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Obituary: Robert Alexander Studwell

Veteran Realtor Passes

Robert Alexander Studwell passed away on March 13, two months before his 90th Birthday. He was born in Brooklyn on May 13, 1923 and moved to Garden City when he was three months old. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1940 where he excelled in athletics and was awarded a football scholarship to Colgate University. A leg injury after his freshman year ended his days of playing football so he transferred to the Coast Guard Academy in Fort Schuyler, New York where he graduated with an engineering degree and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He served as a second engineer during World War II on oil tankers crossing the Atlantic Ocean.  

After the war, he worked as an engineer for the Plaza Hotel in New York City and joined the Naval Reserves. He served his country again during the Korean War. Studwell’s father had founded a real estate company, JKC Studwell, soon after his son was born.  After his father passed away, the younger Studwell ran the family real estate business for 40 years.

During his real estate career, he had many accomplishments, assisting countless families to purchase homes, organizing the first condominium complex in Garden City, and constructing the Mineola Medical Center. Studwell was a New York real estate broker, a Charter Realty Investor (CRI), and a Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI).

Studwell was a member of the Kiwanis club for 30 years, served as its  president in 1959 and was also the President of the Long Island Chapter of the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers from 1963 to 1964.

He was very proud to call Garden City his home - the place he lived and worked almost his entire life. Studwell loved everything about the town and the residents. He was known by many and was easy to spot driving around town in his convertible with the top down.

Studwell and his wife Joyce retired to Amelia Island, Florida in 1993. They first lived on the Amelia Island Plantation and then moved to Summer Beach, Golfside South in 1995.  During his retirement, this naval veteran loved taking cruises to see different parts of the world and enjoyed playing golf. He was very proud to have hit a hole in one on April 6, 2002.  He attended the gym at the Amelia Island Plantation often and loved driving his 1982 Buick Riviera Convertible with the top down.

Robert Studwell is survived by his wife Joyce, a daughter Sondra Whitmeyer of Katy, TX, a daughter Jacquelynne Hurst of Dallas, TX, two grandsons Kyle and Bryce, a son Robert Studwell of Long Beach, Long Island, granddaughter Courtney, and sister Carol Irwin of Hartford, CT. He is also survived by four stepsons, Craig Thoet, Roger Thoet, Bruce Thoet (Missy), Lance Thoet (Debra), 7 step-granddaughters and 2 step-grandsons, as well as his best friend Rexx, a rescued Tyrolean Hound dog. A private memorial service will be held in Garden City at a later date. Donations can be made to the Nassau Humane Society, Fernandina Beach, FL.

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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