaughters at St. Philip’s.


Dan Potts moved to Garrison with his wife Hildy in 2013 after 22 years in Sydney, Australia, and has been attending St. Philip’s since that time. He grew up in New Jersey, was educated at Harvard (AB and PhD), and is an archaeologist and historian with particular expertise in the ancient Near East, especially Iran. Having taught from 1980-2012 at the Free University of Berlin, the Univ. of Copenhagen, and the Univ. of Sydney, he took up a Professorship in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, in 2013.

Beginning as a child at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Verona, NJ, he has been exposed to a wide variety of great (and not so great) Episcopal and Anglican churches in Europe and Australia. Some or all of his three children (Rowena, Morgan and Hallam) and his unbelievably artistic wife Hildy have accompanied him on archaeological excavations in the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Armenia and Kurdistan. Living abroad for 32 years, with only intermittent visits to the States, and spending long periods in the Middle East on fieldwork, has undoubtedly shaped his view of the world. He loves living in Garrison and couldn’t imagine not being part of the St. Philip’s community. 


Laura Wilson has been a member of the Garrison community for twenty years and is an active member of St. Philip’s. Laura is currently serving on our “Future Initiatives Committee” which, has worked for the last few years to meet the financial needs of our church’s restoration and renewal project.  Laura is a Skidmore College graduate and a past member of Skidmore College President’s Advisory Council. She has also served on the Development Committee of the Civil Support Division of NYC’s Legal Aid Society. She currently serves as Vice President of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and is on the Board of Karitas, a grassroots led mission ministry in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

At Princeton Seminary, she is involved in an ongoing project in Spiritual Direction.  For many years, Laura served in leadership roles at Paoli Presbyterian Church, including as an Elder, Trustee and President of the Board during a major building campaign. At Marble Collegiate Church, Laura assisted in creating a Women’s Ministry, chaired the Board of that ministry, trained leaders, and led Bible Studies.  As a member for over 25 years of the Board of “Faith at Work,” a liberal ecumenical national Christian organization, Laura served as Co-­‐Chair of the Board, led the search committee that hired a new Executive Director, and led retreats on Spiritual Formation and building Christian Community for clergy and lay leadership.  Laura is honored to be nominated to serve on the Vestry.  She welcomes the opportunity to be in service to St. Philip’s as it is such an important part of her and her family’s life in Garrison, as well as the life of our greater community.