Gerald Blake, of Chico, Calif., died on Sunday, May 31, 1998.
He was 74.
Mr. Blake was born in Boston on June 22, 1923, the son of Dr.
Gerald Blake of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Edna Malone Blake.
He was raised in Brookline and attended Brown and Nichols School. He spent
many happy summers in his parents' summer cottage in Sconset.
During World War II, Mr. Blake served in the Army Signal Corps
in Europe. After graduation from Harvard University in 1947, he moved to
New York, N.Y., where in 1954 he married Anne Bayard Williams at St. Mark's-in-the-Bouverie.
In 1960, Mr. Blake and his wife moved to Friendship, Maine, and
in 1961 their daughter Emily was born.
Mr. Blake did graduate work at the University of Maine in Orono
and at UCLA, then moving to Chico, where he taught history until his retirement
Mr. Blake is survived by his wife, Anne; his daughter, Emily;
three nephews, Gerald, Peter and James Storrow and a niece, Margaret Storrow.
Donations may be made in Mr. Blake's name to the Butte County
Humane Society and the Butte Environmental Council.
Edward M. Crane
Edward M. Crane, of Nantucket, died on Saturday, June 20, 1998
at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. He was 78.
Born on March 23, 1920, Mr. Crane was the son of Mary and Ephraim
Crane. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1938, from Dartmouth
College in 1942 and received his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University
Mr. Crane married his wife, Sarah P. in 1942. He was employed
by Eastman Kodak from 1948- 1982. After he retired from Kodak he came to
live on Nantucket year-round, until his death. He also lived in Brattleboro,
Vt. for 18 years and Rochester, N.Y. for 34 years. He and his wife owned
a house on Tuckernuck and summered there from 1965-1991.
Mr. Crane's special hobbies included amateur movie making, computer
programing and reading. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American
Mr. Crane was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his
wife; two sons, Peter and Norman; one daughter, Susan Larkin and seven
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Crane later this summer.
Donations may be made to the Maria Mitchell Association, 2 Vestal St.,
Nantucket, Mass. 02554.
Peter DeStephano, of Nantucket and formerly of Longmeadow, died
on Monday, June 22, 1998. He was 35.
Mr. DeStephano graduated from Longmeadow High School in 1981,
where he played football and lacrosse. For the past 15 years, he lived
on Nantucket where he worked for Dyer Construction and Rob Anderson before
starting his own business, Atlantic Construction. He was a member of the
Capital Program Committee on Nantucket.
Mr. DeStephano was predeceased by his father, Vincent DeStephano.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy DeStephano of Longmeadow; two sisters,
Ellen of New Hampshire and Joan of Chicago, Ill. and three brothers, Danner
of Concord, Mark of Charlton and Gary of East Longmeadow.
A wake will be held today, June 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ryder
Funeral Home in South Hadley, Mass. Funeral services will be held on Friday,
June 26 at 11 a.m., also in the Ryder Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Peter DeStephano Memorial
Fund, For the Research of Budd-Chiari Syndrome, c/o SIS Bank, 847 William
St., Longmeadow, Mass. 01106.
Phillip H. DiLuca
Phillip H. DiLuca of Malden and Nantucket died Tuesday, May 5,
1998 at Glenridge Nursing Home in Medford, after a lengthy illness. He
Mr. DiLuca was born in Chelsea and lived in Malden for most of
his life. He graduated from Malden High School in 1943 and was a World
War II U.S. Army veteran. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter
carrier for 35 years before his retirement.
Mr. DiLuca was a well-known musician, playing the drums for many
familiar bands. He was an active member of the Nantucket Town Band, Puccinni
Band, and the Middlesex County Orchestra.
He was the father of Philip Anthony DiLuca.
Mr. DiLuca was the son of the late Antonio and Lionora DiLuca
and the brother of Cecelia Sensale of Somerville, Adeline Caruso of Malden,
Alvira Geder of Reading, Angelo DiLuca of Malden, James DiLuca of Dracut
and his late twin brother, Joseph DiLuca. His grandchildren are Amy, Shauna
and Lisa DiLuca of Nantucket and Jennifer and Cheryl Taylor and Lisa Sharpe
of North Carolina. Mr. DiLuca also leaves several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at St. Peter's Church in Malden, with
the burial following in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.
Rudolph Jordan Weisskopf
Rudolph Jordan Weisskopf, of Bethesda, Md. and Siasconset, died
suddenly of cardiac arrest in Sunday, June 14, 1998. He was 66.
Mr. Weisskopf was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and immigrated
to the United States in 1939 with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Josef Weisskopf
and his sister Vera.
Mr. Weisskopf graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949 and
attended George Washington University. He served in Korea as a medical
corpsman in the United States Navy from 1950 - 1953. He had a career in
medical supply sales with Owens and Minor and retired in 1985. He will
be sorely missed by his family and many friends. His generosity of spirit
touched the world.
Mr. Weisskopf was predeceased by his parents and his sister.
He is survived by his wife, Angela; two sons, Josef C. of Bethesda and
Erik J. of Fairfax, Va. and one granddaughter, Claire Katherine also of
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Center for
Therapeutic Riding, P.O. Box 434, Burtonsville, Md. 20866.
Sharon Layne Silin
Sharon Layne Silin, of Nantucket, died at home unexpectedly on
Monday, June 29, 1998. She was 40.
Born in Boston on May 28, 1958, Ms. Silin was the daughter of
Laura Silin Raphael of Newton and the late David H. Silin.
Ms. Silin is survived by her son, Ryan Lee Murray; two sisters,
Rachel Silin Perkins and Michele S. Kelsey; one brother, Douglas D. Silin,
and her nieces and nephews Max, Alex and Renee Perkins, Hannah Kelsey,
David W. Silin and Danielle Silin. She will be sadly missed and remembered
for her huge heart, laughter and love for the beach.
Funeral services to be arranged.
Virginia Hamblin (Tobey) Wood
Virginia Hamblin (Tobey) Wood died in her sleep Friday, June
26, 1998, at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. She was 94.
Born in Nantucket on Feb. 28, 1904, Mrs. Wood was the daughter
of Edith (Hamblin) Tobey and Harry A. Tobey of Nantucket. For many years
her grandfather, Albert I. Tobey, ran a pharmacy on Main Street. She married
Allan D. Wood on April 29, 1922. He predeceased her in 1987.
Mrs. Wood was proud to be an islander, and knew its changing
face well during the more than nine decades of her life. She grew up in
the Hamblin house on the Cliff when her family went to live with her maternal
grandfather, George H. Hamblin. It was here that she developed her lifelong
love of nature, animals and books. She remained an avid gardener and reader
throughout her life.
She bridged the gap between an older Nantucket and its modern
age. As a girl she learned to drive her grandfather's horse and wagon;
later she drove a car and helped her husband in his business.
Mrs. Wood was a lifelong Episcopalian and member of St. Paul's
Church. She served, as her mother before her, on the Altar Guild and was
an early member of the Candlelight Guild, a young women's organization
of the church founded by Mary Eliza Starbuck and Dr. Mary Ella Mann. For
years she was an active member of the Nantucket Relief Association, a board
member of the Old People's Home (later the Homestead), and a member of
the Nantucket Historical Association.
Mrs. Wood is survived by her two sons, David Hamblin Wood of
Nantucket, James Allan Wood of Bristol, N.H., and her daughter, Edith Wood
Howarth of Manchester-by-the-Sea. She also leaves five grandchildren and
nine great-grandchildren. She was devoted to her family and much loved
by them; she never forgot a birthday or anniversary.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 1, at St. Paul's
Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to St. Paul's Church
for the Memorial Fund.
Wendy Stalo Huntoon
Wendy Stalo Huntoon, a regular summer visitor to Nantucket, died
peacefully at her home in Ann Arbor, Mich. of a brain tumor on Sunday,
June 28, 1998. She was 42.
Mrs. Huntoon was born on Nov. 20, 1955 in Redford Township, Mich.
to Roy and Shirley Stalo.
She is survived by her husband, Dave; two children, Caroline
and Greg; two sisters, Darlene Kinnick of Rochester Hills, Mich. and Karen
Long of Bridgewater Township, N.J.; numerous nieces and nephews; one grandniece
and many good friends.
A funeral service was held at St. Clare's Episcopal Church in
Ann Arbor on Tuesday, June 30, 1998. Memorial donations may be made to
the Brain Tumor Research Fund, c/o Dr. Harry S. Greenberg, Department of
neurology, 1914 Taubman Center, Box 316, University of Michigan Hospitals,
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109-0316 or to St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 2300 Packard
Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104.
Charles J. Webb II
Charles J. Webb II, a prominent Philadelphia businessman and
civic leader who summered in Shimmo, died Friday, June 26, 1998, in Boston.
He was 77.
Mr. Webb was not only a prominent entrepreneur in the chemical
industry, but was widely known for his leadership and fund-raising efforts
on behalf of the Philadelphia arts and health care industries. He also
was well-known as cabinet-maker, fly fisherman, singer and supported of
conservation in both Philadelphia and Nantucket.
Around Nantucket, Mr. Webb was widely known at popular fishing
beaches for his red Chevy Blazer with the unique Massachusetts license
plate, "Grt Pt." He was a familiar sight at dawn or sunset at Great Point,
rod in hand, searching for blues or stripers.
"He was one of the most skilled and popular fishermen in Nantucket,"
said his son-in-law, Arthur Howe. "Everyone knew Charlie and loved him."
Mr. Webb was a supporter of conservation efforts throughout the
island, but especially on Great Point, where he often rescued birds entangled
in fishing line, or motorists stranded in the sand. He would always find
time to free hapless drivers, but only on the condition that they make
a donation to the Trustees of Reservation or another local conservation
"He always negotiated a favorable deal for the Trustees," Howe
said. "I'm sure they received a lot of money over the years because of
On several occasions he even rescued novice fishermen who were
swept into the rip off Great Point, with a life buoy he kept in his Blazer.
In recent years, Mr. Webb became a saltwater fly fishing enthusiast,
often anchoring at the mouth of the harbor in his boat and casting for
Raised in Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, the son of Herbert
K. Webb and Mary G.S. Webb, he attended William Penn Charter School and
Dartmouth College. Graduating with the class of 1943, he was a member of
the ski team and Beta Theta Phi fraternity.
During World War II, Mr. Webb trained with the 10th Mountain
Division of the U.S. Army in the mountains of Colorado. At the end of the
war, he served for two years as a body guard for General Douglas MacArthur
during the United States' occupation of Japan. He achieved the rank of
Upon his return to the United States, he rejoined members of
the 10th Mountain Division who were involved in the then fledgling ski
industry in Colorado. He became a ski instructor in Aspen, Colo., serving
as an original member of the Aspen Ski School. Summers he was a guide in
the Teton Mountains of Wyoming and became associated with the outdoors
photographer Ansel Adams.
He later returned to take a position in his family's Philadelphia-based
business, C.J. Webb Co., Inc., which at the time was one of the nation's
largest importer and processor of wool for suits and clothing. Mr. Webb
traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia purchasing
After the introduction of artificial fabrics, especially Polyester,
in the early 1960s, the wool business floundered. Mr. Webb took the company
in a new direction and launched CRC Chemical Co., a Warminster, Pa.-based
specialty chemical and lubricant producer. The company's first products
were mixed in a chemical tank truck, often with Mr. Webb at the wheel.
As president, Mr. Webb built the company's annual sales to $30
million and opened markets throughout the world. He sold the company in
1982 to Berwind Corp., based in Philadelphia. Today, CRC Industries, Inc.
is among the world's leading producers of specialty chemical products for
the automotive industries and a range of industrial processes.
Mr. Webb was well known throughout Philadelphia for his fund-raising
and volunteer activities. He headed major capital campaigns for Abington
Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Arts
and the Philadelphia Zoo.
Mr. Webb was a board member of Springside School in Chestnut
Hill, as well as the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Heart Association,
the New Jersey Aquarium and the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, headquartered
in Princeton, N.J. He also served on the board of Eriez Magnetics, based
in Erie, Pa., the Trustees of Reservation, based in Massachusetts, and
Montgomery Newspapers, the Ft. Washington, Pa.-based publisher of community
newspapers and specialty publications.
Mr. Webb was also a well-known cabinet maker, specializing in
18th century American reproductions. He produced furniture for friends,
the Philadelphia Zoo and various charities he supported.
Mr. Webb was a past president of Philadelphia's Orpheus Club,
the nation's oldest men's choral singing group. He was well-known for his
singing and story-telling at the club's Van Pelt Street clubhouse and on
the stage of the Academy of Music. He also was a member of the Union League,
Sunnybrook Golf Club and the Nantucket Yacht Club.
Mr. Webb is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Holmes Webb; his
three children, Lisa Howe, Nina Cullen, and Charles J. Webb; and nine grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to
Springside School and the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. A memorial
service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Chestnut Hill,
Pa. on Thursday, July 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Shelby "Biffy" Campbell
Shelby "Biffy" Campbell died Thursday, July 9, 1998 at Nantucket
Cottage Hospital following a long illness. He was 51.
Mr. Campbell, or Biffy, as he was known to all who knew him,
was born on Nantucket Jan. 15, 1947 to Shelby and Elizabeth Campbell.
He grew up on the island, attended local schools, and at an early
age developed a love for music, learning the guitar and playing with friends
at island events.
After graduation from Nantucket High School he enlisted in the
U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam. Upon returning to the island
he worked for a variety of trucking firms, including Myles Reis, Holdgate
and Colletti and Toscana, as well as the Department of Public Works.
He will be remembered for his good nature, his infectious laugh
and his love of music and his interest in arrowheads.
Mr. Campbell was predeceased by his father. He is survived by
his mother, Elizabeth Campbell of Nantucket; his brother, Wayne Campbell,
also of Nantucket; a sister Pam Campbell, of California; a daughter, Danielle
Campbell, of Nantucket; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and his
many island friends.
Funeral services followed by burial were held at St. Mary's Cemetary
Monday, July 13.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to
the Marla Lamb Fund, in care of Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
Daniel Joseph Murphy Jr.
Daniel Joseph Murphy Jr. of Novato, Calif. and Nantucket died
July 6, 1998 in San Rafael, Calif. after a long illness. He was 71.
Mr. Murphy was the son of the late Daniel Joseph Murphy Sr. and
Ruth M. (Burchell) Murphy. Born on Nantucket on Jan. 4, he was the 1927
"New Year's Baby." He attended St. Mary's School and then De La Salle Academy
in Newport, R.I. until 1941 when his family was transferred to Pearl Harbor
Naval Base in the Hawaiian Islands. The family was present during the infamous
attack on Pearl on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. The family moved back to Nantucket
in 1942. He graduated from Nantucket High School in 1944 and served as
the president of his class. He was a member of the Masque and Gavel Club
under the direction of his favorite teacher, Mary P. Walker.
After High School, Mr. Murphy attended preparatory school for
Annapolis. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1945, later receiving recognition
for his faithful performance of service in WWII. He continued to serve
in the Navy and Army reserves for many years after discharge. He took accounting
courses on the GI Bill and made his living as a bookkeeper, working for
many years at the Marine Lumber Company. While a resident of Nantucket,
he was active in the Straight Wharf Theatre under the direction of Margaret
Fawcett Barnes. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He moved
to California and was the bookkeeper at the San Francisco Library until
Mr. Murphy was predeceased by his companion Curtis Hector by
five weeks. He is survived by his sisters Mary Elizabeth Nelson and Ruth
Ann Flanagan, brother-in-law Charles E. Flanagan Sr. of Nantucket and his
favorite aunt, Mrs. Henry (Mary Ann) Murphy of Newport, R.I. Also surviving
are his nieces Carol Nelson Manville, Catherine Flanagan Stover and Elizabeth
Flanagan, and nephew Daniel Joseph Flanagan, all of Nantucket. He is also
survived by numerous great-nieces and nephews, many cousins including Polly
Maloney, Anne Glowacki and Dorie Murray, all of Nantucket, and several
dear friends including Barbara Deacon, Janet Ryder, and Pat and Delphine
Paradise, all of Nantucket.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Church on Friday, July
10 by Father Thomas Lopes. A Communion meditation hymn was sung by his
sister Ruth Ann and brother-in-law Charles E. Flanagan Sr., and their children
Daniel and Elizabeth Flanagan and Catherine Flanagan Stover. Family members
John Stover, Charles Rollin Manville,IV, Daniel Joseph Flanagan, Det. Robert
R. Reardon,Jr., Elijah Daniel Stover and Perry Louisa Stover served as
pallbearers. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Philip H. Sullivan
Philip H. Sullivan died of a heart attack on Friday, July 10,
1998 at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. He was 55.
Mr. Sullivan was born on Nov. 5, 1942. He was the son of the
late Philip J. and Dorothy G. Sullivan and was raised in North Easton.
He attended Coyle High School in Taunton, later earning a bachelor of arts
degree from Stonehill College in North Easton and a master of education
degree from the American International College in Springfield.
Mr. Sullivan first came to Nantucket in the 1950s. As a teen
he was a caddy at Camp Sankaty. His lifelong interest in golf and water
sports began on Nantucket.
After college Mr. Sullivan returned to Nantucket to begin his
teaching career in the Nantucket Public School system. He taught for more
than 30 years, and after retiring in 199, he joined the staff of the Jared
In 1969 Mr. Sullivan married Suzanne McLean. Together they raised
five children on Nantucket; Philip, Tara, Mary (Mimi), Patrick and Edward.
Mr. Sullivan demonstrated his sincere regard for Nantucket and
the people of Nantucket by participating in a variety of civic and social
clubs. He was also a Sunday school teacher, a little league coach, a driver's
education instructor, a member of the Nantucket Historical Association
and the Nantucket Democratic Committee.
Mr. Sullivan will be remembered for his love of teaching. He
took a special interest in all students, particularly those who faced a
personal or academic challenge. As an educator he traveled with his students
to the Massachusetts State House, the Freedom Trail, Sargent Camp and organized
off-island driver's education lessons.
Mr. Sullivan also had a special love for history, travel and
sports. He involved his wife and children in a special way in each of his
Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife Suzanne and their five children,
all of Nantucket, and his brothers, John, Michael and Gary, all of North
A funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle Church
and a burial service followed at St. Mary's Cemetery on Tuesday, July 14,
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Sullivan's
name to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit or to
Stonehill College's Irish-American Studies Program.
Abby Hooker Willard
Abby Hooker Willard died on Thursday, July 9, 1998 at her home
on Orange Street. She was 94.
Mrs. Willard was born on Jan. 18, 1904 in Brattleboro, Vt. and
as a girl moved to Schenectady, N.Y. In 1925 she married Henry Augustus
Willard II, of Washington, D.C. and Nantucket, her husband of 73 years.
She was a summer resident of Nantucket since 1926.
Mrs. Willard was a graduate of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr,
Pa. and Smith College in Northampton. She was a direct descendant of the
Rev. Thomas Hooker, founder of Connecticut, and the grand-niece of Col.
James Fisk Jr., a 19th century railroad financier.
For many years Mrs. Willard was active in civic and charitable
affairs in the District of Columbia. She was head of the ladies aid of
the Old Garfield Memorial Hospital and a corporator of the Washington Hospital
Center. She belonged to the Sulgrave Club and the Chevy Chase Club.
On Nantucket Mrs. Willard was a member of the board of trustees
of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and of the Nantucket Yacht Club. In later
years, she lived in Gulfstream, Fla. and spent at least four months of
the year on Nantucket. In Gulfstream she belonged to Bath and Tennis.
Mrs. Willard is survived by her husband, Henry A. Willard II
of Nantucket and Gulfstream; two sons, Henry K. Willard II of Sheperdstown,
W. Va. and Nantucket and James Fisk Willard of Delray Beach, Fla.; four
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter,
Mrs. Johnston F. Northrop.
A memorial service was held at the Orange Street home with the
Rev. Andrew Foster and the Rev. Edward Anderson officiating. Burial will
be at a later date at the Willard family plot in Vermont.
Leonard F. Howard
Leonard F. Howard, investment advisor to several of New York's
prominent families and philanthropic institutions, died on Wednesday, July
22, 1998, at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y., surrounded by his family. He
Mr. Howard's shy charm, natural intelligence, integrity and humor
characterized his life, from his humble beginnings to the corporate and
community boardrooms in which he served. He was formerly a financial editor
at the N.Y. Journal of Commerce and a partner at Lazard Freres. He enjoyed
a 35-year association with investor and philanthropist Jeremiah Milbank
and was a long-time director of Southern Railway and its successor, Norfolk
Southern. He lived with his wife Trudy in Scarsdale.
Although Mr. Howard was born in Philadelphia, Pa., this great-grandson
of noted antebellum New Orleans architect, Henry Howard, spent his life
in New York. His life is one of the quiet success stories of the New York
City Schools, and education remained a key value throughout his life.
Mr. Howard attended several parochial schools, including St.
Nicholas of Tolentine in the Bronx, as his family moved about. He graduated
from the New York City's renowned public prep school, Townsend Harris,
finishing in three years while working at Lowes Paradise Movie Theater
and contributing to the support of his younger siblings. He then went on
to City College of New York, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration
and a commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry reserve through
the Reserve Officers Training Corps.
After a brief cross-country trip with a friend in a 1927 Whippet,
Mr. Howard was greeted by the mayor of Yonkers and photographed for the
local paper. At 21, he joined Sutro brothers as a securities analyst in
1935. In 1939, he commenced his MBA studies at New York University graduate
school and shortly thereafter began working as a financial reporter and
later financial news editor for the N.Y. Journal of Commerce.
In the 1940s he was a charter member of the N.Y. Financial Writers
Association. He also performed in the mostly male "Financial Follies" for
13 years, which were produced principally at the Astor on Broadway. Since
the 1950s, he had remained a member of the Society of the Silurians in
On leave from the paper, Mr. Howard was on active duty in World
War II for three years, mainly in North Africa and Sicily. He retired from
active duty as a major in the Infantry and Air Corps in 1946, but continued
in the Air Force Reserve until 1955. He received the European-African-Middle
Eastern Campaign Medal with a Silver and Bronze Star. He also was the commanding
officer of the 908th Air Base Security Battalion, an African-American unit
in the then-segregated armed services, which received the the Award of
Meritorious Service Unit Plaque.
Returning from overseas, Mr. Howard resumed his journalist work
at the Journal of Commerce, but soon joined Lewisohn & Co. and its
successor, Dreyfus & Co., where he managed its research department
with Andre Kostolany. He also began his lifetime association with Samuel
Lewisolm, with whom he shared a love of art, beauty and ideas.
In 1947, Mr. Howard commenced a 51-year marriage with Trudy Mulcahy,
a former history teacher and editor at Seventeen and author of a nationally
syndicated column on careers for women, "Talk About Careers."
Mr. Howard continued his investment work as a vice president
and secretary at General American Investors Co. Inc., working with investors
Frank and Arthur Altschul. He also served as a trustee of the New York
Foundation from 1959 until 1982, Bank Street College of Education from
1963 to 1970 and was a member of the New York State Citizens Committee
for Public Works from 1963 to 1970.
For many years he also was a contributing editor to World Scope
Encyclopedia and a member of the Fountain House Council for Education and
In 1958 Mr. Howard joined Lazard Freres as a general partner
working with the legendary Andre Meyer and a young Felix Rohatyn. In 1963,
he began a 35-year association with investor and philanthropist Jeremiah
Milbank, working with the J.M. Foundation, The International Center for
the Disabled and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America while maintaining
his own investment advisory firm.
His firm, L.F. Howard Associates Inc., is now run by his daughter,
Susanne. Mr. Howard also was a trustee of the Student Aid Association of
CCNY for 30 years, serving twice as its president. He also served for 13
years as a trustee of the Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.
In his local community, Mr. Howard served on the Scarsdale School
Board for five years and in 1969-70 served as president during contentious
debates over busing and controversial history classes during the Vietnam
Earlier in the 1960s, he served as the chair of the Westchester
Catholic Education Conference and a director of the Mental Health Association
of Westchester. He also served as president of the Hartsdale Community
Fund and its Civic Association, and was chair of the Citizen's Committee
on Education, assisting the integration on the Union Free School District
8 in Greenburgh, N.Y. One of the community projects that pleased him most
was working with the Waburg family to secure a gift of their land for the
Woodland's High School in Greenburgh.
Mr. Howard is survived by his wife, Trudy Mulcahy Howard; one
daughter, Susanne C. Howard of New York and Cambridge; three sons, Thomas
C. Howard of San Luis Obispo, Calif., James C. Howard of Silver Spring,
Md., and Daniel C. Howard of Cambridge; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Maier
and three grandsons, Aidan and Carter Henry Howard of Silver Spring and
Preston Taylor of Cambridge; one brother, Vaughan Henry Howard of Beaver
Dam, Va.; one sister, Evelyn Virginia Boyne of Stratford, Conn.; and numerous
nieces and nephews, including actor Ken Howard and former New York Times
reporter, James Feron and many friends and clients who will miss his wise
Joy Fletcher Whitbeck
Joy Fletcher Whitbeck died Thursday, July 17, 1998, just one
week before her 91st birthday, at Pomperaug Woods nursing home in Southbury,
Conn. She was 90.
Ms. Whitbeck was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 24, 1907.
She was the daughter of George William Fletcher and Joy Chandler Dickerman.
She was raised in Radnor and Haverford, Pa. She attended the Shipley School
and graduated from Dana Hall in Wellesley in 1927. In 1931, she graduated
from Smith College, where she played varsity field hockey, basketball,
and tennis. After graduation, she moved to New York, N.Y. where she worked
as a receptionist for American Locomotive Company. During the war she worked
as a volunteer ambulance driver.
In 1943, Ms. Whitbeck met her first husband, Ferdinand Lowther
Starbuck, while playing tennis at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills,
N.Y. (Mr. Starbuck was the great, great grandson of Joseph Starbuck, the
whaling ship owner and the builder of "The Three Bricks.") While raising
a family, she worked at perfecting her bridge and tennis games. At the
West Side she won numerous tournaments in both bridge and tennis. She lived
in Forest Hills Gardens until three years after the death of her first
husband, when she married Volkert S. Whitbeck and moved their family to
To demonstrate her prowess on the tennis court in 1968, at the
age of 61, she won every tennis tournament at the country club where she
was a member. This included women's singles, doubles, mixed doubles, and
family doubles. In the same year, she finished as a semi-finalist in the
town's singles and doubles tournament while beating many college players
less than a third her age. She continued to play tennis competitively until
the age of 84.
For more than fifty years, she vacationed with her family in
Sconset. She was a member of the Sconset Casino. In her later years she
owned a home on Towaddy Drive.
In 1976, Ms. Whitbeck and her husband moved to Sherman, Conn.,
where they had maintained a vacation house. For many years, she was the
president of the Timber Trails Association and worked as a volunteer on
many charities. In 1995, she moved to Pomperaug Woods.
In addition to being an excellent tennis player Ms. Whitbeck
was known for her contract bridge playing ability in the tri-state area.
She was a frequent duplicate bridge player in Wilton, Ridgefield, Danbury,
Brookfield, and Southbury, Conn. She achieved the ranking of Silver Life
Master by the American Contract Bridge League, a ranking that few possess.
For many years she taught bridge, leaving behind many ardent pupils. Her
competitive playing has taken her to many cities in the United States and
A reception to celebrate her life was held on Friday, July 24,
in Pomperaug Woods, Heritage Road, Southbury, Conn.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her memory to
the Sconset Land Trust, Siasconset, Mass., 02564.
Ms. Whitbeck is survived by three sons, Ferdinand L. Starbuck
of Middlebury, Conn.; William D. Starbuck of Ridgefield, Conn. and Sconset,
and Robert F. Starbuck of South Salem, N.Y. and Sconset. She also is survived
by 10 grandchildren and four stepchildren.
Philip A. Bresten
Philip A. Bresten, of Nantucket and Lynn, died August 3, 1998
at Massachusetts General Hospital from Babesiosis. He was 39.
He was born in Lynn, the son of Louis and Margaret (Gardner)
Bresten, both of Lynn. He was raised in Lynn and graduated from Lynn Vocational
Technical School in 1976. He has lived on Nantucket for the past 13 years,
working as a master plumber. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing
and playing darts.
Mr. Bresten is survived by his parents; two brothers, Paul of
Reading and Robert of Wareham; a sister, Elizabeth Bresten of Lynn; four
uncles, Richard Gardner of Lynn, Arthur Gardner of Lynn, Robert Briestensky
of New Kensington, Pa and Philip Gardner of Las Vega; and three aunts,
Jean Dube of Maine, Kathleen Murphy of Oriental, N.C., and Josephine Warych
of Gipsonia, Pa. He is also survived by several cousins.
A funeral service will be held on at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.
8 at Solimine, Landergan & Rhodes Funeral Home, 426, Broadway in Lynn,
followed by a funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church at 9 a.m. Burial
will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lynn. Visiting hours are Friday from
2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Norman Bradford Brooks
Norman Bradford Brooks died suddenly at his home in Nantucket
on Monday, Aug. 3, 1998. He was 67.
Mr. Brooks graduated from the Lawrence Academy in Groton and
from the ROTC program at Tufts University as a physicist in 1954. As a
pilot in the United States Air Force, he gained the rank of lieutenant
and retired from the USAF reserves as captain in 1968.
Mr. Brooks founded Brooks Automation, located in Chelmsford and
remained on the board of directors after his retirement. He retired to
Nantucket with his wife Mary Ann, 7 years ago after being a longtime summer
resident. His family ties were to Nantucket and Tuckernuck. The Tuckernuck
homestead was known as "Brooks's Landing". His grandmother taught school
on both Tuckernuck and Nantucket.
Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife; his son Frank S. and daughter-in-law
Catherine of Hope, Maine; his daughter Kathryn A. and his son-in-law Bill
McGrath of Nantucket; his brother Frank P. and sister-in-law Alita of Nantucket;
his nephew Bradford P. Brooks of Nantucket; his niece Barbaralee Copas
of Winchester and his grand-niece Jennifer L. Copas of Mar Vista, Calif.
A memorial service is being held today, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. at
the Maddequet Admiralty Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Brooks's
memory may be made to Nantucket Hospice or the Madaket Conservation.
William T. Cowing
William T. Cowing of Charlton died Tuesday, July 28, 1998 in
the Masonic Home. He was 89.
Mr. Cowing was born in Jonesport, Maine, the son of the late
William A. and Helen (Shackford) Cowing. He had lived in Lexington for
over 30 years later moving to Concord and living there for 20 years before
moving to Charlton in 1996.
He graduated from West Springfield High School, graduated with
a bachelor of science degree from Colby College in Maine and received his
master of science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mr. Cowing was a science teacher and head of the science department
at Belmont High School for over 20 years, retiring several years ago. He
was a member of the Beaver Lodge of Masons in Belmont, a member of the
Lexington Arts and Crafts Society and a long-time summer resident of Nantucket.
Mr. Cowing is survived by his wife, Madeline V. (Voorneveld)
Cowing of Charlton; a brother, Dr. Robert H. Cowing of New Market, N.H.;
a sister, Margaret H. Little of Laconia, N.H., and by several nieces and
A memorial servicewas held on Sunday, Aug. 2 in the Nicolls Chapel
of the Masonic Home, 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, Mass. Burial will
be in Nantucket at a later date.
Robert Dean Jay
Robert Dean Jay of Nantucket and Huntington, N.Y. died at Huntington
Hospital on Tuesday, June 30, 1998. He was 77.
Born in Paris, France, Mr. Jay was the son of Nelson Dean Jay
and Anne Augustine Jay. He attended Stowe School in England and was in
the class if 1942 at Harvard University, where he held the track record
for the mile. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean, and was
in the international division of the Bankers Trust Company. He was on the
boards of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults,
the Helen Keller Industrial Home for the Blind, and the Heckscher Museum
Mr. Jay learned to share his love of the outdoors, skiing in
new Hampshire, sailing and canoeing in Maine. The family has summered in
Nantucket since 1956, and gave a portion of their woods in Polpis to the
Nantucket Conservation Foundation.
Mr. Jay is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Cynthia
White and by his children, Alexander, Paul, Daniel, Alida Boye, Stephen,
Quentin, David and Anne and 20 grandchildren.
Services were held at on Friday, July 3 at St. John's Church
in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., where he was a former Vestryman.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nantucket Conservation
Foundation, 118 Cliff Road, P.O. Box 13, Nantucket, Mass. 02554.
Patricia A. Lowell
Patricia A. Lowell died on Saturday, Aug. 1, 1998 at Nantucket
Cottage Hospital after a short illness. She was 59.
A longtime resident of Nantucket, Ms. Lowell was the daughter
of Dorothy Reading and the late Frederick Reading. She was employed by
Pacific National Bank for 10 years in the credit card department and was
currently employed by Nantucket Bank as a credit card specialist. She was
also a member of the Nantucket Angler's Club.
Ms. Lowell is survived by her mother, Dorothy Reading of East
Haven, Conn.; a sister, Doris Warmingham, of East Haven; a brother, Frederick
Reading of North Haven, Conn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mike
Kraeger of Constableville, N.Y.; a daughter, Debbie Patterson of Nantucket;
a son and daughter-in-law, James and Tricia Patterson of Nantucket and
a grandson, Eric Patterson of Nantucket.
Donations in Ms. Lowell's memory can be made to The Marla Lamb
Fund, c/o Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Prospect Street, Nantucket, Mass.
02554 or the Masons of Nantucket, Union Lodge F & AM, P.O. Box 697,
Nantucket, Mass. 02554.
David A. Lussier Sr.
David A. Lussier Sr. of Yarmouthport died Monday, Aug. 3 at the
Eagle Pond Rehabilitation and Living Center in West Dennis. He was 65.
Born in Lowell, Mr. Lussier was raised in Billerica and was a
graduate of Keith Academy. He also attended East Coast Aerotech.
Mr. Lussier served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1949 to 1953.
He received a Combat Infantryman's Badge for being under actual enemy fire
for more than 72 hours and a Bronze Star for valor, for carrying a wounded
soldier out of battle and volunteering to carry a message through enemy
lines. In addition, he received a Korean Campaign ribbon with four bronze
battle stars, a UN Korean Campaign ribbon, a European Occupation ribbon
and a purple heart with two oak leaf clusters.
Mr. Lussier worked for a year on Mount Washington as an associate
engineer doing research for the U.S. government. He then turned to a cooking
career and worked as a chef at several restaurants, including the Sheraton
Rolling Green in Andover, the Yard of Ale in Cambridge, Anthony's Pier
4 in Boston and the Jared Coffin House on Nantucket.
From 1974 to 1983, Mr. Lussier owned and operated the Mad Hatter
on Nantucket, with his wife, Barbara (MacKay) Lussier. They also owned
and operated Captain Howes' Restaurant in Yarmouthport from 1985 to 1990.
Mr. Lussier served on the board of directors for the Massachusetts
Restaurant Association and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Children. He enjoyed gardening, going to New England Patriots
games and spending time with his dog, Schmedley Fenwick.
He is survived by his wife; one son, David A. Lussier Jr. of
Newburyport; three daughters, Donna Lussier-Lyne of Nantucket, Gail M.
Lussier of Hyannis and Katherine M. Lussier of Brockton; two brothers,
Richard Lussier of Punta Gorda, Fla. and Frank Lussier of Vancouver, Wash.;
two sisters, Elizabeth Hayes of Pensacola, Fla. and Jeanne McCartin of
Horsh Fort Meyers, Fla. and a grandson, Marcus Lyne of Nantucket.
The funeral will be held today, Aug. 6 at 9:15 a.m. at The Hallett
Funeral Home, 273 Station Avenue in South Yarmouth. A funeral Mass will
follow at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, Summer Street, Yarmouthport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Dennis-Yarmouth Ecumenical Council, Box 507, Yarmouthport, Mass. 02675.
William M. Tuach
William M. Tuach, of Orange, Conn. died on Wednesday, July 15,
1998. He was 60.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Aug. 13, 1937, Mr. Tuach was the son
of the late William and Rogene Jones Tuach and the husband of Elizabeth
Myers Tuach. He graduated from The Choate School in 1955 and Williams College
in 1959 where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and captain of the
golf team. It was on Nantucket where he developed his love and talent for
Mr. Tuach was employed by DeSai Systems Inc. of West Hartford,
Conn. He was president of Mackenzie Associates and past president of the
Educational Salesmen Association of New England.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Tuach is survived by daughters Beth
Lendrum of Fairfield, Conn., Laura and Sheryl Tuach of Boston; a sister,
Lynn Stroud of Cincinnati, Ohio and two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at the Orange Congregational Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Congregational Church,
205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, Conn. 06477.