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Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Other Interested Persons,

Welcome to The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 68.

Note - There are lots of links that may not look like or be labelled as such, so if in doubt, “click.”

The Usual Words of Wisdom

Thanks to our fabulous Webmaster, Keith Aufhauser (Class of 1963), you can regale yourself with the first 67 Newsletters (and other Wheatley data and arcana) at

Also, thanks to Keith is our handy-dandy, super-duper search engine, prominently displayed on our home page: type in a word or phrase and, voilà, you’ll find every place it exists in all previous Newsletters and other on-site material.  I use it all the time.  Amazing!

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I edit all submissions, even material in quotes, for clarity and concision, without any indication thereof.  I do not have a fact-checking department, and I do not vouch for the accuracy of what people tell me, although occasionally I correct obvious errors or refuse to publish blatant falsehoods.

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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.


Rhoda Kalkin Schneider (1961) Likes Several Faculty Members

Writes Rhoda - “I enjoyed reading the comments of Gene Razzetti (1961) on Jack North, and I am happy someone else remembers him. Howard Storm and Jack Norther both were terrific English teachers, which I never heard mentioned until now!  Mr. Tierney (science) was another favorite of mine along with Mrs. Saxon (home-ec). We were fortunate to have such quality teachers.”

The Community

Long Island Community Rallying To Save Historic Ice Cream Shop Hildebrandt’s As Rent Rises


Rita Doye - Mother of Andy (1965), Tommy (1967) and Jimmy (1970) - Remembered by Edward B. Ryder IV (1970):

“I remember Mrs. Doyle as living on the curve of Bengeyfield, slightly south of the Amatos, Grecos, and Hirsch's. I remember her as stately, bespectacled, and as a friend of my late mother as well. It was probably either from a shared "cards with the ladies" or a ‘Women's Club of the Willistons’ affiliation."

Leatrice (“Lea”) Glickman – Mother of Todd (1973) and Jeff (1978) Glickman - Remembered By Robert Freiman (1962):

“I would like to add a word about the recent passing of Lea Glickman, as reported by her sons, Todd and Jeff. Lea was a member of the East Williston School District Board of Education in the 1970’s.  She was exceedingly bright, principled, and of great character and integrity. The members of the Board are seen in public meetings, but so much happens behind the scenes, where she was so effective. Lea was always a strong advocate for children and for the teachers who put them first. Whenever an action was proposed by the Superintendent to the Board, her first question was to ask whether it is in the best interests of the kids. Her heart and mind were always in the right place and her contributions to the well being of the District in those years was substantial, part of what made it a truly wonderful school system, in reality as well as by reputation.

I met Lea and her husband Frank as a ten-year-old in 1954 at a summer camp where Lea and Frank were counselors (her ceramics program was a magnet for many of us). When I moved back to Roslyn as a father of young children (I was a 1962 Wheatley graduate, and my daughters, Jenny, Julie and Lisa were also later Wheatley graduates), Lea was there with friendship, welcomed me to involvement with the schools, encouraged me to run for the Board, and then was a terrific mentor in the years we served together on the Board. Lea was devoted to Frank, Todd and Jeff, a good friend to many, and a staunch advocate for the children of our schools.  She will be missed.”


Doctor Godfrey Wills - Donna Harmelin Rivkin (1963) Remembers

Writes Donna - Dr. Godfrey Wills was my Choir Director at Wheatley. He was also my first Voice Teacher. He introduced me to Italian Art Songs, and encouraged me to learn Arias from operas. The first Aria, was “Un Bel Di Vedremo” by Puccini from Madame Butterfly. Then he decided that Michele “Mickey” Gordon (1961) and I should sing the flower duet, “Tutti I Fior,” also from Madame Butterfly, for an assembly program.  I loved singing with her!! Dr. Wills helped me prepare music for my audition at Juilliard when I was in my junior year at Wheatley. Juilliard had a Preparatory Division for students in high school & younger. I was accepted and studied there on Saturdays. When I graduated from Wheatley I continued at Juilliard. Dr. Wills had a profound influence on my life. He was my friend he was my teacher and I miss him very much!


1958 - Chris Abernethy - Remembered by Edward B. Ryder IV (1970):

“I regretted hearing about the passing of Chris Abernethy, who during my tenure as a member of the East Williston Fire Department was always a very diligent and patient teacher and mentor. I always assumed that when that main klaxon siren blasted, it virtually sent Chris flying down the stairs from his apartment to open up all the bay doors so that when we all arrived, all we had to do was roll out the rigs.”

1959 - Stu Sanderson - Remembers Good People:

“Two items:  re: Dr. Wills whom I spent a lot of time with when Wheatley produced "Good News,” was  nothing short of great, as a director and counselor.  Chris Abernethy was a friend, and a genuine success in life.”

1961 - Charles Herbert Gregg - Deceased

Chuck’s on the left with, apparently, a student of his.

Writes his son, Benjamin - “Charles Herbert Gregg, age 77, passed peacefully on February 26, 2022 in Syracuse, New York. Born in New York City, he was the son of Charles Clifford and Patricia Vogt Gregg. He graduated from The Wheatley School in 1961. 

He was an outstanding high school athlete (football and the discus) and was an excellent student, achieving a near perfect score in mathematics on his SAT. Following high school he attended the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, from 1961-64. Changing his major from English Literature to Special Education, he transferred to Syracuse University, graduating in 1966. Following graduation he taught fourth grade at an elementary school before entering a Master’s Program in Rehabilitation Counseling at Syracuse University. 

As part of that program he interned at a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities, receiving his master’s degree in 1975. He went on to attend the University of Iowa, completing a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology in 1975. He became a faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah) in 1975, teaching there until his retirement in 2006. Charles was known to his friends as “Chuck.” 

He loved to sing and had a beautiful bass/ baritone voice. He also loved jazz, especially jazz singers, Lou Rawls and Frank Sinatra being two of his favorites. He spent summers as a teenager as a camp counselor in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Hiking and car camping remained two of his favorite pastimes. Chuck was a talented writer and pursued his writing interests through the Utah Writers Workshop and, later, in retirement. Among his accomplishments is a book he wrote on single fatherhood. 

Chuck is survived by his former wife, Meredith Moench; his three children, Amberley Elizabeth Gregg-Kerbein, Joshua Robert Gregg, and Benjamin Albion Gregg (Karin Leiderman-Gregg); and four grandchildren, Abbey Kerbein, Brautigan Kerbein, Mila Gregg and Lucy Gregg. He was predeceased by daughter Emily Ann. 

There will be no memorial service. Memorial donations/in lieu of flowers may be given to”

Writes Gene Razzetti (1961) - Chuck was a highly talented student, athlete, and friend, and an all-around good guy, who became, to nobody's surprise, an accomplished man who made a difference.”

1963 - Donna Harmelin Rivkin - See Above re Doctor Wills

1967 - Lee Fein, Merrill Stanton, and Steve Asquith - A MiniReunion

L-R - Lee, Merrill, Steve

Writes Merrill - “Reunion 3/8/2022 of Steve Asquith, Merrill Stanton and Lee Fein in Laguna Beach! Had lunch and great time reminiscing!

1967 - Thomas Doyle - Scott Geery (1967) Remembers

Writes Scott - “Artie, Sad news, indeed, to learn of Tommy Doyle's passing.

Tommy was one-of-a-kind (but weren't we all). One couldn't ask for a better hitch hiking compadre than Tom Doyle. He brought wit, humor and resourceful wisdom to the road. And he was always brimming with Dylan lyrics. I'm glad he was with his family in Vermont when he was called back to the road.  I hadn't seen Tommy in many years; but perhaps unbeknownst to us both, our hearts were close. Let’s keep the faith. Scott”

1967 - Arthur Engoron - Graduate in the News

(Right or left click on any periodical for a link thereto)

New York Times


New York Post



Washington Post

1967 - Richard Holub - Deceased

L-R - Peter Kaplan, Richard Holub, Scott Frishman, and Kenny Hare (all 1967), in January 2019

Writes Scott Frishman - “Hi Arthur, I am so sorry to have to tell you about the passing of our close friend Richie Holub on Sunday evening March 7. Richie had many friends in our class that remained close to him throughout these 54 + years since our graduation; Kenny Hare, Peter Kaplan, Robert Hecht, Steve Bernstein , Lee Fein, Steve Asquith, Arthur Ernst and I will miss him dearly. I apologize to anyone that I may have missed.

Richie had an incredible sense of humor. He always made us laugh. No matter what life threw at him, he always maintained his sense of humor. He had three children and two grandchildren who will miss him as well. His life was cut way too short.
On a personal note , he was born on Nov. 2, 1948. He was a few inches taller than me, and he would lend me his license so I could get into the Wayside Inn since I was born in July, 1949. He always said to me, “Scott, you”ll never forget my birthday will you” with a laugh and a smile on his face.

There are so many Richie stories which we will remember and shall go untold, as I am sure there will be for me too when my time has come.

All of us will miss him dearly. May he RIP

Writes classmate Lee Fein - “I have many good memories of Richard Holub. He and I stayed in touch all these years, along with Scott Frishman, Stephen Bernstein, Peter Kaplan, Steve Asquith and Robert Hecht. We share many stories.

1967 - Stephen Wechselblatt - Author Extraordinaire

Homicide detective John Carver thought he’d seen it all. But when a young woman’s body is discovered floating in the rooftop water tank at a skid-row hotel, and a local new-age psychic claims to have seen that young woman moments before her death, Carver quickly realizes he’s in unfamiliar territory. Soon he’s thrust into an investigation that makes him question everything he believes in and terrifyingly finds his own daughter, the same age as the victim, caught up in the case.  Reluctantly working with the psychic, Carver begins to unlock a decades old mystery and comes face to face with what he can only describe as true evil. 

Inspired by a true story, Worse Than Murder is a page-turning mystery that is equal parts gripping and terrifying, and will leave readers clamoring for more.

Click here to Pre-Order your copy today on Amazon

1968 - Martha Cornfield - Memories of Martha by Judy Bregman (1967) and Jo Ann Bregman Miles (1972)

Writes Judy Bregman (1967) - “Martha was my first friend in life. I knew her most of her the short 71 years. The Cornfields moved into the house next door to my parents on Dogleg Lane, probably around the time that we were both about a year old. Since we were both adopted, we started out with lots in common.

During those early years, there wasn’t a day we didn’t spend some time together. In the Willets Road years, we would walk to school together every day. During Wheatley years we walked together daily to the bus stop at Parkway and Pebble. Most days after elementary school we would play at something. On snow days, we would comb the neighborhood for the biggest icicles. Sometimes, Richard Frankfort (1969) or Carol Chock (1968), other Dogleg Laners, would join us.

Early on, Martha inspired us (my sister, Jo Ann and I) to join her at Madame Vera’s ballet studio in Sea Cliff, where all 3 of us danced for years. She was a beautiful dancer who always had the recital solos. I so distinctly recall her mother, Shirley, sewing some of those costumes. I never got out of the “chorus”.

College separated us, but we continued to catch up during holidays and summers. We kept in touch through marriages, children and grandchildren. We last met at my 70th birthday party at my sister’s in 2019. It was great to really catch up again, although she had already become quite physically disabled. She was still just the sweetest soul.
Martha called me just a few days before she passed. We both knew that was her goodbye. It was heartbreaking to hang up that phone call. The older I get, the more those long term relationships seem to mean. My thanks to her husband Phil Fea (1967)and her children for taking such good care of her throughout her health struggles. My condolences to them, her grandchildren, and her brother, William (1969), or ‘Billy’ as we all knew him.”

Writes Jo Ann Bregman Miles (1972) - “Martha was our next door neighbor. Although she was closer in age to my older sister Judy, I saw her as sandwiched between us, and my sister and I both counted her a friend.

Next door neighbors, we grew up together. In and out of each other’s houses, a continual scurrying back and forth. There was always some sense of urgency, after all what could be better than having a neighbor who was also a dear friend? 

We sat around exchanging stories about neighborhood happenings, Willets Road and Wheatley too. Often times Martha would hang out in Judy’s room, and I always managed to find my way in there…Martha was decidedly cool, and I wanted into the hang out. One of the greatest things about Martha was that she had this infectious laugh. First, you saw the mirth dance in her eyes, then it began to bubble over into this explosive laughter…Martha loved a good laugh! 

Springtime heralded the start of our endless hours of outdoor games: Red Light, Green Light; Red Rover; and Tag…until it got dark out and household lights came on.

My sister and I credit Martha with our introduction to ballet and serious dance instruction. It was Martha, an accomplished ballet student who led us to the studio of the renowned Madame Vera in Sea Cliff. Housed in an old Victorian with French doors that opened and transported us into a ballet world complete with a wood sprung floor, a rosin box and a pianist. We studied the Vaganova Method of classical ballet; this was the real deal! 

Martha’s front lawn became our rehearsal studio as we practiced ballet steps and choreographed pieces. In later years, the Cornfield’s front lawn became the space to practice cheerleading. Martha was a Wheatley varsity cheerleader and taught me everything about the sport. When I made the squad, I ran over to tell her as my success was hers as well.

Aside from being neighbors and friends, the three of us shared a unique bond…we were all adopted children. We understood what that journey in life was like, we could talk about it. How fortunate we were to have Martha as our dear neighbor and cherished friend?!

1968 - Laurence (“Laurie”) Schiller - Friendships and Memories

Writes Laurie: I had really disconnected from Wheatley until the 50th school reunion, and now I’ve had the pleasure of reviving old friendships and memories. Right now I am quarantined with COVID, but I am recovering and will back to normal pretty soon. Thank you for keeping us all in touch and introducing us to folks we never knew in other classes. I am, nonetheless, sad to read of the deaths of classmates, especially Martha Cornfield. “The memory of good people is a blessing”.

1969 - Roger Gimbel - Professional Printer Extraordinaire

Link to Roger’s Website

Writes sister Gail Gimbel (1973) - “My brother Roger (1969) wrote and published a book which is now available for purchase on AMAZON! It’s fascinating!  All  proceeds are going to a memorial fund in honor of our parents in the graphic arts community, which sits with the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation.”

I’m Not Anyone – A Colorful Story of Disappointment, Endurance and Reinvention from One of Today’s Top Entrepreneurs.

Roger P. Gimbel, EDP, is a well-known entrepreneur and business executive in the commercial print industry. He assumed management of the family business, expanded it, and had it taken from him. Over the course of his career, he’s experienced many ups and downs; some of them humorous, others heart-breaking.

“I’m Not Anyone,” is a memoir of how Roger arrived at where he is today and what drives a person to continue moving forward.  The book includes lots of stories about Roger’s experiences with the people, technology, and trends of the printing business as well as anecdotes about life in the Gimbel family.

In honor of Roger’s parents, Audrey and Hy, he is donating all proceeds from the sale of this book to the Herman L. Gimbel and Audrey M. Gimbel Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship impacts the lives of college students, providing financial support that makes a college education more affordable for students while promoting the graphic arts industries. Scholarships are offered for full or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

By purchasing this book you get a fun and inspiring read while supporting the scholarship fund for an incoming student. Feel free to purchase multiple copies to give to friends and employees as you help support our next generation of graphics arts professionals. Click here to get your copy:

What readers are saying:

“This is a collection of some funny, some scary, some cringe-worthy, and some quite inspiring experiences in the life of the larger-than-life Roger Gimbel. Quite a tale.”

—Allison McCord

“Roger Gimbel could be the most interesting man I know…Motorcycles, drugs, clothes, clubs, yachts, and Forrest Gump-like experiences with some of the most iconic people in recent history. More than anything though, this book is about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur — brains and, shall we say, intestinal fortitude. Roger lays out in a clear, fun, and humorous fashion his anecdotes about his life and what it takes to build, grow, and maintain a successful business in any industry.”

—Lance Drucker, ChFC, AI

“Engaging…A tremendous insight into how people are shaped and influenced by their life adventures.”

-Kevin Ward, Former Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Bank of America Merrill

More on Roger’s amazing career.

Gail Gimbel, Executive Director

Gimbel & Associates

400 Garden City Plaza  Ste 405

Garden City, New York 11530

Office 646-472-1936

Cell 516-521-9522

We are celebrating the Gimbel Family

80 years of the “Gimbels in Print”

1970 - Cameron Kane - Movie Men

Writes Cameron - “Arthur, Chris (Srini) Vasan (1968) recently shared a short film he made with Steve Miller (1967) and Peter Kelvin (1968) in the autumn of 1966. The 12-minute film is titled “Obsolescence.” It was shown in many classrooms just before the winter holidays, then it was banned from campus. The film drew an uprising of interest in cinema from student filmmakers, which led to the start of the “Wheatley Film Club” in the same school year.

“Obsolescence” tells a story of youthful loneliness, aspirations, and oppression by societal forces. In the spring of 1967, “Obsolescence” won the Best Story Film award in the inaugural Nassau County Student Film Festival. 
For those interested in viewing the film go to YouTube, The Wheatley Alumni Film Club,

Link to the film

Also, if other alumni would like to post sound, pictures, movies or video related to our Wheatley years together I can arrange to upload these to YouTube. 
Best wishes, Cameron Kane”

1970 - William (“Billy”) Kirchick - His Son, The Author

Secret City

"Not since Robert Caro’s Years of Lyndon Johnson have I been so riveted by a work of history. Secret City is not gay history. It is American history.”
—George Stephanopoulos

Learn about the book.

1970 - Amy Jacoby Budish - Mom’s Still Here

Writes Amy - “Yes, my mom is still here- we celebrated her 100th in May!  She had been doing well until my sister Beth (1967) died; no surprise, that loss triggered a dramatic change in her independence. She’s now at Sands Point center. Her mind is amazingly sharp.

BTW:  As far as my life: After getting my Masters in Consumer Education,  I worked for the Carter White House, for his Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs, married and moved to Cleveland, my husband Armond Budish’s hometown;  raised two brilliant sons, co-authored several books with my husband; but mostly I’ve been the ‘woman behind the man’ for many years. Most recently, Armond has been the Cuyahoga County executive for the past 7 years. A horrible, thankless job. He’s way too honest for the position, and as a result has been the victim of some despicable political antics (subject of a longer conversation and worthy of a screenplay- ha!). Prior to that, he was a nationally recognized elder law attorney, a State Representative, and for two Democratic Camelot years, the first Jewish Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives (another topic for discussion!). That must sound shocking, given how far right Ohio has become.
Since Armond’s not running for re-election (a suicide mission), the next path is unclear. But, that’s a brief update. I’ll keep you posted!”

1970 - Haywood (“Woody”) Mann - A Tribute By Susan Rotholz (1975):

“I was so sad to hear that Woody Mann died. He was my beloved guitar teacher when I was in 7th-9th grade at Wheatley.  What a wonderful and devoted teacher. He was so inspired by music and musicians, and he introduced Reverend Gary Davis’s music to me.  I remember Woody teaching me Old Miss Kelly Shake Your Belly, Delia, and Let Us Get Together, with his signature finger picking and with learning tablature.  I saw how central music was to his life when he was just five years older than me and was inspired by his passion for his instrument. He was so cool! He thought I should buy a Martin guitar, and he even picked one out for me, but my dad didn’t get it. Instead, I got a flute and went on to become a professional flutist; so music has been central to my life, too. I’d like to think that maybe I got some of that from him. I really wish we had gotten the Martin.  But Woody liked the small guitar that I had; in fact, now it is the coveted guitar that my kids and husband write songs on.  So it at least had Woody’s blessing!

I remember when Woody had Reverend Gary Davis come to his house to play a concert. It was amazing, although I think I was too young to understand completely how amazing it was.  Woody’s living room was packed with all of us, and I was captivated by the music. I remember seeing how proud and loving Woody was to have him there.  Woody was aglow.

I bumped into Woody at a coffee shop in Manhattan years ago, read about all the books he wrote on teaching, saw that we were playing at the same concert hall in Maine one summer, wrote him a letter and sent him my flute CD’s and combed the internet to watch his YouTube videos.   What a gifted guitarist and musician, and what a beautiful person.  I am honored to have been his student, and I am amongst the many who will miss him.”

1970 - Edward B. Ryder IV - Family Matters

“Our youngest, Barbara-Anne, who turns 25 this April, has left Pennsylvania, where she stayed for a few years after leaving university. She opted to relocate to Florence, Kentucky, where a K-12 friend of hers had previously moved. Barbara-Anne took possession of her new apartment in Florence on a Monday and began working on Wednesday. We're headed out there for a week in June. 

My wife, Joyce, an NYC Special Education/Phys Ed teacher for the last 30+ years, got over COVID in late January, although she has some residual fatigue issues inherent in the prolonged recuperation from COVID. Being a classroom teacher among unvaccinated minors is the human equivalent of being in a Petrie dish. If Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks, in conjunction with Mike Mulgrew of the UFT, can get their act together this year and, as a result, offer an early retirement incentive, she may opt to pack it in. If not, she's going to keep on cruising along at least until the end of the academic year 2024-25. As for me, I'm planning to keep working until either six men in suits come to carry me out, or until there's a Minyan ready to say Kaddish for this 39.5% Ashkenazi, 54% Anglo/British, 5.5% French DNA populated guy.”

1973 - Paul Bernard Marinello - Fondly Remembered by Howard (“Dutch”) Cramblitt (1972) and Charles Nash (1973):

Writes Howard - “With great sadness I read about the passing of Paul Marinello. I remember with such joy our years together at Wheatley, playing sports and generally carousing the neighborhood! Paul was a good athlete and a far better student, really smart guy! Looks like he had a good life and a wonderful family. My thoughts are for his family and their loss.”

Writes Charlie - “I was saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Marinello. I considered him a friend.  We hung out some in middle school.  He was a very nice person!

1974 - Suzanne Gilbride Zenker - The Quilt’s the Thing

Writes Suzanne - I hope that all the Wheatley families are doing well during the covid pandemic. Tom & I have been hunkering down: and so far, so good; missing some traveling, and seeing Family and Friends, etc….

My art talent was encouraged as far back as nursery school at Temple Sinai and frosted during my years at I.U.Willets and Wheatley; then strongly developed at Syracuse during a summer and Rochester Institute of Technology for my BFA….

I’ve continued to reinvent myself throughout the years, having had no idea I would become a Quilt Artist; just found it something fun to try my hand at in retirement…..

People ask me all the time, how do you start an art quilt?   I answer, “It's like painting with fabric, you just have to start, make many mistakes, start over, rip out, sew over, have fun; art is not perfect, it can be kinda messy, so stop trying to be a perfectionist and enjoy the process…


SuZanne :)

AKA SuZanne L Zenker - Gilbride 

Class of 1974 OMG I’m so old :)

1975 - Alan Peterson - Retiring

From Washington, D.C. comes word that Alan Peterson (1975) is putting the cap on a 43-year broadcasting career in March and retiring to Williamsburg, VA with wife Michele.

Showing early promise as Wheatley's morning announcement guy in his junior year (alternating with Robert Bernstein), Alan first hit the air at college station WHPC-FM in Garden City in 1977, then went pro in 1979. Stops included Springfield MA, Danbury CT, and Harrisburg, PA, before Alan landed in Washington in 1995. There, he was Tech Editor for a broadcast trade newspaper, had his own shows on WFLS-FM, WAVA-FM and WABS-AM, and was part of the engineering team that built the Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House. Along the way he co-wrote a comedy jingle collection for radio DJs, worked with "Cousin Brucie" Morrow and G. Gordon Liddy, and was an adjunct professor of radio and audio technology at Montgomery College in Maryland for 16 years. Since 2004, Alan has been the National Production Director for the Radio America Network in Arlington VA.

In Williamsburg, Alan intends to concentrate on movie and TV commercial character acting in nearby Richmond and Newport News VA; revive a long-neglected interest in analog music synthesizers; and hopes to lend an advisory hand at the student-run radio station at the College of William and Mary. 

Well-wishers, old buddies and former girlfriends are welcome to drop a line at (not a typo).

1976 - Jason Rosenfeld - Deceased

Writes Felice Greenbaum Berger (1976) - “My long-time friend and classmate, Jason Rosenfeld, just passed away in his sleep.  We were friends since early childhood, with our parents as founding members of Temple Beth Sholom. We did Hebrew school, Hebrew high school and USY Pilgrimage to Israel together, along with Northside through Wheatley. He spent his life devoted to his wife Jamie and his son Jared. He was a Pediatric Dentist and had been head of the Passaic County Dental Association for many years. He will be missed by his friends, family, classmates and patients! 

Jason Rosenfeld Obituary

1980 - Deborah Rosenthal - Power Lawyer

Deborah Rosenthal

President-Elect, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York represents female legal professionals from every corner of the state and advocates for legislative changes in Albany that promote equality for women. Deborah Rosenthal, owner of Rosenthal, Attorneys at Law, will soon take over as head of the association.

Deborah G. Rosenthal, Esq.

Practice Areas:  Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probate and Administration, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship, Corporate and Real Estate

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV (5.0 out of 5.0)

Deborah G. Rosenthal

Rosenthal, Attorneys at Law, P.C.

336 Northern Blvd.

Great Neck, NY 11021

Tel: 516-487-1612

Fax: 516-487-1659


2002 - Philip Grodin - Author

Writes Phil - I just published my first book, called, Just Tell Me What I Need to Know!  It teaches new and young professionals the critical soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace. It's currently available on Amazon

Click to order the book.

2009 - Amanda Hartman - Accomplished Lawyer Seen Around Town

L-R - Art Engoron (1967) and Amanda Hartman (2009)

Fan Mail

1959 (Stu Sanderson) - “Art, allow me to join the voices in thanks for what you do for Alumni……very grateful.”

1960 (Elaine Kent Abrams) - “Thank you for all the work you do for the Wheatley Alums.  I appreciate reading about all the good news and put the other kind in perspective.  Live positive, test negative!”

1962 (Robert Freiman) - “Let me join the chorus to praise the wonderful and much appreciated effort that you and Keith are making to keep the whole Wheatley alumni community engaged with each other and informed.  It is much appreciated.”

1963 (Donna Harmelin Rivkin) - “Art, thank you again for doing such a tremendous job with the newsletter. I appreciate all you do for the Alumni of Wheatley! ??🎶

1965 (Jonathan Silver) - “I add to the long list of others' my profound gratitude for your Wheatley Newsletters; they are among my favorite email receipts; when I see that one has arrived, it always cheers me, and I always make myself especially comfortable and prepared so as to increase as much as I can the pleasure I know I am about to receive (I don't say Grace, but, if I were religious in a traditional way (my religion is the Law and the Rule thereof - which seems to be gaining adherents, even converts), then perhaps I would; in my heart, perhaps I do. Thanks for keeping Wheatley alive.”

1966 (Allan Silver) - “Art, thank you for another excellent newsletter. I greatly appreciate how your efforts keep us all together.”

1967 (Lee Fein) - “The newsletters just keep getting better…..”

1967 (Scott Geery) - “Thanks Artie, for all you do, and for the humility with which you do it .”

1968 (Laurence “Laurie’ Schiller) - “Keith and Art – thank you for all you do on this.”

1970 (Edward B. Ryder IV) - “Art: Another well-crafted newsletter. Thanks to you for your drafting and Mr. Aufhauser for being the webmaster.”

1972 (Howard (“Dutch”) Cramblitt) - “I love your newsletter and read it as soon as it hits my in-box. Thanks for your hard work pulling this together.”

1975 (Susan Rotholz) - “Thank you for all you do to keep us Wheatleyites connected.”

1973 - (Jeannine McClure Bradley) - “Thanks for your work on the Newsletter.”

1984 (James Rothstein) - “Thanks so much for all your efforts on the Newsletter, etc.”

2002 (Phil Grodin) - “I love the newsletter.”


That’s it for The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 68.  Please send me your autobiography before someone else sends me your obituary.


Arthur Fredericks Engoron

The Wheatley School Class of 1967