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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.

2013 Obituaries

Margery Ann Held Angiello

Margery Ann Held Angiello, a resident of Scarsdale for 47 years, died in her home surrounded by her family on Dec. 9 after a brief illness from complications from a fall. She was 93. Only two months previously, Mrs. Angiello had celebrated her birthday at her favorite restaurant on the Hudson River, delighting in the beautiful scenery, good food and her family.

Above all, Mrs. Angiello was deeply committed to family, her children said. Born on Sept. 14, 1920, in Brooklyn, Mrs. Angiello was raised in Poughkeepsie and Mount Vernon, by her mother, Helena Wyman Held, who was a seamstress born in Alsace-Lorraine, France; she ran a small shop in the same apartment where she and her daughter lived. Mrs. Angiello’s father, Paul Held, an immigrant from Germany, died before she was born.

Mrs. Angiello’s life before her own marriage was one of triumph over adversity. Her mother became gravely ill when Margery was 15 years old (and died when she was 17), leaving her an orphan without siblings, and no one to care for her. At this early age, she displayed what would mark a lifelong characteristic of spirit, inner confidence, determination, hard work, and a fierce desire to learn and get ahead in the world. “Margery was a survivor, but one who strove to appreciate and live life to the fullest,” her family said.

At age 15, she overcame poverty and potential destitution by earning her room and board as a live-in nursery school aide in a Mount Vernon children’s boarding school, as well as by staying with two of her mother’s clients (with whom Mrs. Angiello stayed lifelong friends) while earning her keep. Although completely alone without family, and working nights and weekends, she was graduated from A.B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon in 1938, as a member of the National Honors Society and Tau Epsilon Pi, the highest scholastic honor.

After high school, she immediately went to work in New York City. To survive on very little money, Mrs. Angiello saved on commutation expenses by walking miles after taking the bus, as she couldn’t afford extra subway fare. Her first big break in her desired career path — advertising and promotion — was with a small company on Astor Place that made promotional calendars. At the same time, she took B.A.-level classes in finance, advertising and literature at night at New York University and Columbia University. She rose in the ranks of the advertising business at the Kudner Agency, where she was in charge of sales promotional products for accounts that included Buick and Frigidaire.

Although she never received her college degree, Mrs. Angiello had a mastery and love of English literature, grammar, classical music, as well as international culture from her travels to Spain, Italy, Cuba and Morocco. Resolute and independent at a time when women did not often travel alone, Mrs. Angiello set off on her own with great enthusiasm on explorations abroad, as well as across the United States. By virtue of saving rigorously and learning to travel economically, she was able to experience a great deal. She frequently attended museums, opera, theater and jazz concerts in New York City, and would later share similar experiences of culture and travel with her two children and husband.

She married Gabriel Michael Angiello on May 25, 1958; they sailed on the S.S. Independence to Italy on their honeymoon, as she wanted to travel with her new husband to his parents’ homeland. (President Harry S. Truman was a fellow passenger on the ship.) They settled first in Bronxville, and then moved to School Lane in Scarsdale in 1965, where the Angiello family lived for 42 years.

She set aside her advertising career to devote her life to her husband and children, as she always dreamed of being a full-time mother, her family said. She created a warm, inclusive household, full of dinners, celebrations and gatherings. Her love of family extended to her husband Gabriel’s seven siblings and their spouses. Besides being a mother and grandmother, she was an aunt, great aunt and great-great aunt many times over, and attended weddings, showers and baptisms into her late 80s.

Mrs. Angiello’s volunteer activities in Scarsdale were numerous. When her children were young, she was a Girl Scout leader and involved in supporting the Boy Scouts. She was a member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club as a factotum, a group that worked on philanthropic assignments; she stayed lifelong friends with alumnae of her group. From 1966 until her death, Mrs. Angiello was an intensely involved member of the Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, participating in many aspects of church life. From 1968 until the time of her death, she was a member of the board of the Woman’s Society; for almost a decade, she was on the board of religious education. From 1996 and continuing for many years, Mrs. Angiello was on the board of trustees. She also taught Sunday school, delivered home-cooked meals to homebound members, and was a regular member of the Thursday morning Bible Study group.

Mrs. Angiello’s high school yearbook quote from 1938 was an uncanny summation of her own future that would unfold:

“It’s not what we gain, but what we give, that measures the worth of the life we live.”

“Although she started out early in life with great obstacles, Margery not only never gave up or gave into despondency, but she excelled with gusto in every way and she gave in every way; her greatest characteristics were joy, love and generosity,” her family said.

Mrs. Angiello is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gabriel Michael Angiello, her son Robert and her daughter-in-law, Flor Gonzalez Angiello; her daughter, Nancy Angiello, and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Margery Held Angiello to the Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, 51 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Jean Brooks Thomas Flower

Jean Brooks Flower, formerly of Short Hills, N.J., died at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada on Nov. 14. She was 83.

Mrs. Flower was born in Allentown, Pa., to the late Jean and Daniel Milson Thomas. She grew up in Scarsdale where she attended Scarsdale High School. She also attended Dana Hall Prep School, Pine Manor Junior College and Juilliard School of Music.

Mrs. Flower lived in Short Hills for 25 years before moving to Chatham, N.J., and then to Lunenburg to be closer to her children.

She was a member of Community Congregational Church of Short Hills, where she sang in the choir and was on the church staff. Mrs. Flower was also a member of the Short Hills Club, in the Junior League and a Mayflower descendant.

Mrs. Flower is survived by her children, Jeannie, Walter and his wife Denise and their children, Walter Jr. and Ashley; Bill and his wife Hilary and their children, Will and Emily. She also leaves behind her brother William R. Thomas IV and his wife Mary as well as several nieces and a nephew.

A private memorial service is planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Acknowledgements can be mailed to the Flower Family at Box 624, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dorothy Cole Singer

Dorothy Cole Singer of Scarsdale died peacefully at home on Dec. 21. She was 86.

Mrs. Singer was an avid tennis player and an active member of her local Women’s Republican Club for many years. She had a passion for art, music, ballet and travel.

She was the wife of Donald Singer for 50 years. She is survived by her three children, Doug of Stamford, Conn.; Maryann of Ossining; William of Potomac, Md.; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.   

A funeral service was held at the Chapel in the Woods at Congregation Kol Ami on Dec. 22.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society — Connecticut Chapter, 372 Danbury Road, Suite 200, Wilton, CT 06897.

Robert James Rambone

Robert James “Skip” Rambone died Nov. 4 in the Williston Respite House in Vermont. He was 66.

He was born Oct. 28, 1947, in White Plains to Nicholas Rambone and Margaret Hickson. He attended Scarsdale High School before moving to Vermont.

Mr. Rambone held many jobs from roofing and carpentry to social worker and antiques restorer. He was a renowned bartender at the Chickenbone Café as well as a shipwright. His passions included fishing, antique toys and most of all, his kids, said his family.

He is survived by his children, Christopher and wife Emma of Fayston, Vt., and James, Lane and Matthew of Georgia, Vt.; a brother, Stephen, and his wife, Robin, of Newtown, Conn.; his sister, Joanne Creedon of Litchfield, Conn.; and nieces and nephews, Michael, Allison, Corey and Bridget. He also leaves the mothers of his children, Joanie Alden of Colchester, Vt., and Kristen Anderson of Georgia, Vt.; as well as aunts, uncles and numerous friends.

He was predeceased by his friend and soul mate, Renata Salvador. Services were private. Memorial donations can be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Road, Williston, VT 05495.

Helen Mabie Firkins

Helen Mabie Firkins of Saddle River, N.J., formerly of Edgemont, died Dec. 15. She was 86.

Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., to Dr. William A. and Katharine T. Mabie, she graduated from Skidmore College in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

A resident of Edgemont for more than 55 years, Mrs. Firkins was an active member of the Greenville Community Church, the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and the Edgemont School District PTA. She worked as a sales associate for Neiman Marcus and was a longtime election inspector for the Town of Greenburgh. Her volunteer work included participation in and support to Children’s Village of Dobbs Ferry, Meals on Wheels of White Plains, Skidmore College, the Greenburgh Nature Center and the New York Botanical Garden.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bruce J. Firkins; sons Bruce and wife Diane of Allendale, N.J.; Bradford and wife Terry of Manlius, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Andrew, Katie, Bill and Mee Rae; and great-grandson Cole.

Mr. and Mrs. Firkin traveled to many parts of the world, and enjoyed New York City and the theater, the love and joy of their grandchildren and great-grandson, and the company of their many friends, her family said.

Private services will be held in Amsterdam, N.Y., with a celebration of her life planned for the spring of 2014 in Edgemont.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583. The family’s online guestbook may be viewed at

Marvin Shapiro

Marvin Shapiro died Dec. 7 in Ardsley. He was 87. He was a resident of Edgemont for 25 years.
Mr. Shapiro was born Sept. 8, 1926 in New York City. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School and City College of New York. He served in the Merchant Marines on a Victory Ship during World War II. After a career in radio broadcasting and recording, he became a teacher. He taught math at Woodlands High School in Greenburgh until he retired in 1986.

Mr. Shapiro was the husband of Irene Shapiro, a biology teacher at Bronx High School of Science. They were married for 59 years until her death in 2007.

Mr. Shapiro is survived by his daughter, Ellen Greenstein and her husband Arnie of Edgemont, son Andy and wife Judy of West Hurley, N.Y., son Steve and wife Barbara of Portland, Ore., and daughter-in-law Jan of Boston, Mass. He is also survived by his grandsons Jeremy, Evan, Eli and Daniel and great-grandchildren Ryan and Isabella.

He will be missed dearly, his family said.

A funeral service was held Dec. 10 at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, Dobbs Ferry. Memorial donations may be made to Phelps Hospice, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.

Rawle Deland

Rawle Deland died at his home in Darien, Conn., on Dec. 3 from complications of a stroke that he suffered two weeks earlier. He was 90.

Born May 15, 1923, he was raised in Scarsdale by his mother, Janet Deland, a former stage actress, and his father, Thorndike Deland, the founding partner of Thorndike Deland Associates, the first executive search firm in the United States.

Mr. Deland, his brother, Thorndike Jr., who predeceased him in 2012, and his parents lived first at 34 Crane Road and later moved to 21 Autenrieth Road. In his youth, Mr. Deland spent countless hours playing tennis at the Fox Meadow Club, and later played platform paddle tennis, a game co-invented by his father-in-law, who lived in Scarsdale. Three times he reached the finals of the United States Platform Paddle Tennis Association’s Men’s Invitational Tournament.  

Rawle Deland graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and from Yale College. He served as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp and was decorated for valor in the battle of Okinawa.

He married his hometown sweetheart, Theodora Cogswell, at the Church of St. James the Less on Feb. 1, 1947. They settled in Darien, Conn., and raised four children. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Feb. 1, 2013.

He spent his working life as a principal partner at Thorndike Deland Associates. He retired in 1990 and commenced a second career with the Service Core of Retired Executives and Person-to-Person. He also became a Stephen Minister. He served on the vestry of St. Luke’s Church, Darien, Conn., and was a member of that church from 1950 to the date of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Theodora Cogswell Deland of Darien; his children and their spouses, Rawle Deland Jr. and his wife Jane of New York City, Alexander Deland and his wife Susan of Pelham, N.Y., Jonathan Deland and his wife Emme of New York City, Theodora Deland Walton and her husband William of Jacksonville, Fla.; his eight grandchildren, Devie Deland Perry and her husband John Whitney, Rawle Deland and his wife Lucy, Kate Deland, Francesca Walton, William Walton IV, Alonzo Walton, Alexander Deland Jr. and Diane Deland; and his two great-grandchildren, Jack Perry and Edward Rawle Perry.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Church at 1864 Post Road, in Darien on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke’s Church.

David Greenberg, founding rabbi of Scarsdale Synagogue, has died


Rabbi David Greenberg, founding rabbi of Scarsdale Synagogue, died Nov. 18 at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale. He was 89.

The charismatic rabbi, who was affiliated with Westchester Reform Temple in the late 1950s, left to begin a new congregation with about 15 families in 1961. That congregation became Scarsdale Synagogue.

South Salem resident Robert Kesten grew up in Hartsdale. His bar mitzvah was the first service to be held in the new building on Ogden Road, he recalled. “I was about 4 years old when we joined this group of people who were enamored of this young and vibrant rabbi, who captivated them with his intellect and charisma,” Kesten said. “My bar mitzvah was in 1969. Prior to that our services were held at [Scarsdale Congregational Church]. Since these meetings took place in Scarsdale, we became the Scarsdale Synagogue. [They were] mostly young families looking for stimulation in those confusing times, yet wanting to be connected to faith and tradition that spoke both to the past and future. David Greenberg could do that and more.”

As the congregation grew, the members wanted to build a synagogue of their own. One family donated the land, and the congregation took out loans to begin construction. The classroom building was built first in 1968. Services were held in the room that is now the social hall.

“Every time I pass that building I have good feelings and it connects me to a time and place and a town,” Kesten said.

In 1976 Tremont Temple in the Bronx transferred membership and assets to Scarsdale Synagogue and in December 1976, the name of the congregation was officially changed to Scarsdale Synagogue Tremont Temple. In October 1978 a new sanctuary was dedicated. In 2008 Temple Emanu-El of Yonkers merged to form Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El.

Rabbi Greenberg remained at Scarsdale Synagogue until 1980.

The Greenberg family, the rabbi, his wife Marilyn and five children, lived in a large home on Walworth Avenue. The new congregation had synagogue meetings there, as well as in the homes of other members of the congregation before the synagogue was built.

Marilyn Greenberg, who died in 1998, wrote a novel called “The Rabbi’s Life Contract,” a work of fiction about a suburban rabbi who returns from a sabbatical to find out that he has been dismissed by the congregation he founded.

“The book, although called fiction, was very much a document on the treatment of her husband, and many in the congregation believed her book to be far more truth than fiction,” said Kesten.

In 1981 Rabbi Greenberg became the spiritual leader at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons where he remained until 1994.

The rabbi was born in 1924 in Columbus, Ohio. He studied at the University of Chicago, served as a U.S. Navy chaplain, and was ordained by Rabbi Stephen Wise at HUC-JIR in New York.

He is survived by his children Rachel, Ruth, Ethan, Adam and Susannah, as well as nine grandchildren. Burial will be private. Shiva will be at the home of Susannah Greenberg, 41 Old Brook Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746 (631-940-7914) from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Erich W. Augustin

Erich W. Augustin of Scarsdale died Nov. 9 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 79.

Mr. Augustin is survived by his wife, Patricia, four children and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held today, Friday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Pius X in Scarsdale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either St. Pius X Church or Calvary Hospital.

Jim Stotter

Jim Stotter, a resident of Edgemont for 41 years, died peacefully surrounded by his family, after a brief illness on Nov. 2. He was 88.

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1925, Mr. Stotter began playing golf at age 4. An avid golfer with an eye toward perfection, he once had the honor of playing a round with Bobby Jones. Mr. Stotter won his first club championship at the Oakwood Country Club in Shaker Heights at the age of 16. He attended Kenyon College and then Northwestern University, where he graduated and where he had been captain of the Northwestern golf team. He continued his education at MIT.

Mr. Stotter moved to New York City after college and reunited with his college sweetheart, Patricia Lee Jacobs, whom he married in 1948. He and his partner Bill Ettelson ran HJ Stotter Inc. for over 20 years where they manufactured high quality plastic drinkware and tabletop accessories.

Also, in 1948, Mr. Stotter joined the Sunningdale Country Club. His 65 years of membership represented a lifetime of family, friends and pleasure. He went on to win the Sunningdale Men's Golf Championship 12 times over five decades. And in recognition of his golfing achievements, Sunningdale renamed the club's championship trophy, the "Stotter Championship Trophy.” He was also president of the Metropolitan and Westchester Golf Association where he spread his love and passion for the game of golf throughout the tristate area.

Mr. Stotter was predeceased by his wives, Patricia Jacobs Stotter and S. Patricia Rosenthal Jacobs.

Mr. Stotter is survived by his daughters, Nan Zinaman (Steve), Wendy Stotter and Cindy Weichert (Peter); grandchildren Sara Cetron (Brad) and Stefanie Weichert; his great-grandson Isaac Cetron; and his sister Sandra Ettelson (Bill).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Greenburgh Nature Center/The Jim Stotter Playground Fund, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Bill Mazer, sports broadcasting legend, is dead


“The Amazin’” Bill Mazer, sports broadcasting pioneer, died Oct. 23 in Danbury, Conn., of pneumonia. He was 92.

Mr. Mazer lived in Quaker Ridge in Scarsdale until two years ago, when he moved to an assisted living facility in Danbury, said his son, actor and voiceover artist Arnie Mazer, a 1974 graduate of Scarsdale High School. Mr. Mazer moved to Scarsdale in 1964 with his wife Dora and their family from Buffalo where he had been covering sports at radio and TV stations for 16 years.

He was hired by WNBC-AM in 1964 to begin a new talk show format. When he retired in 2009, the charismatic sports personality had been in broadcasting for more than 60 years.

He was a nightly sports anchor and the host of the weekend roundup show “Sports Extra” on WNEW-TV Channel 5, beginning in 1971. He also provided commentary for the Knicks, the Nets, the Rangers, the Islanders and the Buffalo Bills.

Mr. Mazer hosted a lunchtime interview show from Mickey Mantle’s restaurant on Central Park South for WFAN for several years.

In Westchester he spent nearly eight years at WVOX in New Rochelle, leaving in 2009 at the age of 88.

In his radio career Mr. Mazer interviewed nonsports figures as well, but sports were always his passion.

He earned the moniker “The Amazin’” because of his encyclopedic knowledge of New York sports, dating back to the 1920s.

“He had the ability to relate sports, not sports as metaphor, but sports as life. He applied sports to everyday life. That was his ability,” said his son. “He could translate sports facts to people in a manner they would easily understand. He was meticulous, knew his subjects, was a good interviewer, insightful and had respect for people who accomplish something. When he was loyal to someone, he was loyal to the end.”

Scarsdale’s Bruce Beck, weekday sports anchor at WNBC-TV, said, “I used to listen to him as a kid when he did his call-in show. As youngsters we tried to stump him. One time he asked me a question and I got it right. When I started in the profession in New York in 1982, he was always gracious and complimentary to me.

“His ‘Sports Extra’ show on Channel 5 was a can’t miss show for anyone who loved sports or was in the industry. It was a great way to end the weekend, get perspective on which teams were doing good or bad.

“He was a colorful New York character, brilliant, opinionated, likable, the best broadcaster of our time, iconic. He was charismatic in a way that was unconventional. Everybody loved him.

“He was passionate about sports. If he had a favorite, he would defend him to the hilt.

“He called me Brucie. Only three people call me Brucie, my mother, [sports analyst] Bill Raftery and Bill Mazer.

“He made a difference. He started sports talk radio. We all aspire to make a difference. He was one of the ones. I’ll never reach that status.”

Scarsdale resident Ed Coleman, radio reporter and host for the New York Mets on WFAN, worked for WFAN at Micky Mantle’s around the same time.

“He was a terrific guy,” Coleman said. “Very much a people person. He was a kind person, always had a moment for you.

“He had an amazing recall for trivia. He wanted to be tested. You could seldom stump him. He was a showbiz kind of a guy. He loved being on the air, the give and take of a talk show. He’d go back in time quite a bit and could link past eras to what is going on today. He came to New York at a good time. Things were picking up in the sports world.

“These days the business is more homogenized, there’s more corporate control of things. He came from a different era.

“He did radio right up to the end. That didn’t surprise me. He was still working into his 80s. He loved to work.”

Arnie Mazer said his mother complained that Mr. Mazer worked too much. So he coached Arnie’s fourth-grade Quaker Ridge B basketball team.

“We went undefeated and beat the A team,” Arnie Mazer recalled.

Born Morris Mazer on Nov. 2, 1920, in what is now Izyaslav, Ukraine, Mazer’s family moved to Brooklyn when he was an infant. His mother took him to Ebbets Field to see the Dodgers and to the Polo Grounds to see the Giants, but his immigrant father considered sporting events a waste of time.

Mr. Mazer attended Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan and graduated from the University of Michigan where he played baseball and wrote about sports for the school newspaper.

He worked as a staff announcer at a radio station in Grand Rapids, Mich., before becoming an officer in the Army Air Force transport command in World War ll.

The sportscaster Marty Glickman, whom Mr. Mazer met in the military, recommended him for his first sports gig at a Buffalo radio station in 1948.

Mr. Mazer was inducted into the hall of fame for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association in 1999 and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1997.

His wife Dora, known as Dutch, died in 1996. In addition to his son, he is survived by his two daughters, Francine Siegel and Beverly Mazer, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Frances Zussman.

A funeral was held Oct. 27 at Temple Israel Center in White Plains.

Jane Cronin Boutelle

Jane Cronin Boutelle of Greenwich, Conn., a retired Scarsdale High School phys ed teacher and tennis coach and founder of the Boutelle Method of exercise, died Oct. 14 at Greenwich Hospital.

Mrs. Boutelle was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Boston to William and Sarah Cronin. She received a bachelor's degree from Sargent College of Allied Health at Boston University in 1948 and a master’s from Columbia University. While pursuing additional post-graduate work at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Medical College, she met her husband, G. William Boutelle, a member of the Harvard Business School class of 1950.

Mrs. Boutelle taught dance and fitness at Newton Country Day School and Marymount College as well as SHS. In 1956 she developed an exercise program for women that she later incorporated into her firm, the Boutelle Method Inc. Her program of exercise accompanied by live piano music was taught first at Marymount followed by the YWCAs in White Plains and Greenwich, and later Dobbs Ferry, Armonk, Bedford and Stamford. Boutelle classes are still taught at the YWCA of Greenwich.

Boutelle classes were taught in Scarsdale in 1979 at the YM-YWHA, moved to the Congregational Church in 1980, then to the American Legion Hall, and to the Scarsdale Woman’s Club in 1996. Scarsdalians Nancy Gavrin, a Boutelle instructor since 1973, and Sue Sekulow, an instructor since 2000, bought the program in the spring of 2006 and introduced it as StayFit/NY. StayFit classes continue four days a week at the woman’s club.

In the early 1970s, Jane Boutelle was a founding member of the Greenwich Commission on Aging and adapted her program for nursing homes in Fairfield and Westchester counties as well as Greenwich Adult Day Care. She was also asked to consult on her program as the chairman of the Greenwich Association for Public Schools. Her book, “Jane Boutelle’s Lifetime Fitness for Women” (Simon and Schuster, 1978; Fireside Books 1980), appeared on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list. She was also a contributor to Good Housekeeping, Tennis Magazine and the Journal of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Among her many awards were recognition as a Bravo Award winner in 1978 and Female Small Business Owner of the Year by the Entrepreneurial Center Inc.

Mrs. Boutelle was on the board of Soroptomists International, the Westchester Lighthouse for the Blind, the American Association of University Women and the American Heart Association. A lifelong Red Sox fan, she was also an avid tennis player and gardener and was president of the Greenwich Woman’s Club Gardeners. She was also an active world traveler.

Mrs. Boutelle is survived by her daughter, Jeannie Boutelle of Chicago, her twin sons Bill and James and granddaughter Sarah, all of Greenwich. A memorial funeral mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m., at St. Catherine’s Church in Riverside, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels of Greenwich or the Greenwich Woman’s Club Gardeners Scholarship Fund.

Persis-Jane Peeples Cline

Persis-Jane Peeples Cline died at home Sunday, July 14. She was 95. “I feel like a lovely light has gone out,” said her friend Ellen Bedichek.

Mrs. Cline was born in 1917 in Chicago to Cornelius and Mary-Florine Peeples. Her father died at age 53 in 1931; her mother died in 1979 on a visit to Scarsdale. She was 93.

After graduating from the University of Chicago School of Business in 1940, she held various positions in business before volunteering into the Navy WAVES in May 1944.

Lt. Peeples was posted in Boston, Mass., as a paymaster for the V-12 Navy College Training Program. She received an honorable discharge in August 1946.

Mrs. Cline, who was called PJ, met John F. Cline on a blind date in Dallas. They married in 1947 and soon moved to their “starter home,” where they stayed for more than 65 years. John Cline died in July 2004, at age 87.

Said their friend Richard Esser, “We should all be so lucky to have such friends for life.”

Mrs. Cline was president of the 1956 Junior League, 1965-66 Greenacres PTA and 1980-81 Scarsdale Congregational Church Guild. She was also a 1963-66 Girl Scout Leader and longtime member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Auxiliary of White Plains Hospital, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Scarsdale Congregational Church, Scarsdale Golf Club and the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye.

The last living of her four brothers and nine first cousins, Mrs. Cline is survived by her daughter Margo of Pelzer, S.C., son Ted of Loveland, Colo., and in-laws Jane and Eric Bessels, now in Gilbert, S.C.

Her son said, “My mother was an elegant, loving and generous lady. I miss her greatly.”

She was interred with her husband at Ferncliff Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Scarsdale Congregational Church, 1 Heathcote Road. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Scarsdale Congregational Church or the Wounded Warrior Project,

Stephen Gottlieb

Longtime Scarsdale resident Stephen Gottlieb died Oct. 20, following a brief hospitalization.  He was 77.

Mr. Gottlieb spent countless hours cheering his four kids, Chris, Peter, Suzy and Lindsay, in the gyms of the Scarsdale schools — and far beyond.  A true lover of sports, he was ever present on fields and courts and rinks, long as a player and then in the stands and on the sidelines, where he was sometimes known simply as “the guy with the cigar.”  He smoked a mean cigar, but he didn't have a mean bone in his body.  

Raised a Washington Heights guy, he moved to Scarsdale at the urging of his wife Carol, even though it seemed to him at the time like “moving to the sticks.”  He stayed for 40 years. 

Mr. Gottlieb graduated from Cornell University and New York Law School.  An early interest in politics led to his being elected to the New York State Assembly in 1968.  He went on to be a Commissioner on the New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Crime Victims Compensation Board.  In 1994, he was elected to be a Civil Court judge and he served as a judge in New York Civil, Criminal and State Supreme Court for many years. 

Mr. Gottlieb’s childhood friends were friends for life.  “He was loved and truly enjoyed by family, friends, neighbors and those with whom he worked,” said his daughter Chris.

He married his “one,” Carol Ann Erbecker, in 1965. She died in 1996. He is survived by his children, his grandsons Tommy and Alex Corsiglia, his sister Robin Fenchel and his brother Ron.

A funeral service will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11:15 a.m. There will be a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Malcolm X Center, 3940 Broadway, New York.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Brooklyn Baseball League. 

Jeanne M. Griffith

Jeanne M. Griffith, a White Plains resident, died Sept. 25. She was 84. She was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Ottumwa, Iowa to James and Frances Walker McIntire.

She worked for Eastern Airlines in Chicago during the 1950s where she met her husband Benjamin Robert Griffith. They moved to New York and raised their two6 children in White Plains. They were married for almost 50 years. He predeceased her in 2001.

Mrs. Griffith was a member for over 40 years of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization, and the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was an avid dog lover.

Her family meant everything to her, they said, and she is survived by her children, Kimberly Griffith and her husband Alexander Pronevich of White Plains and Douglas Griffith of Spicewood, Texas. Also surviving her are two grandchildren, Victoria M. (Matthew) Cooke and Brian Manganello; and one great-grandchild, Olivia A. Cooke.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Dr. Tracy Durkin

Edgemont High School staff and students are mourning the death of science teacher Dr. Tracy Durkin of Pawling, N.Y., who died Sept. 29 of cancer at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 53. Dr. Durkin had been fighting cancer for most of her life.

At Edgemont since 2006, she taught physics and chemistry and Intro to Science Scholars and was class adviser to the Environmental Club.

Born April 1, 1960, in Mount Kisco, she was the daughter of the late James and Marian (Fisher) Durkin. She attended St. James Elementary School, Carmel and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Somers. She earned her undergraduate degree from Holy Cross, received

her master’s from Boston College and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale.

When Dr. Durkin received tenure in 2009, science department chairman Marty Rosenberg said of Durkin in the Edgemont District News Letter, “She puts her heart and soul into what she does everyday.”

Edgemont High School principal Devan Ganeshananthan said, “She was a very respected member of the faculty — by teachers, staff and students alike. She will be sorely missed.”

She was also a talented craftswoman and loved to ski. She was a member of the Pawling Chamber of Commerce, St. John’s Catholic Church, past president of the Pawling Rotary, a former trustee for the Village of Pawling and founder of the town’s annual village arts and crafts show.

Dr. Durkin is survived by her aunt and uncle, Virginia and Joseph Kaminski of Hingham, Mass.; aunt and uncle, Maureen and Andrew Durkin of Brewster; many cousins and close friends.

A funeral was held on Thursday at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Pawling.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Durkin’s memory may be made to St. John's Church, the Pawling Fire Department, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Barbara G. Lilienfield

Barbara G. Lilienfield, formerly of Scarsdale, died Sept. 18. She was 81.

Mrs. Lilienfield was a local real estate agent for many years, most recently at Julia B. Fee, where she enjoyed her close and enduring relationships with so many clients throughout her career. Passionate about helping children and families in need, she was a longtime supporter of the Center for Preventive Psychiatry and a member of the Board of Directors of Andrus Children's Center.

Mrs. Lilienfield was a zealous art collector, an avid traveler and a gracious hostess. There never was a party she didn't want to throw or a favor she couldn't find time to do. She was always energetic and upbeat, even in the face of a difficult disease which she endured with her usual determination and control, her family said.

She was the wife of the late Robert Lilienfield, mother of Tracy (Barry Heins), Todd and Terry (Dave Kearney) and grandmother of Benjamin and Kelsey Heins and Rebecca Sanders.

“Barbara was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend who set the standard for selflessness and generosity. She will be missed,” her family said.

Memorial information is available at: Donations in her memory may be made to or

Rosamond Zehder Dunn

Rosamond Zehder Dunn of Wallingford, Conn., died Sept. 20 at the Masonic Health Care Center in Wallingford after a brief illness. She was 93.

She was the widow of Joseph E. Dunn.

Mrs. Dunn was born in New York City on Oct. 23, 1919, and was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Martha Koehler Zehder. Her family lived in Edgemont all her life and her father worked for Robison Oil in Scarsdale Village for many years. She attended Bronxville High School and later New Paltz University where she earned her teaching degree. She was a substitute teacher for many years in the Edgemont School District and later worked as a special education teacher at Westchester County Medical Center until she moved to Connecticut in 1985.

She leaves three daughters, Suzanne Dunn Krieg of Cheshire, Conn., Kathleen Dunn Solomon of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Maryann Dunn Flynn of Lake Carmel, N.Y., and also leaves a son, Joseph E. Dunn Jr. of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. All her children are graduates of Edgemont High School. Eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive her. A sister, Beatrice Zehder Heddericg, and a grandson, Ian Michael Krieg, predeceased her.

A private memorial service will be held at a time convenient to the family. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Putnam Valley, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ian Michael Krieg Memorial Scholarship, Quinnipiac University, Development Office, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT 06518. Alderson Funeral Home, Cheshire, Conn., is assisting with the arrangements.

Vivian Karen Schwarz

Vivian Karen Schwarz of Scarsdale died Sept. 18. She was 67.

She was a strong woman with an enormous network of friends and loved ones. She was able to connect with people effortlessly and deeply, creating unique and special bonds with everyone privileged enough to have known her. She will be missed each and every day, her family said.

Mrs. Schwarz is survived by her husband David Sackser, her mother Beatrice Freund, and as she liked to call them, her “boys” (sons Wayne, Matt and Evan), her “girls” (daughter-in-laws Lori, Rebecca and Jocelyn), and her “little girls” (granddaughters Melanie, Jordan, Marni, Phoebe, Courtney, Sabrina and Maddi). She is also survived by her stepchildren and grandchildren, Vicki and Rob Tuckman, Andrew and Karen Sackser, Jonah, Elon and Yael.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Morton Schwarz.

A funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 22 at Temple Israel Center in White Plains. Memorials may be made to Calvary Hospital, 1740 Eastchester Road, New York, NY 10461.

Gretchen Leah Witt

Gretchen Leah Witt died peacefully Sept. 11, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer. She fought courageously and stoically, they said. She was 58.

Ms. Witt was born in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 3, 1955. She was raised in Scarsdale and attended Scarsdale schools where her mother, Lois Witt, was the Greenacres librarian who started family reading groups. Ms. Witt graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1973. She attended Middlebury College, graduating in 1977. She later graduated from Boston University Law School in 1981, cum laude.

Ms. Witt worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., until 1986, where she worked on landmark cases such as the Agent Orange litigation. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, Corey, in 1986. She worked from 1986-2012 in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Hampshire. She became the chief of the civil division there, and was acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ms. Witt loved the outdoors, including hiking in the White Mountains, and skiing. She loved Cape Cod for the water, the beach and kayaking. She looked forward to trips to her mother’s house on Cape Cod, as well as summer corn and lobster rolls. She was also an avid gardener, whose garden brought color to her home in Concord from May to September. She also loved to travel both in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Witt’s favorite thing, however, was her family. Her favorite memories came from family travels, including a five-week RV trip of the Western states. She is survived by her son Colin, of Concord, and her daughter, Becca, of Oakland, Calif. She is also survived by her mother, Lois M. Witt, of Orleans, Mass., and her brother, Robert Witt, of Annapolis, Md. She is also survived by her husband, Corey, of Concord. She will be missed by them dearly, but they will remember the love and joy that she brought to them, and her overriding concern for their well-being, they said.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the “Pan Mass Challenge (PMC),” or the Concord/Merrimack County SPCA. Donations for the 2013 edition of the PMC are open until Sept. 30, and should be made by locating the rider page for Corey Belobrow on the PMC website ( Mr. Belobrow will also be riding the PMC in 2014, in memory of Ms. Witt, but contributions for the 2014 PMC cannot be made until the beginning of the year.

John Patrick Brophy

John Patrick Brophy died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, N.Y.  He was 81.

Born March 29, 1932, Mr. Brophy was the third child of John J. and Mary Brophy. He grew up in Tuckahoe and was a 1950 graduate of Iona Preparatory High School. In May 1953, he married Dorothy Bonn and together they had eight children whom they raised in Scarsdale.

Mr. Brophy built a long and successful career in the floor covering industry winning many awards for his outstanding sales ability. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his wife, his large family and good friends, his family said.

Mr. Brophy was predeceased by Dorothy, his wife of 56 years, his daughter Elizabeth Cowles, and his son-in-law Jim McArdle. Surviving are his four sons, John, Jeremiah (Birgitta), Thomas (Kirsten) and Walter (Mary); three daughters, Dorothy McArdle, Patricia Silberger and Anastasia (Ken) Marsh; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Elizabeth Brophy, and two brothers, Jeremiah (Jane) Brophy and Thomas (Jackie) Brophy.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at the St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, N.Y. Burial will follow at the St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America at PO Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976 or online at

Alan David Nemlich

The last thing he did was catch a fish, off his beloved boat on Flying Pond in Vienna, Maine. His wife of 63 years was there to snap his picture. Alan D. Nemlich was full of life to the end, his family said. Mr. Nemlich died Sept. 4, one day after his 84th birthday.

Born in Lawrence, N.Y., Sept. 3, 1929, Mr. Nemlich was raised on a farm in Croton. He graduated from Adelphi University in 1951 and served in the Air Force until 1955. After his discharge he worked for his father in the furniture business, then opened his own store in Elmsford, N.Y., in 1959. Regan of Westchester advertised itself as “Westchester’s only office furniture department store,” and became the largest office furniture store serving not only Westchester but New York City and Rockland County as well. He served as chairman of the Better Business Bureau for those same three regions for an unprecedented two terms.

He became a charter member of the Elmsford Rotary Club in 1959, serving as president twice and as district governor for Westchester, Bronx, Staten Island and Bermuda in 1981-82. Rotary was Mr. Nemlich’s religion, the place he found community and direction for his life. He had perfect attendance for over 50 years, and always lived by Rotary’s Four-Way Test. Declaring “it’s payback time,” he devoted himself to community service projects through Rotary, the largest being a project to ship used hospital equipment to developing countries all over the world. 

Having sold the business and retired in 1991, he and his wife Magda left their longtime home in Scarsdale in 2010. Thereafter they lived half the year in Allentown, Pa., and half in Farmington, Maine. In Farmington he found friends and a new Rotary club to devote himself to.

“Alan was treasured by all who knew him for his irrepressible personality and sense of humor,” his family said. “He loved boating, fishing, reading, home construction projects, westerns, football, and most of all his family.”

In 1948 he met “the love of his life,” Magda Eichenwald, at a party and proposed two weeks later. They were married in January of 1950. They shared 63 years together, and were never apart.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bernard and Jeanetty, and by an older brother, Ian. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother Lee and three children: daughter Karen Komlos and husband Dennis of Orefield, Pa.; son Aryeh Ben-David and wife Sandra of Efrat, Israel; daughter Victoria Cohen and husband Jonathan of Farmington, Maine; by grandchildren Jedd, Shachar, Ma’ayan, Amichai, Samuel, Yaniv, Rosa, Nell, Ra’aya, Eli, Lilach and Miriam; and five great-grandchildren. Condolences and tributes may be shared on Mr. Nemlich’s memorial wall at

A celebration of life will be held at the home of Victoria and Jonathan Cohen, 146 Sunset Ave., Farmington, on Sunday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to noon. Donations may be made to the Alan D. Nemlich Fund of the Farmington Rotary Club, PO Box 864, Farmington, ME 04938.

Harvey-Ann Ross

Harvey-Ann Ross, a Scarsdale resident since 1975, died Friday, Aug. 23, after a courageous eight-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She was 69. Born in Port Chester, N.Y., on August 27, 1943, Mrs. Ross graduated from White Plains High School in 1961, Tufts University in 1965 and received an M.A. from NYU. She was predeceased by her parents, Alex and Rose Diskint, and a son.  She was the wife of Harvey Ross, mother of Jennifer Kislin, mother-in-law of Michael Kislin and grandmother of Braden, Devon and Zane Kislin of Larchmont, and sister-in-law of Norma Ross of New Rochelle.

A lifelong teacher and learner, she began her teaching career at Rye Neck Middle and High School in 1966 and taught English at Mamaroneck High School for 39 years. Teaching was her calling and she taught two generations of Mamaroneck students. She was a mentor, friend and role model for all those she touched, her family said. Mrs. Ross loved literature, theater and art. She attended the Irish International Summer School at Trinity College in Dublin, the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo and the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College. During her tenure at Mamaroneck, she participated in the Lincoln Center Institute. She was an early educator who was active in the formation of the Westchester Holocaust Commission and taught Holocaust classes at Mamaroneck High School. Her active participation in a wide range of programs allowed her to transmit her enthusiasm and knowledge to her many students. In addition to her work with high school students, Mrs. Ross also studied and taught memoir and poetry writing for adults and enjoyed painting, collage making and collecting art.

She was an active member of Young Israel of Scarsdale for the past 38 years. She served on many committees at Young Israel of Scarsdale and was also a member of the Education Committee at Westchester Day School. Mrs. Ross was also a member of the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck.

While Mrs. Ross taught the range from the highest achieving to struggling learners, her heart was in helping students who were striving to do better.  Consistent with her love of helping students, 15 years ago while still teaching, Mrs. Ross and her husband started a scholarship fund with an annual grant to a graduating senior who is the first in his/her family to go on to higher education. This fund has now been renamed the Harvey-Ann Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations may be made through the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund, Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.

Jonathan Kessner, 23, died after fall


Young mourners gathered at the Scarsdale Station last Thursday, Aug. 22, having come out from the city for the funeral of their friend and classmate, Jonathan Kessner, 23. Over 1,000 people attended the service at Scarsdale Synagogue. Mr. Kessner, a 2008 graduate of Scarsdale High School who lived in New York City, died Aug. 20 of a traumatic brain injury.

Born Oct. 7, 1989, he was the youngest of five sons of Cheryl and Steve Kessner of Scarsdale.

Mr. Kessner fell down a flight of stairs in his East Village apartment in New York City and hit his head. For a couple of days at the hospital he was conscious and responsive, his brother Michael told the Inquirer, but swelling in the brain increased, cutting off oxygen to his brain stem and doctors were unable to revive him.

Mr. Kessner graduated in 2012 from Dartmouth College, where he was an economics major and wrote for the music blog Big Green Beats. He was “into music,” his brother said. He had a talent for identifying rising artists on the cusp of fame.

He was a member of the Bones Gates Fraternity. After graduation he worked, along with Michael, for Amber Property Management in New York, a family-owned business.

“He was a sweet, lovable, easygoing young man,” said family friend Nicole Spivak of Scarsdale. “He was loved by all his friends. He had an amazing array of friends, from Dartmouth, from Scarsdale, all over. He had the best smile. He walked with a smile.”

“He was always reaching out to those in need,” said Michael. “If he saw a kid sitting by himself, Jonny would invite him over to sit with the other kids. He brought joy and happiness wherever he went. He touched a lot of people.”

His brother said the funeral was “an incredible tribute to Jonny and his life and legacy,” as “Jonny was about bringing people together. He was special.”

At Scarsdale High School Mr. Kessner was a member of the bowling team.

At the time of his death he served on the board of directors for Steve’s Camp at Horizon’s Farm, a camp for underserved youth founded by his father. He was also a board member of Young Leadership for the Friends for the Israel Defense Forces.

A Facebook page in his memory has been set up: Jonny Kessner: Love and Memories. “People have been writing incredible things nonstop, expressing how much they loved him,” Michael said.

Mark Semioli wrote: “I was Jonny's teacher in 12th grade at SHS. I heard the news from one of Jonny's good friends from high school. He really was one of those people and students who really made a positive impression on me and those around him. A magnet for good feelings and energy. I just wanted to pass on my condolences to his friends and family. He was and always will be a special kid.”

Caryl Baumann Stamm

Caryl Baumann Stamm died Aug. 3 at the age of 93 in her home in Weston, Fla., where she had lived near her daughter Cathy for the last seven years. Prior to that, she lived first in Manhattan and then Scarsdale but was always a proud New Yorker at heart, her family said. 

A magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and Columbia School of Social Work, she had a thriving clinical psychology practice for over six decades and was co-founder of a mental health association in Westchester. In addition she volunteered her services to cancer patients and gave to multiple charitable organizations including, but not limited to those for cancer, diabetes, and Saint Jude’s for children. 

The daughter of Bess Oppenheim and Oscar Baumann, she was the wife of Julian Stamm, and niece of Elsie Friedman. She is survived by her three daughters: Patricia Stamm, Linda Stamm Willig, and Cathy Stamm Kaufman; two sons-in-law: John Willig and Jerry Kaufman; their children: Jason and Jennifer Stamm, Justin and Ashley Willig, and Adam and Lexie Kaufman; her sister Joan Oppenheim; her niece and nephew, Nancy Shubert and Richard Oppenheim.

Mrs. Stamm was “an incredibly compassionate, generous, graceful, elegant, energetic, and strong woman,” her family said. “As a devoted mother, grandmother, friend and gifted psychologist, she was loved by everyone who knew her.”

She had a great appreciation for the arts, especially fine arts and the Broadway theater, but her greatest passion and gift was caring for people. She was always available when anyone needed her support or guidance, her family said. Known by some to be like Mother Theresa, she was also nicknamed “The Queen of the Palms” at her current residence.

“All of us who were lucky enough to have her in our lives already miss her terribly,” her family said.

A funeral service was held Aug. 7 at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations in her name may be made to the following charities: the COPD Foundation, the American Cancer Society, or the Macular Degeneration Foundation. 

Arthur S. Graham Jr.

Arthur S. Graham Jr., a resident of the Scarsdale area since 1957, died unexpectedly July 24. He was 92.

Born in Brooklyn on March 29, 1921, he attended Columbia College, receiving a B.S. and M.S. degree in mechanical engineering as well as a CPA license. He was a licensed engineer (PE) in New York State and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). During World War lI he served as an officer in the Air Force in India as part of the famous Hump operation. He was a vice president at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm, where he was responsible for logistics on the East Coast.
Mr. Graham volunteered at numerous organizations, in leadership roles for many of them. He was especially involved with Columbia University’s alumni association, serving on various committees and as longtime president of the Westchester County chapter. Columbia University awarded him an Alumni Medal for distinguished service. He was also president of the Townsend Harris High School alumni committee, class of 1938; president of the Guidance Center; on the board of the JCC of Mid-Westchester; and on the finance committee of Westchester Reform Temple. He was a member of the Scarsdale Golf Club. He was inducted into the Westchester Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Mr. Graham was an active swimmer, golfer and computer hobbyist. In his earlier years he was an avid skier and scuba diver. He had a love of adventure and traveled the world with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth, his two daughters, Helen Gurny and Patricia Graham, and his grandchildren, Jennifer, Marc and Lee. Donations in Mr. Graham’s memory can be made to: Center for Aging in Place, c/o Andrus on Hudson, 185 Old Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706, stating it is for the New Rochelle Chapter of Aging in Place.

Peggy Santo

Peggy Santo died on June 23 at White Plains Hospital after a short illness. She was 63.

Mrs. Santo was born on Sept. 22, 1949 to Emily Colvin Sullivan and James Sullivan. She was the next to the youngest of seven siblings and grew up in Dobbs Ferry. In 1972 she married Michael Santo and they moved to Scarsdale where they lived until 2009 when they relocated to Pleasantville.

Mrs. Santo was an associate broker at Houlihan Lawrence’s Scarsdale office for 30 years until her death. She was known for her sunny personality, her enthusiasm, energy and charm, and was always willing to share her real estate expertise with her office colleagues.

Aside from her successful career, her many talents included wallpapering, painting, decorating, cooking and baking. She was famous for her Christmas cookies, beautifully and originally wrapped, which she hand delivered to customers and friends all over Scarsdale, her family said. Her caring and generous spirit extended to not only her family, always her first priority, but also to those less fortunate whom she quietly supported, they said.

Mrs. Santo is survived by her husband Michael, her sons Jamie and Rodd, Rodd’s wife Erin and their sons Dylan and Colvin. She is also survived by her six sisters, friends and their families.

Helen Angell

Helen Angell died Friday, July 12, in Kennett Square, Pa. She was 98.

Mrs. Angell was born March 21, 1915, in Meriden, Conn., to Josephine and Alfred Hirschfeld.

She graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a degree in home economics. Subsequently she worked as a dietician at a hotel and restaurant run by the YMCA in New Haven, Conn. The hotel also employed, as busboy, a Yale student named Gardiner Angell. On Aug. 5, 1939, she married Gardiner and they enjoyed nearly 72 years of marriage. They lived most of those years in Scarsdale.

Mrs. Angell wore many hats in life, as she was a homemaker, a nursery school teacher/director, involved in local politics, served as an officer of the United Nations Association, and worked with the League of Women Voters. She joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) and was active in Scarsdale Friends Meeting and New York Yearly Meeting.

“All who knew her saw Helen as a warm, energetic, level headed and caring individual. She truly embodied the best in human social interaction. Even in her last years when she no longer could express what she felt in words her eyes and face communicated warmth and a spark that was truly hers,” her family said.

In August 1994, the Angells moved to Kendal at Longwood, a Quaker retirement community. At Kendal she had many good years being rejoined with Gardiner’s two brothers Richard and Stephen, and her sister-in-law Imogene.

She was predeceased by her husband, her two brothers-in-law and her brother Carl. She is survived by two sons, William and David, three grandchildren, three great–grandchildren, and her sister-in-law Imogene, numerous nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., at Kendal Auditorium, Kendal at Longwood, 1109 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA. No flowers please: Donations in her memory may be sent to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Annette Brond Fisher

Annette Brond Fisher of Scarsdale died May 15. She was 85.

She was the daughter of Helen and Morris Brond of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. At 19, Mrs. Fisher moved to New York City to pursue a legal secretarial career and adventures, marrying her true love, Gerald “Jer” Fisher, a toy business executive in 1955, her family said. They settled in Scarsdale, raising two children, traveling, collecting antiques and remained partners until Mr. Fisher’s death in 2000.

“Too vibrant to retire,” Mrs. Fisher took on a retailing career in her 60s and remained active in the community until her recent unexpected illness.

Mrs. Fisher is survived by her daughter Susan Fisher Haag and husband Larry Haag of New York City; son Steven Fisher of Bonn, Germany; brother Mort Brond and wife Lorraine of Southborough, Mass.; and their children Karen and David.

“Her grand personality and warm heart will be greatly missed,” her family said.

William G. Paddock

William Guild Paddock, CLU, of Scarborough, N.Y., formerly of Scarsdale, died at his home June 17 with his family. He was 85.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1927, in Albany to the late Stanley P. and Charlotte G. Paddock.

Mr. Paddock attended Hoosac School in upstate New York and served with the U.S. Army in Korea. In 1952 he graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the swim team, with a degree in sociology.

He worked with Equitable Life in New York City for over 40 years where he attained lifetime membership of the Million Dollar Round Table, Centurion, Legion of Honor and Hall of Fame status. He served as a volunteer fireman for Scarsdale for over 30 years and was a member of the Town Club.

The practice of “The Power of Positive Thinking” was a component of his daily life. A strong believer in giving back, he was a major contributor to many Christian and nonprofit organizations.

He was an avid swimmer, reader and traveler.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, JoAn Paddock, their two children, Stanley Dwyer (Antonietta) and Laura Anne (Milo), and by four grandchildren, Juliana, Larissa, Horatio and Shayne.

“Many a life of those he came into contact with were enriched. We will all miss his witty humor, insight and spark in conversation,” his family said.

A memorial service will be held July 20 at 11 a.m. at Union Church in Pocantico Hills.

Jean Lutz

Jean Lutz, a fifth-grade teacher at Fox Meadow School from the 1950s until her retirement in 1973, died June 23. She was 99.

Ms. Lutz lived in the Kenilworth on Garth Road for about 60 years.

She was born in Greenville, Ohio, attended Columbia Teachers College and taught at the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School before coming to Scarsdale. Ms. Lutz was an avid reader, opera buff, loyal Yankee fan and enthusiastic follower of professional tennis.

Up until the time of her death she was still in contact with many of her former students who were devoted to her.

A group placed a death notice in The New York Times that read in part: “Beloved teacher who communicated to generations of students and to countless friends an extraordinary love and enthusiasm for life and interest in all things.” It was signed Douglas Durst, Vicki Aranow Feiner, Liz Guggenheimer, Mel Hertzig, Rick Glickstein, Eileen Kaufman, Annette Sampton Marcus, Richard Marks, Neil Ross, Steve Schreiber, Louis Thalheimer, Nina Totenberg.

A bench in her honor was installed in the Fox Meadow School playground in 2011 by her fifth-grade classes of 1954-55 and 1955-56. The plaque reads “In honor of our teacher Jean Lutz from her fifth-graders 1955 and 1956.”

She is survived by a niece and nephews in California

Constance P. Weiss

Constance P. Weiss, known to all as Connie, died peacefully at home June 16 after a two-year illness. She was 82.  

Born on Oct. 24, 1930, she was the wife of Russell, mother of Alice and Karen (Richard) Corbetta, grandmother of Matthew (Sue), Lindsey and Morgan. She also leaves behind her sister Mildred, brother-in-law Hilton, sister-in-law Betty and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Charles (Chick).

Her family said she will always be remembered for her smile, laughter and dedication to her family. The family will receive friends at the Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale, from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, followed by a service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ( or American Cancer Society (

Raymond D. Saxe lll

Raymond D. Saxe III died Saturday, June 1, at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. He was 50.

Known to his friends and family as “Ray,” he was born in New York City on Nov. 14, 1962, to R. Daniel Saxe Jr. of Winchester, Va., and JoAn Teetor Saxe of New Castle, Ind., and New Orleans, La. He grew up in Scarsdale where he attended Scarsdale High School, graduating in 1980. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Bridgeport in 1985, and an M.B.A. in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 1990. After working in systems engineering and project management for 15 years at Deutsche Bank AG, he moved to HSBC, where he was senior vice president in charge of global risk technology for the Americas, and later senior vice president/global head for client onboarding.

He was married to Naomi Reinitz, also of Scarsdale, and lived in Rye Brook. They later divorced. They have three daughters: Amanda, Abigail and Rachel.

Mr. Saxe was a devoted husband and father, his family said, and he loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved skiing, tennis, a good mystery and the Grateful Dead. He was an excellent drummer, and he was thrilled and proud when one of his daughters decided to take up the drums too, they said. One of his favorite times of the year was his family’s annual summer vacation at Lake George in the Adirondacks. He has requested that his ashes be scattered there. 

In addition to his ex-wife and three daughters, he is survived by his sister Emily Saxe Nydam of Wellesley, Mass.; and his mother JoAn Teetor Marder of Tucson, Ariz.

A private memorial service for family and friends was held at Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel in Port Chester, officiated jointly by Rabbi Jaymee Alpert and the Rev. Dr. John W. Miller of Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale. There will also be a memorial plaque placed in his memory at the Teetor Mausoleum in Hagerstown, Ind.

He was loved and will be missed, his family said. 

Kirk Richardson

Kirk Richardson of Hartsdale died June 1. She was 89.

Born in Lenox, Mass., on June 29, 1923, Mrs. Richardson graduated from Oyster Bay High School in New York in 1940 and from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in 1942. A resident of Scarsdale for 30 years, she spent the last 20 years in Hartsdale. 

An avid golfer, Mrs. Richardson was a member of Scarsdale Golf Club for 65 years where she achieved the ultimate goal in golf: a hole-in-one. She was recently named an honorary life member by the Board of Governors. In addition to her love for golf, she also loved bowling, traveling, music, animals, needlepoint and playing bridge with her friends.

Mrs. Richardson worked for Raymond Loewy Associates and then at IBM for 15 years, before retiring in 1982. She loved her “church family” and was a member at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale for the last 20 years. There, in 2007, she established Kirk’s Fund. In the past 6 years, the fund has grown exponentially and has made an impact on many areas of the church life, its members and their children, by providing children’s bibles, baptismal gifts and support for the music program. The fund has also been used to sponsor a national children’s anthem composition competition, resulting in the addition of two new published pieces of children’s music.

Mrs. Richardson was predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Sara Kirkham; two brothers and a sister; husbands Robert Halsey, Herbert Barnhart and Willoughby Richardson; stepson Spencer Barnhart and stepdaughter Ann Crocker.

She is survived by stepson Robert Barnhart and his wife Judy of Mentor, Ohio; granddaughters Susan Marinac and her husband David of Avon, Ohio, Jennifer Fozo and her husband Michael of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; and four great-grandchildren, Emily and Spencer Marinac and Madison and Stephen Fozo.

The family expressed their thanks for the overwhelming “outpouring of support, and love that Kirk received from her fellow members at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, the supportive visits from her Scarsdale Golf Club friends, the tender care administered by her team at the Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, as well as to the caregivers involved in helping schedule her final ‘Tee time with the Lord.’”

A memorial service for Mrs. Richardson will be held at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, it was her wish that donations in her memory be given to Kirk’s Fund. Checks should be made payable to Hitchcock Presbyterian Church/Kirk’s Fund, 6 Greenacres Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Irving S. Gibbs

Irving S. Gibbs, a 45-year resident of Scarsdale, died in Akron, Ohio on Sunday, May 12 at the age of 95.

Born Nov. 29, 1917, to Max and Anna Gibbs in New York City, Mr. Gibbs was the eldest brother to Leon and Israel, both of whom predeceased him.

He worked during the day and went to college at night, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree at CCNY. Drafted in 1941, he attended Officer Candidate School and obtained the rank of captain, serving in Europe during World War II. Called to service a second time, he was also a veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Gibbs deployed his estimable skills as a CPA on behalf of corporations, nonprofit organizations and private clients, many of whom he counted among his friends, his family said.

He was a member of the Free Synagogue of Westchester for more than 50 years, lending his accounting expertise and “saykhel,” wisdom in Yiddish, to the synagogue’s board, treasury and Men’s Club.

He spoke English, Yiddish and Spanish, was an ardent supporter of the arts and was an intrepid globetrotter who traveled around the world with his wife of 66 years, Ruth, who predeceased him.

He is survived by his sons, Arthur (Sara) and Robert (Wendy,) and his granddaughter, Ella.

Margaret Hambley

Margaret Hambley of Garth Road died peacefully of natural causes May 9 at the home she shared for 43 years with her husband James Hambley. She was 78.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 19, 1934, and raised in New York City, Mrs. Hambley was the middle child of three sisters born to James and Grace Smith.

Since 1991 Mrs. Hambley was the voice of Scarsdale § Edgemont Family Counseling Service as the office manager. Her kind and gracious demeanor welcomed all who came through the agency door.

Executive director Geraldine Greene said, “As Margaret so often said, ‘I love my job,’ and Scarsdale § Edgemont Family Counseling Service loved having her as our office manager. Her warm regard for all who came through the SFCS door was apparent. We will miss her graciousness and kindness to all. She is truly one to be admired.”

Mrs. Hambley was also an active congregant at the Scarsdale Congregational Church where she often volunteered and attended weekly worship.

She is survived by her husband James, her daughter Susan Hanley (Philip Hanley), her son Todd Lemish (Myriam Lemish), three grandchildren, Margaret Hanley, Kyle Lemish and Katherine Lemish, her sister Christine Fast, nephews Jimmy and Jeffrey, and many friends and co-workers.

“Margaret was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and she will be deeply missed,” her family said.

A memorial service will be held June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Scarsdale Congregational Church, 1 Heathcote Road. Donations in her memory may be made to Operation Smile.

Nadia Belousoff Sechko, 106, longtime resident


Nadia Belousoff Sechko of Secor Road died May 3. She was 106.

Her son Eugene said he bought the house in 1968. “When my father died, we were living in Pelham Parkway. My mother didn’t want to live in that house anymore after that,” Mr. Sechko said.

At the time, their neighbor had a gardener who came to cut the lawn. “My mother would invite him for coffee. He told us about a house for sale in Scarsdale, and I went to look at it. I liked it, and so did my mother, and so I bought it. That was 45 years ago.”

Mrs. Sechko was born in 1906 in the Ukraine, and came to New York in 1911 with her mother. They lived in the west 80s in Manhattan, where she attended Wadleigh High School. During World War I, she knitted socks for the soldiers fighting overseas and won an award in high school for her wartime efforts. She also attended Hunter College in Manhattan.

When she was 19, she married Leonard Sechko, a contractor. Mrs. Sechko worked as a cashier at Longchamps, in the Empire State Building, her son said.

“In the basement there was a nightclub with a dance floor and they had all the big bands. I have autographs from Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, they all played there.”

In the early 1960s, Mrs. Sechko raised money for the arthritis association, and won an award for bringing in the most money in her district. Included in the award were two tickets to see Rudy Vallée on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Her son said that after the performance, she went backstage and met the actor. A photo of them ran in the Daily News and the Daily Mirror.

Mrs. Sechko was a member of the Scarsdale Congregational Church, the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and the Eastern Star Masonic Temple in Pleasantside. She volunteered at White Plains Hospital for 15 years as a “pink lady,” her son said. She wore a pink jacket and pushed around the cart stacked with newspapers and books.

Her son had no siblings, but he did have Nora, a small poodle. “My mother found it wandering around, really dirty,” Mr. Sechko remembers. “So she cleaned her up and kept her. Nora would sit under the bed and eat caramels.”

Eugene Sechko, who lived all his life with his mother, worked for 34 years as a mechanical engineer for the Board of Education of the City of New York and is also a real estate broker, he told the Inquirer.

Mrs. Sechko outlived all her friends. “People used to ask her, ‘How come you lived so long?’” her son said. “And she’d tell them that whenever she’d go to a doctor and he would give her a prescription, she’d go home and rip it up.”

A meticulous housekeeper, she was very outgoing “and wore beautiful clothes,” said her son. “She wanted to be a designer and I just found some lovely, fragile drawings she was using as shelf liners. She liked to dress up. She always had a beautiful hairdo and wore a different outfit each time she went to the senior citizens in Eastchester.”

Mrs. Sechko was buried at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla.

Robert John Carroll

Robert John Carroll of Fairway Mews in Spring Lake Heights died May 11 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, N.J., with his family by his side. He was 66.

Mr. Carroll grew up in Scarsdale and was a longtime resident of Hartsdale before moving to Spring Lake Heights in 2006.

Mr. Carroll retired from Con Edison in 2007 after 38 years of service. He was a communicant of St. Catharine’s Catholic Church, Spring Lake.

He was an avid chess player, loved movies, and music of the 1950s. He and his family enjoyed the beach and summered at the Jersey Shore, particularly Spring Lake, for many years, his family said.

Mr. Carroll was the brother of Edward Carroll of Pocono Pines, Pa., Elizabeth Mahon of Spring Lake Heights, N.J., James Carroll of Bakersfield, Calif., and his twin sister, Kathleen Smyth of Spring Lake, N.J. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 15 at St. Catharine’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Meridian Hospice by visiting For further information or to send condolences to the family, visit

Helene Scheuer Rosenblatt

Helene Scheuer Rosenblatt, 89, of Mamaroneck, a resident of Scarsdale for more than 40 years, died Friday, May 10. A strikingly beautiful woman throughout her life, she was elegant, warm and loving, said her family. She was admired and respected by friends, family and casual acquaintances alike. At the 1994 commencement at Cornell University, Mrs. Rosenblatt was recognized by university president Dr. Frank Rhodes as the oldest recipient of a bachelor’s degree in the history of the university. Following graduation, she served as a research assistant at Cornell’s Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center, primarily working for professors Phyllis Moen and Karl Pillemer.

Surviving Mrs. Rosenblatt are her daughter Roberta Rosenblatt, sons Ron (Susy) Rosenblatt, David (Robyn) Rosenblatt and Larry (Linda) Rosenblatt, daughter Ann (Stuart) Arbeit and 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren, for whom she was an adored role model, her family said. Her husband Robert Rosenblatt and son Bill predeceased her.

Burial was private. A memorial service is planned for the future. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to or to Cornell University College of Human Ecology, c/o Marybeth Tarzian.

Carol Ann Shields Naughton

Carol Ann (Shields) Naughton, a longtime Scarsdale resident, died Friday, April 26, 2013. Born on Oct. 30, 1935, she was a graduate of Mount St. Vincent School of Nursing. She lived in Scarsdale until she and her husband Kevin moved to Somers in 1995. For many years she was a school nurse in Scarsdale, first at St. Pius Elementary and later at Edgewood Elementary School. Mrs. Naughton was known for her soothing manner, magic ice cubes and friendly smiles for all children who needed medical care or just some extra attention, her family said.

Mrs. Naughton was a longtime parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. She especially enjoyed her home on the banks of Fern Lake in Leicester, Vt. There she spent many happy hours enjoying the view of the water, reading and reveling in the company of her children and grandchildren. Her family said she was a large part of their lives, cheering on her grandchildren at sporting events, school plays and concerts. She was proud of her children and the lives and families they created.

She is survived by her five children: Kevin (Heidi) of Darien, Conn.; Patty Foster (Chandler) of Stamford, Conn.; Colin (Sue) of Holliston, Mass.; Maura of New York City; and Carey (Andre) Gattyan of Charleston, S.C. Also surviving her are 11 grandchildren — Chandler, Liam, Chelsea, Maggie, Daly, Claire, Katie, Jack, Henry, Kayla and Bridgette. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents Edward and Beatrice Shields and a brother, Edward (Bud) Shields.

Catholic services were held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Burial was at Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne.

Rose Goldberg Katz

Rose Goldberg Katz, of White Plains, died May 5. She was 100.

Mrs. Katz was born on Nov. 1, 1912, in New York City. She and her husband owned the Gaity Music Shop on Broadway in New York City from the 1930s to the 1970s. In her later life, from when she was 65 to 95 years old, Mrs. Katz worked as a bookkeeper for Linda Blair Design in Scarsdale village.

She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin Katz, and a daughter, Sally Katz. 

She is survived by her daughter, Ronnee Segal, and her children, Julie Gerstenblatt and her husband Brett, Greg Medow and his wife Ursula; as well as her daughter Janet Marks and her daughter Joanna Ortiz and her husband Gerardo. Mrs. Katz also has five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Zoe, Boden, Sierra and Maya.

Funeral services were held on May 7 at Westchester Reform Temple.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: The Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, 845 Palmer Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543.

Naomi Fortune

Naomi “Sis” Fortune, of Rye, N.Y., died April 24, quietly in her sleep. She was 95.

Mrs. Fortune was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Feb. 17, 1918. She graduated from the Emma Willard School and Connecticut College. She was a longstanding member of the Shenorock Shore Club, the Scarsdale Golf Club and the Scarsdale Woman’s Club.

She was predeceased by her husbands, the Hon. Pratt Boice Esser (a former New York State Assemblyman), Edmund Buryan and Phillip Fortune, as well as her daughter, Carolyn Esser.

She is survived by her son, Richard, his wife Julia, and their three children, Lauren, Henry and Megan, as well as her daughter Carolyn's two children, Christina Wilson and Jennifer Wilson-Loving. Mrs. Fortune also has two great-grandchildren, Austin and Aleah.  

Funeral services were held May 1 at the chapel at the Osborn with the rector of Christ's Church officiating.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Christ's Church, 2 Rectory St., Rye, NY 10580 and Church of St. Joseph of Arimethea, 2197 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523.

George Stanley Gord

Former longtime Scarsdale resident George Stanley Gordon died April 22 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after a long battle with the neurological disease Lewes Body Dementia. He was 86.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1926, in Brooklyn, to Emily Millar and George Gordon Sr. His two older siblings, a brother, Leslie Gordon, born in England, and a sister, Elizabeth, born in Ireland, predeceased him.

He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in January 1944. He attended Brown University on a naval scholarship, concentrated in psychology and graduated with a B.A. on June 17, 1946. While a student, Mr. Gordon won two varsity letters in Brown baseball and served as a member of the Brown Key Society, senior class representative, school newspaper staff, radio studio staff, and Platoon Leader of Company MPO V-1. He later played baseball as shortstop for Olean, N.Y., following a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Mr. Gordon earned his rank as an ensign in 1946, obtained a Certificate of Satisfactory Service on active duty status during World War II in 1947, and retired from the Naval Reserves in 1959, when he moved to Ontario, Canada as a brand manager for the National Distillers.

He graduated with an M.B.A. in 1949 from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and later graduated from the Harvard Advanced Management Program in May 1968. At National Distillers (1951-53) his market analysis and research was credited for developing the first comprehensive marketing plan in the liquor industry to the African-American market. He moved to the Benton & Bowles Advertising Agency (1953-57) where he was responsible as an account executive for his first multimillion dollar budget to sell Procter & Gamble products. He transferred to Massey-Ferguson in Toronto, Canada (1957-63) as director of marketing.

He became vice-president-marketing, reporting to the president for Eastern Airlines (1963-68) and created “The Sun Rise at Eastern” marketing program which doubled revenue and increased market share. At Eastern, Mr. Gordon changed the airline industry’s competitive posture. As a result, he won several top awards for advertising and marketing excellence. Resigning from Eastern Airlines, Mr. Gordon started his own advertising agency, Gordon & Shortt, (1968-80), which involved continuing the introduction of new advertising and marketing ideas in the travel and transportation industry, largely through attaining Braniff Airlines and General Motors as major accounts, with corporate offices in New York, Dallas and Detroit.

Mr. Gordon created the campaign of Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines based on the kinetic art of artist Alexander Calder, known for his mobiles.

His many awards included: the Clio, Ad Man of the Year, and Marketing Man of the Year. Mr. Gordon later merged his company with Wells, Rich & Greene.

In 1981, he composed the lyrics for an anthem, “The Westchester Song” with Don Danneman and Noris O’Neill, to promote Westchester County as a place to work, live and visit.

Upon his retirement from advertising, he owned and operated East Hampton Aire (1988-93) and pioneered the concept of developing hubs and utilizing smaller airports in state capitals across the United States. He later sold his airline routes to Continental Airlines. During these years, Mr. Gordon became a theater producer (1988-2008) having won the Outer Critics Circle Award in 1988 for “Oil City Symphony” as the best off-Broadway musical. In 1988, Mr. Gordon sought to translate the five plays from the original Polish of the late Pope John Paul II. He later shared the rights to produce them with the Vatican.

In 1993, he created the Starclone Co., which produced perfume from the distilled pheromones found in human perspiration with a line of “aroma autographs.”

Mr. Gordon was twice divorced, from the late Olive Briggs Gordon with whom he had two daughters, Dana Briggs Parkinson and Kimberly Gordon Marks; and the late Janet Morgan Gordon with whom he had two sons, George Gordon III and Troy Gordon.

Mr. Gordon met his life partner, Nancy McKeever Wareham-Gordon and they had a daughter, Chloe’ Wareham-Gordon. In 1994 Mr. Gordon and Nancy Wareham-Gordon produced the first English version of “The Jeweler’s Shop,” Pope John Paul ll’s play, off-Broadway at the Theater at St. Luke’s and throughout numerous Catholic churches for 15 years.

In 1997-2001, Mr. Gordon became an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship for the University of Connecticut Stamford’s Graduate School of Business. He co-founded the Business Plan Academy (BPA) for start-up businesses and served as a consultant for SmartOnline.Com where he later merged BPA.

From 1999-2002, Mr. Gordon collaborated with artisan Herman Roggeman of Metal Concepts of Cold Spring to form the Calder Airplane Project producing limited edition reproductions of Calder airplane models and derivative mobiles based on designs from the Braniff campaign.

Mr. Gordon completed his book, “Plane Fun,” (yet unpublished, but recently copyrighted) with the writers Alexia Paul and Goldee Greene. He also wrote an opera based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher” and left many songs and poems which he composed throughout his life.

Mr. Gordon remained an active parishioner of the St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands, in Garrison, N.Y., from 1999-2008 until the onset of his dementia.

Friends and family are requested to donate funds in his memory to either the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS), 328 West 48th Street, NY, NY 10036, email: or the St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands, 1101 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524, email:

In addition to his five children, he had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A private burial service was conducted by the Rev. Francis H. Geer on April 28 at St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands.

Elliot N. Iver

Elliot N. Iver died peacefully, at sunset, April 25 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis., surrounded by his loved ones. He was 58.

Mr. Iver was born in Yonkers, moved with his family to Scarsdale in 1966, and graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1972.

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Milwaukee Area Technical College, pursuing fine art painting, and landscape and architectural design.

His intellect, quick wit, his passion for creating paintings and drawings, and playing music on the guitar and harp were all reflections of his quest for beauty and light tempered by his tender and compassionate heart, his family said. He loved animals and always had a pet by his side.

Mr. Iver is survived by his partner of 22 years, Kazu Kitano, his brother Michael Iver, sister-in-law Cindy, nephew Jeremy, niece Katelyn of Scarsdale, his sister Lorraine of Jupiter, Fla., as well as a close circle of longtime friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kate and Morton Iver, and his grandparents.

A funeral was held in the Jewish tradition April 28 at the Cress Funeral Home. Burial followed at Sunset Memory Gardens in Madison, Wis.

Janet Patterson

Janet Baum Patterson, a 50-year resident of Edgemont, died peacefully Saturday, April 27 with her family at her side. She was 82.

Mrs. Patterson was born on Sept. 6, 1930, to the late Berthe and Herbert Baum. She was raised in Larchmont with her brother, Bruce Baum, and was a 1948 graduate of Mamaroneck High School. She studied textile design at Syracuse University, graduating in 1952. Mrs. Patterson worked in the textile design field for a number of years, designing fabrics, towels and sheets.

On March 3, 1962, she married Frank Patterson Jr. who predeceased her in 2010. Together they had a daughter and a son, Anne and Jim.

Mrs. Patterson was an accomplished artist who was a longtime member of the Scarsdale Art Association, serving on the board in the role of secretary. She was also a member of the Grandview Group of artists. She exhibited her work in many local shows, including those at the Scarsdale Library, Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild and Greenburgh Town Hall. She was particularly talented at botanical watercolors but loved to experiment with other art forms and could often be found with sketchbook and pen in hand. Her works are in many local private collections.

Mrs. Patterson was known for her kind, patient and caring ways, her family said. These traits made her an excellent teacher and she led an oil painting class at the Greenburgh Multipurpose Center until recently.

“Janet was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met,” said Gina Thorne, president of the Scarsdale Art Association. “She was kind, giving, an excellent artist and willing to help anyone learn what she did so very well.

She was part of our painting group and participated in workshops. She was a wonderful part of the association.”

“Every so often we are blessed to meet a friend who is thoughtful, generous and talented whose very presence has an uplifting effect on those around her. Such a person was Janet Patterson and her work reflected who she was,” said former president, SAA member Phil Wallace.

An active member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Mrs. Patterson participated in their many programs. She was a member of the Westchester County Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Organization and the Greenville Community Church. She was a good friend to many and will be missed by all, her family said.

Mrs. Patterson is survived by her brother, Bruce Baum of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, her children and their spouses, Anne and Charlie Wilmerding of Villanova, Pa., and Jim and Pamela Patterson of Fairfield, Conn., and five grandchildren, Lila, Olivia and Charlie Wilmerding and Anna and Everett Patterson.

A service in celebration of her life was held at Greenville Community Church on May 2.

Vincent Ermilio, co-owner of Lange’s deli, has died


Black ribbons adorn the windows of Lange’s Deli in Scarsdale to mourn the death of co-owner Vincent “Vinny” Ermilio, of Mahopac, who died unexpectedly April 6. He was 57.

Mr. Ermilio was diagnosed with a noncancerous tumor of the neck in March and died of complications from an infection he got while recovering in rehab after surgery, said his business partner, Anthony Domini.

Mr. Ermilio and brothers Anthony and William Domini bought the popular Scarsdale eating spot in 1999.

The close-knit counter staff at Lange’s is adjusting to life without Chef Ermilio.

“We are trying to fill the void as best we can,” said Domini.

“He would yell at you and then hug you,” Domini said. “This was his family. He was a good person.”

As executive chef, Mr. Ermilio liked to be creative, Domini told the Inquirer. “His juices were flowing when he got to cook something out of the ordinary.”

Domini said that his partner had taught the kitchen most of his recipes. “We’ll continue to provide the customers with what they want,” he said.

Lange’s was renovated and expanded in 2000, adding more seating indoors and an outdoor café in good weather. The deli is currently expanding further into the space next door.

“Every once in a while it pops into your head that Vinny’s not here,” Domini said. “The community support has been helpful and heartwarming to the family.

Born July 16, 1955, Mr. Ermilio graduated from East Meadow High School on Long Island in 1973. He is survived by his sister, Maria Cerbone and her husband Artie of Mahopac and their family.

A funeral Mass was held April 11 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe.

Community leader Jackson B. Browning Sr. is dead at 91


Jackson B. Browning Sr. of Sarasota, formerly of Scarsdale and Rye, died at his home on April 23 after a brief illness. He was 91.

Mr. Browning was born in 1921, in Omar, W. Va., son of the late Van Buren and Lilly Clyde (Dee Dee) Herald Browning. He was a graduate of Logan High School, W.Va., and received a B.S. in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in 1943. Jackson served in World War II as an ensign in the Navy where he was a flight instructor. After the war, he received his LL.B. from West Virginia University in 1948 and went to work in the patent department at Union Carbide Corp. in New York. He moved from patents to the Linde Division and then the Carbon Products Division. He finished his career at Carbide as the executive vice president of health, safety and environmental affairs and acted as one of the main spokesmen for the company following the gas leak disaster in Bhopal, India.

After his retirement from Union Carbide in 1986, he started a second career as a real estate broker, working with his wife, Armande, at Julia B. Fee Inc., in Scarsdale and Rye, where Armande was an owner. Mr. Browning served as president and chairman of the board.

Mr. Browning served on the Scarsdale Board of Education during the turbulent late 1960s, from 1968 to 1976, and was elected president of the board in 1970. According to “A Sort of Utopia Scarsdale 1891-1981” by Carol A. O’Connor, Mr. Browning was the dissenting vote against a program to bus students from Mount Vernon to Scarsdale schools. O’Connor wrote: “Jackson B. Browning said that, while he saw ‘no fatal defects in the proposed experiment itself,’ he voted against its adoption because he perceived such action ‘to be in defiance of the public will.’”

Scarsdale never found out how the program would have worked because the Mount Vernon Board of Education elected not to participate in the plan.

Mr. Browning served on the Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1981.

Longtime family friend Lynne Clark said, “Jackson Browning was a perfect gentleman and a strong leader, whether it be in business or in his many contributions to Scarsdale, including his service on the school board, on the village Board of Trustees, and as an elder at Hitchcock Church. He was president of Julia B. Fee for 15 years, from 1987 to 2002 and it was my honor to work with him to grow the company as vice president. I will miss him.”

Aside from family gatherings, Mr. Browning’s favorite activities were golf at Winged Foot Golf Club where he was a member, Yankees baseball, reading, singing and crossword puzzles. A great storyteller with a keen sense of humor, his stories were always in demand by family and friends, his family said.

Mr. Browning is survived by his wife of 65 years; son Jackson Browning Jr. of New York, N.Y.; son James (Robin) Browning of Westfield, N.J.; daughter Elizabeth (Gregg) Jones of Palmetto, Fla.; daughter-in-law Lisa Browning of Warren, R.I.; grandchildren Christopher, Karen (Christopher Ahern), Jackson, Lauren, Alyssa, Russell and Kristin; sister Betty Fulton of Dallas, Texas, and his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Dr. Richard Browning; daughters-in-law Susan Pollard Browning and Becky Shaver Browning; and his brother James Browning.

Burial will be in the Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to West Virginia University or the Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, Fla.

Alfred Carl Buehler

Alfred Carl Buehler of Scarsdale died peacefully at White Plains Hospital, surrounded by his family April 14. He was 75.

Mr. Buehler was born on Feb. 17, 1938 in New York, N.Y., to the late Max and Elsie (Brüstle) Buehler of Germany. He grew up, an only child, in the Bronx and worked as an electrical engineer.

On Oct. 4, 1958, Mr. Buehler married Fran Gagliardotto. Together, they had two daughters, Carole and Lori. In 1966, Mr. Buehler moved his family to Scarsdale, where he lived for the past 47 years.

Mr. Buehler had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1990, yet he did not let his illness interfere with his enjoyment of life, his family said. Above all else, Mr. Buehler loved being with his family. He possessed an adventurous soul and greatly enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing and hunting. His other interests included reading, cooking, bowling, watching movies and listening to country music. Mr. Buehler will be remembered dearly for his generous spirit, intelligent mind and witty sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Fran Buehler, realtor at Houlihan Lawrence, and their two daughters, Carole Kumar of Scarsdale and Lori Smith of Mahopac. Mr. Buehler is also survived by five grandchildren: Nicole and Kevin Kumar of Scarsdale; and Remie Jr., Keith and Jessica Smith of Mahopac.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, April 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Scarsdale.

Margaret Barclay Sullwold Moritz

Margaret Barclay Sullwold Moritz died April 5 at home in Hartsdale. She was 98.

She was born Sept. 14, 1914, in St. Paul, Minn., to George John Sullwold Sr. and Margaret Barclay Sullwold. Throughout her life she shared fond memories of the summers she and her family spent at Minnesota’s White Bear Lake.

The family moved to South Pasadena, Calif., where Mrs. Moritz and her brother George Jr. attended South Pasadena High School and UCLA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French at UCLA and later did graduate work in Chinese at the University of Washington.

She was active with the national YWCA throughout her life, and met her husband, the late Paul Walter Moritz, through his work with the national and international YMCA. They were married in Topeka, Kan., on May 1, 1941.

Margaret and Paul lived in Beijing in 1947, where Mr. Moritz was already working with the YMCA and United China Relief. After about a year in China, Mrs. Moritz returned to California with their two children and Mr. Moritz returned home later. They lived alternately in White Plains and the Los Angeles area (Pasadena and San Gabriel) throughout their married life, and their four children were born alternately on the two coasts. In 1968 while the family was living in White Plains, Mr. Moritz died suddenly at the age of 50. Mrs. Moritz had lived in Hartsdale since 1974.

She was an active community volunteer, working with church groups, PTAs, the League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts and many other community organizations. She served as president of the Women’s Group, a member of the Altar Guild, and as a Vestrywoman and Warden at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in White Plains — the first female Warden in the history of the Diocese of New York. She later served as an elder at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale and belonged to the Women’s Club and the College Club of White Plains.

After her husband’s death she became the director of World Fellowship Education for the National Board of the YWCA in Manhattan. She served as executive director of the Volunteer Service Bureau of Westchester and worked with the Westchester Community Foundation. She also worked for a time in the library at Scarsdale High School.

Mrs. Moritz always tried to put her beliefs into action and was keenly dedicated to social justice. During World War II she regularly visited Japanese-American detainees at a California internment camp, and was proud of her work with the YWCA to combat racism. In her career she made the acquaintance of a diverse array of notable women including Lila Acheson Wallace, Dorothy Height, Betty Shabazz and Mary Rockefeller. In her professional work with the YWCA she traveled to South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Mrs. Moritz spent her free time gardening, sewing, quilting, embroidering, playing bridge, reading, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She admired the novels of John Steinbeck; adored birds, dogs and cats; and loved the English language, a stickler for its proper use. She had exquisite handwriting and practiced calligraphy. From her own mother she acquired her love of birds and roses and an uncanny knack for baking. She loved to drive and took pride in her house and her family. Despite the untimely death of her husband she carved out a new life for herself, her family said.

Her children are Susan Moritz of Hartsdale; Thomas Moritz of Los Angeles; Ann Moritz Chesnut (Richard) of Lake Peekskill; and Deborah Moritz of Madison, Wis. Her grandchildren are Maggie Chesnut of Brooklyn; Olwen Jaffe of Washington, D.C.; Max Jaffe of Somerville, Mass.; and Dillon Chesnut of Haverford, Pa.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation in her name to Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, 311 North St., Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10605, 682-1484,

Herbert Rosenstein

Longtime Scarsdale resident Herbert Rosenstein died April 15. He was 85. He was born April 17, 1927, in New York, N.Y. After high school, he served in the Navy during World War II. He later graduated from City College of New York with a degree in accounting and shortly thereafter received his C.P.A. He retired as the controller of the United Jewish Appeal after many years of service.

Mr. Rosenstein will be remembered fondly as a devoted husband and loving father, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eleanor; daughters Roberta (Paul) Delano, Joanne (Philip) Katzman and Nancy (Tom) Griffin; grandsons Leo and Seth Katzman; brother Irwin (Lillian) Rosenstein; nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service was held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings on April 17. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, HYPERLINK ""

Gloria Ann Mezzacappa

Gloria Ann Mezzacappa of Scarsdale died April 4 with her family by her side. She was 59.

Mrs. Mezzacappa was born Dec. 24, 1953, to James T. Larmon and the late Alice Lowery.

She married the love of her life, John C. Mezzacappa, her family said, and spent her life dedicated to raising their family. She is survived by her four children, John and his wife Heather, Shana Miller and her husband Richard, Trina and Richard Mezzacappa.

Mrs. Mezzacappa had a huge heart for her two grandchildren, who affectionately called her Gigi, her family said.

“Gloria will most fondly be remembered for her caring and loving nature raising her children. Both her gardening skills and crochet skills exemplified her nurturing character and concern for all living things. Gloria’s endearing smile, gentle charm and good humor will forever be missed by many, but will never be forgotten,” her family said.

She is also survived by her older twin brothers, James and Bruce. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale. Entombment followed at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, 5526 West 13400 South, #510, Salt Lake City, UT 84096


Spencer Repp, 19, dies in motorcycle accident


Spencer Repp, a 2012 graduate of Scarsdale High School and a star lacrosse player for the Raiders, died Friday, March 29, after injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The 19-year-old University of Arizona freshman lost control of his motorcycle on a winding Tucson road known as the Mount Lemmon Highway and went over a guardrail. Mr. Repp was airlifted to the University of Arizona Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

Word of his death spread quickly on social media. Friends, parents of friends and teammates quickly rallied to offer support and condolences to his family, Paul and Ellen Repp of Quaker Ridge, and sister Lindsey, a junior at Scarsdale High School. Mr. Repp was well liked and had a wide circle of friends, in both Scarsdale and in Arizona.

“He was a great kid,” said his mother Ellen in a phone interview with the Inquirer. “He had a real passion, a zest for life. He touched so many kids. He had tremendous empathy and patience for everyone. He kept up with people everywhere, checked up on people.”

“He loved working at rec camp,” said his father. “He seemed to be working with kids who had special needs. He gravitated toward helping people who needed things, had tough times. He was first to volunteer to do a race for Down’s Syndrome. That’s the way he was. He hid that from us.”

His mother continued, “Friendship with Spencer, it’s interesting. As a young child, he didn’t have many friends, but he had become all about his friendships.”

Friend Oran Ben-Simon, a sophomore at the SUNY Albany, talked to Spencer the day before he died. “We talked almost every day,” he said. Oran’s birthday was four days later than Spencer’s, Nov. 16, 1993, but he was a year ahead in school. “We’ve been best friends for the past six years. He was like a brother to me,” Ben-Simon said. “He was probably the most honest uplifting kid I know. Never once did he turn his back on me. He taught me so much and I gave him so much in return. We were a great team. There was nobody in my life I was closer with.”

Playing lacrosse was “in his DNA,” his parents said. His father was a lacrosse player.

Sports teams have a built-in support group. With Spencer having played on the Scarsdale boys’ team last year and his sister Lindsey a junior on the girls’ team this spring, coping with the death has not been easy. The teams are getting the support they need, not only from each other, but from youth outreach worker Lauren Pomerantz, who met with both teams on Monday, and their coaches, Tim Weir for the boys and Cece Berger for the girls.

“We’re going to be there,” Berger said. “We’re going to do what we need to do for our teammate. It’s times like this where we become closer.”

Both coaches and their assistants are doing whatever they can for the kids, while also trying to maintain some normalcy when it comes to practices and preparing for the competition season, which started this week.

“You have to take care of the guys, take care of the girls’ team and just rely on other people,” Weir said. “This is when you find out who your friends really are. I’m sure these guys are going to be supported by a lot of their friends. Whatever we can do to help the Repp family get through the situation we’re going to do.”

Lindsey, the top returning player for the girls, was at practice this week and was expected to play in the team’s first game of the season, which was moved from April 2 to April 3 at Ursuline. Coach Berger said that Lindsey is free to be at or miss practices and games based on her needs and the needs of her family.

“On Monday she said, ‘Lacrosse is so much a part of my life that I want to get back on the field,’” Berger said. “For Lindsey to be out here is what we know she loves. Paul, her dad, loves lacrosse and he’s passed on that love to the kids.”

About playing in the opener Lindsey said, “My dad wouldn’t have anything else,” with a smile.

What has struck her through this ordeal is the generous outpouring she and her family have received.

“I could never have imagined the kind of support and love I’ve seen in this community,” Lindsey said. “I never expected so many people to be so warm and loving and to show up at my doorstep, people I haven’t seen in years, to send a note, an email, a text, something on Facebook, a picture from when he was 2 or 3 or 5.”

Lindsey is enjoying hearing all of the stories people have been sharing about her brother, which only reinforces what she feels deep in her heart about him: “He was the best brother. He was always willing to do anything and everything for me. He was willing to have a catch, go for a walk, a bike ride. He definitely put everyone before himself. He was the most thoughtful, sensitive, smart, funny guy I knew. He made everybody around him smile. Tears just come to my eyes thinking about him.”

Berger said that Lindsey was more at peace knowing that her brother knew that she had verbally committed to play lacrosse at Brown for the 2014-15 school year. After all, lacrosse has always been a family sport.

The boys’ team was also supposed to open the season on April 2 and had a road game in Saratoga slated for April 6, but Weir postponed the home opener until April 8 and cancelled the Saratoga trip so everyone can attend the memorial service.

Weir, now in his second year coaching at Scarsdale, only had Repp for his senior year, and is thankful for that opportunity.

“He’s just a great individual, a happy-go-lucky kid, had a lot of friends, very popular,” Weir said. “He was very well respected both on and off the field in the community. He did a lot of work with the rec program, too.”

Repp was coming off an ACL tear that caused him to miss his junior year, and made the most of his final season last spring. He was an All-Section honorable mention.

“I actually remember Spencer back when he was in third grade when I was at one of the elementary schools,” Berger said. “He was very energetic, easy-going. I think I became closer to him when Lindsey came on the team and two years ago I talked to him about his ACL injury because he reminded me of my brother, who tore his ACL and made it back for his senior year. I knew how much work that was. It was cool to see him do so well on the field last year.”

Lindsey is finding strength from those around her after what she called the “mind-blowing” news of her brother’s death.

“I know he’s thinking about us and proud of me, proud of my mom, proud of my dad,” Lindsey said. “We’re all staying strong as much as possible.”

The family left for Tucson this week to bring their son home and to attend a memorial in Arizona.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday afternoon, April 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Scarsdale Golf Club.

Dean Holbrook

Former Edgewood resident Dean Holbook died March 28. He was 78.

A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, he practiced law for 50 years in New York City.

Mr. Holbrook was a member of Scarsdale Congregational Church from 1971 to 2009 and was deacon of outreach for a time.

An avid runner, he ran over 20 marathons and competed in races into his 70s. He was a member of the Rotary Club and active in several animal welfare organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christina Flander Holbrook, three children and four grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him, his family said.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 10, at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church, 480 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor. The greeting will be at 10:30, the service at 11 a.m.

Magda Mary Hull

Magda Mary Hull, a former 36-year resident of Scarsdale, died peacefully at her home April 3. She was 101.

Trained in Berlin and at the Sorbonne in Paris, she was certified as a translator. A refugee from Nazi Germany, she worked in 1934 at the Club Heinrich Heine in Paris as a volunteer to help political refugees, married her husband, Max, in 1935, and emigrated with him to the United States in 1937.

She was eternally grateful to her adopted land for the opportunity to begin life again. As she said, “America took us in when no one else wanted us. I will never forget to be grateful.”

As her family described her, she was a devoted daughter, who, through a force of will and with the help of John Foster Dulles, Congressman Sol Blum, and Averill Harriman, managed to get her parents released from internment camps in Vichy France. A supportive wife and caring mother, she instilled her unfailing optimism and a sense of humor in her children. Always concerned about those less fortunate, she tutored disadvantaged children, volunteered at the Institute for International Education, and worked on behalf of Selfhelp, an organization dedicated to the “last surviving relative to all victims of Nazi persecution” that was created in 1936 to help émigrés fleeing Nazi persecution find new lives in America. As a Selfhelp volunteer, she often visited refugees much younger than she and annually provided for the transportation of refugees to a benefit concert.

Predeceased by her husband, Max, she is survived by her children, Roger H. Hull and Cathy M. Hull, son-in-law Neil Janovic, three grandchildren, Roberto F. Hull, Lincoln M. Hull and Julie Janovic Brooks, and two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Harrison Brooks.

Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Max Moretti

Max Moretti, a longtime resident of Scarsdale, died peacefully at home March 31 surrounded by family and friends. He was 86. 

Mr. Moretti grew up in Bensonhurst, the son of Italian immigrants. After graduating from high school in 1944, he enlisted in the army and fought on the front lines in Germany as part of the glider unit of the 17th Airborne. After occupation duty he attended Wagner College on the GI Bill and always expressed his gratitude to the U.S. government for this education. He obtained a master’s degree in political science from St. John's University and became a teacher. He spent his entire career at Isaac Young Middle School in New Rochelle, first teaching social studies and then as an administrator.
In 1956 he married Gertrude Levinger. They moved to Scarsdale where they lived in the same Edgewood home for over 50 years. In his retirement he loved acting on stage as well as helping backstage with the Greenville Community Theater. He also greatly enjoyed traveling, especially annual trips to Key West, Fla., where his friendly demeanor earned him the title of “Mayor” at his timeshare resort. He loved to read and have dinners out with family and friends. 

He was predeceased by his wife and by his sister Mary to whom he was very devoted and whose children and their families were always a great joy to him, his family said.

He is survived by two sons, Michael (Anne Dowd), Dan (Mary Beth Evans); two daughters, Nicole (Jon Ungar) and Amanda (Greg Lee), nine grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families on both coasts.

“He will be very much missed,” his family said.

Philanthropist Janet Jaffin, a ‘second century woman,’ has died


Janet Jaffin, wife of the late attorney and philanthropist George Jaffin, died peacefully at the Hospice of the White Plains Hospital on Wednesday, March 27, after suffering a massive stroke. She would have reached 105 years of age on May 21.

In a story about Jaffin and her 100th birthday she was quoted as saying, “The one thing I would always advise is to have an optimistic attitude. Most important!”

She practiced what she preached, going full steam ahead on her planning for her 105th birthday party: the date was reserved at her club, the menu was chosen and the guest list made up. 

Everything else she ever undertook was approached with the same deliberately positive attitude. All through her life, you find the same forward-looking bent running like a network of proscribed philosophy for living. Recently, after eye operations, she was heard to say, “After my eyes are fixed, then I’ll take care of my ears.” Her will to live was indomitable. 

Mrs. Jaffin grew up in New York City as the seventh child of immigrant parents, eventually marrying George Jaffin, a childhood friend. In Scarsdale, they owned a home on Oak Lane and lived there for 60 years with their family of three children: Lois, Doris and David. They were both extremely philanthropic, donating the Jaffin Reading Room to the Scarsdale Library among many other gifts. Their house was sold and Janet moved to an apartment at 50 Popham Road after her husband died.

Mrs. Jaffin came to earn the admiration, respect and affection of her fellow residents. She responded by inviting all the residents of her building to a luncheon at her club.

Mrs. Jaffin’s large family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all attended her last rites: her son David and his wife Rosemary from Germany; her daughter Doris Greenberg from Chappaqua with her three sons, Jonathan, Walter and Matthew (from California); her daughter Lois Levine, from Brooklyn Heights, with her three children, Daniella and her husband Dr. Robert Cava with two of Janet’s great-grandchildren, Eliza and Teddy; Lois’s son, Carl Levine, with his wife Helen and another great-grandchild, Chloe, and Julie, Lois’s daughter. Mrs. Jaffin’s niece Nina and her husband, Norman Danielson came from Harwich, Mass. Carmen Martinez, Mrs. Jaffin’s aide of 10 years, was also at the service.

David, a retired Lutheran minister from Munich, Germany, also has two sons, Andreas and Raphael, who gave Mrs. Jaffin two more great-grandchildren, Aron and Amelia. 

She had a wide circle of friends from her bridge group, Temple Kol Ami, the Metropolis Club and other associations.

As her son David said, most important was “the unconditional love she extended to me and others.”

Lothar Simon

Lothar Simon died March 12 at White Plains Hospital. He was 74.

Mr. Simon was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Wuppertal, Germany. A resident of Scarsdale since 1977, Mr. Simon had a long career in book publishing. After finishing school in Germany, he worked in London at Foyle’s, then the world’s biggest bookstore. He emigrated to the United States in 1961 and worked at several bookstores in Washington, D.C. He moved to New York in 1966 to become sales manager at Humanities Press and later was hired by Longman Group Ltd. to launch their American subsidiary, a company he served as president since 1973. After 10 years, he decided to build up his own firm, Sheridan House Inc., which he ran with his wife Jeannine until 2011 in Dobbs Ferry.

He was a lifelong Democrat and a member of the Scarsdale Town Club.

Mr. Simon is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jeannine Simon, and his son, Charles Simon.

A memorial visitation will take place Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes, 824 Scarsdale Ave. in Scarsdale.

Arthur Gene Krohn, M.D.

Arthur Gene Krohn, M.D., of Scarsdale died peacefully March 12 of cancer. He was 74.

He was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Manhattan Beach. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his medical degree from Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse. He did his surgical and urological training at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he later practiced and was an assistant professor. Dr. Krohn was also Fellowship trained at the University of Colorado where he worked with the kidney transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl and published seminal research on kidney physiology.

In 1976, he moved to Scarsdale and joined a practice in White Plains. He served as chairman of the urology department at White Plains Hospital.

He was also an accomplished pianist, skier, sailor, collector and woodworker. Later in life he and his family enjoyed summers in East Hampton where he windsurfed avidly and tended his gardens.

He is survived by Esther, his wife of 43 years, daughter Lauren, son Maxwell, daughter-in-law Sarah and his mother, Ruth Krohn.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Riverside Chapel in Mount Vernon. The family requests donations to White Plains Hospital in lieu of flowers.

S.G. Ruderman

S.G. (Rudy) Ruderman died unexpectedly March 9 at his home in Scarsdale, where he had lived for 45 years. He was 86.

A lifelong New York-area newsman in print, radio and TV, Mr. Ruderman worked at Voice of America, BusinessWeek, NBC and The Wall St. Journal Radio, among other news organizations. At WNEW radio in the 1970s and ’80s, he was a news and financial reporter, news editor and even part-time Broadway theater critic whose voice was well known to listeners in the New York City metropolitan area and later nationally as a syndicated financial news reporter. He was among the first broadcast reporters to be accepted into the New York Financial Writers Association.

The Inquirer was Mr. Ruderman’s “favorite hometown newspaper” and he enjoyed writing letters to the editor and the occasional humorous column using movie titles.

Born in the Bronx May 30, 1926, he served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant in the 8th Regiment, in Europe during World War ll, seeing combat duty in France and Germany.

He graduated from Antioch College and began graduate studies at Yale University.

His 50-year marriage to Anne Tully Ruderman, a psychotherapist, ended with her death in 1998.

Mr. Ruderman was known for his genuine warmth and kindness, encyclopedic knowledge, love of language, words, puns and puzzles, plus his sharp wit and ever-present sense of humor. He was always the first to find the bright spot and a light touch, even in the most trying circumstances, his family said.

He is survived by his sister, Anita Somers of Brewster, N.Y.; sons Jim and Dan of Larchmont, N.Y., and Great Barrington, Mass., respectively; and four grandchildren.

Private memorial services will be announced by the family.

Emily Shield Barrett

A celebration of the life of Emily Shield Barrett, formerly of Scarsdale, will be held at the Yale Club in New York City on April 27; a reception will follow. Mrs. Barrett died Jan. 3 in Hartford, Conn., following a short illness. Those planning to attend are requested to notify her son David Barrett by April 1 at or (860) 539-7275.

Lollo Meyer

Lollo Meyer, a 50-year resident of Edgemont, died Friday, Feb. 22, three months before her 100th birthday, at the Osborn in Rye.

A painter and ceramicist, Mrs. Meyer was born in Vienna on May 28, 1913, to Lily (Freund) and Robert Offer, a doctor. Her given name was Lise Lotte Lucie Charlotte Offer. It had so many l’s and o’s that she was forever known as Lollo.

She attended art school in Vienna and in Frankfurt, Germany, before coming to the United States in 1939. After studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Quaker scholarship, she moved to Manhattan, where she designed textiles, wallpaper and jewelry.

In 1943, she married Charles A. Meyer, a shipbroker who had been the youngest judge in pre-Nazi Germany. They moved to Edgemont in 1951 with their daughter, Pucci. 

As a longtime member of the Westchester Art Workshop in White Plains, Mrs. Meyer studied painting with Archie Rand and, most recently, with David Fox. Her work, mostly large abstracts, hangs in private collections in the United States, Europe and Mexico. Her last painting appeared in an article in The New York Times’s Home section Thursday, Feb. 21, a day before she died.

Wherever she went, Lollo Meyer didn’t go quietly, her family said. She was witty and irreverent, famously outspoken and passionate about art, music and her wide circle of friends and family. At her 90th birthday party, her friend Nola Deutsch of Mamaroneck said, “Lollo is a force of nature!” Well into her 90s, she was still attending museum exhibits in Manhattan and concerts at the Neuberger. A diehard chamber music groupie, she made her final summer pilgrimage to the Marlboro music festival in Vermont in 2011. Last month, her book club members met at her apartment at the Osborn, where they discussed “The Canterbury Tales.”

As her good friend Ruth Stein of Scarsdale said of Mrs. Meyer, “We will never see another one like her come along.”  

The family expressed its immense gratitude to Mrs. Meyer’s great friend and cardiologist Dr. Monica Reynolds, to her oncologist Dr. Anne Moore, her “help-I’ve-fallen-and-broken-my-femur-again” orthopedist Dr. Robert Small, and to Dr. Carl Weber. 

Mrs. Meyer’s husband died in 1993. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her stepson, Thomas (Nancy) Meyer and her son-in-law Michael V. McGill, superintendent of the Scarsdale schools. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Dr. Karrie Allen of Worcester, Mass., Keith (Betsy) Meyer of Saratoga, N.Y., Rusty Madison Meyer of Los Angeles, Erin McGill (Michael Gustke) of Manhattan, David McGill (Cara) of Long Island, and great-grandchildren Brandon (April Yi), Amanda and Todd Meyer; Maxwell, Jackson and Caroline McGill and Carla, Kerry-Ann and Tichina Mitchell.

A party in celebration of Mrs. Meyer will be held in May.

Carol Dray-Silkowitz

Carol Dray-Silkowitz of Scarsdale died peacefully at her home on Feb. 25. She was 59. Ms. Dray-Silkowitz succumbed to stage IV pancreatic cancer after battling the disease for more than 10 years. She was an inspiration to the doctors and other patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, as her desire to fight the disease was unparalleled, her family said.

Ms. Dray-Silkowitz was born Oct. 5, 1953, in New York, N.Y., and raised in the Bronx. She relocated her family to Scarsdale after her children were born.

Ms. Dray-Silkowitz obtained her undergraduate degree and master’s in social work from New York University, graduating both with honors.

She began a 28-year career as a senior United States probation and parole officer in the Southern District of New York, retiring in 2005.

Ms. Dray-Silkowitz lived for many years in Scarsdale and was active as a community volunteer and in charity work. She had many interests, among them, attending her daughters’ numerous sports activities. She loved animals, music of all types and attending concerts.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jaclyn and Kaitlin.

“Carol was a special person who was loved and cherished by many. Her passion for life was infectious,” her family said.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Lustgarten Foundation to Cure Pancreatic Cancer, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714, (866) 789-1000.

A wake will be held Monday, March 4, at McMahon, Lyon, & Hartnett Funeral Home, 491 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Visiting hours are 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held Tuesday, March 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Bartholomew's Church, 82 Prospect St., White Plains. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Ave., Hawthorne.

Paula St. Claire

Paula St. Claire, a longtime resident of Scarsdale and Manhattan, died March 4. She was 53.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Ms. St. Claire was a designer, artist and children’s book illustrator.

Her career included work at Bendel’s and the House of Chanel. Her etchings are in the collections of major galleries and private collections in the United States and Europe.

She is survived by two daughters, Dominique and Marie Louttit of Geneva, Switzerland; sister Ann Louttit of Scarsdale and Manhattan; and brother Robert Louttit of Lafayette, Calif.

“Those of us who knew her will miss her artwork and her sense of humor,” her family said.

Emily Shield Barrett

Emily Shield Barrett of Hartford, Conn., and formerly of Scarsdale, died Jan. 3 following a short illness. She was 93.

Mrs. Barrett grew up in New York City. She received her bachelor of arts at the University of Chicago. She lived with her first husband, Alexander Morin, in Washington, D.C., Boston and Nashville, teaching in a nursery school and starting a family. After his death, in 1950, she married Reginald Barrett and returned to Washington, D.C., where he was a diplomat in the British Embassy. In 1960, Mr. Barrett took a position with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the family moved to Scarsdale.

Later, Mrs. Barrett was a New York City elementary school teacher, retiring in 1986. She lived in Scarsdale, first on Popham Road and then on Garth Road, from 1960 to 2008. In 2010, after 18 months at an apartment in White Plains, Mrs. Barrett moved to Avery Heights Retirement Community in Hartford, Conn.

Mrs. Barrett was a dedicated reader, especially current events, and she enjoyed political discussions. She loved the arts — music, theater and museums; often she took members of her family to exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and performances at Lincoln Center. These trips were a joy to her, her family said.

She supported numerous charities, many of them dedicated to the preservation of the environment and promotion of equal justice for all. She also was a lover of animals, notably cats, and their protection and welfare. Mrs. Barrett had the special ability to welcome people of all ages, nationalities and views into her life, enriching all that knew her.

Her family said that friends turned to her for advice and wisdom. She was a generous, caring person, according to her family.

Mrs. Barrett was predeceased by her husbands. She is survived by a son David Barrett (and wife Jill) of Hartford, Conn.; four daughters: Elizabeth Tilling (and husband Ian) of Washington, Great Britain; Katherine Hoyt (and husband William) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Janet Fierman (and husband Eugene) of Brookline, Mass.; and Mary Barrett (and husband Jeffrey Arndt) of Sitka, Alaska. Also surviving are grandchildren Stefano and Akane Merlo of New York, N.Y.; Michael and Carrie Merlo of New York, N.Y.; Daniel Fierman and Krista Stroever of Los Angeles, Calif.; Matthew Fierman and Lisa Wittenhagen of Waltham, Mass.; Elizabeth Fierman and Roberto Illanes of Valparaiso, Chile; Ian and Sara Barrett of Fort Collins, Colo.; Christopher Barrett of Hartford, Conn.; and Philip Barrett of Miami, Fla.; and great-grandchildren Theodore and Nora Fierman, Aiden and Nico Merlo and Oliver Fierman.

Donations in Mrs. Barrett’s name may be made to the UNICEF organization ( or a charity of the donor’s choice.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Yale Club in New York City on April 27; a reception will follow. Those planning to attend are requested to notify David Barrett by April 1 at HYPERLINK "" or (860) 539-7275.

Scarsdale Bowl winner Dr. Kenneth Winfred Thompson, 91, has died


Dr. Kenneth Winfred Thompson, scholar, academic and an expert on international relations in the “political realism” tradition, died Feb. 2 of pneumonia at Martha Jefferson House in Charlottesville, Va. He was 91.

During his years in Scarsdale from 1955 to 1975, Dr. Thompson, dedicated to community service, was a member of the Scarsdale Board of Education from 1962 to 1965 and served as its president from 1965 to 1968. He received Scarsdale’s highest honor, the Scarsdale Bowl Award, in 1972.

His eloquent and lofty acceptance speech at the dinner held at the Westchester Country Club, in which he quoted Harvard psychologist Erik Erikson, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, Abraham Lincoln and heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier, was described as “the finest and most meaningful speech ever heard on such an occasion.”

“If in this process we give something to Scarsdale, Scarsdale at its best gives far more in return,” Dr. Thompson said in his speech. “For Scarsdale is the social laboratory in which each of us can test his or her capacity for doing what is right without falling prey to mankind’s persistent blindness and self-righteousness. The local community is one of the few remaining arenas for direct involvement in behalf of others — but also for ourselves in the pursuit of self-respect and human dignity — qualities which call for a union of thought and action with some reasonable prospect of leaving our mark. I believe Scarsdale affords natural and lifelike outlets (not contrived ones of exaggerated self-indulgence) for attaining human dignity while holding self-pride and a sense of superiority in check. It is one thing to profess in intimate little groups how much we love and want to serve one another; it is something else to test that commitment on the anvil of social practice.”

Dr. Thompson’s distinguished service to the community also included governor at large and member of the Education Committee of the Town Club, serving on the board of the Scarsdale Foundation, as chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Scarsdale Teachers Institute and founder of the Friends of the Institute. He also served on the board of the Scarsdale-Hartsdale United Nations Association, as a member of the School Board Nominating Committee, on the board of the Scarsdale Family Counseling Service, on the Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Association, as Boy Scout committeeman of Troop 3, with the Scarsdale Dad’s Club, as a Heathcote PTA officer, on the boards of Scarsdale Fair Housing, Music for Westchester, and on the East Scarsdale Association Zoning Committee, as a Democratic Party committeeman and Democratic Town Club member, on the Scarsdale Adult School program committee, as a trustee of Scarsdale National Bank and on various boards of the Scarsdale Congregational Church.

After leaving Scarsdale Dr. Thompson led the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs, a nonpartisan institute for the study of the presidency, public policy and governance, from 1978 until his retirement in 1998.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, to the Rev. Thor Thompson and Agnes Rorbeck (Thompson), Dr. Thompson graduated from Augustana College in 1943. After serving during World War II in the U.S. Army Infantry and in counterintelligence (1943-46), he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He also was awarded numerous honorary degrees and awards from universities including the University of Notre Dame (LL.D.), Bowdoin College (LL.D.), University of Denver (LL.D.) and Augustana College (LL.D.) and others.  

He began his career teaching at the University of Chicago and then moved to Northwestern University where he also served as the chairman of the International Relations Committee. Between 1953 and 1974, Dr. Thompson worked for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, ultimately becoming vice president of international programs. He was director of the Twelve Donor Agency Review of Higher Education in Africa, Asia and Latin America (1974-75) also serving as a director at the International Council for Educational Development.

He resumed his teaching career at the University of Virginia, as Commonwealth Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, 1975-78, and as White Burkett Miller Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs beginning in 1978. In addition to teaching, he became director of the Miller Center.

During this time, he and the center advanced the understanding of the American presidency. Dr. Thompson helped to organize eight national commissions on topics such as presidential disability and selection of federal judges. He edited or wrote dozens of center books during his tenure. Dr. Thompson believed educational institutions could advance civic understanding both inside and outside the classroom. He organized biweekly forums where scholars, top officials (including Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter), and journalists shared their ideas with the public. Under Dr. Thompson’s guidance, the Miller Center grew to national prominence. After retiring in 1998, he continued to lead forums until 2004. The Kenneth W. Thompson East Wing of the Miller Center was named in his honor.

Dr. Thompson, a prolific author, enriched the world’s understanding of international affairs, moral issues between and within nations, and the American presidency. Some of the more than 30 books he wrote are: “Principles and Problems of International Politics: Selected Readings,” with Hans Morgenthau; “Political Realism and the Crisis of World Politics: An American Approach to Foreign Policy”; “The Moral Issue in Statecraft; Interpreters and Critics of the Cold War”; “Morality and Foreign Policy”; “Cold War Theories”; “Toynbee’s World Politics and History, Traditions and Values in Politics and Diplomacy”; and “Schools of Thought in International Relations: Interpreters, Issues, and Morality.” He has also edited numerous volumes and articles including Politics Among Nations.

He was a longtime member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Century Association and many learned and professional organizations. He was also a recipient of dozens of commendations and recognitions during his lifetime, both domestically and internationally.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Lucile (Betty) Bergquist, and survived by their three sons: Kenneth (Jackie) of Fairfax, Va., Paul (Jeannie) of New York City, James D. (Pamela) of Rochester. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Courtney, Kiersten, James Jr. and Paulette.

He was predeceased by his wife of 24 years, Beverly B. Cordry, who died in 1998, and is survived by his stepdaughter Carolyn C. Cordrey of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dr. Thompson enriched the lives of his family, his students, his friends and the world, his family said. He often quoted Reinhold Niebuhr’s serenity prayer: “God grant me the wisdom to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

A private family service will be held. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a future date. Donations may be sent in his memory to the Miller Center of Public Affairs, Attn: Kenneth Thompson Forum Fund, Office of Development, PO Box 400807, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4807.

J. Allen Chao

J. Allen Chao, “Allen,” died Feb. 6.

Born in 1961, Mr. Chao was the son of Samuel Chao, formerly the executive officer of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations, of White Plains, and Dr. Adelaida F. Santos-Chao of Edgemont.

A longtime field officer of several missions of the United Nations in Asia and Africa, Mr. Chao took forward the UN's peacekeeping, bridge and nation-building activities in areas and nations riven by civil strife, including Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Western Sahara, Somalia, Ivory Coast and most recently, Liberia.

A graduate of New York University and Edgemont High School, Mr. Chao married Kit Yu Amanda Li of Hong Kong, China, last week in Las Vegas, Nev.

He is also survived by his brothers, David (Marianne) and Mark of Edgemont, and sister Rowena (Christopher Giattino) Chao of Garth Road.

A viewing will take place at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes located at 824 Scarsdale Ave. in Scarsdale, on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 to 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, 3 Strathmore Road, at 10 a.m. and receiving of friends at the home of David and Marianne Chao, 315 Clayton Road, Edgemont, at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, follow the link to make a contribution on behalf of Allen Chao toward the United Nations Development Programme’s efforts to combat malaria and other diseases.

Jane Grunbaum Falk

Jane Grunbaum Falk, a resident of Scarsdale for 65 years, born in Seattle, died peacefully at home on Feb. 1, one month after her 105th birthday.

She moved to New York City as a young bride in the 1930s when she married her husband David, enthusiastically taking in the big city in all its diversity. Her lifelong passion for dance and her love of children led her to teach and run dance programs first in Seattle and then in New York.

Her kindness, generosity, sense of humor and energetic love of life were an inspiration to everyone who knew her, her family said. She loved travel – seeing the world and embracing new experiences.

“She was an exceptional, always loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to so many. Jane will always be loved and remembered by her devoted family.”

She is survived by her sons Robert and John, and her daughters-in-law Bobbie and Margee; her six grandchildren, Lisa Leibowitz (Larry), Julie Paget (Adam), Lee Solomon (Heather), Kathy DeWitt (Jeremy), David Falk (Jenn) and Heather Falk; and great-grandchildren, Maia, Ben, Brian, Cassidy, Rachel, Dillon, Jack, Oscar, Lucia and Isak.

“We will always be grateful to her gentle and loving caregivers who were there for her until the end, Jaqui, Dee, Diana, Delfy and Claudia,” her family said.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jane and David Falk ESL Scholarships at Westchester Community College and Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam Inc.

Warren Heilbron

Warren Heilbron died peacefully at home on Feb. 5. He was 92.

He was born in New York City on April 14, 1920. Mr. Heilbron was a member of the Scarsdale High School class of 1937 and the Cornell University class of 1941. He also was a founder and trustee of the Scarsdale High School Alumni Association.

Mr. Heilbron spent 39 months in the Philippines during World War ll. He was a medic in a Mash Unit.

He was an active commodity trader and served for many years as president of Alan Grant Inc., Produce Unitrade & Co., and the Rubber Trade Association.

He spent a lot of time on the courts, tennis and paddleball and enjoyed bridge and any sporting event. 

He is survived by his wife Jane, son Alan (Kerry Malawista), daughter Gail (Edgar Steinitz), and grandchildren Lauren and Erica Steinitz, and David and Peter Heilbron, and Anna Malawista. 

“He will be sorely missed by all,” his family said.

Services will be held at Congregation Emanuel of Westchester in Rye at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m., on Feb. 8 at Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

J. Allen Chao

J. Allen Chao, “Allen,” died Feb. 6. Born in 1961, Mr. Chao was the son of Samuel Chao, formerly the executive officer of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations, of White Plains, and Dr. Adelaida F. Santos-Chao of Edgemont.

A longtime field officer of several missions of the United Nations in Asia and Africa, Mr. Chao took forward the UN's peacekeeping, bridge and nation-building activities in areas and nations riven by civil strife, including Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Western Sahara, Somalia, Ivory Coast and most recently, Liberia.

A graduate of New York University and Edgemont High School, Mr. Chao married Kit Yu Amanda Li of Hong Kong, China, last week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He is also survived by his brothers, David (Marianne) and Mark of Edgemont, and sister Rowena (Christopher Giattino) Chao of Garth Road.

A viewing will take place at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes located at 824 Scarsdale Ave. in Scarsdale, on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, 3 Strathmore Road, at 10 a.m. Friends will be received at the home of David and Marianne Chao, 315 Clayton Road, Edgemont, at 11:30 a.m.

Salvatore A. Cerni

Salvatore A. Cerni, a Scarsdale resident since 1965, died Jan. 22, after a brief illness. He was 83.

Mr. Cerni was born in 1929 to Philomena and Joseph Cernigliaro of New York City. He graduated LaSalle Academy and received a B.S. and M.A. from Fordham University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and the Reserves for 24 years. He enjoyed a 32-year career with IBM and was an active parishioner at Saint Pius X Church for 48 years.

His wife of 54 years, Terese (nee McCabe) Cerni of Scarsdale and his daughters, Claire A. Cerni of New York City and Janet E. Cerni of Richmond, Calif., survive him as well as his brother, Joseph Cerni (Dolores), and his sister-in-law, Adrienne Cernigliaro. He was predeceased by his brother, George. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends.

His daughter Janet said, “In his 24 years of retirement, he became a great chef and culinary critic. He ran his very own ‘meals on wheels’ for neighbors and relatives who faced illness or heartbreak. Sal was also known for uniting family members far and wide, watching out for neighbors on Nelson Road, devouring New York’s sports teams in all seasons.” 

A wake was held at Edward L. Bennett Funeral Home on Jan. 25 and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 26 by Father Sebastian Bacatan at Saint Pius X Church. Interment is planned at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla. Donations in Mr. Cerni’s memory may be made to the RJM Haiti Fund, 821 Varnum St. NE, 225, Washington, D.C. 20001; The Ursuline School of New Rochelle, 1354 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804; Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Claudia Whitney Krogh

Claudia Whitney Krogh, a dedicated horticulturalist and active community volunteer, died on Jan. 20 in Yonkers. She and her late husband of almost 69 years, James Paulsen Krogh, lived in Hartsdale for more than 60 years prior to their move to an assisted living facility in Ardsley in October 2011. Mr. Krogh died in November 2012.

Claudia Whitney was born in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1918. She graduated from the Brearley School in New York City, Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Conn., and the Ambler School of Horticulture in 1939. She and Mr. Krogh were married in 1943. Aside from brief stints in a defense plant and as a bookkeeper during World War II, her interest in horticulture and landscape design were reflected in the work she pursued for the next three decades as well as the sumptuous flower gardens surrounding their Victorian home in Hartsdale. 

For 20 years, while raising her three children, she represented a Dutch flower bulb grower. She later sold real estate and worked as a guide at the Sleepy Hollow Restoration in Tarrytown. More recently, for almost the last 25 years before their move to Ardsley, Mrs. Krogh assisted her husband in running their Hartsdale home as a bed and breakfast, dubbed the “Krogh’s Nest.” They also enjoyed travel, often staying at other bed and breakfast homes to compare services and rates.

Mrs. Krogh pursued numerous civic and volunteer activities, including the League of Women Voters, assisting her children’s Cub Scout and Brownie groups, fundraising for various charities, and serving as chairman of her local PTA, Red Cross and garden club and as an alumna board member of Wykeham Rise. She also was a longtime volunteer at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, including, as hospitality chairman and the arranging of receptions following concerts. She had a lifelong interest in genealogy and spent countless hours researching her family history.

Mrs. Krogh is survived by her three children, Frank Krogh of Arlington, Va., Claudia Krogh Wald of Yonkers, and James P. Krogh Jr. of White Plains, four grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

A celebration of her life will be held at Atria Woodlands Senior Living, 1015 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, at 2 p.m. on Feb. 16. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Carol Ann Hegarty

Carol Ann Hegarty died Jan. 16 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 69.

Mrs. Hegarty was born Dec. 25, 1943 in the Bronx to Richard and Elizabeth Meyer Masterson.

Mrs. Hegarty was a teacher’s aide for the Greenacres Elementary School for over 20 years. She retired in 2009.

“All the teachers loved to have her in their classrooms,” said kindergarten teacher Deb Krisanda. “She was a great friend to the children, their families and the teachers. She took initiative, was collaborative and was very perceptive about the kids, their needs and how to help them. She was very popular in the school community.”

Mrs. Hegarty is survived by her husband John P. Hegarty and her two sons, John and Christopher Hegarty. She was the sister of Patricia and Donald Masterson. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Masterson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Elana Rabban, SHS librarian

Elana Rabban died at her home in New York City on Jan. 3. She was 90.

Mrs. Rabban, a resident of Scarsdale from 1957-2003, was a librarian for the Scarsdale School system from 1958 until her retirement in 1994. She began her career at the Edgewood Elementary School and was later appointed head librarian at Scarsdale High School and supervisor of all libraries in the school district. During her tenure at the high school, she oversaw the introduction of computers to the library and opened the library for use by students in the evening. She also spearheaded a series of community poetry readings and talks by well-known figures in the worlds of literature, journalism and publishing.

Mrs. Rabban was active in the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable (IFRT) of the American Library Association and was a frequent participant at meetings of the International Federation of Library Associations. Throughout her career, she was committed to the unfettered use of libraries and to the principles of intellectual freedom.

“I was a student at Edgewood School as well as the Scarsdale High School and remember Mrs. Rabban, as we called her, very well. She was kind, caring and always loving towards all the children. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, both young and old,” said Alison Williams Pinsley on

She was predeceased by Meyer, her husband of 61 years. She is survived by her children, David, Miriam and Jessica, Jessica's husband Matthew Schofield, and their children Rebecca and Benjamin.

Donations in the memory of Elana Rabban may be made to the American Library Association-IFRT and sent c/o Shumeca Pickett, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.

Ellen L. Frantz

Ellen L. Frantz of Scarsdale died Thursday, Dec. 20 with her family at her side. She was 70. Mrs. Frantz taught kindergarten for 41 years, mostly at the Greenacres School.

Her husband Steven was the principal of Fox Meadow Elementary School until his retirement in 2006. The couple met while they were both teaching at Edgewood Elementary School.

“Ellen Frantz taught kindergarten at Greenacres for several decades,” said Greenacres principal Gerry Young. “She was an institution here, in some instances teaching the children of students she had taught years ago. For many, she was their introduction to school. She was dedicated to her students and provided an educationally sound beginning to the academic world.”

Mrs. Frantz, daughter of Garnett and Madeline Schell, was born May 18, 1942, in Trenton, N.J.

In addition to her husband of 43 years, and daughter Amber (Jeff) Frantz-Rago, she is survived by her sisters Mary (Dick) Augsbach of Airmont, N.Y., and Joan (Bert) Mount of Birmingham, Mich., as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews and their families.

She was a member of Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale and the Education Forum (TVCC) of Scarsdale. She was an avid reader and advocate for environmental causes and animal welfare.

A funeral service for family was held Dec. 28 in the chapel at Ascension Cemetery, Airmont.

A memorial/celebration is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. at the Fox Meadow Tennis Club, 14 Wayside Lane. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741.

Charles I. Petschek

Charles I. Petschek of Scarsdale died Jan. 7. He was 90.

Born in Berlin on April 25, 1922, the son of Czech parents, Charles and Josefa, he attended the College Français in Berlin and the Rosenberg School in St. Gallen, Switzerland, graduating with an Oxford School Certificate. He then earned first class honors in economics from Cambridge University during his year there. In 1944 he graduated with honors from the Stevens Institute of Technology, later receiving an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater. Joining the U.S. Navy during World War ll, he taught courses to incoming naval officers. After graduating from the Harvard Business School in 1948, he joined the staff of the school in the field of finance. Following positions at Shell Oil, Freeport Sulfur, Bear Stearns and Kuhn Loeb, he established his own firm, Charles I. Petschek Investments. He served on the boards of the Harvard Club of New York, Sunningdale Country Club and the Harmonie Club of New York. He was president of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and a board member of the American Jewish Committee, UJA-Federation, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Opera, the American Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science, the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Foreign Policy Association and the Montefiore Medical Center, and was president of the Scarsdale Heathcote Association and vice president of Congregation Kol Ami of White Plains, where he was a member for over 57 years. He was also benefactor of the Juilliard School, Caramoor, the Westchester Philharmonic, the Beethoven Society of Bonn, Germany, and the Terezin Memorial Museum, among others.  

Mr. Petschek is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elaine, “the love of his life,” and his children, Carol (Martin), Nancy (Stephen), Jill (Joe) and Jay (Marybeth). He was grandfather of Chloe, Marissa, Rebecca, Julia, David, Benjamin, Andrew and Laura. He was the brother of Thea, the late Max (Christine) and the late Thomas (Marie-Luise); brother-in-law to Beverly (and the late Bertram) and of Mimi (Bill).

He was the nephew of his late uncles William, Frank and Ernst. 

“Philanthropist, music lover, world traveler, he shared to the fullest the lives of his extended family and was a trusted and caring friend to many more,” his family said.

Funeral services were held at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains on Thursday, Jan. 10.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the donor’s favorite not-for-profit organization.

Eileen Bradley Sweeney

Eileen Bradley Sweeney of Sea Girt, N.J., died Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. She was 80.

She was born on Nov. 26, 1932, the daughter of Peter and Catherine Bradley. Mrs. Sweeney was a resident of Scarsdale for 30 years, prior to moving permanently to the Jersey Shore 16 years ago.

Mrs. Sweeney is survived by her husband of 56 years, John A. Sweeney and her four daughters, Mary Beth George, Kathy O’Halloran, Eileen Flagg, Megan Pacetti and 10 grandchildren. Her brother John Bradley also survives her.

“Eileen was an extraordinary wife, mother and grandma,” her family said. “She devoted her life to her family, and will be terribly missed. She will also be missed by her treasured friends up and down the East Coast, bridge partners, colleagues and patrons at the Sea Girt Library, where she volunteered.”

A celebration of her life and a funeral mass was held Jan. 7 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Sea Girt. Cremation was private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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