The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter #55, January 22,2021


Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Other Interested Persons,

Welcome to The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 55,



The Class of 1962 Zoom Reunion

The Wheatley Class of 1962 Zoom Reunion will be taking place on

                                          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4 PM (EST).

We hope that all our 1962 classmates will join in the fun of catching up with one another!


The Class Reunion Committee:

Bruce Blom

Art Brody

John Cilmi

Harriet Feinglass

John Kapinos

Ruth Rennert


For more information contact Ruth at RENNERT@RUTHRENNERT.COM.



The Usual Words of Wisdom (with one addition)


Wow, 2021!


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Confidential Personal Note

“Female Wheatley Class of 1988 graduate looking to meet a nice unmarried guy for outdoor, ‘pandemic-safe' dates……and then, who knows, we’ll see where it goes!  Smart.  Sexy.  Fun.  Outdoorsy.  Mom of a 5-year-old boy.”  (Writes Arthur Engoron – I vetted her on Facebook and, if you’re interested, just let me know, also in confidence.   I can assure you that you’ll be doing yourself a favor). 



Wheatley’s Early, and Current, Principals

Writes Matt Sanzone (1959) – “Happy New Year, Art.  Sad to learn that Dr. Boyan passed away.  There should be scholastic awards in his Mr. Wathey’s names given to Wheatley graduating seniors.  Best for the New Year.  Matt



Writes Gene Razzetti (1961) – “I came to Wheatley as a Freshman in 1957, having just been ‘pardoned’ from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School in Roslyn.  At Wheatley, I met, among many other fine educators, Dr. Norman J. Boyan – Wheatley’s first Principal.  He was dignified, authoritative, and made a lasting impression; and I mourn his passing.  He knew me by name, happily for the right reasons.  Some of the other boys in my class got to see his unhappy side.  He remained principal for two more years.  His departure, for whatever reasons, left no doubt in our young minds who his eventual replacement would be: our loved and respected Assistant? principal: Mr. Walter W. Wathey. 


But first we met Dr. Clayton I. Akin.  Dr. Akin was an amiable man.  My only “office call” with him was when he approved my request to drive to and from school in my own car.  My justification was that I had to take my father to the Roslyn Station before school each day.  Dr. Akin asked me if I liked to ‘peel out’ and ‘leave rubber.’  I explained that my 1949 Ford was incapable of such antics and that I was unwilling to replace my new tires.  He liked my answer, and I received permission, when other, more exciting guys with over-powered ‘land yachts’ were denied.  (Sometimes it’s good to be the dull kid).  Dr. Akin left after one year, and again we looked forward to seeing Mr. Wathey move up.   


This time, in came Mr. Armand C. Vertucci.  He, too, held the fort for one year and left with my class in 1961.  My lasting memory of him was that he kept the track team (all nicely sweated up for our big meet) shivering in ranks while he ‘dedicated’ our new track. As always, Mr. Wathey remained the power and constancy behind the throne. 


Finally, after a frightening attack of common sense, the School Board gave the job to Mr. Wathey.  His many years in a job for which he was made make him, in my opinion, Wheatley’s ‘Benchmark Principal.’  The Board has my permission to erect a statue of Mr. Wathey at the Main Entrance (and a statue of Mr. Brightman at the Gym Entrance.)


Wheatley was out of sight and out of mind for me for many years.  I was (and remain) impressed by Dr. Sean Feeney.  He reminds me most of Mr. Wathey: fit and trim, and with a look that says, ‘I love what I’m doing.’  My regret for him is that the East Williston School District Office is now located inside the school.  My regret for the students is that we lost the Machine Shop, the Home Economics Classroom, and the Art Studio in the process.


Best to all for the New Year, Gene.”



Athletic Prowess

Writes Art Engoron – “Coach Dan Walsh (the father of graduate Dan Walsh, 1990) has sent me a treasure trove of athletic records (many of which he received from Coach Bill Lawson).  I plan to publish a few in every issue going forward.”

1500 meters                                                                                

1987    9th Grade         Mike Going      4:15.2                         

1988    10th Grade       Mike Going      4:11.0                          

1989    11th Grade       Mike Going      3:59.5                         

1990    12th Grade       Mike Going      3:57.6.


3200 meters                                                                                       

1969     Paul Ingrassia 9:37.7

1983     Ken Watnick               9:57.0

1987     Mike Going                 9:52.2

1988      Mike Going                9:47.0






Karen Bartscherer – Bad Times, Good Times

Writes Karen – “Even as COVID-19 continues to ravage us here in America and across the globe, you have, nevertheless, managed to draw such a varied collection of submissions—some entertaining, some surprising, and many quite moving—from Wheatley folks of diverse vintage.  Over the course of the harrowing pandemic, David (Israel) and I have, like so many others, experienced several losses.  It is uplifting to hear anecdotes and view photos from the many people we remember from the meaningful and rewarding years we spent as part of the “Wheatley family.”  We appreciate your efforts and also the care that all the contributors take in crafting their stories to share with everyone.  I send sincerest wishes to you and to all readers as well for a healthy and much brighter 2021!



William “Bill” Stevenson – Remembered by his wife

Writes Alma Stevenson – “Art, thanks for keeping me in the loop.  My husband, Coach Bill Stevenson, always spoke of fond memories of his time at Wheatley.  He enjoyed giving nicknames to his players.  Maybe some of them remember that.  He wanted his teams to do well but always be good sports and have fun.”



John Pagliaro – Music Man


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Writes Alan Peterson (1975) – “After reading, a few issues ago, about retired faculty member John Pagliaro's passing, I went back thru some old personal school photos to find this special memory.  For the 1974 Varsity Revue, a few of us put a band together in the style of '40s comedy bandleader Spike Jones.  Remembering that Mr. Pagliaro blew a mean clarinet, we invited him in to play along on "Cocktails for Two."  Decked out in his finest Dixieland duds, here he is, along with (L-R) bandmates John Gaines (‘76), Laura Frankfort (‘74), Jerry Jacoby (‘74) and me (just out of the frame are Dr Godfrey Wills on piano and vocals, Frank Stellato (‘76) on accordion, and Cliff Seixas (‘75) on novelty percussion).  Thanks for sitting in with the band, Mr Pagliaro... a fun time was had by all.  (photo by Alan Rothstein, ‘76).  Alan Peterson, Washington DC”





1960 – Barbara Frankfort Patrick – “My Life”

Writes Barbara – The Early Years: 


I barely remember my elementary school years, it was so long ago.  But, I do know that I had fun and was blessed in having good friends, a great family, and the best school district in the state, or any state for that matter.  My mother was president of the PTA for many years, and so my siblings and I got more attentionthan we cared for by teachers, and others.  And, she was a personal friend of Mr. Goldwasser.  I was embarrassed most of the time.  Now, having children and grandchildren of my own, I know that mom was way ahead of her time.  Getting involved in your kids school is essential to ensure that our children have the very best education available.


The Wheatley Years:


High School is a blur.  I am not sure where exactly where I fit in. But I guess I did somewhere, and I know that I had fun.  I have reconnected with some of the people who were my friends during that time, and they tell me so.  I suppose the reason for my memory lapse is that I had so many responsibilities at home, which eclipsed everything else. I was the eldest of five, two bothers and twin sisters who were 13 years younger than me.  Boy, did they all cramp my style.  Mom had gone back to college after the twins were born, and so raising them was up to me!  I actually had to take my little brother Richard on some of my dates!  Ugh, I couldnt get out of the house fast enough. 


But, I digress.  I do remember we had outstanding teachers.  Like G. Fredrick Hawkins for English.  I didnt want to write an essay for one of his assignments, so I asked if I could do an illustrative timeline of literature from Beowulf to modern times.  He agreed, and by the time it was finished it wrapped around the room.  I got an A, and he used it for many years after.  Then there was Mel Rosenstein; I can still smell those concoctions, but boy did he make chemistry fun.  And who could possibly forget Mr. Doig and his enthusiasm for American history.  I learned Spanish with a German accent from Dr. Scheinen!  I loved chorus, thanks to Dr. Wills.  And, yes, I took art.  I won a blue ribbon in the Hofstra Art show for high school students in my Freshman year.  I wish that I still had the painting rather than the newspaper article.  Mom must have trashed it in some move or another. 


Post Wheatley Years;


Unlike many of you, I didnt go to college after graduation.  I loved art and thought that I would like to be an artist.  Unfortunately, my parents didnt feel art was an acceptable college major, so they gave me their idea of acceptable professions for women.  They would send me to nursing school, or I could consider being a teacher.  Well, the sight of blood made me nauseous, and teaching wasnt for me.  So after graduation, I began as a textile designer apprentice with the help of a neighbor who was in the industry, and he was my mentor.  The first studio I worked at was in the old Metropolitan Opera House, on the fourth floor.  It was such a thrill to work there.  There was no air conditioning, and in the summer the windows were open on the fourth floor studio, and we listened to many artists practicing their scales and arias.  My grandfather was a season ticket holder for years and always had tickets for all the shows.  He believed that I needed to be educated in all the arts to be a complete human being.  He also was a founding member of MoMA, where he introduced me to Matisse, who became a major influence in my art.  I could go on and on about that; however, I am sure that I have lost you all a paragraph ago.


Since I didnt go to college, and I was desperate to get out of the house, I had two choices: get an apartment in the city, or get married.  Well, I couldnt afford the apartment.  In 1962 I was married, and we lived in Flushing, and when I became pregnant with my first child in 1964, I was fired from my textile design position.  How about them trying that these days!  So I became a stay-at-home mom for my son, and we bought a house in Syossett.  Three years later my daughter was born.  In 1968 we moved to the Washington DC area.  Great timing; Martin Luther King Jr. had just been shot, and I arrived at National Airport as DC was burning.  My husband was already working there, and he picked me and the kids up at the airport.  He had a baseball bat for protection next to the seat. All was fine and the weapon was not needed.  We settled in Fairfax, VA for several years and moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1972 when he changed jobs.


I felt my life needed something more gratifying than being a stay at home mom, so I taught watercolor painting for the adult education department, and after a while I got involved with the community paper, but still not enough. I decided that it was my time to go to college, and so I did.  Four years later I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a double major in Art History (one of my passions) and Advertising Communications (a practicality).  I got a job, not in art history, but as a graphic designer for a major publishing company in DC, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (which Bloomberg recently purchased).  I was with the company for 28 years, predominately  with its subsidiary Tax Management.  I rose up the corporate ladder to my final position, directing the Marketing & Communications Unit.  There, I was responsible advertising, direct marketing, author and public relations, and event planning.  I loved my job for many reasons, but especially for its diversity, and my contact with so many different individuals.  The position allowed me to travel frequently to Europe, the Middle East, and throughout North America, planning and hosting events at many luxury venues.  Of course, the flip side is that it has spoiled me for travel.  My idea of roughing itis not having prior reservations at the Waldorf Astoria, where for more than 20 years I held monthly advisory board meetings and dinners for our tax specialists each month.  I think that I have slept in a at least 25% of their 1000 rooms.  I find it interesting that the caption for my photo in the Aurora is Woman is a Social Animal.“  One of you knew me better than I knew myself all those years ago.


The Golden Years:


My first marriage ended in divorce after 20 years in 1982.  But in 1988 I met a wonderful man who was my soul mate and doting second husband.  We loved to travel and went to Europe several times, and cruised many places.  My favorite place in the world is Lucca, in Tuscany, and if I could, I would be there forever.  But, to quote a concierge in Florence, Italy is wonderful place to live, if you are very rich!  David and I were married for 25 years, until he passed away from complications of Parkinson’s in 2014.  I have two kids from my first marriage, Steve and Sondra, and three amazing grandkids.


In 2007 David and I retired to Southern Delaware, where we built a beach house on Fenwick IslandI absolutely love the lower, slower pace in this quiet resort and have made so many wonderful friendships here.  However, I have to keep busy, so after moving here I joined a community theater group.  My first performance was as Lucille in The Cemetery ClubIt got rave reviews and I had a fun time.  Who knew I could act.  But my real passion is art, so it was back to the basics for me.  I am painting again after 40 years, and I love what I am doing.  I volunteer for the Art League of Ocean City, and I serve as Vice President on the Board of Directors.  I also designed and maintain their website:  I also volunteer for my Temple and design and maintain their website.  For those who are curious and would like to see my art, you can check me out on Facebook, Barbara-Frankfort-Kollander-Patrick, and my art site, course, there are photos of the loves of my life, David, and our Portuguese Water Dog, Splash, whom I lost in 2019 to cancer and now have a new puppy, Lucca. She is also a PWD and a real sweetheart.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through this torturous year without her companionship.


Recently I was cleaning out the attic and came across my old Scrapbook from the mid-1950’s to 1960, and I found a treasure trove of Wheatley memorabilia.  Attached is an article in the Wildcat’s Roar from April 12, 1957.  There is a This is Your Life article of Dr. Boyan.  It seemed particularly timely given his recent passing.   In the same issue was a brief article about me!  I am attaching both.  I had forgotten so many fun times and reading through my several copies of the Wildcat’s Roar made me smile.  


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I hope I haven’t bored you with my life.  I so love reading all the other bios.  Stay well and happy, Wildcats!”

1961 – Carol Jalonack Blum – Golden Oldie Photos

Miss Sherman’s 6th Grade

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Mr. Goldwasser’s 7th Grade Class (He’s the handsome guy in the light suit on the right.)

1962 – Edward Gold – Deceased

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At his Junior Prom, April 15, 1961, with Deborah Kerstein Brosowsky (1961).  Both were 16 years old at the time.

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He always made us laugh.”

Survived by his brother, Dr. Joel Gold, 1958


Writes Deborah Kerstein Brosowsky, 1961 – “Edward and I met in 1954 when my family moved to Albertson.  One day he came to my front door from his house around the corner and asked if we could play.  From that day on we would take the bus together to North Side, and later to Wheatley.  We usually got in trouble when we had classes together, because we were always talking to each other.  Edward was an artistic soul, and at Wheatley he found mentors in art teachers Louise Rago and Aaron Kuriloff, who helped him recognize his artistic talents. 


Ed went on to graduate from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and earned a master’s at Brooklyn College. He took a teaching position in New Jersey, but seemed more excited by his part-time job as a flight attendant for TransCaribbean Airlines.  When American Airlines took over TransCaribb, Ed decided to fly full-time.  For nearly the next 30 years, Ed followed his passions for travel and airplanes as senior purser and flight attendant for American Airlines.  He was admired by his colleagues, adored by his lucky passengers, and made friends around the world.  After retiring from flying, Ed returned to teaching Art, landing at the Richard Green High School of Teaching, in lower Manhattan, inspiring youngsters to go on to teach in the future.  In 2003 he was proud to win a yearlong Fulbright Exchange teaching position in London.  When he retired from teaching, it was to a life filled with friends and travel.  He even tried stand-up comedy and acting. 


Sadly, a couple of years ago, Ed suffered a serious fall that left him in a coma for several months, and with injuries from which he never fully recovered.  He passed away in mid—December.  In the weeks since, I’ve heard from so many friends of Ed’s, including many of his Wheatley classmates.  Every single one of them had a wonderful “Edward” story to tell. 


Mostly, they recalled times when Edward would tell a tale of one adventure or another, some outrageous story that only Edward could tell, that left them doubled-over laughing, gasping for breath, and feeling full of life.  I’m so grateful to have been his friend for more than 65 years.  He was talented, he had style, and he loved life! We’ll always miss him.”


1963 – Mitchel Pastarnack – Life Down South

Writes Mitchel – “Art, I live in Fort Lauderdale and still go to my office every day.  We own a warehouse that we rent out spaces to other tenants.  I am a Navy veteran.  We have a daughter that is a staff member of the U.S. Senate.  Her first seven years were on the Judiciary Committee.  She vetted Alioto, Sotomayor, and Kagen for the Supreme Court hearings.  She now is Director of Legislation for Commerce, and her boss is Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  Best wishes, Mitchel”



1965 – Priscilla Paulsen Miller – Mystery Friend Photo

Writes Art Engoron (1967) – “Priscilla’s daughter, Melissa, found the following photos (and others) in a small Wheatley album.  The woman on the left is Tove Christensen, an exchange student from Denmark who stayed with the Nadel family from 1962-1963.  The woman on the right is Dana Keillor, 1967, who lived next door to the Nadels.

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1966 Neal Kirby – Quoted in the NY Daily News



1966 – Ronald Rapoport Remembers Paul Malsky

Writes Ron - The loss of Paul Malsky affects a bunch of us...when I was a freshman in med school Paul visited me in Boston.  He had an unusual job...? collecting debts owed to a Mr. Big and needed a place to crash for a few weeks.  That ended up being an entire year.  A bit of craziness, but he always had a positive outlook and kind words.  Always looked forward to seeing him at 'home.'  Ron Rapoport”


1967 – Lawrence Edward Baum – Mourned by Many


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The group photo, L-R - David Krauss, Lewis Dimm, Larry Weiss, non-Wheatley cousins Michael and Richard Baum, Steven Cohen (1968), Larry, Art Engoron, Mitch Stephens, Jack Wolf, Ben Ross, Mark Friedberg, and Richard Friedman (all others 1967).


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L-R around the table:  Larry Baum, Mark Friedberg, Richard Friedman (standing), Ben Ross, Jack Wolf, David Krauss, Art Engoron (standing).


Writes Ellen Baum Fuccella (1971) – “My brother Larry passed away Dec 29th. I loved him very much and will miss him.  We grew up in East Williston, baby boomer edition.  We went to North Side, then Wheatley.  He was the class of ‘67. I was the class of ‘71.  He was my big brother, my idol, bigger than life, handsome, smart, funny, popular, talented on the piano & later guitar. He was a great basketball player!

He accomplished a lot in his life and was well loved throughout.  He moved around the states quite a bit for work.  He had a love for writing. For a while, he wrote an opinion column in a local Ohio newspaper.  He wrote songs, sang, played his guitar and sometimes performed in local coffee houses.  He was so proud of his daughters, his grandchildren, his wife Laurie, and even me, when I reminded him how great I was!

As kids, our vacations consisted of trips to either Miami Beach or the Catskills.  Our parents were big dancers, dad being particularly great at it and always trying to teach us.  Whether it be The Concord, The Granit or The Nevele, we danced!  Larry’s Twist was off the charts.

He was so happy to be able to go to his Wheatley Class of 1967 50th-year reunion and see everyone. And all the tributes we have received are so welcome and comforting.  What a great group of friends you all are!

With that I say, ‘Rest easy Larry! I enjoyed being your only real sister.’”


Writes Steve Asquith – “Really sad to hear about Larry - Fondly remember him for his sense of humor, playing softball, gym, etc.  Will greatly miss him!  Steve Asquith”


Writes Judy Berkan – “So sad to hear this.  Larry was a friend from my North Side days.  Yes, I remember that he was funny and also sweet in an oddball way.  From afar I am very touched by this news.  What a scourge this virus is!  Send my regards to his family.”


Writes Tim Boland – “Sorry to hear of Larry's passing.  Even more so due to this pandemic.  So many we are losing that did not have to go this way, good people who should still be with us.  Larry's passing makes having gone to the 50th-year reunion ever more meaningful and poignant.  Meaningful to have been able to see Larry after so many years, to have spoken with him, even if briefly.  I remember that big smile he had that night, even with what appeared to be some health challenges.  Big laugh, big smile, his big, hearty personality shining through.  Larry was part of our fabled Blue Devils basketball squad: seniors relegated to 2nd squad status after coach Sheldon Maskin decided after some losses to have a REBUILD!  Not NBA.  Long Island high school b-ball!  A rebuild!  Call up freshmen and sophomores to start the games and get experience.  Larry, myself, I think Mark Friedberg, Barry Gold (who became the best 6th man), and some others that my memory can't quite recall - apologies to you, we made it our mission to pound on those younger guys in the intra-squad scrimmages.  Larry took the mission seriously as we tried to inflict as much beat down as possible.  Took pride in it.  Named ourselves the Blue Devils after Duke.  Larry was a good ball-handler and a great teammate.  We had some great joy and laughter doing all that.  Turns out those younger guys turned into a damn good team (bravo to them) but not until after we graduated with our senior year dreams of playing high school basketball fairly torn up.  Actually something that 50+ years later still sticks in my craw.  But thank God for guys like Mark and Barry and especially good old Larry to help overcome that disappointment and bring their bad-ass sense of fun to the party that senior year.  Rest in Peace, Larry.  You brought some sun to the rain.  Blue Devil forever.”

Writes Gil Dick – “Larry was a good friend in high school and a first-rate poker player...he was always funny, goofy, and just great to be around..seemed to have changed not one bit when I last saw him at the 50th-year thoughts are with his family... I am doing my best to keep kids healthy...please avoid your grandchildren unless you are sure they have been tested...we are at real risk of getting COVID from wishes to all for a healthy new year...”


Writes Art Engoron – “Larry was born on May 24, 1949, two days after me.  We moved into East Williston, four houses away from each other, at around the same time, just before starting kindergarten at North Side; he was my first East Williston friend.  We stayed that way through high school, playing baseball, basketball, bridge, and the like.  He drove me and my girlfriend up to Woodstock, but not by pre-arrangement; he picked me up while I was hitchhiking on Bengeyfield Drive (possibly a first and last for that thoroughfare)!  During college he introduced me to the joys of Jethro Tull.  At our 50th-year reunion he was as funny and vivacious as ever.  In the years since then he would call me occasionally out-of-the-blue to chat about old times and new.  I’m sorry and sad to lose him.”


Writes Lee Fein – “Sad news indeed... Larry and I spent good time together throughout our school years, and his happy smile was a joy to see again at our 50th.  Please send my condolences to Laurie and Ellen.”

Writes Helene Feiner – “I just got your email - I am so very sorry and sad so have heard this.  I really liked Larry - he was such a great guy.  Helene”

Writes Richard Friedman – “Larry and I were very close friends from K thru 12.  Our parents were also best friends!  I can't remember anyone ever having a bad thing to say about him.  Just by being himself he was always like a "friend magnet," attracting new friends with whomever he met.   Like many of us, after high school or college, with families and geography we learned the sad reality that close "friendships for life" sometimes had expiration dates.  We renewed ours after the last reunion, sitting at the same table as the night just flew by.  Though hobbled with health issues he still managed to shine brightly!  He was nearly killed a number of years ago in a terrible auto accident not of his making on Old Country Road in Westbury. Ironically, I was in a restaurant a block away commenting to my wife about all the police and fire engine sirens.  When I compared notes with Larry half a year later, still recovering, I felt the goose bumps jumping out of my body, sensing the most surreal sensations I had ever felt that this dear, dear friend of mine nearly died, and I was practically right there unaware that it was him.  ‘Life’ separated us, but when together or on the phone it was like we had never been apart.”

Writes Scott Frishman – “Hi Art, That is such horrible news!  I had not read your email and ‘Squith’ (classmate Steven Asquith) wrote me “Sad about Larry”.  For whatever reason I knew it was Larry Baum ( premonition?).  So sorry to hear.  Life sucks sometimes.


Writes Barry Gold – “So sad.  I can remember Larry and I playing basketball together, and were very friendly throughout our years at Wheatley.  He had that sweet shot from the corners…….R.I.P.”


Writes Fred Hanft – “R.I.P. Larry--he was a very nice guy and a great classmate.”


Writes Laura Jarett – “I remember Larry as funny and nice.  I didn’t know him well, but I always liked him.  It is so, so hard to lose a close friend.  Laura”


Writes Howard Kirchick – “Hi Art, Sad news indeed.  I remember at our 50th he was on oxygen and being the clinical scientist I became over the years, I surmised that he was either in the late stages of heart failure or had a severe COPD.  I remember Larry as a funny, friendly guy.  I don’t remember for sure, but I think he was on our ‘No ‘titions’ softball team.  Good times.  Please add my condolences to those going out to his family.”


Writes Frank Lawkins – “Please express my sorrow at his passing.” 


Writes Mike McGrane – “Art, Very sorry to hear about Larry.  I remember him well in school, even though I am far away in years and distance, he is one of my happy memories.  I also have contracted the COVID virus, but it seems to be a mild case.  Best Regards, Mike”


Writes Andy Morris – “I was shocked and saddened to hear of Larry’s passing.  We were good friends for a couple of years in high school. My memories of Larry include playing a lot of and talking a lot about basketball and enjoying the Four Tops (Reach Out I’ll be There).  I still remember him telling me what a kick he got of the Levi Stubbs throwaway lyric of “Just look over Your Shoulder” towards the end of that song.  And if I remember this correctly, he and I saw Ray Charles (with opening act of Billy Preston) at Carnegie Hall sometime in, I think,  1966.  It was a special event at the time.  And, of course, we spent too many hours talking about, theorizing about and hoping for ‘girls.’  We were teenagers after all.  He was a lot of fun; we always had a good time together.  Even 55 years later I can still vividly hear his infectious laugh, a laugh which couldn’t help but make me laugh as well.  I regret not having kept in touch with him over the years.  He and Laurie did come to my apartment in New York after the 1967 class reunion in 2002.  We had an enjoyable visit but regrettably that was about the only time I saw him after high school.  All these memories flooding back are somewhat bittersweet, but I am happy to say that I do indeed have fond memories of the times we spent together.”


Writes Henry Pullman – “Arthur, The news of Larry’s passing is shocking and troublesome.  Larry was my best friend in high school. Perhaps others will say the same; he was a warm, outgoing and entertaining fellow, who was often the center of the action.  We were in sporadic contact over the years, but reinvigorated our relationship over the past few years and were in regular phone contact since.  I picked up Larry and his wife Laurie the night of the 50th-year reunion and drove to Long Island in heavy traffic as we anxiously anticipated an exciting night.  I knew he was suffering, but from my perspective he fought valiantly.  We have lost a special person.  Henry”


Writes Ben Ross – “Arthur - This is so sad!  I think I was friends with Larry in kindergarten or first grade, along with Lewis Dimm and Kenny Markham, even before I got friendly with you and Jack Wolf in 2nd or 3rd grade, and then the Clarabell Club got started in 4th grade. It was such a joy for all of us to be together at the reunions.  Ben”

Writes Kathy Saunders Melloh – “We were a family, knew some better than others, but we will always remained close.  I go to the yearbook where I see tall, beautiful Larry, the only man standing on the Varsity basketball team on page 52 and holding the ball on page 53; Theater Club picture on 104 and on 127, where his face says it all, as Mr. Doig would say. Larry chose this quote...’All I wanted was a change, I wasn't particular.’  I didn't know him as well as you, Art, and others, but I miss him anyway and am so thankful for this newsletter that keeps us in touch always and forever.  You are a blessing to remind us of what is important.  Let's sing together, ‘All You Need is Love.’  ‘God Bless You Larry, till we meet again.’  Best wishes and sympathy to your family from the Wheatley family.”


Writes Robert Scandurra – “Artie, so sad to hear about Larry, and thank you for telling all of us about it.  I had a great talk with him at the 50th-year reunion.  Yes, you came up with a great description of him, ‘vivacious’! That was him to a T. He was a funny and very friendly guy, with a good heart.  I'll remember him for those qualities. R.I.P. Larry. Bobby”


Writes Richard Schwarz – “So sad to hear about Larry Baum’s death!  I have such great memories of good times with Larry at Wheatley.  He was a funny and bright full-of-life guy.  Last time I saw him, other than the reunions, was at his family’s house when David Shapiro and I visited over the summer while home from college.  This pandemic is so upsetting, but when you learn about the death from Covid of someone you knew, it makes it that much more personal.  So many lives could have been saved if not for the incompetency at best and apathy at worst by the present leadership of our country.  Many will miss him.  My heart goes out to Larry’s family.”


Writes Howard Senft – “I remember Larry like it was yesterday...a good smile.”


Writes David Shapiro – “Arthur, that's truly sad news.  Larry was a good, funny, intelligent and unique person.”


Writes Cynthia Shapiro Chadderdon. – “I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Hoping that the love of friends and family help support his family through these difficult times.”


Writes Madeleine Tolmach – “Hi Arthur: I was very saddened to hear that Larry Baum, our good-natured and playful classmate, has passed away.  Please send my condolences to Larry's wife, Laurie, and to his sister, Ellen. May Larry's memory be a blessing.”


Writes John Warde – “Art, So sad to hear the news of Larry.  I remember him most for his humor.  He was a dynamic member of our class.”


Writes Jack Wolf – “So sad.  I loved Larry, we were best friends all through elementary school into junior high.  We used to hang out and talk about girls and life.  He was my confidante.  I once hid in his closet and freaked out his mom, Edith, and once I got stuck in his kitchen chair showing him how the Eskimos got into chairs backwards.  He was part of our Clarabell club with Arthur, Richard Friedman, David Krauss, Benjy Ross, Mark Friedberg, and probably the best ball player in our group of clutzes.  He played for Bradley's Drugs and hit a few homers in the year that I managed to hit two foul balls. We shared the same piano teacher, and Larry was good and played Exodus while I was banging out Boogie Woggie.  His mother was a very good, professional singer.  His father I would see walking home every evening from the LIRR with his bag of dress patterns.  I lost track of Larry after I left Wheatley after 11th grade and saw him a few times.  He was the life of the party at our last reunion, never one to be shy.  He gave me a tape, ‘Bams Last Road,’ maybe in the 70s with some nice music he had written. I'll listen tonight.  Larry called me about 3 months ago out of the blue.  Maybe he knew his time was coming.  I know he had been sick for some time.  R.I.P. my sweet friend - your buddie forever.



Here is one of many columns Larry wrote for a local newspaper:



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1967 - Art Engoron - Hanging Out With a Young, Fast Crowd

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I’ll bet not one of you can guess which two of these guys are brothers; but if you do I’ll mention that fact in the next newsletter.  Genetic testing prohibited.


1967 – The Clarabell Club – Members Only

Writes Art Engoron - As Benjy Ross and Jack Wolf both mentioned the Clarabell Club, a word of explanation might be in order.  It was a real club, named after Clarabell the Clown, a central character in the early, long-running television series, The Howdy Doody Show.  He didn’t speak; he honked a horn to communicate “yes” or “no”; and he good-naturedly sprayed seltzer on the host, Buffalo Bob Smith.  The club members, give or take, were Larry Baum, Art Engoron, Mark Friedberg, Richard Friedman, David Krauss, Ben Ross, and Jack Wolf, all 1967, all pictured above, and all from East Williston (except Benjy, from Albertson).  We met once a week in Jack’s Glenmore Street attic; rump sessions were held in his walk-in closet. You had to drink seltzer (which encompassed soda) at least once a week, and dues were either a nickel or a quarter a week (the surviving members disagree).  The repository was an old box camera owned by Jack’s brother, Peter (1960), which held a surprising number of coins.  Treasury funds were spent on Saturday outings: Berry’s Candy Store; Hildebrandt’s; pizza on Hillside Avenue; and miniature golf on Jericho Turnpike.

Membership was by invitation only.  Democracy ruled.  All official acts had to be approved by a majority of the members present and voting.  A political-philosophical debate ensued when someone asked whether, if we voted that a member had to run naked around the block, the member would have to comply.  Jack Solomonically settled the question by saying, “No, the member would not have to run naked around the block, but then he couldn’t be a member of the club (an early inquiry into the limits of majority rule and individual freedom, and maybe other issues).

The club existed for somewhere between three weeks (the low estimate) and two years (the high estimate).  Either way, it was fun while it lasted.  Jack cops to having lost the camera, resulting in the club’s demise.  (This is all true, you can’t make this stuff up.)

1969 – Gerry Gersh – Pictured with Furry Friend

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1972 – Robin Freier Edwards – First Grandchild!

Writes Robin – “I am hopeful that 2021 will be a new and better year for the world.   The one huge bright spot for me in 2020 was the birth of my first grandchild!  What an absolute thrill!  Quinn was born on June 10th to my eldest daughter, Brooke, and her husband, Jim.  She has brought absolute sunshine into all of our lives - she's amazing (said every grandmother, EVER!).  Let's all hope for a healthy and wonderful 2021!”

1974 – Grades 1 Through 5 – Identified (Mostly, and Mostly by Ilona Willick Guzman)

Writes Ilona Willick Guzman - Hi Art, I’m attaching the names for the 5 grades for which Billy Meyn submitted photos.  It took me all of about ten minutes to label 90% of them. After that, Maria Cilmi and Peggy Maguire helped me.  There are a few that I’m not sure of, designated in red with a red question mark.  There are also a few I can’t even guess on, probably because they only stayed with us for a short time; these I designated with three red question marks.  Thanks much!  Ilona



Grade 1, April 1963

Back row:  Tommy Burch?, Scot Feld, Donald Seeth, George Kuntz, Seth Sporn, Robert Casola

2nd row:  Maria Cilmi, Ann Clark, Susan Chan, Leslie Claus?, Lisa Schilling, ???, Patty Heil, Lisa Sjursen

3rd row:  ???, Kim Meizok, Diana Vincze, Lisa Bernstein, ???, Kathryn Zotterman, Barbara Szalwinski, Elyse Jaffee

Seated:  Chris Vedder, John Clemente?, Billy Meyn, Michael Radutsky



Grade 2, May 1964

Back row:  Susan Chan, Virginia Carmody?, Jill Reich, Lisa Sjursen, Donald Seeth, Gigi Poulos, Michael Meyer, Scot Feld, Matthew Stedman?

3rd row:  Donna Bloom, Kim Meizok, Kathryn Zotterman, Elyse Jaffe, Ilene Swickle, Susan Cilmi, Diana Vincze, Fran Stellato

Seated:  Tommy Burch, Chris Vedder, Billy Meyn, Robert Casola




Grade 3, 1965

Back row:  Robert Casola, Billy Meyn, Joe Pistocchi, Ann Clark, Joe Angell, Joe Leogrande

2nd row:  Bruce Aranoff, Kathy Kmonicek, Joe Cialeo, Lisa Schilling, Stuart Strachan, Karen Strom

Seated:  Barbara Nelkin, Jeanie Schaus, Maria Cilmi, Victoria Flach, Carol Leifer, Francesca Pardo






Grade 4, 1966

Back row:  Frank Schwauback, Michael Dubb, Ilona Willick, Melanie Artim, Vivian Boschen, Ilene Swickle, Lisa Goldstein, Robert Rasmussen, Bruce Aranoff

2nd row:  Vicki Abbott, Lisa Sjursen, Marla Romash, Patty Heil, Marsha Sesskin, Lisa Bernstein, Carol Rubin, Diana Vincze

Seated:  Tommy Burch, Billy Wolf, Floyd Leeson, Joseph Angell, Billy Meyn, Joe Pistocchi, Robert Casola






Grade 5, 1967

Back row:  Seth Sporn, Keith Newcomb, Stuart Strachan, Michael Dubb, Mark Keller?, David Mallon, Billy Meyn, Richard Ellison

2nd row:  Marla Romash, Gail LaPasta, Carol Ann Lamparter, Vivian Boschen, Kathy Kmonicek, Linda Jordan, Ann Rothstein, Ruthie Rotholz

3rd row:  Amy Abramowitz, Andrea Ornstein, Nikki Pasternak, Lisa Goldsmith, Kathy Modico

Seated:  ???, Peter Sheft, David Hershcopf, Scott Stein




1975 – Susan Rotholz – Links to her performances


Kokopeli - Katherine Hoover - Susan Rotholz flute

Histoire de Tango Movements 1 and 3 Susan Rotholz flute Oren Fader guitar

Beethoven Duo - flute and soprano saxophone Susan Rotholz and Eddie Barbash

Jet Whistle Villa Lobos Susan Rotholz flute Eliot Bailen cello

Bach Air in G

Bach Badinerie

Corelli Trio Sonata in F Op 3 No 1

Cantique de Noel - Adam

Gershwin Someone to Watch Over Me Susie and Eliot


Telemann Methodical Sonata Movt 1

Telemann Methodical Sonata Movt 2

Telemann Methodical Sonata Movt 3

Telemann Methodical Sonata Movt 4


1978 – William Camp – Carvel, Continued

Writes Bill – “Dear Art: I attended North Side, Willets Road, & Wheatley from December 1968 thru June 1974.  I ultimately graduated from Chaminade in 1978 but maintained my friendships with my East Williston friends.  I, too, worked at Carvel, in the summer of 1977,  with Linda Watnick (1977) and Jim Kuveikis (1978).  Here’s a picture of Jim’s brother Timmy (1985) at Carvel in a photo date-stamped Oct. 1984.


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Wheatley & Carvel are entwined in the annals of time.”


Fan Mail and a Few Miscellaneous E-Mail Addresses and Comments


1960 (Barbara Frankfort Patrick) – “Hi Art.  Many thanks for your tireless efforts in sending out these Newsletters, which keep us all up to date with the good news and, unfortunately, the sad.  I truly love reading them; they trigger so many emotions.  I wish you and all my fellow Wildcats a healthy and happy New Year.  Stay well!  Barbara”


1960 – (Paul Keister) – “Art, thanks for all you do.  You are one fine fellow, a treasure to all Wheatley School graduates.  Thanks for the immeasurable work you put in for all Wheatley graduates.  You are a gem!  Best regards, fine sir.”


1960 (Ken Martin) - "Thanks for the splendid newsletters and the yeoman service keeping TWS alumni community informed and, more importantly, connected."


1962 (Ruth Rennert) – “Dear Art, Thank you very much for running the 1962 Class Zoom Reunion as the lead story in the Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 54.  We greatly appreciate your wonderful and continuous leadership.  To think of all the lives you have touched, that is quite incredible!  The Class of 1962 ZOOM Reunion Committee Co- Hosts include, in addition to Ruth Rennert , Harriet Feinglass and John Kapinos, Art Brody, Bruce Blom, and John Cilmi.  We have all worked equally hard in making our reunion a success.  Thank you and Happy Holiday!  Ruth”


1963 (Mitchel Pastarnack) – “I love the newsletters you send and I THANK YOU for doing that and for keeping all of us Wheatley graduates informed.”


1964 (Ted Rothstein) – “Good stuff, Arthur.  Keep these coming!  FYI: So far, none of the four Rothstein brothers nor spouses have gotten Covid.  Fingers crossed it stays that way.  TED”


1965 (Mal Dobrow) – “Thanks for doing this.  Miss those times.”


1965 (Dick Rogers) – “Art, Keep up the great work on publishing the Wheatley Newsletter.  Wheatley provided me with a great academic foundation and love for learning.  I remain forever grateful.  Best wishes for a safe and memorable 2021.


1965 (Vicki Seltzer Brach) – “Thank you so much for your wonderful newsletters.”


1965 (Liz Zoob) – “Thanks for the regular Wheatley updates!”


1966 (Glen Greenbaum) – “Hi Art, You  put a smile on my face every month.  Great memories.  BTW, my 6'0" high jump was as a senior, right behind classmate Jay Keillor :).  Paul Malsky was a solid guy.”


1966 (Sylvia Kay) – “Thank you for all the work you do to keep Alumni connected.”

1966 (Claude Levy) – “Thanks for this newsletter, Art.  I forwarded the Newsweek clip, with Wheatley as # 1, to my brother-in-law, who is a Special Education Inspector and interested in the history of education.  Also, this was a good opportunity to brag about the Wheatley School, knowing that both his wife and mine went to Roslyn High😉.   Long live the Wildcats, and all my best wishes for 2021!  Claude”

1966 (Allan Silver) – “Thank you so much for restoring me on the mailing list for the Wheatley Newsletter.  I spent several hours reading the newsletters I had missed.  You are a wonderful person, and so many of us are grateful for the Wheatley Newsletter.”


1966 (Suzanne Stone) – “Dear Art,

Thank you for another amazing newsletter.  Your devotion to keeping the Wheatley family connected is astounding!

I was saddened to hear about the sudden passing of my classmate, Paul Malsky.  He was special.  Both Janet Lagattuta Maffei and Allan Silver gave heartwarming  tributes.

Stay safe.

With appreciation & affection,



1967 (Rich Holub) – “We all enjoy your Newsletters.”


1967 (Suzy Liebert) – “Hi Art ~ This newsletter (# 54) felt so relevant to me, with my brother's message, Linda Caterino's cute little granddaughter, and news of your exploits from the bench.  Thanks for doing all the work of putting this together!  Suzy”


1967 (Kathy Saunders Melloh) – “Just want you to KNOW what a blessing you have been to us all in good times and in bad. We love you Art, for all you do for us.  Hope we all meet again soon 2021 in Florida, triple masks if need be XXXXXXXXXXXX”


1967 (Jim Seaton) – “Thanks as always for all your work.


1967 (Jill Simon) – “As always, thanks.”


1969 (Gerry Gersh) – “Hey Art!  Great Newsletter.  AGAIN!  Loved being reminded Wheatley was #1 HS in 1998.  Wow. ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘Happy & Healthy New Year!’  Ger”


1969 (Paula Panzeca Foresto) – “Hi Arthur, I hope this finds you well and that you’re enjoying the holidays.  Thank you very much for all your efforts to keep Wheatleyites informed and connected.  I can personally say that while reading your newsletters, I’m pleasantly reminded of the wonderful experience I had as a teen at Wheatley.  Wishing all a Happy and Healthy 2021!  All the Best, Paula Panzeca Foresto.”


1971 (David Byer) – “Congratulations on the incredible job you do on the newsletters.  They are great.”


1972 – (Robin Freier Edwards) – “Thanks, as always, for the newsletter - I look forward to it each month. Your continued hard work on keeping us all together and informed is so appreciated!  Thanks again and Happy New Year.  Robin”

1973 (Jody Blumberg Coletta) – “Thank you.”

1973 (Gail Gimbel) – “Such interesting news.  Great Job, Arthur, and thank you for your efforts in putting this together.  I am sorry to hear about the passing of my classmate Nina Venezia Kotarra.  She was just such a nice person.  Merry Holidays to all and wishing you and yours a very Healthy, Safe, and Happy New Year.”


1974 (David Caine) – “Always great to read these amazing newsletters about our beloved school.”


1974 (Nicole Pastarnack) – “Thank you so much for posting notices from former Wheatley students and for all of your effort in continuing the Wheatley Newsletter.  It’s terrific!  My family moved out of the East Williston School District in December of 1968, and I lost touch with so many people.  My brothers Mitchel (1963) & Billy (1971) and sister Amy (1967) all attended Wheatley.  Happy Holidays!”


1979 (Gwendolyn (“Wendy”) McClure) – “I AM PROUD to be a Wheatley Graduate!!!


That’s it for The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 55.  Please send me your autobiography before someone else sends me your obituary.


Arthur Fredericks Engoron

The Wheatley School Class of 1967