Category Archives: 1950s

Ann Cohen Bachmann ’54

Cohen BachmannAnn Bachmann, nee Cohen, age 76, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2014 with her family at her bedside. She leaves behind her husband Bruce, her cherished children, Steve Bachmann, Cathy (Doug) Ethridge, Betsy (Jeff) Kushen and Andy Bachmann, her adoring grandchildren Rachel Ethridge, Alex Kushen, Benjamin Ethridge and Samantha Kushen and her brother Jim (Hyla) Cohen.

William F. Levine ’53

LevineWilliam F. Levine, a Nassau trial lawyer involved in at least two cases of national importance and a former president of the Nassau Bar Association, died Monday at his home in Sea Cliff. He was 78.

“The legal community has lost a giant,” said Nassau County Administrative Judge Thomas Adams. “His extraordinary knowledge of the law and gentle demeanor maintained a sense of dignity and respect for the court and those he represented.”

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John Burke, Jr. ’51

BurkeJohn Burke, Jr. born October 12, 1927, passed away peacefully at the NY State Veteran’s Home at Montrose, NY on Monday, January 6, 2014. 

John was born in Holyoke, MA, and graduated from Holyoke High School before entering the US Navy. Following his honorable discharge John attended Williston Academy before enrolling at Columbia University graduating in 1995. He was employed by Columbia until his retirement.

He continued to be active working for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) before it moved to Washington,, DC. He also worked for the New York Times Election Polling Department as a researcher for the CBS News Election & Survey Unit, and he had a plant store called “Green Pastures” on 111th and Amsterdam. He could always be found in the neighborhood of Broadway and 112th Street where he was known by many as the “Mayor of Broadway”.

He is survived by his four nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his “NY family – the Lashers” who cared for John in his last years.

Robert Hutzler ’58

HutzlerRobert “Bob” Albert Hutzler, 74, of Delray Beach, Florida, passed away on Friday January 24, 2014. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family service will take place at a later date.

Bob was born in New Haven CT to Charles and Elizabeth Hutzler. Bob graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton MA. He attended Stetson University in Deland FL.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was active in the Florida Farm Bureau.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. Bob is survived by his sisters, Priscilla (Charles) Sparks of Maryland and Ruth (Ralph) Shelley of Illinois; a brother, Arthur of Iowa; and 21 nephews and nieces.

Donations in Bob’s name may be made to Bethesda Memorial Fund, Bethesda Hospital, Boynton Beach FL.

View Bob’s guest book on PalmBeachPost.com here.

James Ewing ’55

EwingJames Hildreth Ewing, 75, of Lexington, formerly of Brockton, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic after suffering a stroke.

James was born May 11, 1938, to Clifton and Lora Ewing, and grew up in Westhampton.

He was a retired electrical engineer and avid boat enthusiast. James was a graduate of Williston Academy class of 1955 and of Amherst College class of 1959.

He is survived by dear friend and partner Mathilde Wood; his children and their spouses Eleanor Gittelman and husband Arye of Seattle, Wash., Lora Ewing of New York City, N.Y., Ruth Ewing and wife Jennifer Collins of Maynard, David Ewing and wife Teresa of Longmont, Colo, and Jeannette Levitt of Chicago, Ill.; his siblings Margaret Stern, Peter Ewing and Heidi Kapsokavathis; grandchildren Rachel, Juli, Aaron, Scott, Tim, Emily, Amanda, Lily, Nick and Sophie; and several nieces and nephews.

James was predeceased by grandson Andrew Levitt.

Barbara Cheney Ross ’54

Barbara Cheney RossBarbara Ellen Cheney Ross, age 76, of Toms River, NJ, passed away on Thursday morning, August 29th, 2013.

She bravely endured a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and heart problems. Barbara was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was raised by her parents Stanley and Dorothy Cheney.

She attended Northampton School for Girls and then Smith College in Massachusetts and received her BA from Georgian Court College in Lakewood. She later received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and practiced family law in Toms River for over 20 years. Barbara and a colleague founded a non-profit adoption service, New Jersey Friends of FANA.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband Robert, a retired USAF Colonel and Pan Am World Airways pilot. They were married for 57 wonderful years and raised four biological children: Elizabeth, Victoria, Stanley John and Ian. They adopted and loved many other children including: Adriana, Jennifer, Katherine, John, Hope, David, and Alec. Barbara and Robert lived and raised their family for over forty years in Toms River. She will be forever loved and missed by her family.

Waldo Nathan Sweet ’50

Waldo Nathan Sweet, Jr., age 81 a long time resident of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2013.

Prior to his retirement in 1982, Wally was President of Wood’s Lightning Protection, Shelton. Born in New Haven, he was the son of the late Waldo Nathan Sweet and Margaret Tierney Sweet Bilgren. In his youth Wally was very active with the Middle Street Boys Club. He prepared for college at Warren Harding High School, Bridgeport, and graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA.

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Thomas Woodmansee Taylor ’56

Thomas Woodmansee Taylor ’56 died June 16, 2012 at the age of 75.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Tallulah, daughters, Mary Branham of Centreville, MD, Ann Jones of Atlanta and
son Thomas Jr. of St. Petersburg ,and 3 grandchildren, Cate and Grace Jones and
Annabelle Branham.

Tom attended the University of Pennsylvania and was graduated with a BA in journalism. His career was in advertising and marketing in New York City, Chapel Hill, NC and St. Petersburg. He was an avid cook and sports enthusiast he played tennis and was frustrated by golf. After retirement, Tom enjoyed travelling.