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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).

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When Danielle Taylor decided to compete in a six-mile civilian military obstacle course last September, she knew two things: she did not want to do it alone and she wanted the challenge to have a purpose. She found a partner in Jeannine DelPozzo and a worthwhile cause in the Morgan Center.

 

Both Taylor and DelPozzo are entrepreneurs; Taylor, of Bish Bash Books in Oyster Bay and DelPozzo of DelPozzo Foods, in East Norwich. Each have a history of using their businesses to support local charities. Bish Bash Books used the iPad give back program to support at-risk children while DelPozzo Foods has supported Island Harvest in their efforts to combat hunger.

Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing. 

 

That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


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