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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

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

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.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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