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Obituaries for current and former Scarsdale residents are posted online as they are received as a courtesy to family and friends who want to attend services. Obituaries are also printed in the newspaper on Friday if submitted to the editor, Debra Banerjee, by Tuesday at 5 p.m. There is no charge for publication. Submissions may be edited to conform with the paper's editorial style. To have an obituary published unedited, as a paid ad, contact Barbara Yeaker.

Henri Arnold

Henri Arnold, a veteran Daily News cartoonist known for his pun-filled “Jumble” and the one-panel comic “Meet Mr. Luckey,” died Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 97. He was a Scarsdale resident for about 40 years, until 2002.

Mr. Arnold’s career as a cartoonist began when he served in the Army during World War II and was the editor of the Comment magazine of the Army Airways Communications System. Under the GI Bill, Mr. Arnold enrolled at Cooper Union in New York City where he studied art. During the Vietnam War, he entertained wounded soldiers on a USO tour.

Mr. Arnold began his newspaper career as a sports cartoonist at the Bridgeport Sunday Herald, moved to the Chicago Tribune Syndicate creating a weekly humor page, and then to the New York Daily News where he was an assistant on the comic strips “Prince Valiant,” “Brenda Starr” and “Terry and the Pirates.” At the Daily News, Mr. Arnold created the cartoon “Ching Chow,” later known as “Meet Mr. Luckey.” A one-panel comic that wrote sage and funny advice, “Meet Mr. Luckey” became a favorite among bettors, who believed the cartoon contained cryptic clues for betting on horse races. The strip was printed between statistics in the paper’s sports section.

From 1960 to 2008, Mr. Arnold drew and later also made up the puns and riddles for more than 17,000 different puzzles for “Jumble: That Scrambled Word Game.” His work was syndicated in approximately 500 newspapers internationally and across the country. He retired when he was 90 years old, still receiving fan mail for his work.

Mr. Arnold had a lifelong passion for the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, “The Honeymooners” and golf, said his family. They also noted that he could never get over how lucky he was to have earned his living drawing pictures. “I’m not interested in puzzles. And I’m terrible at crosswords,” Mr. Arnold told the Herald-Tribune several years ago. “Art, ideas and gags are what I’m interested in.”

Mr. Arnold was predeceased by his son Ned and daughter Nora. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Harriet Arnold, as well as two step-children, Stephen Hillman of Los Angeles, California, and Linda Hillman Chayes of Scarsdale, and grandchildren Jessica and Daniel Chayes.

Ann Mary Nolan O’Neill

Ann Mary Nolan O’Neill, formerly of Scarsdale, died on Nov. 17 surrounded by family. She was 90.

Mrs. O’Neill was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on July 26, 1925 to Mary Gaffney and Thomas Nolan, both lifelong Waterbury residents.

Mrs. O’Neill graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. She received a master’s degree in home economics education, a New York State teaching certification and served on the College of St. Elizabeth board where she coordinated 15 alumnae chapters. She was a member of the American Home Economics Association and the New York State Home Economics Teachers’ Association. She taught in the Connecticut public schools for six years, taught cooking classes at Westchester Lighthouse for the Blind, and served as a substitute teacher after she settled in New York to raise five children with her husband Dr. John “Jack” O’Neill, whom she married in 1952 and who predeceased her in 1992.

While living in New York, she served as a coordinator of her parish’s senior living center, organized food distribution campaigns, and managed the local hospital’s coffee shop. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1985, the couple moved to Oakton, Virginia, where she was active in the St. John Neumann Catholic Community, helped form their 50-plus group, volunteered with hospice and Meals on Wheels, enjoyed jewelry making and traveled extensively. Most recently she relocated to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, near the home of her daughter and her family. She enjoyed her final years, always enthusiastic, always active, said her family.

Mrs. O’Neill is survived by her children and their families: daughters Maureen and Ann, and sons Brendan and William. Her son Kevin predeceased her in 2012. Mrs. O’Neill had 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, Virginia. She will be buried in Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, Virginia.

Donations can be made in Mrs. O’Neill’s memory to the Vineyard Conservation Society, Box 2189, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or Online condolences may be offered at

Elizabeth Davis Otto

Elizabeth (Bette) Davis Otto died Nov. 3 at the Clough Center, New London, N.H. She was 85.

Mrs. Otto was born on Jan. 21, 1930 in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Paul Milton and Constance Whitney Davis. She graduated from East Denver High School and attended Monticello Junior College in Alton, Ill., where she was active in synchronized swimming and basketball. She attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., where in 1950 she joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Mrs. Otto met Henry Otto in a religion class they both attended, and they were married on Sept. 20, 1952. While Mr. Otto was serving in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, they lived in Laguna Beach, Calif. They subsequently returned to Denver, then moved to Rapid City, S.D.

Years later, they moved to Scarsdale, where Mrs. Otto was active in her church, the Junior League, tennis and platform tennis, winning many tournaments. For more than 15 years, she worked as a teacher’s aide at Scarsdale High School.

Mrs. Otto and her husband retired to New London, N.H., in 1996. Mrs. Otto was active with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the New London Garden Club, Tracy Memorial Library, tennis and paddle tennis. She loved to travel with her husband, and each year took a trip with five close college classmates.

Mrs. Otto is survived by her husband, Henry, of 63 years, her children and grandchildren: Henry and Bonnie Otto of Midland, Mich., and their son, Paul; Stephen and Sue Otto of Jacksonville, N.C., and their son, Matthew; Elizabeth and Christopher Paquette of Grantham, N.H., and their children, Kyle and Haleigh.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Gould Road, New London, N.H., and a private burial will be in the Kelsey Memorial Garden at St. Andrew’s.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 294; the New London Historical Society, P.O. Box 965; or to the New London Hospital, 273 County Road, all located in New London, NH 03257. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, N.H., is assisting the family with arrangements.

Stanley I. Batkin

Stanley I. Batkin of Scarsdale died on Oct. 25, just one week after his 101st birthday. An alumnus of James Madison High School and New York University, Mr. Batkin had a long career in business managing with his brother Sandy the folding carton company founded by their father in 1910.

Mr. Batkin was the driving force behind the move of Beth El Synagogue to its current location and the design and construction of its building. He was involved in every aspect of the interior and exterior design, using the work of Israeli artists throughout. He served as president of Beth El for six years. He wrote a book on the synagogue design process, detailing the art in the building and the biblical references in the architecture. Mr. Batkin was active in many philanthropic organizations, mostly related to Israeli and Jewish causes.

Mr. Batkin was the family genealogist, publishing volumes of the Tenzer family and the Batkin family genealogies. He had a great love of Israeli art and Judaica, and spent considerable time in Israel, traveling there regularly for many years. His photographic skills led him to take portraits of many Israeli artists, resulting in a show of his work at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

He was predeceased by Selma Batkin, his childhood sweetheart and wife of 55 years. He is survived by his daughter Gloria Kahn and her husband Bob, his son Alan and his wife Jane, five grandchildren: Andrew Batkin, Erik Kahn (and his wife Katie), Karin Kahn (and her husband Jay Lebed), Amy Knox (and her husband Randy) and Jennifer Ruoff (and her husband Craig) and 10 great-grandchildren: Avery, Elizabeth, Ethan, Henry, Joseph, Lucy, Piera, Pryor, Talia and William. He leaves behind Donna Sommer Batkin, his wife for the past 21 years. He is also survived by his brother Sandy, his business partner for over 45 years, and his sister Doris Cantor. Funeral services were held at Beth El Synagogue, New Rochelle on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

David Theodore Mintz

David T. Mintz died at home in Scarsdale on Oct. 19 at the age of 93. Dr. Mintz was an internist in private practice for over 40 years, serving as attending physician at White Plains Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center, as well as for the Sanitation Department of the City of New York. He also was active in several local medical associations.

Dr. Mintz was also a passionate musician. As a pianist, cellist and composer, he participated in a variety of local theater, orchestra, and chamber music organizations. For many years he hosted chamber music sessions at home every week, working toward mastery of the repertoire, especially Beethoven quartets.

Dr. Mintz graduated from Harvard College and the New York University School of Medicine. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946, and again from 1948 until 1949, achieving the rank of captain. He moved to Scarsdale in 1956 and began his medical practice at an office attached to his residence. Though it was a bit hard to find, his practice attracted many devoted patients who still remember him with gratitude, said his family.

Dr. Mintz is survived by his children Deborah and Daniel, and his grandchildren, Jason, Joseph and Drew. Barbara Mintz, his wife of nearly 61 years, died in April.

His family suggests that donations in his memory may be made to White Plains Hospital and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

Beverly Ehret

Beverly Jean Quinn Ehret, a Scarsdale resident for nearly 60 years, died on Oct. 17 at the age of 86. She was born on April 6, 1929, in Bogota, N.J., to George Quinn and Dorothy Thorne Quinn. She was the oldest of three daughters, having younger sisters Edith and Betty. She enjoyed a large extended family in the Bogota area, with aunts, uncles and cousins all nearby.

Mrs. Ehret’s early years included piano lessons, which ultimately led to her professional calling. After high school, she attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After her marriage to Walter Ehret, she began a life in Malverne, N.Y., but moved to Scarsdale in 1956, where they stayed in the same house for almost 60 years.

The move to Scarsdale shaped Mrs. Ehret’s life in many ways, both personally and professionally. She became a piano teacher at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, where she taught for 50 years. She was a career-oriented person, a working mom long before it was fashionable. Besides her teaching career, Mrs. Ehret was a business partner to husband in his choral arranging business, often helping with bookkeeping, billing and other administrative tasks. As busy as she was, her family was the center of her life, they said. She never missed an event in her children’s lives, regularly planned family vacations and special outings, and always celebrated holidays with many extended family members, with important traditional family recipes, said her family.

The people Mrs. Ehret met in her early years in Scarsdale also became longtime friends, right until the day she died. She began playing tennis at the age of 40, and continued to meet her tennis friends regularly for lunch until last month.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Ehret attended concerts, opera and movies. She enjoyed lively conversations about current events and politics. In recent years, as a widow, she started a new life for herself at the Trump Tower in White Plains, where she maintained an active social life and traveled. It was on an adventure to Montreal where she became ill.

Mrs. Ehret was predeceased by her husband in November 2009. She is survived by two children, Christine Marver and David Ehret.

Riviello memorial service

The family of Mary Ellen Riviello (nee Walsh) has planned a memorial mass of celebration in her honor on Saturday, Oct. 24 at noon at Sacred Heart Church, 417 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. A Scarsdale resident until 2001, Mrs. Riviello died on Aug. 18. She is survived by her husband James Riviello and children Mark, Kevin and Erin.

Edgar Astrove

Edgar Astrove, a Scarsdale resident from 1954 to 2005, died Oct. 13. He was 89. Mr. Astrove was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Katherine Adler Astrove. He is survived by his companion of many years, Sue Cohen, his son Jim and wife Ann, his daughter Jane Graver, and his grandchildren Melissa, Bennett and Grace.

Mr. Astrove served in the U.S. Army during World War ll. He was an alumnus of the College of New York and received graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. Mr. Astrove was a dedicated philanthropist, inventor, artist and harmonica player.

His family offered a special thanks to the staff of Right at Home of New Haven and the Whitney Center.

A graveside service will be at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla, Friday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. A celebration of Mr. Astrove’s life will be held later that day at 2 p.m. at the Lawn Club in New Haven, Conn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Gerald Hillman

Gerald Hillman of Scarsdale died Oct. 5 at the age of 82.

Mr. Hillman was born in the Bronx on April 3, 1933 to the late Samuel and Angelina (Russo) Hillman. Mr. Hillman was a United States Air Force veteran and worked for many years as a manager of medical systems for IBM.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Iris Durell Hillman, as well as his children David and his wife Lisa Cohen of Manhattan; Deborah Goldberg and her husband Neal of Scarsdale; and grandchildren Isabel, Henry, Ava, Jacqueline and Evelyn. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Hillman.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes, Scarsdale.

Jerome A. Ehrlich, M.D.

Jerome A. Ehrlich, M.D., formerly of Scarsdale, died on Oct. 12 at the age of 93. He was the son of Anna and Benjamin Ehrlich and brother of the late Marcia Ehrlich Pavloff.

Dr. Ehrlich was a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Health Sciences at Chicago Medical School. He was board certified and a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, with a sub-specialty in ear-nose-throat. He served as a captain and physician in the U.S. Army serving in Germany during the Korean War in an AAA Battalion, and later in the Fifth General Hospital from 1953 to 1955. He was an attending physician at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville for over 40 years, and held multiple positions on various hospital boards. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 52 of Scarsdale.

Dr. Ehrlich was an avid tennis player, equestrian, scuba diver and musician. He will be remembered for his zest for life, travel and adventure, said his family.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Francine, and his children Richard Ehrlich, Dr. Amy Ehrlich Charney and her husband Lewis Wise, Dr. James B. Ehrlich and his wife Janet Cagen, and Wendy Ehrlich and her husband Dr. Todd Jick; his grandchildren Erica Charney and her husband Dr. Robert Rix, Dr. Julie Ehrlich, Rachel Ehrlich, Drew Ehrlich, Jeffrey Ehrlich and Margot Ehrlich, and the late Aron Charney; and one great grandchild, Ryan Charney Rix.

A service was held at Temple Israel in White Plains on Oct. 14, and interment at Kensico Cemetery, Sharon Gardens.

Arthur Ash

Arthur Ash, a former contributor to The Scarsdale Inquirer, died on Sept. 22 at the age of 96. Until 2001, Dr. Ash had been a resident of Scarsdale for 37 years.

The son of Max and Sylvia Ash, he was born in the Bronx on April 20, 1919, graduated from high school at age 15, college at age 19, and New York University College of Dentistry at age 23. He went directly into the United States Army as a lieutenant in the Second World War. Because of points accumulated during his three years overseas and participation with a decorated unit in each of the five battles in the European Theater of Operations, Dr. Ash was one of the first dental officers to be discharged.

In 1946, Dr. Ash married Helen Bakal whom he had known since childhood. After the war, he studied at Columbia University for two years under the GI Bill, and subsequently began his practice as an orthodontist in Mount Vernon. He loved his patients and singing to them the ditties he composed, such as: “Brush brush, floss floss. Your orthodontist is the boss.” Dr. Ash also served as the consulting orthodontist to New York State for Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Dr. Ash retired in 1992 after his second heart attack, and spent time writing. He had long been a humor columnist for the “Bulletin” of the Ninth District Dental Society of the State of New York and a freelance contributor to The New York Times. From 1992 to 2002, he also was an op-ed page columnist for The Scarsdale Inquirer for which, in the New York Press Association’s 2000 Better Newspaper Contest, he received first place, out of a field of 234, for best humor column, “Once Over Lightly.” Following the death of his wife in 2006, he continued his writing from the Continuing Care Community of Kendal-on-Hudson.

“Arthur Ash shared his warm heart and a delightful sense of humor with the Inquirer for many years,” said former Inquirer editor Linda Leavitt. “I eagerly anticipated Arthur’s monthly columns — especially his clever end-of-the-year poems. His satire of national and local issues was affectionate, never mean, and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Dr. Ash is survived by two daughters, Jane Ash and Nancy Ash, and a granddaughter Emily Ash Gallant. His grandson, William Ash Gallant, died in 1998. A memorial service will be planned at Kendal-on-Hudson in the near future. Contributions in Dr. Ash’s memory may be made to the William Ash Gallant Memorial Fund for Cardiac Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In 2004, the Inquirer published Dr. Ash’s “A Year is Ending (Another’s Pending)”: “It was a year that is almost behind us. I offer this oeuvre to serve to remind us. We never know where the future will find us. It may come as a blessing or come as a curse; however it comes, it could always be verse.”

Charles S. Hallac

Charles Shaul Hallac of Scarsdale, a co-president of the asset management giant BlackRock and the architect of its industry-leading investment operating system, Aladdin, now in use around the world, died on Sept. 9 in Manhattan. He was 50. He had been treated for colon cancer for almost four years.

Mr. Hallac, whose specialty was in operations and technology, was the first official employee to be hired at BlackRock when the firm opened its doors in 1988; BlackRock is now the largest publicly traded fund management company in the world, overseeing $4.7 trillion.

The Aladdin investment platform, conceived and put in place by Mr. Hallac, became BlackRock’s central nervous system, uniting and connecting the firm’s main trading, risk-management and communication functions. It was an innovative step at the time because most investment management firms, unlike their investment banking counterparts, did not have sophisticated technology operations.

But Mr. Hallac and BlackRock founder and chief executive Laurence Fink, who had worked together at the First Boston Corp. as mortgage professionals, had a vision of an entrenched risk-management system that would be unique to BlackRock and ensure that the firm’s traders and investors were all on the same page when it came to making investment decisions.

Aladdin became a central part of BlackRock Solutions, the firm’s risk management and advisory department, which Mr. Hallac set up in 2000. The Aladdin operating system is now used by 70 financial firms worldwide. BlackRock Solutions emerged as a major adviser to the United States Treasury and the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.

Mr. Hallac became the firm’s chief operating officer in 2009 and played a central role in the integration of Barclays Global Investors, the index giant that BlackRock purchased in 2009.

Despite undergoing cancer treatment, Mr. Hallac, known to all as Charlie, reported to work at BlackRock’s offices in Midtown Manhattan whenever he could, and through much of the summer he was putting in a full day’s work, the firm said.

Mr. Hallac was born on Oct. 20, 1964, in Tel Aviv and moved to the Philippines as a toddler. He grew up in Manila and graduated from International School Manila before going on to Brandeis University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science in 1986.

Mr. Hallac is survived by his parents, David and Linda; his wife, Sarah; and three children, David, Rebecca and A.J.

Raymond Smolover
President Barack Obama congratulated Dr. Smolover on his 90th birthday.

Cantor Dr. Raymond Smolover died at home on Sept. 11, surrounded by his family. He was 94.

He was a cantor in the Reform Jewish movement, a progressive clergyman dedicated to interfaith collaboration, an operatic and concert tenor, composer, librettist, teacher, author, and scholar.

In 1921, just months after he was born, his parents carried him as they walked across Europe away from pogroms in Ukraine. His family settled in Pittsburgh, Pa., where Dr. Smolover at age 8 became a boy soprano soloist in orthodox synagogues, and then a singer in gospel tents throughout Pittsburgh.

At Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, Dr. Smolover served as cantor and music director from 1949 to1994, and cantor emeritus from 1994 to 2015. He also served as executive vice president of the America Conference of Cantors from 1968 to 1992. For more than six decades Dr. Smolover was a leading figure within the Reform Jewish movement in America, a respected educator, and a driving force behind the creation, production, and promotion of new artistic music of Jewish experience within and beyond the synagogue, said his family.

Dr. Smolover was a classically trained tenor and first-place winner of numerous awards, including the 1948 Jewish Concert Bureau Competition, and the 1952 Metropolitan Opera Auditions on the Air. His professional singing career included leading tenor roles with the New York City Opera, the New England Opera Theater, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, and numerous concerts at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and on television. His recordings of art songs, liturgy, and original compositions, include: “The Sound of the Shofar:  Music of the High Holy Days,” “Yiddish and Israeli Art Songs and Duets,” “Chassidic Sabbath,” “Chassidic Gems,” “Edge of Freedom,” “Gates of Freedom” and “Where the Rainbow Ends.”

During the 1950s, Dr. Smolover founded and directed the Opera Theatre of Westchester and the Westchester Music Drama Theater, which commissioned and produced chamber operas of Jewish content, all with his own libretti: “Isaac Levi,” “Chelm,” “The Golem,” “The Sons of Aaron,” “The Last Sabbath” and “David, Son of Jesse.”

At age of 47, Dr. Smolover began to compose liturgical music. His initial composition, “Edge of Freedom,” the first folk-rock Friday night service, was commissioned by the National Federal of Temple Youth, premiered at the Biennial of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in Montreal, Canada, and recorded by Bell records in 1967. “Edge of Freedom” was followed by “Gates of Freedom,” a folk-rock Saturday morning service. Cantor Smolover wrote “Proclaim Liberty,” a work for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra that was presented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta on the occasion of the American bicentennial, with Mayor Andrew Young narrating; and “Where the Rainbow Ends,” an interfaith folk-rock cantata and ceremony that was commissioned by the American Jewish Committee, the Council of Churches, and Canisius College of Buffalo, N.Y., premiered in New York City at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and performed later at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Interviews and a collection of some of Cantor Smolover’s compositions are available on the Milken Archives of Jewish Music website.

Dr. Smolover was actively engaged in voice research and education for five decades. He maintained a voice studio in Manhattan, and taught voice privately in Manhattan and Scarsdale for many years.

He published several books, including “The Vocal Essence,” a handbook for singers and actors (1971); “Vocal Behavior Analysis and Modification” (1983), which began as his doctoral dissertation; and “Sing Your Best: Seven Vocal Exercises That Really Work” (2006). As a teacher of voice in New York City, he taught a broad spectrum of opera, theater, and recording artists, including Richard Kiley, Tony Randall, and Paul Dano, and worked with both young and mature voices. Dr. Smolover became director of the Foundation for Research in Singing of the International Association for Research in Singing, overseeing a network of research associates, and generating a number of voice research symposia. He presented “Singers in Performance” at the New York City Public Theater, “Project Trysing: Training Young Singers” at New York University, and “Singing Dancers/Dancing Singers” at the New School for Social Research.

Dr. Smolover’s “Legacy Haggadah” was published in 2012. He is also the author of a screenplay “The Legacy,” and numerous children’s books, short stories, and books for families, including “How to be the Best Grandfather in the World.”

Following the receipt of his bachelor of arts degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology/Carnegie Mellon University, where in addition to being a voice major he was the concert master of the orchestra, he served as a chaplain in the United States Army. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, followed by a professional diploma in music education. He received his cantorial education and investiture from the School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and then earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University.

Dr. Smolover celebrated his 90th birthday in Washington, D.C. and was honored at Temple Sinai at a special Shabbat Shira service featuring his compositions. Following the service, said his family, he was personally congratulated by President Barack Obama who asked Cantor Smolover what the secret was to his longevity. Dr. Smolover replied that he attributed it to three things: “a little luck, a lot of love, and the wisdom to feel and express gratitude.”

Cantor Smolover was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Ada Goltz Smolover. He is survived by his three children, Maura Smolover and her husband Peter Zsiba, David Smolover and his wife Barbara, Deborah Smolover and her husband Eric Bord, and four grandchildren, Jesse Smolover, Alesandra Zsiba, Liana Eve Smolover-Bord and Aydin Isaac Smolover-Bord.

Cynthia Anne Billings

Cynthia Anne Billings, formerly of Edgemont, died March 18 in Arlington, Texas after a battle with lung cancer.

She was born Feb. 9, 1933 to Raymond R. Billings and Virginia Billings in Mexico City, where her father was an attorney representing American companies. She was the youngest in the family of three children with brother Richard (“Dick”) Billings and Charles Chambers. In the late 1930s, the family moved to Kempster Road in Edgemont.

Ms. Billings attended St. Catherine’s Boarding school in Virginia from 1946 to 1950, and Wells College, graduating in 1954 with a degree in chemistry. Finding it difficult at the time to break into the chemical industry, Ms. Billings attended secretarial school and in 1955 began work at Time-Life Magazine in the advertising sales department, and eventually moved into the editorial department. In 1960, she took a position with “News Front” magazine, and in 1965 became an editor for “The Gallagher Report.” By 1972, she was promoted to president and editor for “The Gallagher Report,” “Gallagher President’s Report” and oversaw World Wide Publications, a magazine subscription agency. She held those positions until 1990 when she retired. 

During her editorial career, Ms. Billings interviewed Fortune 500 company presidents, CEOs and senior marketing executives. Her family said that she paved the way for women as an executive in her field, and though she had to fight, she got the respect of those she interviewed.

She lived in New York City until the early 1990s when she moved back to her family’s home in Scarsdale.  In 2005, she moved to Arlington.

Ms. Billings traveled extensively during her professional years and retirement. She was a season subscriber to the New York Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and New York Ballet. She was active in the Junior League, Scarsdale Woman’s Club and was liaison to the Scarsdale Arts Council. She was a member of St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church for over 50 years.

She is survived by her brother Dick and his wife Billie of Sun City Center Fla.; nephew Chuck Chambers of Arlington, Texas; niece Barbara Chambers of Houston, Texas.; nephew Jeffrey Billings and his wife Robin of Brentwood, Tenn.; nephew Brad Billings and his wife Ramona, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and nephew Bill Billings and his wife Deanna of Sunrise, Fla.; and grandnephews Gregory Billings and Robert Billings of Brentwood, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 2172 Saw Mill River Road, Greenburgh. Internment, next to her mother and father, will immediately follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances and donations can be made to the Greenburgh Nature Center or the New Rochelle Animal Shelter.

Avis Ann Archambeau Watson

Avis Ann Archambeau Watson of Carolina Shores, N.C., and Wellfleet, Mass., died Sept. 18. She was 89.

Born in Red Granite, Wis., on Oct. 26, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Marquis and Janet (Nicol) Archambeau. She grew up in Wisconsin, where she majored in music at the University of Wisconsin. There were many World War II veterans attending school there at that time, and it was at the university that she met her future husband, Chenoweth. They married in 1947, and were active in the work of the Presbyterian Church for the rest of their lives. Together, they raised four children. Later they retired to Cape Cod. They shared over 63 years of marriage until Mr. Watson’s death in 2009. 

For over 15 years Mrs. Watson served as the village clerk for Scarsdale. The Watsons were active members of the Scarsdale Congregational Church and she sang in the choir under the direction of John Schuder.

Mrs. Watson and her family enjoyed travel, and over the years they befriended many stray animals. Once, while traveling in Alaska, the couple adopted a young Siberian Husky whom they named Tok, for the town where he was found. The pup joined the couple in their motor home, and accompanied them on their countrywide treks for the next 12 years. When she moved to The Farm in Carolina Shores eight years ago, Mrs. Watson adopted her cat, Tabu, from the Cat Tails Shelter in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Tabu was her companion, and traveled with Mrs. Watson every summer to her home on the Cape, returning each autumn with her to Carolina Shores.

Wherever she lived, Mrs. Watson enjoyed music. She was always a member of the church choir, and also sang in local community choruses. After retiring to Wellfleet, she sang in the Christian Union Church choir (Truro) under the direction of John Thomas, and was also an enthusiastic performer with the Outer Cape Chorale, led by Jon Arterton.

She is survived by her four children: Anita (Leon) August, Marquis Watson, Martha Watson and Janet Watson; and by three grandsons, Matthew Watson-Howatt, James Watson-Howatt and Alexander Watson-Eng.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Outer Cape Chorale, PO Box 655, Provincetown, MA 02657, or to the Cat Tails Shelter, 6622 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.

James Sherwin Hillman

James Sherwin Hillman, longtime Scarsdale resident, died Aug. 13 of consequences from a fall. He was 59.

Mr. Hillman suffered brain damage at birth, but with courage, enthusiasm, humor and tenacity lived a remarkable life full of achievements, his family said.

As a child, Mr. Hillman participated in one of the Scarsdale School District's early special education programs during the 1960s at Heathcote School. Subsequently he attended and graduated from Bailey Hall, then in Katonah. While a student there, Mr. Hillman developed a particular interest in American history, and for years thereafter wrote extensively about his own life. His family noted that all who knew him were struck by his amazing memory of people, dates and events, spanning the presidency and Billboard Top 100.

Mr. Hillman cherished his family and friends, enjoyed listening to music, watching DVDs, bowling, participating in the Special Olympics and any activity evoking laughter, said his family.

In 1977 Mr. Hillman became a full-time participant in what was then called the Westchester Association for Retarded Citizens (now known as ARC).  Until his death, he lived in group homes near Scarsdale and participated in various workshops. In living his life to his fullest potential, said his family, he maintained a gentle and game spirit, even as he fought other health battles, and remained a heroic inspiration to all who knew him.

Mr. Hillman was predeceased by his mother, Sara Jane Hillman of Scarsdale, and a nephew, Gregory Scott Hillman. He is survived by his father, Donald S. Hillman, and stepmother, Enid, of Scarsdale; stepsister Jennifer Oberstein, his brother Peter N. Hillman and wife Lisa, niece and nephews Amanda, Preston and Spencer Hillman.

Mr. Hillman’s burial was private, but his family will have a memorial service later this year.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Hillman’s memory may be made to the ARC of Westchester Foundation, 265 Saw Mill River, Hawthorne, NY 10532.

Richard R. Weber

Richard R. Weber, a resident of Scarsdale for over 50 years, died on July 24 after a short hospital stay. He was 96 years old and kept his curiosity, independence and interests alive up until the end, his family said.

A veteran of World War II, he served in New Guinea and northern Australia. Upon his return, he attended Columbia University and earned a master’s degree in American history. He played clarinet in the Columbia band, where he met his wife Jeanne.

Mr. Weber taught social studies in the Scarsdale school system for 35 years. Many former students remember him for his energetic and engaging classes.

His grandson, Michael O’Hara, remembers his visits as unique, creative and hilarious. "He was generous and had a great sense of what kids like. I still have the coin collection and working steam engine he gave me."

He had many interests and passions: music, world cultures, animals, birds, and worked briefly at the Bronx Zoo. He also played in the Westchester County Band and the Scarsdale Band for many years as well as doing volunteer work for the Weinberg Nature Center. He kept finches and a parrot in his later years.

His wife, Jeanne, of 56 years predeceased him in 2004.

He is survived by his sons, Richard Weber Jr. of New Rochelle, and James Weber of Saugerties; a daughter, Alice James of Rockville, Md.; his nieces Frederica Payne, Sally Weber and Susan Wentzl; nephew Michael Diem; his grandsons Jeffrey O’Hara and Michael O’Hara; and three great-grandchildren, Kylie O’Hara, Gareth O’Hara and Brian O’Hara.

File photo: Former Gov. Mario Cuomo with Dr. Thomas Sobol
Dr. Thomas Sobol, former New York State education commissioner, has died

Dr. Thomas Sobol of Scarsdale, former New York State education commissioner, died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 3 after a long illness. He was 83.

Joan Weber, a family friend and former colleague, confirmed his death.

Dr. Sobol was a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard School of Education. He received his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. He was superintendent of Scarsdale schools from 1971 to 1987; New York State commissioner of education from 1987 to 1995, where he was architect of New York State’s New Compact for Learning; and the Christian A. Johnson professor of outstanding educational practice at Teachers College from 1995 to 2007. He continued to teach education policy and ethics at Teachers College until 2010.

During his long career, Sobol spoke on a wide variety of education issues throughout the United States and England. In 1996, he received the Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education. He has also received several awards from Teachers College for excellence in teaching.

Upon receiving the Scarsdale § Edgemont Family Counseling Service Open Door Award at its Gourmet Galaxy fundraiser in 2007, along with his wife Harriet, Dr. Sobol said, “I was privileged to work with education-minded parents, an able and dedicated faculty, interested and capable students, and wise and effective boards of education … Together, we maintained a high quality of teaching and learning. We took it as our mission to help all students find and develop their personal talents — academic, social and physical.”

Sobol’s tenure as superintendent was marked by the creation of numerous programs that have become hallmarks of life in Scarsdale.

In response to the upheavals of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Scarsdale High School Alternative School was developed. The CHOICE program was established as the middle school counterpart. Sobol led the planning of these new programs.

As more families included two working parents, Kids’ BASE was established to provide wholesome activities for children before and after elementary school hours, and the Little School was set up for younger children.

In close collaboration with the PT Council and the village government, the Scarsdale Drug and Alcohol Task Force was created under Sobol’s watch. The task force educates youth and adults about drugs and alcohol, and recommends resources to people with drug and alcohol dependencies.

In partnership with the SFCS and the village, he facilitated the creation of the Youth Services Project to provide a team of youth outreach workers in the middle and high schools. These workers provide students with emotional support, counseling and crisis intervention and parents with education and support groups.  

Robert November, former SFCS president and a member of the Scarsdale Board of Education during the last three years of Sobol’s service, said, “Tom’s leadership in attracting dedicated and accomplished teachers and his emphasis on quality instruction were instrumental in raising the quality of education in Scarsdale to a new level.”

Dr. Sobol and his wife Harriet co-authored two books, “Your Child in School K-2” and “Your Child in School 3-5.” The two married in 1973, and between them have six children from previous marriages: Sandy, Tommy, Michael, Greg, Jenny and Jeff.

Sobol’s book, “My Life In School,” a memoir of one man’s journey from depression-era schoolboy to educational innovator and leader, shares his life and his thoughts about the fundamental educational issues of the times.

There will be no funeral. A public memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s newspaper.

NFL icon Frank Gifford, formerly of Scarsdale, dead at 84

In 2002 Frank Gifford returned to Scarsdale for the 30th reunion of the 1972 Scarsdale High School Raiders football team.

News of the death of NFL football Hall of Fame star and longtime sportscaster Francis (Frank) Newton Gifford dominated headlines this week. He died Aug. 9 at his home in Greenwich, Conn., one week before his 85th birthday and the same night as the first preseason 2015 game for the NFL.

Mr. Gifford’s career is legendary: for over half a century he was in the spotlight on and off the field as a player for the New York Giants and a play-by-play commentator on television. He played in five NFL championship games and his number 16 was retired in 2000.

But not as well known is the fact that the Gifford family lived for more than a decade in Scarsdale. In 1964 Mr. Gifford, and his first wife, Maxine, Avis Ewart, purchased a house on Grand Park near the Scarsdale-Mamaroneck border from his Giants football teammate Kyle Rote, who played with Mr. Gifford in the Giants’ landmark 1958 championship game. 

From 1965 to 1970, Gifford commuted from Scarsdale to Manhattan to host “The NFL Today” on NBC. He switched networks to become a lead commentator for ABC’s “Monday Night Football” with Howard Cosell from 1971 to 1998, for which he won a sports Emmy award. 

The three Gifford children, Jeff, Kyle and Victoria, attended Quaker Ridge School. Jeff graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1970, having played football in his freshman year and on the undefeated SHS team in the fall of 1969 with Raiders Coach Ron Bouchier, as did his brother Kyle, who graduated from SHS in 1973. Kyle was quite athletic, Jeff told the Inquirer; he not only played football, but also basketball and other sports. Their sister Victoria, who was a cheerleader at SHS, was married to the late Michael Kennedy, a son of Ethel and Robert Kennedy.

Down the street from the former Gifford home Grand Park is Winged Foot Golf Club, where Gifford, a “serious player,” sometimes took his sons for a round of golf, Jeff said.  

Mr. Gifford attended most of the football games his boys played in, and served as the guest speaker for SHS sports booster organization Maroon and White’s first-ever fall sports awards dinner on Nov. 28, 1966, at Schrafft’s restaurant in Eastchester.

“He was into that kind of stuff and did the awards dinner for his friend, Coach Bouchier,” Jeff said.

Again at the invitation of Coach Bouchier in 2002, Frank Gifford returned to SHS for the 30th reunion of the 1972 Raiders football team — one of the best on record — to serve as the voice of the Raiders during a half-time ceremony. Mr. Gifford’s son Kyle was a star on the defense for the 1972 championship game.

Rippy Philipps, SHS ’81, who also excelled on the high school gridiron, organized the reunion.

According to an article in The Scarsdale Inquirer dated Oct. 4, 2002, “Frank Gifford used to bring fellow Monday Night Football hosts ‘Dandy’ Don Meredith and Howard Cosell to Scarsdale to watch his son Kyle play. There were no bleachers at that time, just a grassy hill full of maroon Raider rooters.”

“[Nineteen seventy-two] was a fun year,” Gifford said in his 2002 halftime comments. “We were having a lot of fun on Monday Night Football and we used to all come here to the games. We got to know most of the kids. They all used to come to my house. I remember how good they were, especially against White Plains in the last game.”

Each of Gifford’s children eventually left Scarsdale but their mother, who divorced Frank in 1978, stayed in the Grand Park house throughout the 1970s, Jeff said.

After an eight-year marriage to his second wife Astrid Lindley that ended in 1986, Mr. Gifford married TV personality Kathie Lee, currently a host for NBC’s “Today Show,” whom he met through his career in broadcast television. The couple settled in Greenwich and had two children, Cody and Cassidy.

Mr. Gifford was an All-American running back for the University of Southern California, where he met and married his first wife. In 1952 he joined the New York Giants in a first round draft. He played multiple positions over 12 seasons with the Giants in 136 regular season games.

In 1960 he suffered a violent hit on the field that landed him in the hospital for more than a year. He was out for the 1961 season with a concussion, but he made an impressive comeback in 1962. He retired from football in 1964.

As a storied player and a sportscaster, Mr. Gifford was memorialized last week by TV and sports personalities as a golden boy who helped the NFL usher in its golden age; he was to the Giants as Mickey Mantle was to the Yankees. Indeed, Giants owner John Mara said in a statement that Mr. Gifford was the “ultimate Giant... he was the face of our franchise for so many years and a treasured member of our family.”

A funeral was held Wednesday in Greenwich. Mr. Gifford is survived by his wife Kathie Lee, his five children and five grandchildren, his sister and brother, Winona and Waine. The family requests memorial donations be made to Cassidy’s Place, a program named for Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford’s daughter that supports preschoolers who live in poverty and suffer from severe disabilities, or serious medical conditions.  

Catherine M. McCormack

Catherine M. McCormack, a longtime Scarsdale resident, died peacefully at home on Aug. 17. She was 97.

Mrs. McCormack was born May 24, 1918 in the Bronx to the late Edward and Catherine (Oberle) Fischer. She was a graduate of Hunter College and worked for many years at Scarsdale High School. Mrs. McCormack was the oldest member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and was very active in Operation Bookshelf and many other activities at the Woman’s Club. She always enjoyed being surrounded by her family and was an avid quilter.

She is survived by her children Catherine Morrissey (Thomas) of Wilton, Conn., Patricia McCormack of Scarsdale, Charles (Stephanie) of South Salem; three grandchildren, Audrey Morrissey, Stephanie Leone, Kevin McCormack; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Charles, in 2003 and her sister Josephine Giblin.

Funeral arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes, Scarsdale.

Catherine Frisina Poltroneri

Catherine Frisina Poltroneri of Scarsdale died Aug. 11. She was 83.

She was born Aug. 2, 1932 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Leonard Frisina, a union organizer and a founder of the New York Socialist party, and Mary Frisina, a teacher and needlework artist.

Mrs. Poltroneri took on the responsibility of caring for her family at a young age and was an honors graduate of Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn. She later graduated from St. John's Teacher's College having attended on full scholarship, and was the editor of the school newspaper. Mrs. Poltroneri worked in the insurance industry in the early 1950s. She later worked as an English and home economics teacher at New Dorp High School where she also was a guidance counselor. She enjoyed a lifelong love of reading and writing, opera, and fine Italian cooking and she had a passion for travel, having visited Cuba, Russia, China, Europe and Alaska.

Mrs. Poltroneri was involved in many charitable organizations including work with the homeless and underprivileged. She was an officer in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the National Organization of Italian American Women. She was a 40-year resident of Staten Island and a five-year resident of Meadowlakes CCRC in Wrightstown, N.J. There, she was the chairman of the Resident Activities Committee and volunteered at the library reading to bedridden residents.

She lived for the last 10 years with her daughter in Scarsdale.

Mrs. Poltroneri was the wife of the late Raymond Poltroneri.

She claimed the proudest achievement of her life was her three daughters whom she leaves behind, her family said: Marianne Pellegrini (Roger Pellegrini), Laura Poltroneri (Stan Tang) and Jeanine Poltroneri.

She is also the grandmother of Stephen Palka, Eddie Palka, Roger Pellegrini, Christopher Pellegrini, Michael Tang and Anna Tang and the sister of the late Joseph Frisina.  

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 15 at Sts. John & Paul RC Church in Larchmont followed by interment at St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village. For more information or to place an online condolence, see

Janet T. Soukup

Janet T. Soukup, a 52-year resident of Mendham, N.J., died on Aug. 5 at Morristown Medical Center from lymphoma. She was 82.

Daughter of Edythe and Charles Schmitt, born in the Bronx, Mrs. Soukup grew up in Scarsdale and spent summers in Mattituck, Long Island. 

Her father had a floor covering business, C.H Schmitt & Co, in Tribeca that her mother took over when her husband died, which she ran until she was 84. Mrs. Soukup wasn’t interested in floor covering. Instead, her ambitions were artistic, and she spent her life involved in creative pursuits. She was good at everything from oil painting to cake decorating. When an artist was needed, people called on her, and she rarely said no to requests for her help.

Janet Schmitt graduated from Scarsdale High School and then Skidmore in Saratoga Springs in 1955 with an art education degree. It was in Saratoga Springs that she met her husband, Stanley Soukup, of White Plains, a member of the Air Force and later, a chemical engineer. They lived in Kettering, Ohio, and Dover, N.J., before moving to Mendham Township in 1963.

Mrs. Soukup started her career teaching art in Briarcliff Manor and resumed it after she had her children, Alicia and Cheri, as elementary school art teacher for the Morris School District in 1972. She held that position until retiring in 1998, inspiring her students with her lessons for 26 years, her family said. It was there that she started the tradition of displaying Christmas tree decorations around the green.

She loved travel, and journeyed to Prague with her husband. They also renovated and spent time at her parents’ 100-year-old house in Mattituck on a bluff overlooking the Great Peconic Bay.

Mrs. Soukup was the first woman president of the Scarsdale Young Republicans Club. She was active in the Brookside Community Church, the Garden Club, Book Club, and the Brookside Women's Club where she served as president. She was a Girl Scout leader, president of the Morris County Art Educators Association, and was active on various committees for the Art Educators of New Jersey. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa-Rho chapter of the teacher sorority.

She volunteered at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Meals on Wheels, and Mansion in May. She painted a map of the historical houses in Mendham displayed for many years at the Brookside Library.

She loved her community, her friends and her family and all of us will miss her terribly, her family said.

She was predeceased by her husband Stanley in 2008. She is survived by two daughters, Alicia Soukup of Mendham and Cheri Soukup of Manhattan; a granddaughter, Sage Anne Thomas; a brother, Charles (Choddie) Schmitt of Mount Kisco; and a sister, Caryl Anne Speck of Melbourne, Fla.

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Mendham Township First Aid Squad, PO Box 122, Brookside, NJ 07926; Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown, NJ 07962, or the Brookside Community Church, 8 East Main St., Brookside, NJ 07926.

A memorial service will be held today, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Brookside Community Church.

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Dr. Walter Sonneborn

Dr. Walter Sonneborn, a Scarsdale resident for 72 years, died peacefully June 18 at the age of 103.

Dr. Sonneborn completed his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University and earned his M.D. at New York University. He had a thriving family practice in White Plains for 45 years and retired at age 70. But he didn’t fully retire from medical care; rather, he worked in a clinic at White Plains Hospital for 10 years until age 80.

He married Babette Hofheimer in 1941 and the couple enjoyed 73 years together.

In 2008 they recalled the first blush of their life together in a StoryCorps recording for NPR titled “A Summer Job, A Lifelong Romance.” In 1940 Sonneborn worked at a resort in Saranac Lake, N.Y. where he became fond of the resort owner’s daughter. She had “Babs” written on her sweater, which he said he appreciated because he couldn’t easily remember names. They spent many evenings walking to town for ice cream, watching the sunset and holding hands. Friends and relatives embarrassed the young couple by asking about their intentions. By the end of the summer they were engaged.

Mrs. Sonneborn said they both loved the Adirondacks and outdoor activities. They often rode bicycles around Scarsdale and took their family biking in Europe as well. Canoeing and fishing on Long Island Sound were favorite pastimes, although his wife would knit onboard while Dr. Sonneborn would fish.

During World War II he served in Casablanca for nine months and in Italy for two years. His wife Babette was seven months pregnant when Sonneborn went to active duty. The Sonneborns’ oldest son David was born while the doctor worked in a war hospital. Father and son first met after the war ended.

After Dr. Sonneborn left the Army in 1943, the couple moved to Scarsdale where they raised their family in the Heathcote neighborhood. Their two oldest children attended Greenacres because Heathcote Elementary was not built yet. All three graduated from Scarsdale High School.

Dr. Sonneborn enjoyed a robust medical practice and was on call day and night as a family practitioner, his wife said. In his limited spare time, he served on the Power Squadron, a civic organization dedicated to maritime safety. In retirement, he explored the Everglades and the Grand Canyon, and remained active in his late-90s, accompanying his wife to sing-alongs for seniors through Westchester Music Conservatory. In 2015 the couple won the title of New York State’s longest married couple from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter project.

Dr. Sonneborn is survived by his wife Babette, sons David, Jonathan and Henry and their spouses, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Carmino Carl Ravosa

Carmino Carl Ravosa, Fox Meadow Elementary School music teacher from 1965 to 1978, died July 19 in White Plains. He was 85.

Composer, lyricist, singer and pianist, Ravosa was known worldwide for his popular songs written for school children. Many of his works were performed at Fox Meadow in class plays, and his music curriculum is featured in schools in Briarcliff Manor, where he lived for many years.

He was a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and received an advanced degree from Columbia University.

After leaving Scarsdale in 1978, Ravosa worked as composer-in-residence at the Dalton School in Manhattan and the Edison Schools, which manages a large number of charter schools across the United States.

Throughout his five-decade career, Ravosa was a prolific songwriter and performer. His many credits include contributing composer/editor for textbooks “World of Music” and “The Music Connection” from Silver Burdett and Ginn, a division of Pearson Scott Foresman, as well as lyrics and music for school plays and music education programs. His songs also featured on children’s shows, including “Romper Room,” “Captain Kangaroo” and PBS’s “Shining Time Station.”

Many of Ravosa’s compositions had themes related to American history and U.S. presidents, which resulted in invitations to perform his works live at the White House, Washington’s headquarters in Newburgh, N.Y., Paul Revere’s home in Boston, Carnegie Hall and other historic settings. Two of his songs, "It's a Whole Other Country, Texas Is" and "Let's Hear it for America," were featured in HBO's 2011 Independence Day documentary, “Citizen U.S.A.” directed by Emmy Award-winning film journalist Alexandra Pelosi.

He is survived by his wife Claire of Briarcliff Manor, their three children: daughter Carine and her husband Arnold Feist, daughter Gina Ravosa, son Dean Ravosa and his wife Ann; eight grandchildren and a sister Corena Ravosa.

A memorial service honoring Ravosa’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 197 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY.

Mary Allen McAden

Longtime Larchmont resident Mary Allen McAden died July 22. She was 78.

Born in White Plains, she was the daughter of Mary Allen Dunbar and Stuart Edwin Langdoc. She moved several times as a young girl, finally settling on a horse farm in Loveland, Ohio. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and attended Miami University in Ohio, graduating in 1959. She began teaching high school English in Ohio, and then moved in 1963 to New York City, attending Columbia Teachers College. She taught at Mount Vernon High School until 1971. After 10 years at home with her children, she obtained a master’s degree in library science from Queens College and resumed her career, this time as the school librarian at Fox Meadow Elementary School in Scarsdale. She retired in 2004 after 20 years and began working part time at Scarsdale Public Library. In addition, she led innumerable book groups for both children and adults in Scarsdale over the years, providing illumination and introducing and encouraging the pure enjoyment of reading.

She was renowned for her knowledge of books, her family said. She had the remarkable ability to recommend just the right book for anyone, big or small, and she read out loud like nobody else. Her deep love of books was rivaled by her love of cats, horses, gardening, Diet Pepsi and her grandchildren.

Mrs. McAden lived in Larchmont for 38 years, moving to the Osborne in Rye last year.

She leaves behind a son, Graham McAden of Santa Monica, Calif.; a daughter, Abigail McAden Rubin of New York City; a son-in-law, Michael Rubin; and two grandchildren, Benjamin Rubin and Eleanor Rubin. She is also mourned by her brothers, Stuart Langdoc and Dev Langdoc of California, and her stepdaughters Tonsie McAden of New York City and Rebecca McAden Hudson of North Carolina. She is predeceased by her former husband, George B. McAden, and her brother, James Langdoc.

A memorial service will be held at Scarsdale Public Library on Friday, July 31, at 2 p.m.

Linda G. Heineman

Longtime Scarsdale resident Linda G. Heineman died July 16. She was 72. Mrs. Heineman was an alumni of Scarsdale High School, lived in Scarsdale for over 50 years and raised her children here.

She is survived by her husband Mel, her daughters Amy Albert (Bruce) and Karen Shapiro (Steven), her grandchildren Michael, Matthew and Brian Albert, and Amanda and Rachel Shapiro, and her brother Ken Goldstein.
Interment will be private.

Marilyn Joan McCann

Marilyn Joan McCann of Scarsdale died July 9 after a long illness. She was 83. A longtime resident of Scarsdale, Mrs. McCann was the wife of the late James McCann and the mother of seven children and grandmother of 25.

Mrs. McCann was born on Aug. 20, 1931 in Huntington, Long Island. As a young girl growing up she had a beautiful singing voice, a talent that entertained many throughout her life, her family said.

She was a graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital Nursing School in New York City. During the early 1950s, she worked there as a surgical nurse and as a visiting nurse.

She married her husband on June 18, 1955 at Incarnation Church in Queens Village, N.Y. The couple raised their family in Eastchester and later in Scarsdale.
Mrs. McCann’s vocation as a wife, mother and grandmother was her greatest legacy, her family said.

After her husband’s sudden death in 1993, Mrs. McCann met the challenge of life without her partner with great strength. She entered a new chapter of her life as “Goggy,” the cherished grandmother of her many grandchildren. She spent her time enjoying and nurturing them.
Mrs. McCann was active in the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and was a member of the Choral Singers. Every year at the Christmas concert her family would gather to hear her sing.
During the last 12 years, Mrs. McCann battled a debilitating neurological disease with tremendous courage and determination, they said. After becoming paralyzed at the onset of the illness, she spent six months in hospitals where she fought back, regaining her ability to walk and live independently.

Her fearlessness, fighting spirit and positive outlook in the face of this relentless disease was heroic. Mrs. McCann continued with her active life traveling and attending concerts with her sister, Rosemary, cheering her grandchildren’s sporting events and reading The New York Times every morning.
The passing of the matriarch of the McCann family is deeply grieved by every member, her family said.

Mrs. McCann was predeceased by her mother and stepfather, Mary and Walter King. She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Vericker, Susan Condit, Laura McCaffrey and Debby Franco, her sons, Jim, Bob and John, and their spouses, Joe Vericker, Brad Condit, Mark McCaffrey, Vincent Franco, Tara Griffin, Suzanne McCann and Erika McCann. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Lizzy (Michael), JP, Molly, Grace, Jimmy, Gus, Reggie, William, Luke, David, Dylan, Jack, Ned, Sean, Matthew, Brian, Jane, William, Tess, Maeve, Vincent, Sophia, Olivia, Nina and Tessa.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. McCann’s memory to the Scarsdale Woman’s Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Leslie Brotherhood Dickinson

Leslie Brotherhood Dickinson died on June 30 at her home in Weston, Mass., after a long and valiant battle with ALS. She was 69.

Born on Oct. 25, 1945, in Caracas, Venezuela, Mrs. Dickinson moved to the United States as a young girl and attended Seely Place Elementary School and Edgemont High School. Mrs. Dickinson graduated from Wellesley College, where she majored in Spanish and made lifelong friends. After receiving her master’s in library science from Columbia University, she was a librarian for 40 years for the Yonkers Public Library Will and Riverfront branches.

Music played a central role in Mrs. Dickinson’s life. She played the oboe and recorder and sang alto in the choirs of Wellesley College, the Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale, St. Bartholomew’s Church in White Plains, Christ Church in Rye, and St. Andrew’s in Wellesley, Mass. Mrs. Dickinson was a founding member of the New Choral Society of Westchester. While singing in the choir at St. James, she met Charles R. Dickinson, a Madison Avenue advertising executive and widowed father of four daughters. The couple married in 1972, and enjoyed 26 happy and musical years together before his death in 1998, her family said. Mrs. Dickinson was the steady center of a household full of creative, opinionated, and adventurous individuals, they said.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Dickinson Pekowitz (William), her stepdaughters Elizabeth Dickinson (Brent Hartley), Sarah Dickinson (Gordon Thomas), Virginia Dickinson (Keith Wolsiefer), Amanda Dickinson (Richard Limber), her grandchildren Eleanor, Charles, Julia and Alexandra, and her brother John Brotherhood (Karen).

She was predeceased by her parents G. Roy and Dorothy Jean Brotherhood, and by her sister Karen Sue Brotherhood.

Donations in Mrs. Dickinson’s memory may be made to the Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale, or to Compassionate Care ALS in Falmouth, Mass. Memorial services in Wellesley and Scarsdale are planned for September.

Charles Todd “Bud” Lee

Charles Todd “Bud” Lee, who grew up on Sage Terrace, died June 11. He was 74.

Born in White Plains, Jan. 11, 1941, he called himself “Life Magazine’s Johnny Come Lately,” when referring to his big break as a Life Magazine photographer. “In 1967, I was the newcomer, the novice, fresh out of the Army at a time when sensationalism and bad taste were big in journalism,” he said.

Before joining the Army, Mr. Lee was a one-day salesman at Tiffany’s, a server who gave away too much ice cream at Daddy Michael’s Ice Cream Parlor, and a Hilton ballroom set-up man, fired for giving away food. He attended Columbia School of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York, and the Art Students League. However, it was the Army that sent him to film school and gave him a lifelong career as a photographer. While in the Army in Europe Mr. Lee met and befriended Librado (Lee) Romero, who retired as a New York Times staff photographer in 2013. Assignments for publication “Stars and Stripes” led ultimately to the Department of Defense and the National Press Photographers Association U.S. Military Photographer of the Year Award in 1966.

“I borrowed money from my father to buy a three‐piece English suit to go accept the award,” he said. At that ceremony, Life Magazine editor Roy Rowland took notice, and that was his big break. His first assignment for Life was photographing Leslie Fiedler (“Freaks,” “Love and Death in the American Novel”) who was arrested in 1967 on the charge of maintaining premises where banned substances were being used. Mr. Lee photographed for Esquire Magazine during the era of managing editor Harold Hayes, and worked with some of the most relevant writers, editors and art directors of the 1960s.

“Hayes gave me the best jobs,” Mr. Lee said, “international film directors like François Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni and American directors such as Sam Peckinpah, and Arthur Penn and big jocks like Charles Atlas and Bob Richards, Mr. America.” A frequent visitor of Andy Warhol’s Factory, Mr. Lee did the photos for a 1976 story in the New York Times Sunday Magazine for the cover piece on presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. The artist then created what turned out to be a very innovative cover for the same issue. Mr. Lee’s Life Magazine cover of a 12-year‐old boy bleeding on the sidewalk during the Newark race riots earned him Life Magazine’s photographer of the year award, and propelled him to assignments with major magazines and newspapers throughout the United States and Europe, like Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, London Sunday Times and New York Times Sunday Magazine.

On assignment Mr. Lee photographed Hollywood legends, among them Clint Eastwood, Clayton Moore, Jane Russell, Johnny Weissmuller, Andy Kaufman and countless more. Mr. Lee also photographed writers such as Tennessee Williams and James Leo Herlihy and many musicians for Rolling Stone magazine. He spent time with film director Federico Fellini working on two of his projects, “Satyricon” and “Clowns.”

Mr. Lee also became known for some controversial and difficult assignments, like photographing the fetus of the first legal abortion in the United States. But it was a 16-page spread in Esquire on “Evil in California” (follow‐up story on the Charles Manson killings) and his own failed marriage to a struggling actress that led to what Mr. Lee described as a turning point in his life. He credits his father, a longtime diplomatic corps employee under Nelson Rockefeller, with nursing him back to health in Iowa after a breakdown. Before his illness, he had been working at the Iowa School of Journalism, and founded the Iowa Photographers Workshop. After recuperating, Mr. Lee returned briefly to New York, and soon found work in Georgia, and then Plant City, Fla., as a filmmaker in the schools under National Endowment for the Arts grants.

He met and married Peggy Laseter, a Plant City art teacher, where they settled permanently and raised four children, Thomas of Carrboro, N.C., twins, Steckley, of Plant City, and Parker, of New Haven, Conn., and Charlotte, of Atlanta, Ga.

At this time in his career he focused mainly on assignments closer to home, and immersed himself in the arts community in Tampa and Ybor City as the creator and founder of the annual Artists and Writers Ball. When assignments did take him away from home, he traveled with photographs of his children in a camera bag, saying they kept evil spirits away from him. Charlotte Lee, youngest daughter, said that her dad put everyone he met in the same playing field. “He didn’t care what you did or who you were — everyone had a story worth photographing.”

Friends and family agree that Mr. Lee was in his element behind the camera capturing Bud Lee moments — that he had a remarkable eye and passion for the diverse and sometimes bizarre elements in everyone. “Great photographs record a moment not the way the photographer saw it, but the way the subjects experience it,” said writer Lucian Truscott IV when the two worked on a story for Esquire about a Manhattan pimp and his 4-year-old son. In 2003 Mr. Lee suffered two strokes that left him partially paralyzed, and he spent the last 12 years in a Plant City nursing home. Unable to take pictures, he returned to an early love, painting and drawing. He died at South Florida Baptist Hospital, Plant City, following complications from surgery to correct an old problem.

In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Lee leaves behind five grandchildren, Madoc, Jack, Ryah, Ida and Eleanor, daughters-in-law Caroline and Sarah, son-in-law Ali Laseter Dashti, and two sisters Elsie and Linda, of Scarsdale.

A tribute to Mr. Lee will be held Saturday, July 11, at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. Visitation with the Lee family and a viewing of works by and inspired by Mr. Lee begins at 5 p.m., followed by a service at 6.
The Lee family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Artists & Writers Group, a 501(c)(3), for the preservation of Mr. Lee’s archive. Earmark checks with “Bud Lee” and mail them to 1001 Pinedale Drive, Plant City, FL 33563.

Rakesh Bali

Rakesh Bali of Scarsdale died June 10 at the age of 48.

Mr. Bali was a writer, finance professor and researcher. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur, India) with a B. tech (honors) in mechanical engineering, earned a master’s in operations research from Columbia Engineering School and a Ph.D. in finance from Columbia Business School. He taught at several schools, including Columbia Business School, and consulted for his business, Risk Return Consulting.

Even though he was an engineer, data scientist and finance guru by profession, Mr. Bali’s heart and soul was that of a poet, and he was always quoting poetry and songs to his family and friends, said his wife Laure. She added that her husband was “a dedicated father who enjoyed above all spending time with his children and family, and in particular being able to inspire and share his passion for higher education and academic achievement with them. He also loved to travel and spend time in Europe and the Caribbean, loved to cook and eat and share the simple joys of life with those around him.”

She added, “Rakesh will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, his great sense of humor, his big laugh and even bigger heart. A brilliant, sensitive and loving man who will be tremendously missed.”

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bali is survived by his daughter Sara and his son Antoine.

Memorial visitation will be held Monday June 22, at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave., from 7-9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, an education savings plan has been created for both Sara and Antoine Bali. Contributions payable to “State Farm College Savings Plan” can be sent directly to: Vivian R. Lem, Agent, State Farm Insurance, 590 Central Park Ave., Suite 7, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Morton Levitt

Morton Levitt, a longtime resident of Scarsdale, died June 9 in Augusta, Maine, after a protracted illness.

Dr. Levitt was born in the Bronx Jan. 4, 1929, the son of Abraham and Nellie Levitt, immigrants from Riga, Latvia and Vienna, Austria. He was a graduate of Bronx High School of Science and City College of New York when he was drafted into the Marines. He served as a photographer during the Korean War. He married Renee Rosenberg in 1952.

After the war, he studied at Fordham, George Washington and Howard universities. He was a biochemical pharmacologist and worked in laboratories at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., Sterling-Winthrop in Rensselaer and Columbia University-New York State Psychiatric Institute, until his retirement in 1999.

Dr. Levitt moved to Scarsdale in 1971. He was a devoted member of Temple Israel Center of White Plains and volunteered on the synagogue’s youth committee.

Dr. Levitt, his family said, was a walking compendium of adages. One of their favorites, “An expert is someone who learns more and more about less and less,” describes his professional life. A research paper he completed in 1964, describing the presence and properties of a new pteridine-requiring enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase in brain, adrenal medulla and sympathetically innervated tissues, is often cited. He also collaborated on research into manic-depressive illness, schizophrenia, agoraphobia and a variety of psychotropic medications. Despite his scientific acumen, Dr. Levitt was an approachable and modest man, his family and friends said.

He was a voracious reader, enthusiastic traveler, photographer, fisherman, gardener and joke-teller, a man of boundless mental and physical energy. In the fall of 1997, Dr. Levitt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He survived Whipple surgery, subsequently withstood chemotherapy and radiation, and battled kidney cancer and an unresectable meningioma, but remained cheerful, upbeat and uncomplaining.

Dr. Levitt is survived by his wife, Renee Levitt of Boynton Beach, Fla., and his children, Ilene and David Nechamkin of Scarsdale, Steven and Masako Levitt of Commugny, Switzerland and Scarsdale, and David and Evelyne Levitt of Hallowell, Maine; a sister Claire Gellman of Brooklyn, and grandchildren Linda, Emma, Jake and Sarah.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Friends of Magen David Adom, 352 Seventh Ave., 4th Fl., N.Y., NY 10001 or the American Friends of the Weizman Institute of Science, 633 Third Ave., N.Y., NY 10017.

Dr. Robert Lawrence Soley

Dr. Robert Lawrence Soley died June 1. He was 80.

Dr. Soley lived in Scarsdale for the past 46 years and had a plastic surgery practice in White Plains.
Born and raised in New York City to Max and Saide Soley, he attended Fieldston, then Yale University and NYU Medical School. He did his medical residency at Mount Sinai and spent two years as a captain in the Air Force before doing his plastic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Then in 1969, he and his wife Judy moved to Scarsdale to raise their children and start his medical practice.
Dr. Soley was passionate about health care and was actively involved in the Westchester Medical Society, authoring resolutions, lobbying in Albany, and serving a term as president. He was active in the Rotary Club and had many interests including photography, architecture, theater and travel. He also relished any kind of do-it-yourself home improvement project. 

Dr. Soley will be remembered most for his drive to learn anything and everything, his love of debate, and his devotion to his family, they said. He is survived by his wife Judy Soley; children John Soley and Jill Soley; son-in-law Cam Daly; grandchildren Ryan Daly and Nathan Daly; brother Joseph Soley; nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on June 3 at Ballard-Durand in White Plains.
Contributions in Dr. Soley’s memory may be made to White Plains Hospital or Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

W. Patrick Hammer

W. Patrick Hammer died peacefully in Pinehurst, N.C., on June 9 of leukemia. He had spent his last months at home with his family, who were present when he died. He was 85.

Mr. Hammer was born in New York City on March 8, 1930 and spent his childhood in Westchester County. He met his wife, then Susan Ahrens, when he was 15 years old and they were married for almost 64 years. Mr. Hammer was part of the first graduating class from Fairfield University and played college basketball as a guard in the era of the two-handed set shot. After college, he volunteered for the United States Marine Corps. He spent most of his working career with the Van Iderstine Co. as a tallow trader.

The Hammers lived in Scarsdale for more than 30 years. They enjoyed tennis and wonderful friends at the Fox Meadow Tennis Club and Coveleigh Club, his family said. Mr. Hammer was an active platform tennis player, winning the club championship and competing in the Nationals. In 1993, the couple moved to Pinehurst where they continued to play tennis. In Pinehurst, they developed a wonderful new circle of friends and enjoyed the company of old friends who had also journeyed south from New York. 

Mr. Hammer is survived by his wife Sue and their three children, Cathy, Bill and Chris, and their families. Mr. Hammer had seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, just missing the birth of two more who will arrive shortly.  

A service will be held Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 300 Dundee Road, Pinehurst. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Pinehurst, NC.

Robert J. “Bob” Broderick served Hartsdale Fire District for 65 years


Former Hartsdale Fire Commissioner and firefighter Robert J. “Bob” Broderick, who served the Hartsdale Fire District for 65 years, died June 6 at the age of 83.

Mr. Broderick was born Sept. 28, 1931 in Yonkers to the late Matthew and Catherine Broderick. The family settled in Hartsdale in 1942.

After he graduated from White Plains High School, Mr. Broderick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While waiting to be accepted, he worked as an electrical assistant in New York City. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1953 rising to the rank of sergeant. Following his service in the military, he became a New York State Trooper, assigned to Troop K, for 13 years, and rose to the rank of sergeant there as well.

His true love was the fire service. Mr. Broderick joined the Hartsdale Fire Department as a volunteer on Dec. 1, 1949 and was appointed to the Hartsdale Fire District as a paid firefighter on March 16, 1966. He was promoted to fire captain on Oct. 6, 1971 and also served as deputy chief for 14 months. During this time he attended Mercy College, where he earned an associate degree in fire science and a bachelor of science degree in the area of fire service and criminal justice. He retired on Feb. 16, 1989.

Following his retirement, Mr. Broderick’s commitment to the Hartsdale Fire District did not end. In 1991, he became a fire commissioner and was re-elected every time his term came up. He also served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners for several years. He retired as a commissioner in 2014, ending 65 years of service to the district.

Beyond his dedicated service to Hartsdale, Mr. Broderick served in several New York State and Westchester County fire organizations. He served as president of the Westchester County Association of Fire Districts from 1999-2000 and was regional director for the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York.

Mr. Broderick was a longtime parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Hartsdale, where he volunteered as a money counter.

He is survived by his brother Ray and sister-in-law Fran Broderick of White Plains, and brother Dick and sister-in-law Cathy Broderick of Indianapolis, Ind. He is also survived by one niece, six nephews and several grand-nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a nephew, Donald Broderick.

A Mass of Christian Burial, with full fire departmental honors, took place at Sacred Heart Church on June 10, followed by interment at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donald Broderick Memorial Scholarship, Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Bronx, NY 10471.

Ann K. Clark

Longtime Edgemont resident Ann Kiersted Clark died of heart failure in Valhalla, April 14. She was 94.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wynkoop Kiersted, Mrs. Clark first came to Edgemont with her family in 1932. With time away for college and nursing training she lived there until 2002, when she and her husband, Donald G.C. Clark, M.D., moved to Westchester Meadows in Valhalla, where she lived until her death.

Mrs. Clark graduated from Smith College in 1942 and received a master of nursing from Yale in 1944, when she married Dr. Clark. She served as school nurse at the Seely Place and Edgemont schools from 1965 through 1984 and is well remembered as a very capable and compassionate professional, her family said.

Mrs. Clark had varied interests and skills. She was a ceramicist and an ardent conservationist as well as an animal lover, writer and gardener. She was a longtime member of the Greenville Community Church and the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. She also was an active volunteer for Meals On Wheels and enjoyed backstage work for many productions of the Greenville Community Theater.

She was mother, counselor, healer, confessor, friend and guide, the revered matriarch of a large and adoring family, her family said.

She is survived by her sister Margaret van Arsdall, her brother John and sister-in-law Janet Kiersted, her sister-in-law Virginia Miller, by her children Graham, Michael, Alison and Peter, and by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her family is blessed to have had her as an inspiring example and adored companion, they said. 

Donations in her memory may be made to Westchester Animal Shelter.

Bruce Judson Firkins Jr.

Bruce Judson Firkins Jr., of Saddle River, N.J., and formerly a 55-year resident of Edgemont, died on May 25. He was 91.

Born in Ames, Iowa, to Bruce J. Firkins Sr., professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, and Nelle Berkhimer Firkins, he graduated from Iowa State in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree in general engineering. His education was interrupted in 1943 by World War II service in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was separated in 1946 as a first lieutenant after serving as an aircraft maintenance officer.

Mr. Firkins joined the General Electric Co. in 1950 and served in a number of communications, relations and marketing assignments in Schenectady, Syracuse, and ultimately New York City. He retired from General Electric in 1986 as manager of regional relations in the northeastern region, representing the corporate office in customer relations and public affairs.

He married Helen Mabie of Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1950, and they moved to Scarsdale in 1956. Mrs. Firkins predeceased her husband in 2013. He is survived by sister Miriam F. Hardy and nephew Joseph Hardy, both of Des Moines, Iowa; son Bruce and wife Diane of Allendale, N.J.; son Bradford and wife Terry of Fayetteville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Andrew, Katharine, William and Mee Rae; and two great-grandsons, Cole and Alexander.

Mr. Firkins was a former deacon and elder at the Greenville Community Church in Edgemont. He served several terms on the Edgemont School District Board of Education and was a longtime election inspector for the Town of Greenburgh. He also was active in the Rotary Club of New York City, the New York Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the Red Cross, and Junior Achievement, and supported the Greenburgh Nature Center and the New York Botanical Garden. He was a member for more than 40 years of St. Andrews Golf Club in Hastings, serving as club team captain, and also was a member of Shenorock Shore Club in Rye.

Mr. Firkins and his wife Helen traveled to many parts of the world, enjoyed the seashore, New York City and the theater, as well as the love and joy of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the company of their many friends, his family said.

Private services were held in New Jersey. Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross or to the Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Patricia Ricci

Patricia Jordan Ricci died May 18. She was 75.

Mrs. Ricci was a resident of Scarsdale for 42 years. She was employed by the Scarsdale School district for 15 years. She was involved in the community and was a member of the Scarsdale Junior League and the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. In addition, she was a certified emergency medical technician with the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

She is survived by her husband Victor, her son Douglas Ricci of Atlanta, Ga., and her daughter Elizabeth Petersen and her husband Roger of Richmond, Va., and their two children Cole and Ella.

“We will cherish our memories of her and forever hold her in our hearts,” her family said.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name for the “All About Town Fund” to Our Lady of Hope Health Care Center at 13700 N. Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23233.

Jean Welch Tiedemann

Jean Welch Tiedemann died May 20. She was 95.

She was born Oct. 9, 1919 in Westfield, N.Y., to Edgar and Grace Harris Welch. She was the granddaughter of Thomas B. Welch, who pioneered pasteurization of grape juice and founded the Welch Grape Juice Co. After graduating from Westfield Academy, Mrs. Tiedemann received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1941. She married Donald Tiedemann, her childhood sweetheart, in June 1943.

The Tiedemanns lived in Scarsdale for over 30 years, where Mrs. Tiedemann was a homemaker, full-time mother, Girl Scout leader, and a member or officer of a number of civic and philanthropic organizations. Mrs. Tiedemann was pictured in The New York Times for an exhibit she curated for the Scarsdale Historical Society. She was a skilled tailor, dressmaker and clothing designer. Notably, she made both her daughters’ wedding gowns, as well as all their bridesmaids’ dresses.

In retirement, the Tiedemanns moved back to Westfield, reuniting with old friends whom they ultimately outlived. Mrs. Tiedemann served on the hospital board and in the Garden Club. In 2005, they moved to Valparaiso, Ind.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald, brothers Charles, Tom, Paul and Ross. She is survived by her daughters, Ann (James) Halvorsen of San Francisco, Calif.; Virginia (Jonathan) Oram of Valparaiso; and sons Thomas (Leslie) Tiedemann of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Charles (Paula) Tiedemann of Washington, D.C., as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Valparaiso, where a memorial service officiated by Fr. Roger Bower was celebrated Sunday, May 24. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s of Valparaiso, Ind., or to the Westfield N.Y. Garden Club, 19 E. Marvin Ave., Mayville, NY 14757.

Arrangements were by Dykes Funeral Home Inc., Valparaiso, (219) 462-3125.

Hazel T. Holub

Hazel T. Holub of Scarsdale died peacefully at home on May 25. She was 92.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Holub attended high school in Philadelphia, where she moved specifically to study violin, and graduated from the University of Michigan as an economics major. She continued to play the violin well into her 80s.

After her first husband, Justin Golenbock, died in 1984, she later married Dr. Donald Holub.

She is survived by her three children, Susan, Jeffrey and Dr. Douglas Golenbock, and their spouses, Marc Weisenfreund, Wendy Golenbock and Christine Larsen; four grandchildren, Scott (Eileen), Jon, Justin and Sam; and two great-grandchildren, Joey and Ben; and her step-daughters Kathy, Ana and Melissa Holub and their families.

Annette Rappaport Kardon

Longtime Scarsdale resident Annette Rappaport Kardon died peacefully April 26. She was 96.

A Hunter College graduate who earned an M.A. from Columbia with a thesis on existentialist novels, she taught English for 18 years at Dodge Vocational High School in the Bronx. A past president of Scarsdale Women’s ORT, she was a longtime member of Temple Israel of White Plains.

She moved to Scarsdale in 1956 and for the last 15 years of her life lived on Garth Road.

She was the wife of the late Leonard Kardon and mother to Stephen, who predeceased her, Nancy, Peter and James, and mother-in-law to Nataline, Ellen, David, Joe, Dee Ella and Nancy. She was a grandmother to many and great-grandmother of 10.

From her parents, who wandered long before immigrating to the United States, she learned to love world travel. Her children learned from her a love of theater, they said.

Services were held April 28 at Riverside Memorial Chapel in Mount Vernon.

Louise Albert, author and longtime writing teacher, has died


Louise Albert of White Plains died peacefully in her sleep on May 15, a few days shy of her 87th birthday.

An accomplished novelist and teacher, Mrs. Albert taught creative writing classes at her home in Scarsdale and later in White Plains, for many years.

With mugs of tea and a supply of cookies, Mrs. Albert’s writing students sat at her dining room table, her “magic table,” surrounded by an eclectic collection of art and whimsy, some of which became prompts for writing exercises. She nurtured and encouraged her students and gently offered constructive criticism.

Mrs. Albert was a founding editor of The Westchester Review, an annual literary journal of writers from around the county.

Publisher JoAnn Terdiman said, “The Westchester Review mourns the passing of Louise Albert, our editor in chief emerita. She was long respected as a creative writing teacher and many of us honed our craft at her ‘magic table.’

“Though a novelist herself she was a gifted teacher, suggesting, urging, prodding (just one more rewrite), editing but always with kindness and encouragement. She made you believe your talent was real and to honor and respect the craft of writing.

“The Westchester Review was born at her table in 2008. A casual remark morphed into the diverse literary review we are today. She was an exceptional writer, teacher, editor, mentor and friend.”

Mrs. Albert was born to Esther and Benjamin Spitzer in Manhattan, on May 20, 1928, and grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was the second of three children. At age 4, she lost her older sister, Elaine, to bacterial meningitis, just years before the advent of antibiotics. “She carried the grief of this loss for the rest of her life,” her son David wrote in his eulogy.

She attended the Walden School and went on to Cornell University, which her mother attended before her, and her brother after. She was a brilliant student, becoming phi beta kappa and chief editor of the Cornell literary magazine for two years.

She met Floyd Albert on a train going from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie. He sat down next to his future wife, who was reading a copy of Stendhal’s “The Red and the Black.”

Their first child, Elizabeth, born in 1954, was a healthy infant until, at 9 months old, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that left her very impaired. The Alberts spared no effort in helping their daughter with physical and cognitive therapists to regain as much function as she could. They became active with organizations advocating more help for children with brain injury. Elizabeth graduated from Scarsdale High School and Seton Hall College.

Louise Albert’s novel “But I’m Ready to Go” was about the struggles of a girl like Elizabeth. The book was a success, receiving a starred Library Journal review, and went into three paperback printings.

In her 50s Mrs. Albert overcame breast and thyroid cancer. Her novel “Less Than Perfect,” is a story about a teen who finds her life complicated when she meets a boy and her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer.

She also wrote “The Wrong Child,” a tender love story with mature characters.

Mr. Albert developed Parkinson’s disease late in life and Mrs. Albert became his champion and support.

David Albert said, “Just as he, the rock of my family, had cared for her during times of illness, she moved into that role with such grace and generosity that it seemed as if my parents had coached each other to help and give throughout their years together.”

Mr. Albert died in 2008.

“She continued to be an avid reader, a lover of classical music, kept abreast of world politics, and remained an unabashed supporter of Obama. She took great pleasure sitting at her kitchen table overlooking a beautiful garden reading The New York Times,” her son wrote.

She is survived by her children Elizabeth, David and Alice; her grandchildren Jacob, Zoe and Alexander; her daughter-in-law Muriel, son-in-law Alan and her brother Robert Spitzer.

“My mother, Louise Albert, was an honorable woman. She was gentle and wise. She loved life and people with gusto and generosity. She was curious, compassionate and patient. She felt and fought for the underdog. I cannot fathom how much I will miss her,” her son said.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to ARC of Westchester, 265 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532.

JoAn Teetor Marder

JoAn Teetor Marder of Tucson, Ariz., died April 2, after a battle with cancer. 

She was 86.

Mrs. Marder was born in Indianapolis to Macy Orville Teetor and Lucille Alcus Teetor on May 11, 1928, and grew up in Newcastle, Ind. She attended boarding school at Kingswood School Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., graduating in 1946.  She went on to major in music at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and she spent her junior year abroad in Paris, studying at the Sorbonne. After graduating from Sweet Briar in 1950, she moved to New York and attended the Katherine Gibbs School. She lived at the Barbizon Hotel for Women and worked for Time Inc. in New York for several years before moving to Scarsdale in 1959, where she raised two children, Emily Saxe Nydam and Raymond Daniel Saxe III, with her first husband, R. Daniel Saxe Jr. She taught piano and was active in local civic affairs for many years, contributing her time and energy to many charitable organizations, including chairing the annual fundraising ball for the White Plains Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

In 1985 (after her first marriage ended in divorce), she married Steven S. Marder, and in 1990 they moved to Tucson where they have been members of the Tucson Country Club. In Tucson, Mrs. Marder was a longtime member of the Tucson Patio Garden Club, and she found a new passion for playing tennis. One of her proudest moments was when her Tucson Country Club tennis team went to the Southwestern Sectional Finals.

She is survived by her husband Steven S. Marder of Tucson, her daughter Emily Saxe Nydam of Boston, and her five grandchildren: Amanda, Abigail and Rachel Saxe, and John and James Nydam.

There will be a private memorial service at the Teetor Family Mausoleum in Hagerstown, Ind. 

Mrs. Marder touched so many lives, and she brought joy to everyone who knew her.  “She was a wonderful, lovely, gracious lady,” said one friend upon hearing the news of her passing. “She will be missed.”

Mollyann Goldstein

Longtime Scarsdale resident Mollyann Goldstein died May 4. She was 86.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Eve and Irwin Witchel. After graduating from James Madison High School, she became a floor model. She married Jerry Goldstein upon his return from service in the Navy, and became assistant linens buyer at B. Altman & Co. Mrs. Goldstein and her husband, Jerry, moved to Scarsdale in 1962. During the early 1970s, by special permission, Mrs. Goldstein audited two classes per semester for three years at Fordham Law School.

Mrs. Goldstein was active in the community, a familiar face at meetings of the board of trustees on various issues through the years, and a tenacious advocate for neighborhood and Scarsdale issues. She was president of the West Quaker Ridge Neighborhood Association. With her engaging personality, she was known to devote all of her energies and focus on the matters of importance to her, her family said.

Although she never learned to swim, she was a leader of and instrumental in the grassroots resident movement to get an outdoor pool in Scarsdale in the 1960s. When the Village Board of Trustees challenged her to obtain membership down payments from a large number of village residents, she walked door to door signing up families and collecting down payments. As a result, the Scarsdale pool opened in 1969 to host the first of many prom breakfasts. Her daughter, Janet, was a member of that first Scarsdale High School class to have its prom breakfast at the pool. Later, she became a staunch supporter and founding member of what would have been the first village-owned indoor recreation facility — the community center, including indoor ice skating rink.

Mrs. Goldstein became a very successful real estate broker, working at several of the local brokerages, before opening her own boutique real estate brokerage company, called Mollyann Realty. She was known for being gracious and generous with her time. She became a pioneer in identifying tracts of land and representing buyers and sellers of such tracts, working with the top builders in Scarsdale for the responsible development of such land. Some of these tracts included the Marx estate in Quaker Ridge, the former Barricini estate near the middle school and on Mamaroneck Road next to the Weinberg Nature Center.

Mrs. Goldstein was a devoted mother to her children and a confidant to her grandchildren, her family said. To better know her grandchildren, during the past 15 years, she divided her time between a home in Scarsdale, near her daughter, Janet Goldstein Bell, and a home in Sandy Springs, Ga., near her son, James Goldstein.

She was predeceased by Jerry, her husband of 55 years, and survived by her two children, Janet Goldstein Bell and James Goldstein; five grandchildren, Sarah Bell Wechsler, Jennifer Bell Levine, Becky Goldstein Albertalli, Caroline Goldstein and Sam Goldstein; and four great-grandchildren, Eliza Wechsler, Zachary Wechsler, Owen Albertalli and Henry Albertalli.

A funeral will be held at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road, Friday, May 8, beginning at 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations and contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

Milton Delugg, longtime music director for Macy’s parade


Milton Delugg, a musician, arranger and composer, with an unusual longevity in the entertainment business, died April 6 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.

From accompanying Al Jolson on the accordion, to conducting Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” band, to acting as NBC’s music director for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade until 2013, Mr. Delugg enjoyed a career that spanned decades.

Mr. Delugg lived on Rural Road in Scarsdale in the 1950s and 1960s and maintained an apartment on Garth Road until 2010.

David Pravda, his next-door neighbor on Rural Road, said Mr. Delugg was “the most wonderful person,” full of good humor, and liked to tell jokes. Mr. Pravda’s father and Mr. Delugg were best friends, he said.

“He was Uncle Miltie to us,” Pravda said. “For everyone else, Milton Berle was Uncle Miltie, but to us, he was Uncle Miltie.”

Pravda and his family stayed in touch with Mr. Delugg and his wife Anna and family after they moved to Los Angeles.

Born in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 1918, he was the son of Samuel Delugg and Mollie Seltzer.

He married composer and pianist Anna Mae Renfer who died in 2002.

He is survived by his son Michael of Manhattan and Steven of White Plains. A daughter, Amy, died in childhood.

Mr. Delugg took piano lessons and played the jazz accordion from a young age, but he got a break when he was hired to work on the staff orchestra at Paramount Studios. His versatile career included collaborations with composer Frank Loesser, who became a friend, Abe Burrows, Paul Winchell, and with Chuck Barris, the game show producer. Mr. Delugg was the bandleader for Barris’s landmark amateur talent show “The Gong Show” and arranged the theme for “The Newlywed Game.”

Mr. Delugg wrote many songs and theme songs for TV and film. He wrote “Hoop Dee Doo,” now a polka standard, and co-wrote “Orange Colored Sky,” which became a hit for Nat King Cole. He produced “Rave On!” for Buddy Holly.

In the early ’50s he was musical director, bandleader and accordionist for “Broadway Open House” on NBC, a late-night show considered a forerunner to “The Tonight Show.” In 1966 Delugg had a brief tenure as musical director of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

“He knew everybody in the industry,” Pravda said.

Delugg came back every year to New York to work on the Macy’s parade, a job he did for 30 years.

Pravda said Mr. Delugg was “active and vigorous to the end.”

In 2012 Mr. Pravda asked him if he were going to do the parade again.

“Yes, they hired me,” Mr. Delugg replied. “Don’t they know I’m 95?’”

Saul Kapel, M.D.

Saul “Bud” Kapel, M.D., died April 19 at his home in Scarsdale. He was 86. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Harriet Chaprack Kapel.

He was born in Atlantic City, N.J., son of Betty and Emanuel Kapel. After graduating NYU, he attended medical school at University of Bologna, Italy. He completed his residency in psychiatry at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, and a child fellowship at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Kapel was in private practice, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. He also served on the academic faculty of Cornell University Medical Center Westchester Division and became Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

From 1972-82, he authored a biweekly column “Parents and Children,” which appeared in the New York Daily News and was nationally syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. The theme of emotional education was central in his writing and practice of psychiatry. He was a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Through his years of practice, he served as a consultant to many groups and served on numerous committees. He was director of the Westchester Mental Hygiene Clinic in White Plains, consultant to the Scarsdale Family Counseling Service, BOCES, the Scarsdale Board of Education, secretary of the Westchester Psychiatric Society, and chairman of the Committee on Child-Adolescent Psychiatry. In 1979, he was invited to be a member of a UNICEF working group on stigmatized children.

He loved working with his patients, which he continued until last month.  

Dr. Kapel and his wife designed a contemporary home in Scarsdale in 1967, with a home office for his clinical practice, and a studio for his wife, an artist renowned for her watercolor paintings. He enjoyed figure skating on the backyard pond and cross-country skiing in the winter, sailing and golf with family and friends in the summer. Children, grandchildren and travel with his adoring wife made his last years rich and full of joy and satisfaction, his family said.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Sherri Kapel Kaplan, M.D. (Marc Kaplan, M.D.) of Scarsdale; Karen Kapel Astrachan (David Astrachan, M.D.) of Orange, Conn.; and Robert Chaprack Kapel, M.D. (Jamie Klein) of Weston, Conn.; and eight grandchildren, Alexandra (David) Corwin and Jeffrey Kaplan, Ariel (Isaiah) Toback, Daniel and Brian Astrachan, and Brandon, Jared and Lindsey Kapel.

A funeral service was held April 21 at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.

Dr. Lisa Danielle Gould, D.V.M.

Dr. Lisa Danielle Gould, D.V.M., of Mount Kisco, formerly of Scarsdale, died April 19 after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 34.

Dr. Gould graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1999, and earned a B.S. degree from SUNY Binghamton in 2003 and a Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine at Atlantic Veterinary College in 2007.  

Dr. Gould was a compassionate, respected veterinarian who had a positive impact on the lives of countless animals and pet owners. Among her many achievements, she was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and interned at Garden State Veterinary Hospital under the tutelage of the esteemed Dr. Thomas Scavelli.  
Her colleagues and friends remember Dr. Gould as a woman of strength, bravery and determination, who had an incredible sense of humor. She had the brightest of smiles, an infectious laugh, and a bigger-than-life personality, her family said.

Outside of work, Dr. Gould was devoted to her dog, Whiskey, and cat, Prada. She was also an avid Yankees fan. One of her favorite places to spend time was at her parents' lake house in the Berkshires, surrounded by the beauty of nature. She enjoyed fishing, kayaking and other water sports.

Dr. Gould is survived by her mother Janet, father Richard, brothers Matthew and Jason, sister-in-law Amy, nephews Matthew and Joshua, and niece Ashley.

A funeral service in celebration and remembrance of her life was held on April 22 at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, N.Y., and was followed by interment at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Dr. Lisa D. Gould to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, or the ASPCA,

Macleone T. Gregory

Longtime Scarsdale resident Macleone (Mac) T. Gregory died April 10.  She was 90.

Born in Fort Smith, Ark., Mrs. Gregory attended the University of Arkansas, where she was a legacy at the founding chapter of the Chi Omega Sorority. During that time, she met and married Alfred Lawrence Gregory, son of noted Scarsdale architect Julius Gregory. They were married for 38 years.

Mrs. Gregory moved to Scarsdale in 1950. After joining the Junior League, she pioneered and implemented a vision-screening program for 1,100 Westchester preschoolers that identified 100 children with potential vision problems. Later elected first vice president of the Junior League, she also recruited volunteers for Mobility, a White Plains rehabilitation center, and worked at the Scarsdale Woman’s Exchange, among many other volunteer roles.

After raising her children, she served on the Scarsdale Woman’s Club Board of Directors, and as a Hitchcock Presbyterian Church deacon and elder. In May 1991, the Rev. John Miller cited her efforts in organizing donations for the multimillion dollar fundraising project to rebuild the church after a 1986 fire had destroyed the original sanctuary.

Mrs. Gregory loved playing weekly bridge with longtime friends. In midlife, she enjoyed paddle tennis and the beach at Shenorock Shore Club. Her appreciation for beauty led her to frequent art museums and to carry a camera at all times. She also followed contemporary politics with keen interest.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Michael Cefola; a son and daughter-in-law, William and Elaine Gregory; a grandson, Daniel Gregory; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Gregory Hulse, and one great-grandson, Oliver Clifton Hulse.

A memorial service for Mrs. Gregory will be held at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, 6 Greenacres Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Janice L. Bloch

Janice L. Bloch of Manhattan, formerly of Scarsdale, died suddenly April 10. She was 57.

She was the mother of Melanie Dana Roth and Caroline Rachel Roth, daughter of the late Nedra and Gerald Bloch, and sister of Susan B. Bloch (Robert Koppelman), Amy L. Bloch, M.D. (Greg Horowitz) and Elizabeth A.   Bloch (Jeffrey Rose). She was aunt to Tess, Maggie, Emily, Sarah, Annie, Teddy and Graham.

“Gone too soon, she lives on in those who love her,” her family said.

Contributions in her memory may be made to

Danal Paul Epstein

Danal Paul Epstein of York, Maine died peacefully on April 12. He was 91.

Mr. Epstein lived for many years in Scarsdale.

He served in the Navy during World War II, achieving the rank of lieutenant. After the war he started as a salesman in the family business, eventually becoming president of C.F. Hathaway Co. and president of Warnaco International Licensing.

Mr. Epstein was active in many charities and was deeply involved with York Hospital in Maine, having served as chairman, and his alma mater, Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., where he established the Epstein Scholarship Fund. He was a past president of the National Democratic Club in New York.

He was predeceased by his wife Jane Epstein (Bleyer), his parents Louis and Tiela, and his brother Jon.

He is survived by his son Michael (spouse Scott) and daughter Amy and four grandchildren. Mr. Epstein is also survived by a longtime companion of over 25 years, Barbara Kurson.

He was admired and respected by all and will be sorely missed, his family said. “Above all, Danal loved family and friends.”

A funeral service was held Friday, April 17 in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, York, Maine with a reception afterward at the Stage Neck Inn, York Harbor. He was buried next to his wife of 32 years, Jane Bleyer Epstein, on what would have been their 62nd anniversary, at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.

Donations may be made to York Hospital or Lehigh University. Visit

Robert H. Lerner

Robert H. Lerner, a resident of Scarsdale since 1981, died peacefully after a long illness on April 5. He was 71.

To the end, he was determined to regain his health and his courageous efforts enabled him to walk his daughter Caren down the aisle at her wedding to Gregory Decter and to experience the first year of life of his grandson, Asher Hudson Decter, who was the light of his life, his family said.

Mr. Lerner was born in the Bronx on June 5, 1943 to Estelle and Irving Lerner and grew up in Oceanside, N.Y. He attended American University and after a short stint as a reporter for The New York Times began his career as a computer software programmer, founding and owning several software consulting firms and serving as the chief technology officer of an electronic trading stock brokerage firm, where he developed one of the first alternative trading systems.

Mr. Lerner served as the soccer coach of his son Josh’s Greenacres soccer team, dedicated to the principle that each child deserved equal playing time, instruction and encouragement to reach his potential. He enjoyed tennis, golf and family vacations, but most of all his family, attending each of his children’s games and events and the time he spent with them discussing everything from the Yankees to world politics.

Mr. Lerner is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Lerner, his daughter and son-in-law Caren Lerner Decter and Gregory Decter, and his grandson Asher Hudson Decter. He was predeceased by his son Joshua Benjamin Lerner, who died in 1997, and his parents and sister, Andrea Goldstein.

Funeral services were held on April 6. Donations may be made in his memory to Foundation Fighting Blindness or the Cantor’s Discretionary Fund at Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El.

Leonor Rosenfeld

Longtime Scarsdale resident Leonor Rosenfeld died at home surrounded by her family in Tuckahoe, March 17 after a long illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Rosenfeld was born in Argentina in 1940. She came to the United States in 1975 with her husband Henry and raised their three children in Scarsdale.

In 1979, the Rosenfelds joined the Scarsdale Golf Club where she soon became one of its best golfers. Mrs. Rosenfeld won many titles, including the women's championship and senior championship. She served on many committees and was a member of the club's golf team in the Women's Metropolitan Golf Association competitions. She was also a member of the prestigious Westchester-Fairfield Women's Golf Association and of the Women's Tri-County Golf Association. Mrs. Rosenfeld was also a member of the Quail West Golf and Country Club and the Naples National Golf Club, both in Naples, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, her children, Jessica of San Francisco, Calif., Diego of Boston, Mass., and Julia of New York City, her daughter-in-law Heidi, her three grandchildren and “by all those she touched with her generous spirit and bright smile. She will be deeply missed,” her family said.

A celebration of her life will take place at the Scarsdale Golf Club, Club Way, Hartsdale, on May 17 at 1 p.m. To attend, call the club at 723-2840.

Doris Phelps Yancy

Doris Phelps Yancy, 53-year-resident of Scarsdale and longtime resident of Windsor and Oak Harbor Clubs, in Vero Beach, Fla., died in her sleep at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach on March 28. She was 88.

She was born in Brooklyn June 3, 1925, to Augustus Ward and Marian Vreeland Phelps. Her father founded and owned Phelps, Fenn and Co. from 1924-66, the first all municipal bond firm in New York, which gained a reputation as “the Tiffany’s of Wall Street.” Her family lived in Bronxville then moved to Scarsdale in 1935. She had two sisters, Patricia and Claire, a brother Richard and a half-sister Amy.

“Dottie” attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where she met Walter “Bill” Yancy, a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and decorated airman. They married on June 20, 1944. Mr. Yancy was an investment banker and executive vice president of American Securities.

They settled in Scarsdale and belonged to Scarsdale Golf Club and Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. The Yancys were members of Sankaty Head Golf Club, and Mrs. Yancy was active in the Garden Club on Nantucket, where they spent summers from 1965 and early retirement from 1988-2000. Their winters were spent on the island of Nevis in the West Indies.

Mrs. Yancy was treasurer of the Junior League of Scarsdale, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Girl Scout leader, an excellent golfer, oil painter, needlework designer and teacher, an exceptional miniaturist and gourmet cook.

She certified as a travel consultant, joined IATA and CLIA, was a top performing sales person for Seabourn, Abercrombie & Kent and every luxury affiliate in her industry. She founded Yancy’s Club International in 1977, led 66 trips on six continents for 40 years and all in high style. Her trips explored our exotic, rustic, regal, historical, and luxurious world and were a celebration of life.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years and survived by her four children, Linda Yancy Kidsley, Charles Phelps Yancy, Elizabeth Doris Yancy Sharik of Vero Beach, Fla., and Bruce Ward Yancy of Sebastian, Fla., and Nantucket, Mass; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Windsor Chapel on April 25 in Vero Beach. For inquiries, contact the Windsor Concierge. A memorial service will also be held on at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Nantucket, the date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice Center at 901 37th St. Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Gregory T. Thompson

Gregory T. Thompson, a resident of Scarsdale from 1969 until he moved to Aurora, Colo., in 2003, died on March 22, at Summit Rehabilitation and Care Community. “Greg,” as he was known to all his family and friends, died of cardiac arrhythmia following a severe fracture of his back, one week prior to his 81st birthday.

Mr. Thompson was a lifelong volunteer. One of his earliest endeavors was as an Edgewood girl's soccer coach when he, like many of his American born colleagues, coached the plays with rule book in hand. Mr. Thompson was also a familiar face at all Scarsdale Historical Society events from the annual country fair, to the grapefruit sales and Fall Foliage Run, to the gala benefits each year. He was recognized for this, together with his wife Corky, in 1995.

In the late 1960s former Edgemont resident John Moyle introduced Mr. Thompson to the adventures of bird watching, and he became a lifelong member of the Audubon Society, serving for a time as the president of the Scarsdale chapter. He was also a devoted member of the Friends of the Scarsdale Parks. Mr. Thompson joined the Town Club soon after moving to Scarsdale and was a life member of the Scarsdale Forum at his death.

Mr. Thompson graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1952 and received a bachelor’s degree in business from Manhattan College in Riverdale in 1956. In the early ’60s he joined Inflight Motion Pictures, the company that inaugurated showing movies on commercial airplane flights, as assistant treasurer. He retired in 1986.

A communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish where he was married in 1964, Mr. Thompson was long active in its social ministry, particularly in the work related to Covenant House in New York City.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary “Corky” Treacy Thompson, daughter Julia (Ward Welles) of Denver; son Mark (Carolyn) of Roanoke, Va.; and son Allyn (Yvette) of Ridgefield, Conn.; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Covenant House, 461 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001; National Audubon Society, PO 42035 Palm Coast, FL 32142; Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 18000 Arapahoe Rd., Foxfield, CO 80016 or Making Choices Prison Program, Center for Spirituality at Work, PO Box 102168, Denver, CO 80250.

Irene Poldy Locker

Irene Poldy Locker, a 30-year resident of Scarsdale, died peacefully at her home on March 16, of natural causes. She was 98. She was born in Vienna, Austria on Nov. 4, 1916, to Gustav and Frieda Locker.

“Poldy” was a young lady when Germany invaded Austria but was able to immigrate to America due to the help of a stranger whose name she found in a telephone book, Herbert Locker of New York City. She was eventually able to bring her parents and two sisters to New York. And she married Herbert Locker.
For many years, Mrs. Locker was a homemaker in the Bronx and then in Ardsley. She volunteered in several capacities at Dobbs Ferry Hospital. An accomplished cook and supreme baker, Mrs. Locker ran and hosted restaurants for Pergamon Press in Elmsford and Bloomingdale’s in White Plains.

As hostess for Bloomingdale’s public restaurant, she enjoyed meeting and conversing with a diverse clientele and staff. Always a hard worker and person of high culinary standards, Mrs. Locker earned the respect of co-workers and supervisors until her retirement at age 83, her family said.

She was predeceased by her husband, sister Herta and brother-in-law Gene Rettig. She is survived by three sons, Jim (Ilene) of Stamford, Conn., Howard (Christine) of Dallas, Texas, and George of New York City. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Barry, Howard, Elena and Aaron, one sister, Dora Knoll, nieces Geraldine and Jane, and nephew Michael.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Weinstein Memorial in Yonkers. A graveside service was held at New Montifiore Cemetery in Pinelawn, N.Y., on March 20.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Locker’s memory to the Macular Degeneration Society or to a charity of one’s choice.

Robert McCook Jordan

Robert McCook Jordan of Exeter, N.H., formerly of Scarsdale, died peacefully on March 19 after a valiant engagement with Alzheimer’s disease, his family said. He was 85.

He was born in New York City on Nov. 8, 1929, to Charles Carson and Helen McCook Jordan.

After a childhood in Scarsdale, where he attended the public schools, Mr. Jordan graduated from Williams College in 1951, and earned his M.B.A. at NYU in 1958. He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force in Korea.

He was an active supporter of the Williams College Alumni Association.

Mr. Jordan’s professional life was largely spent with Bankers Trust Co. in New York. Before retirement he worked with the Council for Aid to Education in New York. Throughout his working life he and his family lived in Scarsdale, where he served as an elder of the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. “Bob’s active support of many community activities and projects speaks to his dedication and generous spirit,” his family said.

He and his wife moved to Exeter in 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Mudge Jordan, and his sons Robert McCook Jordan Jr. of West Bath, Maine, and Andrew C. Jordan of El Paso, Texas; also daughter-in-law Roberta Tabell Jordan of West Bath, and granddaughters Margaret and Sarah.

A family gathering took place in Exeter on March 21.

Vincentina (Tina) Eforo

Tina Eforo of Scarsdale died in her home surrounded by her family on March 21. She was 83.

She was predeceased by her husband John F. Eforo and her son John C. Eforo. She is survived by her daughters, Joanne SanAntonio and Carla Liskin, her son-in-law Steven Liskin, her daughter-in-law Judith Berger Eforo, as well as her seven grandchildren, Elliot, Andrew and Robert Liskin, and John, Alexander, Edward and Danielle Eforo, all of Scarsdale.

Visiting hours will be held at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home on Friday, March 27, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. For information, call 725-1137.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in her memory be made to Westchester Hospice.

George Lysle IV

George Lysle IV, formerly of Scarsdale, died March 22 in Jupiter, Fla. He was 77.

Born Feb. 25, 1938, to Ruth and George Lysle, he grew up on Greenacres Avenue.
During his career, after a brief tenure on Wall Street, he took on the challenge of managing the careers of notable names in the auto racing industry at his friend Mark McCormack’s company IMG. Additionally, he worked for ABC Sports as an announcer for many car races over the years. He was also the owner of the Lock Stock and Barrel Restaurant in Darien, Conn. 
He is survived by his daughter, Laura Lysle of New York, his step-daughter, Samantha Lowe, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and his sister, Ruth Anne Brinker and her four children.

Memorial services were held March 25 at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Palm Beach Gardens.

A service will also be held at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Tuesday, March 31, at 11 a.m.

Maria (Mitzi) Fuehrer

Mitzi Fuehrer, longtime billing manager for The Scarsdale Inquirer, died after a brief illness March 16 at White Plains Hospital Center. She was 72.

Born Nov. 15, 1942 in Linz, Austria, she immigrated to the United States at the age of 18, where she met her future husband, Charles Fuehrer in New York.

They married in 1962 in California where Mr. Fuehrer worked in the aerospace industry. They returned to the New York area and settled in Scarsdale in 1964 where their son Craig was born in 1968.

Mrs. Fuehrer was billing manager at The Scarsdale Inquirer for 30 years.

Mrs. Fuehrer led an active lifestyle and loved gardening, skiing, swimming at the Scarsdale pool, traveling and spending time with her family. She enjoyed games of mah-jongg with her regular group.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, Mrs. Fuehrer is survived by her son Craig, daughter-in-law Pamela, and three grandchildren, Hannah, Cole and Annika.

A memorial will be held at Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale, on Monday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the ASPCA.

Dorothy Lowenstein Di Cintio

Dorothy Lowenstein Di Cintio of White Plains, formerly of Scarsdale, a passionate advocate for social justice, died March 15. She was 83. 

Born in New York on Sept. 7, 1931, to Gabriel and Florence Lowenstein, Ms. Di Cintio attended the Fieldston School before heading to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a gifted tennis player and golfer, and at age 19 was a semi-finalist in the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association Championship in New York. She also competed in numerous regional and national women’s golf events through the years.

After college, she continued her involvement in sports, coaching and teaching golf, paddle tennis and tennis through the Scarsdale Department of Recreation, Scarsdale Golf Club and as a volunteer at several Westchester schools and organizations for special needs children. Ms. Di Cintio also was a tennis coach at the Horace Mann School for 30 years where she led the boys’ team to eight Mayors Cup titles.  
“Dottie had an extraordinary influence on so many boys and girls over the years,” said Chris Lacopo, eighth-grade dean and the current coach of the boys’ tennis team at Horace Mann. “She was probably the most distinctive person most of these kids have been around.” While at Horace Mann, Ms. Di Cintio spearheaded efforts to raise funds for orphan children whose parents died from AIDS. Over a decade, her efforts generated over $80,000 in donations to the Maru-a-Pula School in Botswana. She joined the board of directors of the American Friends of Maru-a-Pula (AFMAP) in 2009. 
“Dottie introduced me to all manner of people who shared a love of action, of change and reform. She was constantly generating ripples of hope among her friends and colleagues and I feel lucky to have been part of one of the many causes that she saw fit to support,” said Andrew Taylor, principal of the Maru-a-Pula.  
Outside of sports, Ms. Di Cintio’s other passion was politics. She was extremely active in Democratic politics in Scarsdale and White Plains and was involved in numerous charitable organizations. Her brother, the late Allard K. Lowenstein, was an internationally known civil rights, human rights, and Democratic activist, and Ms. Di Cintio was actively involved in many of his initiatives in these fields.  
“Aunt Dot was one of the most selfless individuals I have ever known,” said nephew Douglas Lowenstein. “She had a deep wellspring of empathy for those battling to get a leg up in our society, and for those battling to overcome long odds, whether they be social, economic, or physical. I don’t think they staged a march in Washington for peace, for justice, for equal rights or for gun control that Aunt Dot didn’t join. She just cared about people and our society very deeply.” 
No funeral is planned. The family asks that donations be made in Ms. Di Cintio’s name to the Lowenstein Human Rights Project at the Yale University School of Law.

She is survived by her husband, Domenick V. Di Cintio, children Terri Di Cintio, Debra Di Cintio, Bruce Di Cintio and Brian Di Cintio, their spouses and children, and her older brother Lawrence Lowenstein.

John P. Bregstein

John P. Bregstein, a resident of Scarsdale since 1966, died March 10. He was 87.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; his daughters and their families, Susan, Mark, Rebecca and Morgan Hembarsky and Linda, Elliot, David and Adam Scherr; and by his sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Steve Haas. 

Mr. Bregstein was a partner at Mr. Witt Inc., a specialty men's shirt manufacturer in New York City.

He was a respected businessman, exceptional friend, loving parent and grandparent, his family said.

Donations in Mr. Bregstein’s memory may be sent to the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY 10577.

Reva M. Greenberg

Former Scarsdale resident Reva M. Greenberg died at her home in Princeton, N.J., on March 7. She was 77.

Born in 1937 in the Bronx to Lillian and Charles Messeloff, Mrs. Greenberg attended George Washington High School and Vassar College, and received her doctorate in gerontology from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. In 1959, she married Josh Greenberg and the couple raised their family in Scarsdale, where they lived for over 50 years.

Mrs. Greenberg had a career working for Westchester County’s Office for the Aging. Her greatest achievement came after her diagnosis with ovarian cancer when she wrote “Adventures in CancerLand” and “A New Day and The Bird Sing” for her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband and three children, Betsy Ie of Princeton, N.J., Jim Greenberg of Weston, Mass., and Annie Michaelson of Montgomery, N.J. She leaves eight grandchildren, Douglas, Andy, Hilary, Robbie, Tommy, Will, Kate, Zoe; also daughter-in-law Julie Greenberg and son-in-laws, Darma Ie and Gregg Michaelson and many friends.
A service was held Monday, March 9 at Larchmont Temple.

John J. Fox Funeral Home of Larchmont was in charge of arrangements. Visit for details and to express a memory of Mrs. Greenberg. Donations in her memory may be made to Larchmont Temple’s Social Action Fund.

Scarsdale Bowl winner Elsie Smoler has died


Scarsdale Bowl winner Elsie Rubenstein Smoler died in her sleep March 7 at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, a few weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday with her children. 

Mrs. Smoler was very active in the local community throughout her five decades in Scarsdale. She served on the PTAs of both Quaker Ridge School and Scarsdale High School. She was president of the Scarsdale Board of Education, an officer in the Village Club and League of Women Voters. She was chairman of the Scarsdale Adult School board.

An innovator, she brought the Junior Great Books program to Quaker Ridge in the 1960s, started parent-student-faculty discussion groups and co-founded a Sunday recreation program and a teen center at the high school. She was a strong supporter of the nonpartisan system, serving on its nominating committees and chairing the advisory council on recreation.

In 1995, she was honored with the Scarsdale Bowl Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Scarsdale resident in recognition of his or her voluntary public service in the community. Then village trustee Amy Paulin presented Mrs. Smoler with her award.

At the bowl dinner her friend Sondra Older said, “You see a quiet, elegant, refined lady, but I’m telling you, when she feels passionately about something, stand back! She is a tireless, fierce champion of her cause, never afraid to speak up for something she believes in.”

In his speech at the bowl dinner, friend Michael Malina dubbed her “Saint Elsie of Smoler,” and said she always had time and the inclination to help others “despite a schedule that would frighten the most dedicated workaholic.”

After graduating from Erasmus High and Adelphi College, Mrs. Smoler worked for Bennett Cerf at WNEW and then at Mademoiselle magazine. She married Irwin Smoler in 1950. The young couple lived first in Manhattan and then briefly in Chicago before moving, in 1954, to the house on Spier Road in Scarsdale where they would raise their three children, Fred, Michael and Arlene.

Mrs. Smoler was known for her kindness, generosity and wisdom, her family said. After Irwin’s death in 2005, she eventually moved to Riverdale, where she spent her final years and continued to win the love and admiration of those who met her, her family said. 

In addition to her children, Mrs. Smoler is survived by her daughter-in-law Karen Hornick as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A service was held March 10 at Westchester Reform Temple.

Mrs. Smoler was a strong advocate for voters’ rights and college funding, so donations in her honor may be made to the League of Women Voters or education for the disadvantaged.

Former SSTTE Cantor Kerry Ben-David has died

Cantor Kerry Ben-David of Stamford, Conn., former longtime cantor of Scarsdale Synagogue, died unexpectedly Feb. 24. He was 74.

Cantor Ben-David served the Jewish Family Congregation of South Salem, N.Y., for the past nine years and Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El for the majority of his cantorial career, 22 years from 1984 to 2005. A funeral service was held at SSTTE Feb. 27.

“He was a beloved leader who served with devotion for more than 20 years,” said Scarsdale Synagogue’s Rabbi Jeffrey Brown.

SSTTE’s Cantor Chanin Becker said, “He was a vibrant presence here for the life cycle of our congregants. He was present for celebrations, for moments of sorrow.”

“For those members of the congregation who knew him that are still active participants in the community today, his loss was felt deeply and personally, in evidence by the hundreds of people at the funeral last week with an outpouring of grief, and to support his family,” said Rabbi Brown.

“His legacy that began here remains strong and is still valued in the community, that we’re here for each other,” Cantor Becker said.

Born in Philadelphia of Irish heritage as Kerry McDevitt (named after County Kerry, Ireland), Cantor Ben-David (the Hebrew equivalent of McDevitt) was a 1985 graduate of the HUC-JIR, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. Before entering the school, Cantor Ben-David earned the distinction of being the first singer to ever be awarded a doctor of music by the Juilliard School. He received his master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied on full scholarship. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Rome Opera House, had sung with a dozen major opera companies in the U.S., receiving several honors and awards throughout his career. Cantor Ben-David is also a past board member of the American Conference of Cantors. The American Conference of Cantors awarded him the “Sh'liach Tzibbur Award” in recognition for his 25 years of devoted service to Judaism and the Cantorate most recently.

Cantor Ben-David is survived by his wife, retired Metropolitan Opera contralto Batyah Godfrey Ben-David, his two children, Adam Ben-David, a Broadway conductor, and Sheera, who serves as cantor of Temple Israel of New York City; his son-in-law, Steven Miller and his grandchildren, Baxter Miller and Shadow Miller.

Janet Jean Hohn

Janet Jean LaRosa Hohn of Scarsdale, formerly of Pelham and Rye, died peacefully Jan. 21 at Greenwich Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 82.

She was born to Dr. John and Henrietta LaRosa of Pelham Manor on Jan. 31, 1932. Mrs. Hohn graduated Pelham High School, received a B.A. in art history from Hollins University in Virginia and later married her Pelham High School sweetheart, Harry G. Hohn on June 19, 1954.

She loved and nurtured their four daughters, Cynthia O’Leary, Jennifer Purcell, Nancy Frehill and Patricia Brehm, they said. She devoted her energy to the development of her 12 grandchildren, Denis, Kendal, Connor, Lauren, Michael, Frank, Clint, James, Janet, Hannah, Preston and Kyle.

She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Dumke Thomas.

Mrs. Hohn was loving and quick to laugh, her family said. She was a natural community leader helping in many ways from PTA president to organizing major New York City blood drives. She was a competitive athlete and was the captain of tennis and paddle tennis teams. She ran in races throughout Westchester and New York City including the Westchester half marathon. An artist since childhood, Mrs. Hohn enjoyed oil painting and was especially successful in her final years.

A mass was held Jan. 31 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to

Barbara B. Lewis

Barbara B. Lewis, formerly of Manhattan, Livingstonville and Edgemont, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at Robinson Terrace in Stamford where she had lived since March of 2014. She was 89.

Mrs. Lewis was born on Dec. 4, 1925 in New York City to Agnes B. (Hinchman) and William R. Brent. 

Her family moved from Manhattan to Edgemont in 1929 where she grew up. The family first lived on Mount Joy Avenue and later moved to Edgemont Road.  She attended Edgemont Elementary School and graduated from Dobbs Ferry School for Girls.

Mrs. Lewis earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College and a master’s degree in psychiatric social work from the University of Texas. She taught as an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx prior to opening her own practice in Manhattan.

She was an avid reader and her thirst for knowledge was insatiable. Mrs. Lewis was the recipient of the Capital District Senior Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Margaret C. Lewis, in 2003.

She is survived by her daughter Laura (Martin P.) Livingston of Livingstonville; a brother, R. Spencer (Elaine) Brent of Jupiter, Fla.; her grandsons Alan Torrecilla of Portsmouth, Va., Daniel (Chevonne) Torrecilla of New York City, Julian Goddard of New Windsor, N.Y.; her step-grandchildren Monica Livingston and Mark Livingston, both of Albany; and three great-grandchildren.

There will be no formal services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, c/o Kelly Martin, 333 Cook Hill Road, Middleburgh, NY 12122 or to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 125 Granite Drive, Suite 1, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, Middleburgh and the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill.

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Charles Lippe Weinberg

Charles Lippe Weinberg died Feb. 15. He was 94.

An active alumnus of Fieldston, Dartmouth College and the Thayer School of Engineering, he went on to serve as a lieutenant with the Seabees in the Second World War and then enjoyed a long career as a builder and devoted member of his community, his family said.

Mr. Weinberg was a founder of both Westchester Reform Temple and Westhab, a not-for-profit provider of housing and social services for homeless and low-income families throughout Westchester County and New York City. Its mission is “Building Communities. Changing Lives,” and those are words by which he lived. To date, Westhab has built over 2,500 units of affordable housing.

Mr. Weinberg also served as vice chairman of the White Plains Hospital Foundation Board, president of the Builders Institute of Westchester & Putnam, and was a member of the Blythedale Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, the Surprise Lake Camp Board of Directors, and the Peoples Westchester Savings Bank.

A world traveler with a special love for skiing, the arts and animals of all sizes, his trademarks were his quiet kindness and wit — and his ubiquitous yellow ties.

He is survived by Judith, his wife of 68 years, and their three children and spouses, David and Vivian Weinberg, Jean Weinberg and Mark Dinaburg, and Barbara and Walter Groden; his grandchildren, Deborah Groden, Philip Weinberg, Suzanne and David Laswell, and Sarah Dinaburg, along with many nieces and nephews. His older siblings, Jay Weinberg and Charlotte Pollack, predeceased him.

“Charles leaves behind a legacy of compassion, generosity and humility, and he will be endlessly missed,” his family said.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

A funeral service was held Feb. 19 at Westchester Reform Temple.

Robert Bowen Gillie

Robert Bowen Gillie died peacefully in Essex, Conn., on Feb. 6. He was 94. 

Mr. Gillie was a proud New Yorker, born in Manhattan, Sept. 25, 1920. He moved to Scarsdale in 1927 and graduated from Scarsdale High School. He attended Union College in Schenectady, where he was a cheerleader, a drummer and a president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. 

Mr. Gillie obtained his pilot’s license while at Union and graduated with an economics degree in 1943 as part of an accelerated program for pilots. During World War II, Mr. Gillie was a flight instructor and trained pilots in B-17 and B-29 bombers. After the war, Mr. Gillie spent 50 years in the insurance business in New York City, eventually becoming vice president of the Harvey Dann Insurance Co.

Mr. Gillie enjoyed membership in the Scarsdale Town Club, the Scarsdale Fire Company #2, St. David’s Society (Welsh) and the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church of Scarsdale. He was president of the University Club of White Plains and a member of the Board of Governors of the Scarsdale Golf Club. He was also an avid tennis and paddle tennis player in Scarsdale, winning numerous trophies for his club team. He was an accomplished photographer who built his own dark room to develop his artistic compositions.

As a consummate handyman, Mr. Gillie mastered diverse aspects of plumbing, electricity and woodworking, and spent many hours upgrading the property and renovating rooms throughout the house. Over the years he took great pride in maintaining his neatly manicured yard, spending much time weeding, planting and grooming for the perfect garden design. Mr. Gillie was a huge fan of big band music with a particular fondness for the recordings of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. His vinyl record library included over 300 78s. He could name most of the musicians and singers, sing most all the lyrics, and dance with considerable agility, often cutting a rug at live New York City performances by these bands.

Throughout his married life Mr. Gillie traveled to many parts of the world with Midge. They often vacationed with their lifelong friends who formed a lively group called the “Loco Pocos,” named after their numerous vacations to the Pocono Mountains. With his family Mr. Gillie also purchased a cabin on Lake Damariscotta, Maine in 1986, a retreat where the Gillies spent each summer and where they enjoyed many hours helping to raise their grandchildren. The couple moved from Scarsdale to Essex Meadows in 1996.  Mr. Gillie was chairman of the Resident Council for five years, directing a number of beneficial programs for the residents and staff including the Essex Meadows Scholarship Fund and implementation of what is now an annual Kentucky Derby Party. Fellow residents referred to him as the “heart and soul” of the special occasion. He was known around the retirement community as a gentle, quick-witted and loyal friend, always ready with a joke and a compassionate ear. He also loved his New York Yankees and New York Giants and continued to play paddle tennis at the Essex Paddle Tennis Club well into his 80s.

Mr. Gillie is survived by his wife Marjorie “Midge” Gillie, their son Dr. Bruce Gillie and his wife Polly of Westerly, R.I., their son Brian Gillie and his wife Sue of Guilford, Conn., and two grandchildren, Bowen and Anne.

The family will hold a private cemetery service in April. Friends are invited to a memorial service at Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road, Essex, Conn., on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. Donations in his memory can be made to the Essex Meadows Scholarship Fund, c/o Essex Meadows, Essex, CT 06426. To share a memory of Mr. Gillie or send a condolence to his family, visit Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook

Dr. Joseph Albright

Dr. Joseph Albright of Sarasota, Fla., who was director of the Scarsdale High School Band for 21 years and Westchester Band director for 31 years, died Jan. 23. He was 88. 

Dr. Albright served in the infantry during World War II, earning three battle stars and a Purple Heart. During the Korean War, he became an Army bandleader.

Dr. Albright studied trumpet with Edward Treutel, William Vacchiano and Harry Glantz. He received his doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1963. 

Dr. Albright taught for 35 years in the public schools of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Scarsdale. As director of the Scarsdale High School Band, his Symphonic Band performed in Elizabeth City, N.C., Williamsburg, Va., Washington D.C., Wyalusing, Pa., Boston, Mass., Montreal and Toronto, Canada and a number of times at Lincoln Center. He conducted more than a dozen concerts each summer with the Westchester Band for 31 years. He has served as president of the Westchester County School Music Association, representative for Zone 11 of the New York State School Music Association, and director of the Westchester Music and Arts Camp (now called the Aaron Copland Camp). When he retired, he played in the Suncoast Concert Band and the Sarasota Concert Band in Florida.

“For many years in the Scarsdale schools, I had the privilege of closely   working together with Dr. Joseph Albright. We were close friends and maintained contact long after his retirement. As the conductor of the Scarsdale High School Band and the founder of the Westchester Band, Dr. Albright has left a legacy of excellence with the countless number of Scarsdale  students and adult musicians who  had the opportunity to perform under his direction,” said Dr. Earl Groner.

He is survived by his wife “Pug,” his children Cindy Dowd, MaryBeth Albright, Bob Albright and Joe Albright and nine grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held today, Feb. 6, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Sarasota followed by interment at the Veterans’ Cemetery. Packer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bernard Pravda

Bernard Pravda, a Scarsdale resident for almost 55 years, died at home Saturday, Jan. 31. He was 95.

Born in 1919 in the Bronx, Mr. Pravda attended New York University and during World War ll was part of a team sent to Purdue University to work on radar technology.

Although Mr. Pravda had an engineering background, he enjoyed a varied career. Initially he was a men’s clothier as part of a family business. He later became a stockbroker and also had a parallel career in the real estate business and as a diamond dealer in Manhattan.

He retired at age 85. His son David said that his father might have retired earlier, but he “enjoyed his bridge game on the 8:02 train.”

Mr. Pravda was outgoing, a very good listener, and offered good advice. His son said he had a remarkable knack with people that made them want to confide in him.

He was predeceased by his wife Muriel.

He is survived by son David Pravda (Lynn) of Scarsdale, daughter Karen (Norbert Elsner) of Scarsdale, daughter Susan (Gabor Garai) of W. Newton, Mass.; grandchildren, Jacqueline (David Bruno), Douglas (Sarah) Pravda, Elizabeth and Michael Garai, Karen, Andrew and Rebecca Elsner; great-grandchildren, Michael and Lily Pravda of Manhattan.

Services were held at graveside.

Pauline Waldstein Rosenbloom

Pauline Waldstein Rosenbloom of Scarsdale died peacefully in her home of 53 years on Feb. 1. She was 92.

A service was held Feb. 4 at the Weinstein Memorial Chapel in Yonkers followed by a burial at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hawthorne.

“Paulie” was the wife of the late Robert Rosenbloom, mother of Peter and his wife Lisa, Thomas and his wife Jessica, Jon and his wife Evalyn, and the late James Rosenbloom. She was grandmother of Jessica, Sarah, Nikki, Raquel, Alana, Michael and Everett Rosenbloom. She was the sister of the late Samuel Waldstein.

Donations in her memory can be made to the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458 or the Wolf Conservational Center, Wildlife Rescue, 7 Buck Run St., South Salem, NY 10590.

Beth Coleman Stern

Beth Coleman Stern, a lifelong resident of Scarsdale, died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 7. She was 80.

Born in 1934, she attended the Fox Meadow School, graduated from Scarsdale High School and Lasell College. On June 25, 1952 she married Allan D.R. Stern of New York City at her family home in Scarsdale.

Mrs. Stern was loved by family and friends for her loyal support, open heart and a willingness to help all in her world. “You felt free to share anything with her and knew you would never be judged,” they would often say. She was active throughout her life in the Scarsdale community donating her time to numerous local organizations including the Fox Meadow PTA where she was president for several years.

Mrs. Stern was recently predeceased by her husband of 62 years.

She is survived by her three adult children, Douglas Stern (Ellen) of Rye, Michael Stern (Maggie) of Scarsdale, Patricia Frohman of Scarsdale and her seven grandchildren Gregory, Sarah, Katie, Avery, Julia, Matthew and Kyle.

Donations in memory of Beth C. Stern can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of New York, Hudson Valley Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 203, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Colette Hoey

Colette Hoey, a resident of Scarsdale since 1967, died Jan. 23. She was 73.  She had suffered from MDS, a bone marrow failure disorder, for the past year and a half. She was an administrator in the religious instruction office of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for more than 35 years.

Mrs. Hoey is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ken Hoey; her son Kevin (Rose) Hoey; and daughters Kristin (John) Gorham, Cindy (John) Wiseman and Kate (Ed) Keller. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Jack Gorham, Marykate Gorham, Quinn Wiseman, Sean Wiseman, Kieran Wiseman, Angela Hoey, Daniel Hoey, Eddie Keller, Charlie Keller and Caris Keller, as well as her sister-in-law Vera Mullen and four nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Katherine Mullen, and her brother John Mullen.

“Colette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family, bridge group, needlepointing and going to her favorite place on Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks. We will miss her dearly,” her family said.

Services were held Thursday, Jan. 29, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale.

John M. Young Jr.

John M. Young Jr. of Southaven, Miss., died Jan. 26 at his home. He was 75.

Mr. Young was born June 28, 1939, in Evanston, Ill., to the late John and Libby Young. They moved to Scarsdale when he was 3 years old and lived there until he attended Arkansas College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1963. He has lived in the mid-south since then.

Mr. Young served in the National Guard for six years, six months of which were active duty, and was honorably discharged in 1969. He worked for Graybar Electric for 10 years; then, along with Ken Travis, he co-founded Electri-Com in 1973 and was co-owner until 2012.  

Mr. Young was Presbyterian, an active member of the Whitehaven Country Club and an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Paula K. Young of Southaven; a son, John M. Young III of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Leslie Young Hays and her husband, Ricky of Hernando, Miss.; a sister, Anna Carney of Kenilworth, Utah; three grandchildren, Isabella Lorenz, Rick Hays and his wife Jeilenn, and Lauren Hendrix and her husband Bob; two great-grandchildren, Elias Hays and Maddie Hendrix; two nieces, Kelly Lorenz and Brawyn Jones; and a nephew, Lou Jones.

Visitation is today, Jan. 30 from 3 p.m. until the memorial service begins at 4 p.m. at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven. The family requests that any memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Fred L. Rosenberg

Fred L. Rosenberg, a Scarsdale resident from 1958 through 1973, died peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014, a month shy of his 96th birthday while living independently at Kendal on Hudson in Sleepy Hollow. He died 10 years to the day after the death of his wife of 56 years, artist Joan Mattison Rosenberg. The couple treasured their life and friends in Scarsdale as they raised children Eric and Vicki in a beautiful and busy home on Innes Road, his children said.

Born in New York City, Mr. Rosenberg graduated at age 20 in 1939 from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the ZBT fraternity, majored in literature, played outfield for the Syracuse baseball team and later semi-pro ball in Boston, and crooned with an orchestra. His dream of going on to graduate school to become a college professor was cut short by the need to earn a living and the approaching war. Enlisting in the Navy, he went to midshipman's school at Notre Dame and served as lieutenant on LST 281, landing on D-Day, and later in southern Europe, and was ultimately captain of LST 357 in the Pacific. Proud of his service, yet a pacifist at heart who enlisted in the Navy because he did not want to pull a trigger at another man, Mr. Rosenberg participated in LST crew reunions and the 50th anniversary of the landings where he was greeted personally by President Clinton in a televised ceremony at Normandy.

Following World War II, Mr. Rosenberg went on to success as a textile marketing executive for manufacturers in the Boston area and later in New York when the family moved to Scarsdale, as the locus of textile manufacturing moved south. His greatest creative successes in the business came as he headed the circular knit division of Fab Industries, where he created and named many iconic fabrics, including "Supersuede.” 

The Rosenbergs enjoyed an active life in Scarsdale, where Joan led a cub scout troop and Brownies, specializing in artistic efforts, and Fred coached "Dad's Club" B-team baseball for Heathcote. The team finally won the league championship in son Eric's eighth-grade year, thanks to Mr. Rosenberg’s savvy negotiation dividing up talent with the coach of the A-team.

Mr. Rosenberg enjoyed racquet sports on the Scarsdale public courts, becoming particularly proficient in platform tennis with players including John Vogel, Oscar Sachs, Ed Fogel and Alan Guttman, on the original Brite Avenue wooden court. He also shared a Rhodes 19 sailboat with his dear friend and neighbor Clifford Rich, which they raced with their children for years in the Long Island Sound fleet.

An unabashed liberal and member of Americans for Democratic Action, Mr. Rosenberg volunteered in the congressional campaigns of John F. Kennedy while living in the Boston area, and continued to support progressive causes in Scarsdale and the nation. He was pleased to see changes in society, big and small, including his son's ultimate membership in the Scarsdale Golf Club in 1991, where Mr. Rosenberg enjoyed many rounds as Eric's guest in later years, the last just three months ago. He had a perspective that allowed him to compare the vitriol directed to President Franklin Roosevelt with the opposition faced by President Obama.

When Mr. Rosenberg retired from textiles and he and his wife moved to Manhattan, he finally had a chance to return full time to his love of literature and music. As a child he had been a favorite piano pupil of prominent composer Paul Creston; as a retiree he became a published playwright, composed a musical and plays that were given staged performances, and focused on a memoir and poetry in his final years. When he died, he had been preparing to perform as solo singer and harmonica player at the Kendal on Hudson New Year's Eve celebration with his new Kendal colleagues.

Mr. Rosenberg stayed in touch with friends from many segments of his life, including in particular his Syracuse fraternity. He was proud to see daughter Vicki begin college at Syracuse, before transferring to Barnard to complete her education, and he drew great satisfaction from her profession as a publicist for many major book publishing companies. 

Warm, loving and spiritual, Mr. Rosenberg is survived by his sister Janet Black of Pocasset, Mass; his daughter Vicki Rosenberg of Ardsley; his son Eric and daughter-in-law Helen (who met at Scarsdale High School and live in Mamaroneck); and his grandchildren, Karen Rosenberg of Manhattan, and Stuart M. Rosenberg and his wife Halsey Varady of Redwood City, Calif.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-el, Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, to which Scarsdale friends are welcome. Contributions in Mr. Rosenberg’s memory may be made to The Art Students League of New York, attn: Joan M. Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, 215 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.  

Charles Edward Lange

Former Scarsdale High School teacher Charles (“Chuck”) Edward Lange died in Bozeman, Mont., Nov. 29. He was 83.

Mr. Lange was born in New York City in 1931 and lived much of his life in Larchmont, N.Y.

Throughout his life, Mr. Lange deeply valued his relationships with others, especially his loving ties and deep commitment to family including his mother, sister, wife, children, nieces and grandchildren, his family said.

In 1959, Mr. Lange fell in love and married Jean Duncan, his sister’s roommate at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He returned to Larchmont in 1966, where he and Jean raised their family and lived until 2003 when they moved to Bozeman.

His family will remember him as a sharp-witted intellectual and generous humanitarian who was always engaged in the world around him. While he was not an athlete or outdoorsman, frequent New England hiking outings and sailing in Connecticut sparked a love of the outdoors in his children. He also shared his love of travel with his family — though as a deeply rooted New Yorker, he never anticipated that his children would lead him to spend his last 11 years in the Rocky Mountains.

Mr. Lange’s life was shaped by his deep and broad-ranging intellectual and spiritual journey. He credited a number of inspiring teachers and professors with shaping his beliefs, values and critical thinking. In turn, he touched many lives as an English teacher and as an Episcopal minister. His intellectual and spiritual journey included spending his senior high school year at Sherborne School in Dorset, England; graduating cum laude with highest honors in English literature from Williams College in Massachusetts; and extensive graduate studies including master of divinity, master of religious education and M.A. in English degrees. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a high school English teacher, including 26 years at Scarsdale High School (1967-93). His career as an Episcopal minister spanned 50 years including several years in Massachusetts as assistant rector at St. John’s Church in Williamstown and as Episcopal chaplain at Harvard and Radcliffe. Throughout his teaching career and after his retirement, he frequently assisted with services, often preaching thought-provoking sermons at a variety of churches, especially St. John’s in Larchmont. He preached his final sermons while serving a small congregation in Manhattan, Mont.

His wife predeceased him. He is survived by son, Ted Lange, Ted’s wife, Christine Phillips, and their son, Ian of Bozeman; by daughter, Jennifer Lange Schneider, her husband, Sam Schneider, and their children, Toby and Robin of Spokane, Wash.; and by his sister, June Wright and her family who live in Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719, where Mr. Lange adopted Mac the cat who has been his companion since his wife’s death.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service,

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