The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 131.

Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Other Interested Persons,

Welcome to The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 131.

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We welcome any and all text and photos relevant to The Wheatley School, 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568, and the people who administered, taught and/or studied there. Art Engoron, Class of 1967

District and ‘Hood History

Writes Rhoda Kalkin Schneider (1961) - “We had one Black girl in our class.  She was the daughter of a live-in maid. I do not recall her name; perhaps someone else in our class remembers.  Needless to say, she felt extremely uncomfortable, and she transferred to Roslyn High School using someone's address in that district.”

Writes Jonathan Silver (1965) - “Arthur, some lawyers and some non-lawyers among Wheatley alumni will recall that in 1948 the United States Supreme Court, in Shelley v Kraemer, 334 U S. 1 (1948), ruled that racial restriction re-sale covenants in the deeds of private, family homes were unconstitutional. Like all Supreme Court decisions, that one was not universally followed, but the decision might be the reason why our Country Club home deeds contained no such restriction. I also remember my father telling me, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, that he had been told that there had been one Black family, original owner, of an RCC house  (dim recollection, I believe next door to ours, so, perhaps, 22 or 24 Locust Lane), but that ‘they had been made to feel uncomfortable, and left.’ I don't know whether it was true, but my father seemed to know, from residents prior to us, and it wouldn't surprise anyone, would it?”

Faculty Appreciation

Writes William Arnold (Faculty) - Hi, The spring I was at Wheatley I was invited to bring two Driver Education graduates to a safety event on a Saturday morning sponsored by Ford Motor Company. I invited a 1967 graduate who must have changed her mind five times in three days, telling me Friday afternoon that she wasn't going to go. When I left school I almost took the forms she'd filled out, but I thought, “People need to learn to stick with a decision," and I left the forms at school. As the event got underway she came running up and said, "I'm here."

Arthur Brown (1967) had come to spectate and Steve McGarry (1967) was entered. He did very well on the driving portion despite having been out late Friday night. I wanted to show what a farce that event was. Sadly, most things having to do with the ‘drive to survive mentality’ are of very limited value at best. I told both Steve and Arthur that anyone who sticks to a decision is much more likely to do well in life.

Steve actually was set to transfer from Nassau Community to a four-year drafting program when I saw him in 1969. Arthur did well at a two-year school in GA and went four years in a business program. He ended up tutoring others in reading and math. Once he got away from the pressure of trying to live up to his brother Edward (1958) and parents he blossomed. I saw him in Atlanta in 1978 where he was working in sales for a radio station and doing very well.”

Writes William David Rutenberg (1964) - “Hi Art: I, too, have fond memories of Mr. Rosenstein and his ability to bring chemistry to life.  Two indelible memories.

1) ‘LEO’ and ‘GER’ - ‘LEO’ is ‘loss of electron, oxidation’; ‘GER’ is ‘gain of electron, reduction.’ This served me well throughout my career in medical science.

2) Mr. Rosenstein was teaching us about urinalysis. We were asked to bring in a urine specimen.  John Angliss brought in a yellow liquid in a test tube. Paraphrasing Hamlet (and a special thanks to Mrs. Auerbach, for giving me my life long love of Shakespeare) John, questioned whether it is nobler to drink, or not to drink, held up that test tube, and sang to Rosey:

‘Drink with me to days gone by

To the life that’s going to be

Here's to you and here's to me’

and he drank it. Ugh! Needless to say, Mr. Rosenstein was aghast.  With a great big smile, John toasted him with a test tube of ginger ale. It was a memorable moment. And that’s what memories are made of.”


1964 - Jay Roth, Bill Rutenberg, Brian Stone - Appreciation - Writes Bill Rutenberg

To classmate Brian Stone: your piece in the Wheatley Newsletter # 129


was so poignant and eloquently written, I could not agree with you more. So proud to call you a friend. Memories are made of this.

To classmate Jay Roth: My brother, my friend since third grade, I couldn’t have asked for more than the friendship, discussions, games and time we have shared together and with our families. Memories are made of this.

Yes, dear friends and schoolmates, we each remember how much Wheatley means to us and guided us ‘through the night with the light from above.’ Joy to the world and peace on earth in 2024 and to ‘infinity and beyond.’ Veritatem quaerite, Bill Rutenberg, 1964

P.S. Remember when you found out there was no ‘permanent record.’ 😁

1966 - Diana Noble Rubinger Olmert - Home Economics

Writes Diana - Hi Art, My husband thought that I had lost my mind when I started to cry from laughter after reading Janet Kurman’s post about her Home Economics adventures. Try explaining washing a chicken in Home Economics to an Israeli.….Thanks for the laughter.”

1967 - Arthur Engoron - Party Time

L-R - Joe, Art, David, James

1968 - Tom and Jill Glaser - Photographed with their three sons

May be an image of 5 people and people smiling

1974 - Susan Cafaro DeLuca - Remembered

Writes David Gilmore (1973) - “My condolences on the passing of Susan Cafaro. As Debra Copeland remarked, there was not a thing I didn't like about her, and I was one of the many who had a crush on her ! May she rest in peace.”

1974 - Nicole Pastarnack - East to West

Writes Nicky - “Hey Art, Greetings from Seattle! Thank you for mentioning John Poulos and the Pastarnack family. I have not thought about the black light of my brother Billy (1971) in 60 years! It was so cool when your clothes would light up in the dark. I was lucky being the youngest of such an entertaining family and living in the “S” Section of the Roslyn County Club. I knew all my neighbors. I’ve tried to recreate my Roslyn Heights life in Seattle. I moved into a wonderful neighborhood (Queen Anne - near the Space Needle), and I know most of my neighbors (interestingly enough, most of whom are retired).”

1977 - Robin Guadalupi - Art Major

Writes Robin - “When I was a kid living in Uniondale, ‘Shelly Levine’ was my art teacher, and she pushed me to continue with it.  She had to be at least 10 years older than I was. Upon learning that I was moving to East Williston, she told me that she was from Coleman Drive in EW and that I must go to Hildebrandt's, so that was one of my first destinations when we moved.

Once at Wheatley,  I took every art class available, as I loved it.  Art was even better when Gerry Friedberg Pagliaro created a combined Art/history class. In my thoughts, it just added another class of ‘fun’ to my roster.  My thanks, and a shout out, to Gerry and to Aaron Kuriloff, my two favorite Wheatley Art teachers. 

I think that our year was the first in which AP art classes were available. I believe that the credits were thru Princeton. I may even still have the slides that we had to take. And six degrees of separation: my Uniondale Art teacher graduated from Wheatley in 1960 as ‘Rochelle Levine.’

Writes Rochelle ‘Shelly’ Levine Dicker (1960) - “I love being remembered by a former student in such a positive way. My teaching years in Uniondale and as a student at The Wheatley School are treasured moments of my life.”

Responds Robin Guadalupi -”Shelly, You were my Art teacher at Turtle Hook and pushed me to continue Art. At Wheatley I would joke that I had the key to the Art Room, as I was always there, even through lunch period.  My parents would not let me pursue art, saying “What will you do? Paint on street corners?”  That was another time.  My life path took me to fashion for many years, as a sales representative selling to so many stores that no longer exist.  When the 2007 recession hit I continued on to my artist side, and I have been designing kitchens ever since.”

Fan Mail

1959 (Tracey Lanthier) - “Thanks again for the great news and information. Great job.....Tracey.”

1959 (Stuart Sanderson) - “Once again, getting to be a habit, Art.  Great  Newsletter.  I always enjoy reading about Wheatley graduates’ careers.”

1963 (James Friedland) - ❤️

1964 (Gene Grindlinger) - “Each Newsletter is a masterpiece! Thank you, Art” ❤️

1964 (William David Rutenberg) - “Thanks to you and Keith for strengthening the ties that bind.  It’s incalculable how much time and effort you both devote to keeping our memories alive.”

1965 (Cliff Montgomery) - “Thanks for another great edition, Art. Regards, Cliff ❤️

1965 (Jeffrey Orling) - “As usual, I enjoyed reading the Newsletter.  Thank you very much for doing these articles, which bring back memories.  You don't know how much these mean to your readers. Happy Holidays!”

1965 (Jonathan Silver) - “I enjoy every issue.”

1966 (Richard Jalonack) - ❤️

1967 (Jill Simon Forte) - “I love these memories.”

1967 (Barbara Smith Stanisic) - “Thank you for the memories and for keeping us updated.”

1972 (Robin Freier Edwards) - ❤️

1973 (Timothy Clarke) - ❤️

1974 (Nicky Pastarnack) - “Thank you, Art, for all the time it takes to continue this Newsletter.”

1975 (David J. Abeshouse) - “Keep up the good work.”

1976 (James Juczak) - ❤️

1977 (Karen Alt Roos) - ❤️

1978 (Tami Smith) - ❤️❤️

1984 (Elizabeth Pries) - “ You do a great job on the Newsletter - so nice you do it!”

1985 (Sarah Tirgary) - ❤️


That’s it for The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 131.  Please send me your autobiography before someone else sends me your obituary.


  Arthur Fredericks Engoron, Class of 1967