| Judith Kazis
We are sorry to inform
you that one of the long-time members of our
faculty, Ed Ouchi, passed away last Saturday,
October 4th, after a long illness. There will not be
any ceremony now, but there may be a Memorial
Service at Wheatley later in the year. If you wish to do
something, you may make a contribution to The EWTA
Scholarship Foundation in Ed's name. It may be sent
to Wheatley c/o Bob Bernstein and donations should
be in Ed's Name. Ed was a very special
person. Remember him in your prayers. Love.
Judith Kazis, of Rye, NY, and New York City, passed
away peacefully in her home on November 13, 2012
after a brief and valiant battle with cancer. Born
Judith Anne Berman in Manhattan, on March 28, 1941,
she moved to Roslyn Heights, New York, with her
family in 1950.
She attended the Wheatley School in Old Westbury,
and graduated from Bucknell University, where she
studied childhood education. Judy was a beloved and
loving wife to Earle W. Kazis, with whom she
recently celebrated their 49th Wedding Anniversary.
She was a devoted mother to Deborah Kazis and Keren
Phillips, and an adoring grandmother to Hannah,
Jordan, Naomi, and Samantha. She is also survived by
her brother Rick Berman together with his wife Liz
Berman, whom she loved dearly.
Judy volunteered at the Museum of Natural History,
teaching many students about the plight of the polar
bears and the rain forests. She was a member of the
organization "Women for Women", whose mission is
centered on the friendship of women as the roots to
understanding and peace. She was also an active
member of the B'nai Jeshrun Congregation in New York
City. She was always full of life and love and will
be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
This obituary appeared in The
New York Times on 11/15/12.
Posted January 11, 2013
December 3, 1914 to September 22, 2012. Beloved wife
of John Auerbach (deceased). Loving mother to Joan
and Robert. Proud grandmother of Jason and Shane.
Graduate of Hunter College, class of 1936. Resident
of Roslyn Heights, NY since 1947. Devoted teacher
to generations of students at The Wheatley School. Donations in her memory to EWTA Scholarship
Foundation, The Wheatley School, 11 Bacon Road, Old
Westbury, NY 11568. 516-333-1630.
Posted October 2, 2012
Malcolm Engoron, Wheatley '64
Malcolm Engoron, Class of 1964, died on Sunday,
8/5/12, after a long illness. He's missed by
brothers Arthur, 1967, Frank, 1970, and Danny and
Gerry 1973; niece Stacey, 2007, and nephews Eric,
2010, and Jack, 2016; and nieces and nephews Ian, Victoria, Aaron, and Ashley; and mother Edna.
This notice appeared in The New York Times, 8/7/12:
W., Jr. 65 years old, died August 5, 2012, after an
illness. Beloved wife of Elan Golomb. Dearest
brother of Arthur and Dawn, Frank and Ida, Daniel
and Sara, and Gerald and Diane. Loving son of Edna
and the late Malcolm W. Engoron, Sr. Graveside
services Wednesday (August 8, 20120) 1 pm at
Maimonides Cemetery, Elmont, NY.
August 8, 2012
William (Bill) Stevenson, Coach
STEVENSON - William R. of Bay Shore, NY, on March
16, 2012, at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Alma.
Loving father of William F., Guy (Jennifer), and
Matthew (Elizabeth). Proud grandfather of McCabe,
Atticus, Raif, Edith and Richard. Devoted brother of
Albert, Clarence and George. A 1955 graduate of
Cortland State. Bill taught physical education at
The Wheatley School and Nassau Community College, he
also loved coaching soccer, track and wrestling.
Reposing, Sunday 7-9 PM & Monday 2-4:30 & 7-9 PM
with a memorial service 8 PM at the Overton Funeral
Home, Inc., 172 Main St., Islip. Funeral services
Tuesday 11 AM, at the funeral home. Interment, Queen
of all Saints Cemetery, Central Islip, NY. In lieu
of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to
of your choice in
Visit Guest Book (available until 3/18/2013)
Posted March 2012
Memories of Coach Stevenson from Wheatley grad John
I was very saddened to hear of Coach Stevenson's
passing. He was a part of every aspect of my
education. Prior to my attending Hofstra, he again
was a part of my life at Nassau College. He taught
health at the college as well as being the soccer
coach. My mind's eye can only recall the gracious,
pleasant sharp-looking athlete that he was. May he
rest in peace. -- John (3/19/2012)
Wheatley grad Joe Iannotti remembers Coach
I just returned from Bill Stevenson's
"remembrance" and it was an extraordinary experience
for me. The turnout was enourmous...two people from
Wheatley...attended...Matt Sanzone and myself. The
outpouring of affection and love for the man came
from all levels and aspects of the community. He
touched the hearts of people from the local grocery
store clerk to presidents of universities. He was an
exceptional man, and I am lucky and honored to have
had him as my coach and to have been able to call
him my friend. He was like a second father to me,
and he taught me many things that carried me well
through life. (Under his tutelage, I amassed a
73-2-1 record wrestling at Wheatley.) My family and
I truly loved the man, and my family kept up the
friendship well past my college years. He will be
sorely missed, for he certainly touched many lives
during his 78 years here on Earth. -- Joe (3/19/12)
Wendy Weiss Clark, Wheatley '65
Wendy Weiss Clark of West Stockbridge (MA) died
December 19, 2011, after a long struggle with
leukemia. Born 10/10/47, Wendy grew up in Roslyn
Heights, NY, attended Antioch and Skidmore Colleges,
and received her MSW from the University of
Connecticut. She married Alan Clark in 1969 and
moved with him to the Berkshires in 1973. Wendy and
Alan adopted son Andy in 1979. Wendy had ived in
Berkshire County for the last 38 years, working at
Berkshire Community College, Ron Dyer Pottery,
Crosby's, Berkshire Children and Families, and most
recently at Berkshire Medical Center. She was an
avid and accomplished gardener, traveler, cook and
"loyal and loving friend."
Based on / excerpted from the obituary published in The Berkshire Eagle,
12/21/11. Posted 2/6/12.
James M. Pedowitz
Father of Dinah Pedowitz, Wheatley '67
Pedowitz's dad, James M. Pedowitz, passed away recently
(1/26/12) at his home is East Williston. He was a
pre-eminent title examination (i.e., land ownership
records) expert in the country. Brooklyn-born, he was
educated at NYU, where he graduated from law school in
1938. A WWII veteran, he married wife Mary, who survives
him, in 1945, in London, having met her shortly before
D-Day. James was a renowned real estate attorney whose
textbook Real Estate Titles is considered a
defining work on the subject. Visit WWW.IJMORRISHEMPSTEAD.COM to leave condolences for
Submitted by family. Posted 2/1/12
Robert Brian Myers, Wheatley '76
Robert Brian Myers, 53, died on January 8, 2012,
after suffering from cancer. He died peacefully
while in Hospice in Miami with his family by his
side. Robert was a gentle man, and an amazing father
who adored his children, as they adored him.
Robert graduated from Wheatley in 1976 and was the
son of Sidney Myers and the late Judy Myers; brother
of Jody Myers (class of 1973); father of Ryan and
Dylan Myers; and
uncle of Michael and Matthew McGuire.
Condolences can be sent to the family through
Robert's sister, Jody, at email@example.com.
Submitted by family. Posted 1/19/12.
Keith Alan Nielsen
1/12/57 – 12/15/11
A memorial service will take place on December 29,
2011 at 3:00 at: Temple B’nai Israel, 101 West Earle Avenue Easton, MD 21601
“In lieu of flowers, donations to
The Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society (or LLS) are greatly appreciated.
Please mail checks to: Earthtec Solutions, c/o
Barbara Carrita, 2079-B East Wheat Road, Vineland,
NJ 08361-2594. Or for credit card donations, please
use this link: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nj/sleephol12/gobarbgo."
supplied by a classmate and family.
Elizabeth ("Betty") O'Connor Bradley passed away
of natural causes on October 24, 2011. She died
at her home in Florida (having moved there from
Garden City), while in hospice care, surrounded
by her loved ones.
Betty's association with the East Williston
School District spanned approximately 50 years.
She taught fifth grade at The North Side School
in the 1950's; English at Wheatley; produced the
alumni newsletter Emeritus; and was
substituting and proctoring until just a few
The family has requested that donations In Honor
of Elizabeth O'Connor be sent:
Rubin Garfinkel, father of Helen Garfinkel
Lobel, Rhoda Garfinkel, and Judith Garfinkel,
passed away at 92 on January 30, 2011. He
was a successful man known for his
generosity and philanthropic work. Mr
Garfinkel was a founding member of The Long
Island Jewish Medical Center, and he
considered his work there as his proudest
achievement. The family would appreciate any
contributions in his memory to be made to
the North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical
Tucker Geery, Wheatley '73
Tucker Geery, Wheatley '73,
younger brother of Scott Geery, and a man who loved
surfing, passed away on 1/16/10, at 54 years of age.
His obituary appeared in the East Hampton Star. It was suggested that memorial contributions be sent
to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton
Beach 11978; Habitat for Humanity, 270 Peachtree
Street, N.W., Suite 1300, Atlanta 30303; and/or St.
Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, P.O. Box 5027,
George Krauss, Wheatley '67
Memorial service details:
4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
The Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, NY
Directions: Hutchinson River Pkwy
Exit for Mamaroneck Ave, toward White Plains
Just past Saxon Wood Pool and Park, left onto
Saxon Wood Rd
First left into Ethical Society driveway
The TWSAA extends heartfelt condolences to the
Received from Wilma Krauss, Wheatley '60, George's sister, September 25, 2009
David C. Hershcopf, 1974
David Hershcopf, Class 1974, died of a heart attack
on 7/29/09. He and his sisters, Shelley, 1968, and
Amy, 1972, lived at 23 Clover Lane, Roslyn Heights.
On Sunday afternoon, August 23, 2009, 2 p.m., at
Kehilla Community Synagogue, a service will be
held to remember David Hershcopf and to
celebrate his life. As a father, brother,
son, uncle and family person, as a friend, as a
colleague, as an artist and an extraordinary
teacher of art and mentor, and as a long-time
member of and activist in Kehilla, David
Hershcopf has left us all with an enormous
legacy that will remain.
This memorial and celebration is for all who
knew David and experienced his energy: his
family, Kehilla members, Bentley School
families, and all who were friends and
colleagues of David.
David is survived by his daughter Ariel, his
sister Shelley and her husband, Sam, his sister
Amy and her husband, Alan, his father Jack, and
his many nieces and nephews and cousins.
Nancy Bixhorn, Wheatley Math Teacher
On March 7, 2009, Newsday reported the death of longtime high school math
teacher Nancy Bixhorn at the age of 63, after months
of treatment for lung cancer. Nancy had taught math
at Wheatley for over 20 years prior to retiring in
2006. She was named Nassau County Senior High School
Teacher of the Year in 1986 and had been selected
Wheatley's Teacher of the Year earlier in her
Click here to read more in Newsday.
Reported in Newsday.
Ed Ouchi, English Department
Received 10/10/2008 -- Posted 10/12/08
John Gilbert "Cat" Davis
(Wheatley Coach, Phys. Ed.)
DAVIS - John Gilbert, "Jack",
"The Cat", of Baldwin on June 19, 2008. Devoted husband of
Margaret (nee McLaughlin) and the late Margaret (nee Laboria).
Beloved father of Candace Thompsette, Shelley and Glenn
Lavey, John and Kathleen Davis, James and Anne Davis,
Terence and Barbara Davis and Michael Davis. Beloved
step-father of Laura and Ken Ennis, James and Jackie Long,
Robert and Anne Long and Lynda and Tom Faherty. Dear
grandfather of 38 and great-grandfather of eight. Loving
brother of Ronald (Joan) and Dorothy Iorio (Gary). The
family will receive friends Saturday 7-9pm and Sunday 2-4
and 7-9pm at Cecere-Pensa Funeral Home, 2283 Grand Ave.,
Baldwin, N.Y. 11510. Funeral Mass Monday 9:45am at St.
Christopher's RC Church, Baldwin. Entombment St. Charles
Cemetery. Please visit www.cecerefamilyfunerals.com.
Published in Newsday on 6/21/2008. More from Newsday (6/24/2008):
Gilbert Davis, a physical education instructor for 30 years
at Wheatley High School in East Williston, died June 19 at
his Baldwin home of heart failure, according to his son Jay
Davis. He was 82.
The complete Newsday article can be viewed at:
Liliana Briefel, Wheatley Mother & Teacher
BRIEFEL - Liliana, beloved family member, teacher and author, died on Jan. 13,
2013. She was 91. Born in Italy, she received a degree in
chemistry from the University of Naples. She taught at the
Wheatley School in Old Westbury from 1973-1990. She is
survived by her husband, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 1
From notice in The New York Times, 1/23/13.
January 23, 2013
Gerard I. Nierenberg
Gerard I. Nierenberg, a
lawyer whose frustration
with the adversarial nature
of legal disputes led him to
develop methods of
negotiating that he promoted
in training seminars and
popular books, including
“The Art of Negotiating” and
“How to Read a Person Like a
Book,” died September 2012
in Manhattan. He was 89 and
father to sons Roy, Wheatley
'63, Roger, '65, and George,
Gerard I. Nierenberg, 89,
Expert in Negotiation -
Posted October 2, 2012
Mary Pedowitz, wife of James Pedowitz, mother of Dinah,
Wheatley '67, Lawrence, '65, and David, '75, passed away on
September 22, 2012.
Posted October 2, 2012
Husband of Carol Brunner Perry, Wheatley '65
many friends and family,
I am very
saddened to tell you that Ron passed away early this
morning. I was able to spend all day yesterday with
him, although he was not conscious. I think he could
hear me and I was able to hold his hand and talk to
him. As you all know, this has been expected for
quite a while, but I am devastated, in spite of my
attempts at preparation.
We were able to stay home together to the end, and
we were set up in our den with a beautiful view and
action on the bird feeders to amuse us. Ron was
spiritually strong and maintained his sense of
humor through his entire ordeal, but he is free of
all his ailments, for which I am grateful. He was
always strong in spite of what he had to endure.
miss him terribly, but have many wonderful memories
and photos to sustain me, and support from family
Ron's daughters were able to see him last week and
the beginning of this week, when he could still
speak with them. His last words to each was that he
loved them, and I hope they can hold those words in
their hearts during this very tough time. Caitlin
was able to drive up late last night and was able to
see her father at the end and be with me.
attaching a copy of Ron's obituary.
be cremated and we will hold a Remembrance Gathering
on May 3. I hope many of you will be able to join us
to share the memories.
tried to call many of you and will continue to try
to get through my list, but this email will reach
many more of you through cyberspace. I will be in
Massachusetts this weekend and might be able to be
reached by cell phone at 207-380-9737.
for all your kind words and thoughtful notes and
Forwarded by a classmate
Joseph Schwartz, Wheatley '79
Joseph succumbed to ALS after an almost 13-year
battle. He contracted pneumonia and it was too much
for his weakened lungs and body. He passed away
peacefully and without any pain.
His funeral is today at Oak Hill Cemetery in
Washington, DC. Memorial contributions may be made
to the ALS Association.
He is survived by his two sons, Elliott and
Jonathan, his parents, Faith and Harold Schwartz,
and his sister Barbara (also a Wheatley grad.) and
her husband Brad Bennett.
His parents' address is Faith and Harold Schwartz, 55 Hampshire Lane,
Boynton Beach, FL 33436, in case anyone wants to
send a note.
From family; submitted 3/4/08 by a classmate.
Pamela Boland (Class of '61) passed away on Feb. 17, 2008.
She had been living in West Virginia with her youngest son.
She had been in declining health for a number of years, but
her passing was sudden and a shock to all. On February 23,
she was laid to rest alongside her mother Eleanore Boland in
the Holy Mount Cemetery of Tuckahoe, New York.
Pam's proudest accomplishment was her family: five children,
sons Christopher, Darren, Sean Paul, Eli and middle child
and daughter Cassandra, who graced her with five
grandchildren and one additional one (a boy!) soon to
arrive, due date March 23, from Cassandra, her first. She
is also survived by her brothers Tom and Tim (Class of '67),
step-daughter Gail Domonski of New Hampshire, and son-in-law
Amad Mirzakhani of Nitro, West Virginia.
Influenced by the changing times of the 60's and 70's,
Pam departed the New York area in 1972, when she left behind
the metropolitan suburbs for the rural life of upstate
Maine, where she ran a general store with her husband Joseph
Domonski, and later owned a dairy farm. She eventually
relocated near Lima, West Virginia, where she resided on a
small 150 acre farm. In her early 40's, Pam returned to
school and obtained a nursing degree and practiced for a
period of time as an RN.
In her last years, she primarily shuttled amongst her
children living in Norfolk (Sean), West Virginia (Eli) and
Darren (Maine), nurturing her relationships with her
children and grandchildren.
Of a big Irish heart and a robust sense of humor, Pam lived
a full and complete life. A lifelong Liberal, we can
imagine her presently negotiating with the Good Lord for an
absentee ballot for this coming November's presidential
She will be dearly missed and remembered by all of those she
Any notes of condolences may be directed to her brother Tim
Reported by a family member
Received and posted 2/28/08
You are invited to a
"celebration of life" of Bob Unterman (Wheatley '72) on
Sunday, February 24, 2008, between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
by his brother Lee Unterman and his friend Susan Andersen.
The location is in Manhattan at Club Quarters, 40 West 45th
Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) and will be
followed by hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to the Oratorio Society of New York, Carnegie
Hall-Suite 504, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 www.oratoriosocietyofny.org
For questions or parking
information: (718) 852-5957. Or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reported by a classmate / Posted 2/12/08
Wendel R. Wendel
Wendel R. Wendel (Wheatley '65) of Longwood and Miami,
FL. passed away on December 21, 2007 of a rare brain
Wendel attended The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, NY
and graduated from Hofstra University cum laude in 1969
with a degree in production management and industrial
engineering. Always interested in design, he studied
briefly with R. Buckminster Fuller before starting his
first company, Dome East Inc., of Hicksville, NY in
1971. He was the holder of four United States patents
and two Canadian patents relating to inter-locking hub
and structural support designs. NASA tested his designs
for potential use on the International Space Station.
His various business ventures over the years resulted in
the design and fabrication of nearly 1,600 structures
worldwide, including signature projects in Turkey, Saudi
Arabia, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and the United
States. His architectural designs and systems were used
extensively in the hospitality, entertainment, and
transportation industries. Recent work in the Orlando
area includes elements of the Orlando Science Center and
Orlando's LYNX Central Station. In Miami, Wendel's
designs were used in numerous projects, including the
Fontainbleau Hotel and 500 Brickell Ave.
He was the son of the late Walter C. Wendel and is
survived by his mother, Elizabeth M. Wendel, currently
of Longwood, FL., and brother Clyde F. Wendel of Kansas
Published in Newsday,
Lance Manning, Wheatley 1977, who hosted a party for his classmates on 10/20/06,
suffered a stroke in or about June of 2007. His sister Lexine, 1972, has written us as follows:
If anyone wants to
forward a card of inspiration and encouragement to
Lance, please do so via sending to our parents as
follows: Dr. Lance Manning c/o Rose and Jim Manning 38 East Williston Ave, East Williston, NY 11596 He seems to be able to
hear what is being read to him now and even though
unable to speak, he is able to nod his head and
respond. When cards are read to him, he shows
appreciation and seems to understand the messages and
shows emotion......it is very moving. It was so nice to see
that so many people remember Lance and have fond
memories of High School together. Thank you all for your
well wishes. Warmly..........................................Lexine
and posted 7/31/07
Myron Nelkin (Newsday, 7/24/07)
Note: Myron Nelkin was the
father of MIndy Beth Nelkin, 1973, Cathy Nelkin Miller,
1976, and Henry Nelkin, and was the uncle of Michael Nelkin,
1969, and Barbara Nelkin Rose, 1974.
Myron Nelkin was the kind of man who could run a
million-dollar development company and still find time to
call his children daily, just to say "good morning." An
understated, private man, he was a second father to his
employees and a hero to his children.
Nelkin is credited with rebuilding and restoring the
unofficial landmark institution to prominence after he
purchased the property in 1978. He and his wife, Barbara,
moved into the hotel shortly after its opening in the early
1980s, making him a fixture there.
"He was the kind of dad that would wait up for me when I'd
come home from a date," said his daughter Mindy Beth Nelkin
of Old Westbury. "He used to drive me to school every day.
He was very present in my life."
Nelkin, perhaps best known as the owner of the historic
Garden City Hotel for nearly 30 years, died yesterday at
North Shore University Hospital. He was 82.
"He was a second father to most of us," said Brian
Rosenberg, the hotel's vice president of sales and
marketing, of the hotel's employees. "I've learned more from
him than anyone in this world."
Family and friends described Nelkin as a strong, driven man
who was also fun and impulsive, taking the family on road
trips to Vermont in his Corvette.
Rachael Schwartz, 22, of Manhattan, described her
grandfather as the "glue of the family."
"He came to every event, every show, every concert," she
said. "You just wanted to be around him and learn from him."
Nelkin was born in Brooklyn to Harry and Tillie Nelkin on
Jan. 5, 1925. He graduated with a business degree from
Columbia University in 1946 and, with his father, began
building single-family homes and apartments in Queens and on
Long Island during the post-WWII population explosion.
He married Barbara Norinsberg in 1952 and they raised their
three children, Cathy Nelkin Miller, Henry Nelkin and Mindy
Beth Nelkin, in Old Westbury.
Nelkin founded Fairhaven Properties Inc., Nelkin
Construction Corp. and Central Management. His company built
all of the Island's Fairhaven apartment complexes, the
Woodbury Gardens senior residence and the hotel.
State Sen. Dean Skelos (D-Rockville Centre) called Nelkin "a
friend and an honorable and honest business man."
The original Garden City Hotel, built in 1873, had been torn
down and rebuilt several times before Nelkin acquired the
land it stood on. Nelkin's company, FMC Management Corp.,
bought the empty 21 acres at Hempstead Plains on the eve of
its foreclosure. He rebuilt and opened the current 280-room,
nine-story hotel in 1983.
In addition to his wife and children, Nelkin is survived by
grandchildren Rachael, Jimmy, Johnny and Robbie; his
brother, William, and sister-in-law, Trudy.