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Obituary: Dr. Donald S. Gromisch

Donald S. Gromisch M.D. passed away on Feb. 9, 2014. He was the son of Wilbur G. and Lillian S. Gromisch. Don was an extraordinary physician and academician, graduating from New York Medical College with highest honors in 1960 and achieving the rank of Professor of Pediatrics by the age of 40. He was chief of the Service of Pediatrics of Metropolitan Hospital and subsequently became director of the Department of Pediatrics at Lincoln Hospital, and during his tenure at both Metropolitan and Lincoln, was able to mentor many colleagues in pediatrics within his specialty of pediatric infectious disease, as well as other areas of pediatric research. He subsequently became Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Nassau County Medical Center and served as the president of the New York Chapter #3 of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as a member of the Redbook Committee, setting the national standard for immunization for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received the Medal of Honor from the New York Medical College in 1995.

Don was a devoted sailor, acting as Commodore of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club during 1997-1998, as well as a member of the New York Yacht Club.

He was a devoted husband to Alice Gromisch for almost 60 years and father to Dr. Mark Gromisch and Dr. Hollis Potter, and their spouses, Maryann Gromisch and Dr. William S. Potter III. He is survived by his wife and two children as well as his five grandchildren.

The Memorial Service took place at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor on Feb. 22. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor or the Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation. www.fpdevinefuneralhome.com

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Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

That’s a Smash!

Wednesday, Oct. 15

East Woods Open House

Friday, Oct. 17

 Oyster Festival

Weekend, Oct. 18, 19



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