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Book chronicles Rochester Savings Bank

James Duffus, who spent 34 years on the Rochester Savings Bank board of directors, chronicles the bank’s 152-year history in a new book, “The Old Bank: The Rochester Savings Bank and its Presidents and Trustees from 1831 to 1983.”

Published by RIT Press, “The Old Bank” is a story of survival, telling how a savings bank held its own and continued business as usual through the Civil War, World War I and II, stock market crashes on Wall Street and the Great Depression.

The book is also a tribute to the trustees and presidents who served the bank and the community of Rochester during those 152 years, RIT officials said.

RIT Press plans a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. March 25 in the Lawson Publishing Center, second floor of the Wallace Library at RIT. Duffus is scheduled for a talk and book signing at 7 p.m. April 10 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Pittsford.

“I started working at Rochester Savings as a bank messenger making $16.50 a week when I was 16 years old in the summer of 1943,” Duffus said. “I fell in love with the bank then, and was surprised 17 years later when, at the age of 33, I was invited to become the youngest trustee in the history of the bank. My seat at the board table had been held by George Eastman and you can imagine how awestruck I felt.”

The book sells for $19.95 at

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