On April 25, Manhasset faculty, staff and students received the sad news that Margaret Ross-Adler, speech pathologist in the district for more than 24 years, lost her four - year battle with breast cancer.
Allison Rushforth, director of Special Education Services, commented: "Mrs. Ross-Adler was a wonderful and amazing woman. Not only had she worked in the middle and high schools as a speech pathologist for the last 15 years, she was actively involved in the lives of her three children and family.
"Often you would see Mrs. Ross-Adler's warm and engaging smile as she worked with students and teachers. Her eyes would sparkle with each of their accomplishments. She was always there, with a comforting hand on their backs and saying strong words of praise," she said.
A moment of silence was observed at the secondary school following Mrs. Rushforth's remarks. Everyone was asked to remember individual and fond thoughts of the many things that Mrs. Ross-Adler did for everyone.
Mrs. Ross-Adler joined the Manhasset School District in September 1978 providing speech and language services to Munsey Park and Shelter Rock students. She held this position until June 1987 when she took a leave to raise her three children.
In September 1992, she returned to Manhasset, filling a part time position at the secondary school. In 1995 she was appointed with full-time duties and serving students at the middle school and St. Mary's. Prior to becoming ill, she was teaching full time at the high school and middle school.
Described as an excellent diagnostician and talented in the area of analysis of student language disorders, Mrs. Ross-Adler was remembered fondly by her students and colleagues alike.
Teachers Fran Drucker and Alexandra Brobmann commented that Margaret was famous for her smile and her compassion for students, especially those struggling with learning.
"She was always prepared for her students," said Ms. Brobmann and went above and beyond in every respect." Ms. Drucker added that she "was always optimistic and upbeat, even when she was ill. She exemplified her profession in every way."
In addition to her three children, Mrs. Ross-Adler is survived by her husband Robert. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Macken Mortuary, Rockville Centre Chapel, 52 Clinton Avenue, Rockville Centre.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, on Saturday, April 28, with interment at the St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Adler Family Fund, c/o Macken Mortuary, macken-mortuary.com. Cards may be sent to Robert and family at 39 Capitolian Blvd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570.
Madeleine Lane, former ceramics professor at Adelphi University and widely exhibited potter and sculptor, died on April 26, 2007, at her home in Port Washington at the age of 94. She was a resident of Plandome Manor for nearly three decades.
Ahead of her time, she presaged the current trend among homemakers and returned to complete her undergraduate studies while already the mother of four children, in part inspired by her husband, the late Frederick E. Lane, M.D., noted Long Island obstetrician and gynecologist. Mrs. Lane graduated from Adelphi University in 1955 earning a B.A. in Art, and immediately joined the Art Department faculty as an instructor of ceramics, before eventually rising to the rank of assistant professor, in a career that lasted 25 years. Teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, University regulations required her to hold a graduate degree. Seeking to remain in compliance, she studied at C.W. Post College where she earned a Master of Art degree in sculpture at the age of 66, and was able to continue her passion of teaching while introducing generations of Long Islanders and Adelphi students to the world of art and the opportunity of self-expression in clay. In his 2005 State of the University Address, University President Dr. Robert Scott cited Madeleine Lane in the group of "accomplished colleagues" who were a part of Adelphi's "rich past in the arts."
Mrs. Lane was active as a potter and sculptor for her entire adult life. Her last day on the pottery wheel was only nine days before her death. She was commissioned to create sculpture and ceramic pieces for many venues, including the Harry Chapin Memorial at the Westbury Music Fair, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Armand Hammer Library, and the Adelphi University Library. Her ceramics have been displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York and the Smithsonian Museum Decorative Arts section in Washington, D.C. After being elected as a member of the New York Artist-Craftsman's Guild, she exhibited ceramics, sculpture, and fountains at a host of juried and non-juried shows throughout the metropolitan region.
Contributing to the community was an important feature of her life, as well. For many years Mrs. Lane was an active member of the Port Washington Library Arts Advisory Council, both as a committee member as well as an exhibitor. She also participated in Long Island AAUW and the Ikebana Society.
Born Madeleine Mutnick in Manhattan in 1912, she was in the second graduating class of the Fieldston School following its relocation to Riverdale in 1928, before going on to study painting, sculpture, and ceramics and attending Columbia University School of General Studies. She married David Levy in 1937 and was widowed in 1943, after which she married Frederick Lane in 1947. She is survived by four children: Joseph M. Lane, MD, assistant dean and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Weill-Cornell College of Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery, Ila Lane Gross, executive director of LEAP, a not-for-profit organization committed to improving arts based education located in New York City, Lewis B. Lane, MD, chief of hand surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Edward M. Lane, MD, otolarynoglogist of Weston, CT, as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.