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Peter Bell just let me know that his older sister Susan, MHS Class of 1961, died on January 20, after battling bone cancer for many years. She was 76, and had lived in East Hampton for 30 years. Peter said he was grateful to be able to spend time with her and was with her when she passed, quietly and peacefully.
Susan had been retired after a long career in an administrative position, and spent time taking care of many rescue dogs over the years.
Many of you may remember Susan. She was petite, delicately beautiful, and a lot of fun. She was a cheerleader at MHS. One memory I shared with Peter was when we were at a (6thgrade?) party at the Bells’ and Susan and her boyfriends were teaching us how to do a very energetic Lindy.
Peter plans to take Susan’s ashes to Jacksonville, IL, the hometown of Mrs. Bell, so she can rest in peace with her mother.
Obituary from The East Hampton Star
She loved “animals, writing, and telling dirty jokes,” Susan Jane Bell’s brother, Peter Pyatt Bell, recalled this week of his sister, who died on Jan. 20 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. “She just told the silliest jokes you could imagine,” Mr. Bell said.
Ms. Bell, who was 73 and had long lived in Springs, was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago.
She was born on Feb. 21, 1943, in Washington, D.C., to N. La Mont Bell and the former Rebecca Pyatt, and grew up in Larchmont, N.Y. After graduating from Mamaroneck High School, she worked for a time for the Avon Corporation. In the 1970s she was an assistant in Manhattan for the attorney Roy Cohn, best known for having been Senator Joseph McCarthy’s chief counsel during his investigations into suspected communist activity. She was mentioned in a number of books about Cohn, her brother said.
She went into the real estate field after that, working as an administrative assistant for various agencies in East Hampton and Bridgehampton.
In addition to her brother, Ms. Bell is survived by a niece, Jo Hanna Megan Bell of Truckee, Calif.
A date for a service has not been set, but her family has suggested donations in her memory to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons at P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.
Sal befriended me in 8th grade at Mamaroneck Junior High. I was just in from a suburb of Pittsburg, Pa. Sal showed me around, introducing me to some guys. Later on, in high school, we sweated & froze our behinds on the grass between the two schools. While not bosom buddies, we shared an easy camaraderi like a lot of our classmates. My absolute respect extended to him for his tenacity & love for our classmates who died in Vietnam. Like a dog with a bone in his mouth, he overcame the doubters and naysayers & persevered against the odds, creating the 12th Man Tradition. For those that share faith, I believe Sal is in the kingdom of souls.
Sal Ticli died on January 7. Here is the obituary with details about visitation and service on Sunday.
Salvatore “Chip” Ticli, of Mamaroneck, passed away January 7, 2020 at age 73. He was born February 21, 1946, to Joseph & Theresa Ticli. Chip proudly served in the US Marines during Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart for his wounds in combat. Chip’s passion was for veterans and veteran causes. He was the founder of the “12th Man Tradition”, a showcase at Mamaroneck High School honoring fallen Vietnam veterans from our area. Chip traveled far and wide to contact veteran families in creating this memorial. A sports enthusiast, he was a star athlete in high school, having played baseball, basketball and football and he is remembered as an avid golfer.
Chip is survived by his cherished sister Fran Antonelli and her husband Mario, loving great nieces, Karen Ramos (Ozzie), Ruth Antonelli, and Sharon Hayes (Kenneth). He is also survived by great nephews and nieces as well as great great nephews and nieces, and many dear friends especially Dennis Cucinella. To honor Chip’s life, family and friends will gather on Sunday 2-6pm at COXE & GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME 767 E. Boston Post Rd Mamaroneck, 914-698-5968. A service will be held at 3pm on Sunday at the funeral home officiated by Brother John Massameno of Christian Apostolic Church. Interment Monday 10:30am at Greenwood Union Cemetery. Memorial donations can be sent to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Foundation, www.stjude.org or to a veteran’s charity of your choice.
Andrew (Andy) Jay Drexler, M.D., world-known endocrinologist specializing in Type 1 diabetes, especially during pregnancy, died on November 10, 2019 at his home in Brentwood, California due to complications from a rare form of cancer called liposarcoma.
Andy was born in Mamaroneck, New York, on October 26, 1946. He was the son of Dr. Milton Drexler and Mollie Drexler. His sister Sharon (Drexler) Stern predeceased him.
He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine. His medical internship followed at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He then became a Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health NIAID-LI in Bethesda, Maryland, after which he returned as a resident to Barnes Hospital and thereafter completed a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as a Research Associate at Rockefeller University in New York City.
Andy went on to become a part of the faculty of New York University Medical Center and the Cornell School of Medicine. He also served as Director of the Diabetes Clinic at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and he subsequently founded the Mount Sinai Hospital Diabetes Center in New York City. He later became a Clinical Professor of Medicine; the Co-Chief of Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension; and Director of the Gonda Diabetes Center, all at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.
Andy served actively in a large number of professional associations, taught and lectured extensively across the United States and world on cutting-edge care for diabetic patients and participated in countless research projects. He was an early pioneer in anticipating and implementing new treatment models later proven effective in a landmark clinical trial known as the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial.
Andy is survived by his beloved partner Kim Jasper, and by his mother and brother-in-law Edward Stern, nephew Sam Stern, niece Teddi (Stern) Roseman and family and by his long term colleague, Carolyn Robertson. Andy was surrounded by friends and loved ones at the time of his passing. A funeral service will be held at Hillside Memorial Park, 600 W Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, California 90045 on November 12, 2019 at 1pm. A memorial service will be held in New York City in the near future and a further announcement will be made once details have been finalized. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the New York Diabetes Program (non profit tax ID #201464218) in Andy's memory, care of Carolyn Robertson at 2355 North Pyrite, Mesa, Arizona 85207.
I have named this picture "ONE IN A BILLION" simply because this was the cover picture of the 1964 Mahiscan Sports Section! I started a 12TH MAN TRADITION at MHS and this picture is of David Porterfield and Richard Western on the 1964 Mamaroneck football team which was voted as its schools greatest football team. Both were killed in Vietnam and honored along with 10 Vietnam Veterans who died or were killed from the MAMARONECK/LARCHMONT COMMUNITIES in 4 Showcases on the 3rd floor of MHS. It is the MAMARONECK VIETNAM MEMORIAL. Who could of ever imagined taking such a picture fifty four years ago would endure and become so special to so many! This picture is in the Showcase!
On April 25, 2012, a Memorial was dedicated to those who "GAVE ALL" in Vietnam. These 12, from the Mamaroneck/Larchomont Communities are now honored in the Halls of MHS and Rye Neck High School! This Memorial Ceremony can be viewed on utube by simple writing Sal Tcil. It is 38 minutes long and in 3 parts.These Showcases and the 12TH MAN TRADITION can be seen by simply going to Google and writing in the 12TH MAN TRADITION. All of this started because I wanted to honor my friend Dave Porterfield and it grew to 12. Please take the time to watch it as LMC-TV televised it quite often. It has been an honor to Remember the Forgotten and bring them Home at last! I dedicated these showcases to MHS last year. The Greater Generations Foundation Honored David with this Ceremony in Vietnam where he laid down his life to save the Marines in his Unit 3/4 Marines. There are over 500 shirts of the 12TH MAN sold from coast to coast, border to border and now rests where it all began, Vietnam!
James Cosgrave Dey passed away peacefully at home, surrounded with love, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the age of 73. Jim was a mentor to many and is remembered as a person with character, creativity, adventure, compassion and devotion to family.
Jim was born in Pasadena, Calif. on Nov. 29, 1944, to Grace and Harry Dey, and was raised in New York. He developed his love of the outdoors during the summers as he attended the Boy Scouts’ Camp Siwanoy, first as a scout and then as a staff member. There, he also met the love of his life, Lois Louise Weiglein, whom he married on May 20, 1973.
Jim shared his sense of adventure with his wife and later with his sons. He raced sports cars with the Sports Car Club of America (C Production 240z and Formula V), and drove at national tracks, such as Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Bridgehampton, Loudon, Pocono, and Summit Point. Jim’s wife and friends worked as his pit-crew as his sons played racecar. In 1975, he was the North Atlantic Road Racing Champion for C Production and set a lap record for his class at Watkins Glen.
He also had a life-long interest in rock climbing, starting in the Shawangunk Mountains in New Paltz, N.Y. He was an experienced mountain climber and was trained in mountain rescue as well as a licensed New York State Tier I Rock Guide. He shared his knowledge and love of climbing as an instructor in the advanced climbing director program at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and various climbing programs through the Boy Scouts of America. Jim climbed with friends, and later his sons, as he completed numerous climbs in Yosemite, Calif., such as El Capitan and Half Dome. In addition to climbing Mont Blanc in France, The Matterhorn in Switzerland and, in 2010, Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya.
Jim’s sense of adventure and devotion to duty culminated in his service as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-1967. He was stationed in Danang, Vietnam and also taught at the USMC Combat Engineering School at Camp LeJeune, N.C. He then continued to focus on teaching and graduated from Oswego University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial arts in technology, and later earned a Master of Science in audio visual communication from Western Connecticut State University in 1981.
In 1974, Jim began teaching at Wilton High School as a power mechanics instructor, encouraging the curiosity and problem solving of his students both during his classes and outside of school. In 1980, Jim created and advised the Wilton High School Mountaineering Club, combining his talents to teach many others how to seek adventure in a safe and supportive environment.
He was the Teacher of the Year for Wilton High School in 1985, and in 1989, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Connecticut State Council on Vocational Technical Education. In 1993, Jim was asked to help guide the entire Wilton Public Schools district as he became the district technology coordinator. He continued to share his passion, sense of adventure, and kindness as he enriched the lives of students and staff over his 34-year career, eventually retiring in 2008. After his retirement, Jim then focused on teaching his children, grandchildren and scouts, all of the strengths that he developed during his life.
Left to cherish Jim’s memory is his wife, Lois Dey; four sons and their spouses, Mark Dey and AmyMarie Accardi-Dey, Sean and Jessie Dey, Erik and Megan Dey, and Peter and Lynn Dey; four grandchildren, Ryan, Karen, Amelia, and Charles; step-grandson Kaidiyn; brother and sister-in-law, George and Sherry Dey; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Grace Dey Schell and Harry Everett Dey, and granddaughter, Loreli Grace Dey.
Donations can be made to The Access Fund or The New Milford Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.
Evelyn (Doyen) Close
Thomas 'Tom' Neil Spitzer
April 2, 1946 - Jan. 5, 2018
Thomas "Tom" Neil Spitzer, 71, died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 5, 2018, surrounded by his beloved family. Tom was a successful businessman, but the number of family and friends on whose lives he made an indelible impact was his greatest success. He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Mardi; daughter, Ashley (Graham) Petersen; his brother, Jim (Sheri); his stepsons, Marc and David (Alicia) Lippman; and his grandchildren, Cameron and Ellinor; and a large extended family.
Tom was born and raised in New York, but called Portland home. He and Mardi loved spending winters in Indian Wells, Calif., because of their incredible group of friends.Tom's genuine smile and hearty laugh lit up every room. He embraced all that life offered, and enjoyed traveling the world with his family and many close friends. He was a gifted athlete, and the determination and competitiveness that propelled him in tennis and golf allowed him to live with multiple myeloma for nearly seven years. All who knew Tom considered him a close friend. He had a heart of gold that inspired many, and lifted lives to places they never would have otherwise gone. He was a true friend with wise advice, a visionary with quiet leadership, a catalyst for good, an inspiration no matter the obstacle, and a kind soul who genuinely wrung the last ounce out of each day and was grateful for every blessing. While the golf course may be less joyous without him, those fortunate enough to know him will carry on his personal and professional wisdom as a beacon.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 8, 2018, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders Street in Portland. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute or the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research in Tom's memory.
Lynn's husband, Dana Wilson, has planned a memorial service for her this Sunday, Oct. 1, at the home of Lynn's oldest brother, Woody Flowers, at 412 West. 20th Street, from 2 pm to 4 pm. It is an open house, and all Lynn's friends from school are welcome to come help celebrate her life.
Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family of Gene Warrington, who died August 26th. Gene was the uncle of classmate Fran Abbate DeMarco, and, of course, the heart and soul of Walter's Hot Dog stand for the past 65-plus years.
The photo shows several of us dedicating our class gift, the Hot Dog Bench, in 1999. Top, from L to r: Beth McAleer, Dori Lee Reiley, Sherry Moore, the late Bobbi McLaggen Bushue. Seated, l to r: Lana Barrett Owens, Gene Warrington, and Lauren O'Neill.
The original Hot Dog Bench was vandalized a year or so aftr we installed it. We replaced it with another, sturdier one, and a new inscription. This photo shows the bench in 2016, during the Class of 66 reunion weekend. A little weathered, but still standing.
I Sal Ticli, who put these Showcases together and started the 12TH MAN TRADITION recently gave everything in these showcases to MHS! It has been my honor to have brought these 12 Vietnam Vets who "GAVE ALL" from the Mamaroneck/Larchmont Communities back home where they belong. I hope every Reunion will remember them on the Saturday of their respected reunions! There is also a Memorial at Rye Neck for the two alumni who died in Nam! I want to thank the many people who bought this beautiful 12TH MAN shirt all around the whole USA! A $2500 Scholarship was awarded to Joey Spano of MHS and he is a scholar student! Simply said, "THEY LIVE WITHIN OUR SOUL BECAUSE WE REMEMBER THEM!"
Just saying hello from France!
With great sorrow, I want to let classmates know that our dear friend Lynn Flowers Wilson died Saturday afternoon after a long bout with cancer. She had been doing fairly well until a couple of months ago.
Here is a link to the obituary:http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=lynn-wilson&pid=185918049
June 5, 2015
Richard (Richie) Baumgart passed away on May 12, 2015. I don’t have many details. Richard lived in a small house in New Hampshire for many years. He was an artist, working in various media (see his work at www.whiteoyster1111.com). I believe he spent some early years painting in France and later in Amsterdam. His daughter Sarah lives and works in Japan.
Richard made a special effort to come to the 50th Reunion. I know it made him really happy to reconnect with so many friends. Right after the reunion he sent me a note. Here is some of what he wrote:
Allow me to share with you something I know a little about.... Achievement in art is not about the creation of beauty but rather the realization that you have done so. We, the class of '64, created that beauty, it was so evident in so many ways last Friday night. … you and 'your team' brought us together so we could all see and hear and touch and then realize the beauty we had created among us and for ourselves.
The memories of Friday night continue cascading through me… Once I got a little acclimated and started to talk to and recognize people there were so so many delightful and unanticipated feelings, remembrances. And looking back on all those years it wasn't so much that we were young and innocent (which of course we were) but we were a decent lot, good people, which was still alive in the present and surely illuminating what was there also way back when.
Living up here (in the woods) is somewhat of an isolated existence, especially with my daughter living 7000 miles away in Tokyo. It was comforting the other night to be amidst so many friends and so many 'cosmopolitan thoughts'. Actually made it through an evening without talking about if I had enough wood split and ready or what studded tires were going on my truck...(a nice Jewish boy from New York and Larchmont drives a truck...)
Whew! What quality times those were!
(Submitted by Lauren O'Neill)
The Class of 1965 is having its 50th Reunion October 16th and 17th. If you would like to see old friends from that class, you are welcome to attend. Friday night it's at the same place we had ours--Westchester Burger Co. in Rye Brook, and the Saturday night buffet dinner dance is at Hampshire Country Club. Interested? Sign up on their website (which looks a lot like ours) at mamaroneck1965.classquest.com.
We want to be sure everyone has a chance to see the Reunion MAHISCAN Supplement. (In fact, there is now a supplement to the supplement--some pix that came in later.) We will be sending an email with attached PDF files of these supplements. Please let us know if you want one but haven't receievd the email, and/or if you weren't able to view or download the files.
If you would like a supplment printed on quality paper (same as the Reunion Mahiscan), you can order one by clicking on the Reunion MAHSICAN button. Of course, you can also order the Reunion MAHSICAN itself.
June 1, 2015
Thanks to your generous contributions to our MHS 64 Class Reserve Fun, we were able to make two donations to worthy MHS-related programs: the MHS Athletic Fund ($750), and the Student Aid Fund ($500). In so doing, we conveyed our appreciation to the people who made the high school tours so outstanding duing our reunion weekend: Mike Chiapparelli, MHS Coach, who offered his MHS tour expertise to us (before we even asked); Elizabeth Clain, MHS Principal, who arranged for a number of vounteer student tour guides; and George McNally, the Director of school Facilities and Operations and his staff, who keep the school looking great and running smoothly.
Just got back from the farewell dinner of the MHS '64 50th Reunion Committee. We had such a great time working on this event, and were so gratified to watch everyone enjoy it, we just had to have another meeting. This one was to raise a glass with a group of new/old friends, and to thank the lovely Lauren O'Neill for her sterling work chairing the group. Lauren, of course, brought gifts for US! Luckily, thanks to the generosity of a few of you, we were able to see her and raise her. She's leaving shortly for a much-deserved vacation. We pledged to keep meeting over drinks and dinner on a regular basis, so the reunion is a gift that will keep on giving.