Nancy Topf-Gibson was a passenger on Swissair Flight 111 which was lost in the Atlantic Ocean with all passengers and crew while attemting an emergency landing near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Nancy was a master teacher, dancer and choreographer. As the innovator of Topf Technique, she created a natural developmental approach to movement using kinetic imaging and release and alignment principles. Nancy's technique of neuromuscular education re-patterns inhibited movement, develops creative freedom and heals chronic injuries. Working with professional dancers and many students, Nancy strove to center each person's emotional, spiritual and physical body. Nancy taught throughout the US and internationally and was on route to teach in Geneva. Nancy is survived by her husband, composer/musician Joe Gibson of NYC; her son Jeremey Gibson, a college student; her mother Celia Topf Straus of Lauderhill, FL; by her sisters and their husbands Bobbi and Robert H.Straus, Peggy and Murray Schwartz, Margie J.Topf and Stuart Rose; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial concert is being planned for early December in NYC. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund established in support of her surviving family and sent to: Nancy Topf Memorial Fund, c/o Lynne Linehan, vice president, Cambridge Trust Company, 494 Boston Post Rd., Weston, MA 02493.
Niall O. Meagher, of Glen Head, died on Aug. 30, 1998. Born in the Bronx, he graduated from St. Peter and St. Paul's Parochial School, Regis High, Fordham University and Fordham Law School. He served his clerkship with a Bronx lawyer before opening an office in Manhattan. He later had a private practice in Manhasset.
In military life, he was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve assigned to duty as director of administration, 8309 AF Recovery Group, Mitchel Air Force Base. He had previously been assigned as Air Force Academy Liaison Officer for Queens County. He was member of the Glen Cove American Legion and the Retired Officers Association (TROA) of LI.
Colonel Meagher is a WWII and Korean War veteran. He enlisted as a private in the 69th Regiment, NYSG, shortly after Pearl Harbor where he remained until commissioned as a Lieutenant in the AUS in October 1942. He was sent on the invasion of Africa in November 1942. Overseas, in Morocco, West Africa, Italy, Greece and Egypt, he served in varied assignments including intelligence, psychological warfare, claims, trial and staff judge advocate.
Upon his return to the US in 1945, he attended the Army Industrial War College in Washington and was made chief negotiator with the General Electric Company for settlement of terminated war contracts where he remained until separated from service in September 1946. He was again ordered to active service with the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 serving as a delay board and laterin Iceland as J-5 asst. to the Joint Chiefs, NATO, concerned with planning for the defense of Iceland. With the end of the hostilities, Colonel Meagher was again separated from the service in August 1953 whereupon he returned to his law practice and his repsonsibilities as a Ready Reservist.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; his daughter, Mary (Norman) Cohn; and his brother, Cormac. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Mary's RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Roy Conrad Olson Jr., 63, of Beaufort, SC, died on Sept. 3, 1998 at his home following a long illness. He was born Feb. 14, 1935 in Jackson Heights, the son of the late Roy Conrad Olson who was executive vice president of Otis Elevator Company, Mayor of Sands Point for 17 years, president of the Sands Point Golf Club and member of the Nassau County Board of Health.
He graduated from Paul D. Schreiber High School in 1953 where he played football. He was a 1957 graduate of Princeton University with a degree in geological engineering. As a geologist for Mobil Oil, he spent a greater part of his career overseas in Venezuela, Libya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Mr. Olson and his wife retired to Beaufort in 1991. He loved football, fishing and hunting.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Olson of Beaufort; two daughters, Carter Olson of Beaufort and Cary Yager of Park Ridge, IL; his mother, Ruth B. Olson currently presiding at the Cypress on Hilton Head Island, SC; a sister, Natalie Holland of Massapequa; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Sept. 6 at St. Helena Episcopal Church in Beaufort. Memorials may be made to Friends of Caroline Hospice, PO Box 1686, Beaufort, SC 29901-1686.
Everett R. Kinney Jr., age 35 formerly of Port Washington, died at home on Sept. 3, 1998 in Hilo, HI after a long illness. Predeceased by mother Janice Flemings Kinney and brother Mitchell F. Kinney. Survived by his father Everett R. Kinney Sr. of Hilo, former Mayor of Manorhaven, and stepmother Genevieve Kinney. Brothers Windsor H. Kinney of Port Washington, Kealoha Kinney of Hilo. Also survived by many extended members of the Kinney and Flemings family.
Cremation was followed by traditional Christian and Hawaiian services.
Claire M. Himpler, a native of Port Washington, passed away suddenly on Sept. 8, 1998. Funeral services were held on Sept. 11 and a funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 12 at St. Peter of Alcantara Church followed by interment at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
She is survived by John A. Himpler, her husband, better known as Jack and her daughter, Hilary A. Himpler. Her son, Mark S. Himpler, was the founder of NorthStar Marine and passed away in October 1994 in a drowning accident. Her younger brother, Everitt J. Campbell, known locally as "Soupy" was a detective in NC and passed away in August 1996.
My mom, my best friend, was loving, strong, compassionate and expressed enthusisam and joy for life through humor. She told me many stories of Port Washington which she remembered growing up in the late 1930s, from school and her school friends at Port Washington High School, spotting submarines in LI Sound during WWII and working with Letterly Labs in NYC, the Port Washington Library on Bellmore Ave. and the Rose Shop. She shared pictures of iceboats racing and cars driving on Manhasset Bay in the winter as well as a visual image of her grandparents driving at 20 mph down Main St. compete with vase and rose 'on the sideboard' in the car.
My mom loved music and thoroughly enjoyed Port Singer for many years making props in the backyard with her friends and mastering difficult music for the winter concert. She and my dad had many a good time playing tennis with their neighbors. Her cherished rose garden continues to be in bloom.
My dad and I wish to thank all our relatives and friends for their many prayers, kind acts and support through a very difficult time.