Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Carol Fisher Parker ’44

Carol Fisher Parker

April 13, 1926 – June 7, 2012

Carol F. Parker, 86, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died at her home in Sun City Carolina Lakes, Indian Land, Fort Mill, SC on June 7, 2012.

Mrs. Parker was born April 13, 1926 in Spring Lake, N.J. to the late Dr. James A. and Janet Ackerman Fisher. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. James A. Fisher, Jr. and her sister, Joan Fisher Forsyth.

Mrs. Parker graduated from Northampton School For Girls in Northampton, MA in 1944 and attended Syracuse University. Mrs. Parker met her husband of 62 years in church in Asbury Park, N J where they were married June 3, 1950. During the next 55 years, they were both active in church and choral music in Easton, PA, Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA.

Mrs. Parker was always noted for her ability to make friends and remember names. She accompanied her husband through four years of undergraduate school at Lafayette College, where his fraternity brothers elected her Sweetheart of Sigma Chi in 1955. Mrs. Parker lived most of her married life in Mount Vernon, VA where she was a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club for 44 years, the Mount Vernon Hospital Ladies Auxiliary for 33 years and the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club. Locally, she was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church, Fort Mill, SC.

She is survived by her husband, Gayle. Surviving also are her daughter, Alison Parker, and grandson, Casey, of Louisville, CO and her son, Craig Parker, daughter-in-law, Monique and grandchildren, Bryce and Sarah, of Davis, CA. Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Royal Parker of West Windsor, NJ; niece, Janet Forsyth of Southern Pines, NC; nephew, Robert Forsyth of Springfield, IL; sister-in-law, Alice Fisher of Oakhurst, NJ; nephew, Jimmy Fisher and wife, Cathy, of Cavendish, VT; nephew, Diana Despo and husband, Bill, of Rumson, NJ; cousin, Dr. Ann Gosling of Kingfield, ME; cousin, Dr. Lynn Parry and wife, Mary Louise, of Interlaken, NJ; cousin, Dorothy Hoof of Culpepper, VA; and cousin, Marsha Doelman of Great Barrington, MA.

Memorials may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 303 Tom Hall Street, PO Box 1267, Fort Mill, SC 29716. Inurnment will be private at the Memorial Garden of the church. A memorial service was held at Unity Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Dr. George J. Hashim ’41, P’67, ’67, ’72

George Joseph Hashim 1918-2012 PITTSFIELD Dr. George Joseph Hashim, 94, of 790 West Street, Pittsfield, died peacefully at Sugar Hill in Dalton on November 13.

He was born on September 1, 1918, in Fall River, the youngest and last surviving of nine children born to David and Rafka Hashim of Aley, Lebanon. He was predeceased by siblings Freida, Michael, Joseph, Emma, Evelyn, Edma, Catherine, and Elias.

He spent most of his life in Pittsfield, attending Pomeroy Elementary School and graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1935. He also attended Williston Academy. He was the first of his family to attend college, receiving his BA from the University of Vermont and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from St. Louis University. He was an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.

It was while he was studying dentistry in St. Louis that he met June Frank, who was attending nursing school at Washington University. They married in 1945. Dr. Hashim ran a thriving dental practice on 207 First Street in Pittsfield for 45 years, retiring in 1991. He took great pride in his work, had real passion for his profession, and had an incomparable work ethic.

Dr. Hashim loved living in Pittsfield. As a child, he lived with his parents and siblings above Hashim’s grocery store on W. Housatonic Street, and, pulling a small cart, delivered orders that were placed by telephone (the best customers spent $20 a month on groceries, he once said). His favorite view was of Onota Lake on its West Street side, and in 1959 he was able to build his dream home there. He was a member of South Congregational Church, the Kiwanis Club, enjoyed hunting and became an avid painter. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and had visited Europe a number of times.

He was an accomplished businessman and also enjoyed working with commercial real estate. A second home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, provided him and his wife with many enjoyable winters where he grew bananas and lemons and would often marvel at the fish that their grandchildren would catch off of the dock on the property.

He leaves his wife, June, his daughter Diane Glynn of Louisville, Ky., and his sons Dr. George Hashim Jr. (WA ’67) of Carlsbad, Calif., Dr. James Hashim (WA ’67) of Pittsfield, and John Hashim (WNS ’72) of Kirkland, Wash. His youngest daughter Susan passed away in 1989. He also leaves five grandchildren, Dr. Brian Hashim, Dr. Rebecca Hashim, Dr. Jeffrey Hashim, Christopher Hashim, and Rachel Hashim.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Dery Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to either the Shriner s Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in care of the funeral home at 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.

Waldemar Van Cott II ’46

Van Cott II, Waldemar, born May 14, 1924 in NYC. Moved CA in 1930. At 16, he attended Williston Academy in Mass. Navy 1943-1945. Back to prep school one year then at Purdue University; he was collegiate wrestling champ and acted in plays, was elected into Who’s Who in American Colleges 1949, then small parts in 20 movies.

Employed at Douglas Aircraft 37 years; taught evening classes at OCC & LBCC; on the Huntington Bch. Personnel Commission for 21 years. He and his wife Louise met and married in Fort Walton Bch., FL where Douglas worked on missile tests at Eglin AFB. The family moved to Santa Monica, CA in 1963; then Hunt. Bch., CA in 1965.

Gregarious and well loved to the end, Wally passed away July 12, 2012. He was predeceased by his father, Daire Van Cott; brother, Peter Van Cott; and mother, Bard Heywood Letts. Survived by his wife, Louise; son, Waldemar Van Cott III; daughter, Ann, her husband Steve; grandson, Cole Gnadt; and niece, Schuyler Field. A private “Celebration of Life” will be held at Sherman Gardens.

Please support the Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org in lieu of flowers.

William T. Tyrrel ’41

William Tryon Tyrrel Home: Huntington, NY Date of Death: June 4, 2012 Age: 90 Birthdate: November 4, 1921 Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY Visitation: Private Interment: Private Tyrrel, William Tryon of East Northport, NY, on June 4, 2012 in his 90th year.

Retired engineer with Fairchild Camera and Metco Electronics. Beloved husband of the late Patricia. Loving father of Sue Anne Tyrrel and Charles Tryon Tyrrel.

No services are scheduled at this time. Donations may be made to The Church-In-The-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375, in William’s memory.

Margery Goldsmith Engel ’29

ENGEL–Margery G., 100, died peacefully on November 10, 2012 in the home where she had lived since 1941. A graduate of Smith College ’33, she was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, George C. Engel; her companion of 16 years, Howard M. Harris; her son, George C. Engel, Jr.; and her siblings, Eleanor Karger and Harry Goldsmith.

She met sorrow with strength and cherished rich and loving connections with all of her family and friends. Margery is survived by her daughter, Susan E. Golden and her son, John P. Engel; daughters-in-law, Diana Engel and Elaine Reichek and son-in-law, Philip Golden; grandchildren, Deborah Goldberg, Nancy Lazarus, Robert Golden, Laura Engel, James Engel, Maria Engel and Luisa Engel; seven great-grand children; Peter Harris, and his wife, Janice Harris; Benjamin Harris and Jesse Harris.

Contributions in Margery’s honor will be welcomed by New York Service for the Handicapped/Camp Oakhurst and The Center to Advance Palliative Care at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Alexander D. Rosenzweig ’71

Alexander D. Rosenzweig, 59, of West Hartford, loving husband and father, passed away on Friday, (December 7, 2012). Born in Hartford on March 12, 1953, to Israel and Blanche Rosenzweig of New Britain, Alex was an attorney practicing in Connecticut who received his law degree in 1980 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He enjoyed outdoor activities, swimming, running, lifting weights, and his family. He cared about the environment and enjoyed going for walks. He had a great sense of humor and created nicknames for himself, “Hap Appleton” (because he said he felt happy) and his wife, “Sweetie Appleton.” He loved vacationing with his family in Cape Cod, Atlantic City and the Poconos.

Alex is survived by his wife and soul mate Laney, their sons Zachary and Joshua; his sister Betsy (Isaac) Kyne; their children Eric and Kimberly; his nieces Erica and Suzie; his nephew Jacob.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at United Synagogues of Greater Hartford, 205 Mohawk Drive, West Hartford. Burial will follow at Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery in East Granby. Arrangements are being handled by Weinstein Mortuary in Hartford.

Deborah Homer O’Leary ’71

Deborah Homer-O’Leary, of Greenland, died on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 after a valiant 16-month battle with breast cancer. Beloved wife, mother and friend to many, Debby enriched the world with her dance, art, sculpture and creative and joyous spirit. Debby was born in North Adams, Mass., and lived in Wilton during much of her childhood.

Debby earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Emerson College and a master’s in dance from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She taught dance at the University of Connecticut, as well as at studios in the Seacoast area. After an injury took her away from her dance career, she became a sculptor, creating figurative works that she described as symbols not only of positive energy, but also the devotion and discipline born out of love. Debby exhibited her work locally and every summer at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Fair, where she won the Best in Show for bronze sculpture in 2011.

Debby is survived by her husband Michael and sons Aidan and Danny of Greenland, and sister Diana Breed of Needham, Mass. She is also survived by siblings-in-law Patricia Cepeda of Washington, D.C., James and Vicky O’Leary of South Windham, Maine, Richard O’Leary of Limington, Maine, Kevin and Tiki O’Leary of Portland, Maine, and Dr. James and Peggy Powers, of Falmouth, Maine. Debby leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many new and old friends who have been touched by her generosity of spirit, humor, energy and love of life. Debby was predeceased by her brother, Bob Homer of Laconia, and her brother-in-law, John J. O’Leary of Washington, D.C.

The family wishes to thank the Hospice Services of Rockingham County and the local community of artists and friends who supported Debby over the past year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Seacoast Family Food Pantry, 7 Junkins Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801. SERVICES: A celebration of Debby’s life will be held in October at Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine.

Martens E. Goos ’39

Martens E Goos 90, died in San Diego on Tuesday November 20, 2012. “Marty” Goos was born on February 16, 1922 in Danbury and attended Danbury High School and Williston Academy in Easthampton, Ma. He served in the US Army Air Corp and after his father’s retirement became the owner of Goos Lumber Company. He served a term as President of CT Lumber Dealers Association as well as Chairman of the Danbury Conservation Commission. He was instrumental in the creation of Richter Park, Richter Arts Assoc., Old Quarry Nature Center, Dryska Farm Preserve and Halas Open Space. Survivors include his second wife, Joan Bassi Goos; a daughter, Nancy Coppola of The Villages, Fl; a son, Stephen E Goos of Bridgewater, CT; a sister, Naomi Brede of Danbury; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He is also survived by three step-children, Gina Martinot, Christine Bassi and Raymond Bassi and six step grandchildren all of San Diego. Burial arrangements will be private.

Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community