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Obituary: Paul Dudley Derounian

Paul Dudley Derounian, 71, Manhattan attorney and Vietnam War Veteran, died suddenly and peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, July 27, at his summer home in Westhampton, NY. Mr. Derounian is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Wickersham and his four-legged loves Jack, Starr and Skye.

A lifetime resident of New York, Derounian was born May 31, 1943 in Glen Cove. He attended local schools and graduated from Syracuse University in 1965. While at Syracuse, Paul was elected VP of his class where he also participated in ROTC and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. Paul took an academic deferment from active duty and entered Fordham Law School, where he was elected president of his class. He graduated from Fordham Law School in 1968. He was immediately ordered to active duty where he began handling court martial cases at Ft. Meade, MD. Paul volunteered for duty in Vietnam, completed a combat tour and was awarded the Bronze Star, among other decorations. Paul left the U.S. Army in 1970 and has practiced private law at Paul D. Derounian, P.C., in New York City for the past 40 years. Some of his notable clients include singer Phyllis McGuire and The McGuire Sisters, and Dodi Fayed, Film Producer and son of Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, and also boyfriend of Diana, Princess of Wales. In 2010 Paul was awarded the New York Conspicuous Service Cross from the State of New York for his service in Vietnam.

Besides his wife Liz, a former beauty queen (“Miss Georgia”) and award-winning TV personality on CNN and WTBS, Paul is survived by relatives across the country. He considered his close friends and longtime associates part of his extended family. Paul was preceded in death by his father, Jack Derounian, his mother, Vivian Dudley, and his step-father, Harold Kinsey. Paul’s mentor was his uncle Steven B. Derounian, who served as a U.S. Congressman (R-NY) from 1953 to 1963. He was part of the Congressional Subcommittee that investigated the 1950s Quiz show scandals, and, in the 1994 film by Robert Redford, Congressman Derounian’s harsh criticism of Charles Van Doren was featured. Thereafter, he served as justice of the NY Supreme Court, 1969-1981. Steven’s brother, Avedis B. Derounian (also Paul’s uncle), was a journalist and author of Under Cover, The Plotters, and Cairo to Damascus all under the pen name John Roy Carlson, and numerous articles under Arthur Derounian.

Paul was a loving husband, a fierce patriot, and a Christian man who was loved by many. Paul enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas, where he had special friends and fond memories. His relish for golf was only surpassed by his love of family and friends, most of whom now will have a missing place in their hearts with Paul’s passing.

Arrangements were handled by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Interment was private. A Celebration of Paul’s Life for extended family, friends, and associates will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, 631-728-7387 (www.southamptonanimalshelter.com) or Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate).

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

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.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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