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William Kohn, a Sands Point resident and Flushing lawyer who served as the president of the 107th Precinct Community Council for nearly three decades, died April 29, 1998 after a long illness.

More than 300 people attended funeral services for Kohn at the Community Synagogue where he had served as president of the brotherhood.

Friends and relatives remembered Kohn as a good family man and dedicated community activist who devoted himself to helping others.

"He was a very charitable individual and very human-oriented," said Rabbi Martin Rozenberg. "He was always out to help people. He was a very generous individual."

One of the many highlights of Kohn's life was his invitation, on two separate occasions, for the signing of the crime bill by President Clinton.

A bronze plaque, unveiled by his wife Elaine, dedicated in his memory is hanging in the new 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows.

Mr. Kohn was also honored with a police escort from Port Washington to the cemetery in Elmont, Queens.

Kohn is survived by his wife, Elaine; a son, David; three daughters, Nancy, Marjorie and Rita; a granddaughter, Elana Rose; and two brothers, Michael and Herbert.

His brother, Michael, his son David and his daughter Nancy are all part of the law firm he started, Kohn and Kohn, in Flushing.

Victor A. Romagna, well-known life long sailor died June 12, 1998 at his home in Annapolis, MD., at age 80 after a lengthy illness.

Victor grew up sailing on Manhasset Bay in the early 1930s, along with his brother Leonard. Here he sailed Meteors and the Victory class and crewed for some of sailing legends like Bob Bavier, Arthur Knapp, Phil Rhodes and Corny Shields.

Later he served on the North Atlantic convoy patrol duty as part of the fleet backing the Normandy Invasion in June 1944.

After the war, he got a job as flow control specialist for a firm that executes floor plans for offices and plants but his heart was always in sailing. Shortly he was invited by Jakob Isbrandtsen who loved ocean racing; he crewed on a series of five Isbrandtsten boats winning many races including being part of the US Admirals Cup team in 1961 on Windrose. He was known as the best spinnaker trimmer around, said Ted Hood, who sailed with Romagna on Windrose and later through 12 Meter campaigns. With Isbrandtsen they helped initiate the idea of the first Block Island Raceweek and raced in several trans-Atlantic, countless Bermuda Races (21), three Fastnet and many SORC events over the years.

Victor was invited to crew aboard Columbia in 1958, Weatherly 1962, was afterguard on Valiant in the 1970 trials and Intrepid in 1967, first as foredeck chief and later as tactician and all around crew boss.

With skipper Bus Mosbacher, they developed some new and innovative ideas for a deck plan for Intrepid. As crew boss, Robert McCullough says, "he was very good at organizing the crew and coaching them."

After retiring from America's Cup racing, Romagna served as secretary of the New York Yacht Club's America's Cup Committee from 1978 to 1983. He and his family moved to Annapolis in the early 1980s where he was Varsity coach for the US Naval Academy for ten years and served on the Fales Committee during that time. Victor said of the young women sailors, "I found that the young women learned the basic sailing skills faster than the men, who wanted to take control but did not want to take the time to develop a feel for the board. Besides, girls smell better too."

Victor Romagna was one of the few crewmen to be inducted into the Herreshoff Marine Museum's America's Cup Hall of Fame which took place on September 10, 1994. He was a member of the Port Washington Yacht Club and later the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Victor's devotion to the Corinthian spirit and drive to win is admired by all yachtsmen.

He leaves his wife of 48 years, Louise; three daughters, Lisa Frappaolo of Port Washington, Marion Jones of Baltimore, Lenore Alexander of Annapolis; four grandchildren, Genna and William Frappaolo, Caroline Jones and Victoria Alexander; and a brother, Leonard of Florida.

A memorial service is being planned which will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.




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