Jean Adair Swain died on July 17, 2000 in Manhattan. She was born in NYC and grew up in Port Washington where she graduated from high school at age 16.
Last summer she joined the festivities at the Tri-Class Reunion playing in the band and renewing beautiful friendships. It was "in Port" she began her cello studies, a passion which remained with her throughout her life. Her musical talents included playing in orchestras and chamber music groups, arranging, composing, teaching as well as playing the piano. She was also an avid sailor.
She received her degree in music at Smith College (1945) where she was a founding member and arranger for the "Smithereens,"a singing group now a campus tradition. For seven years after graduation she sang with and arranged for the "Heathertones," a quartet she founded with her sister and two college friends. Among their many recordings were those with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey and they appeared regularly on network TV with Frank Sinatra, Bert Parks and others.
A career in documentary film production followed where she was involved with filming of Yehudi Menuhin, Duke Ellington and the opening of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.
Meanwhile she joined the St. Cecilia Chorus under the direction of David Randolf where she served as president, a member of the auditioning committee and the board of directors. After retiring she joined two members of the original "Chordettes" (of Mr. Sandman and Lollipop fame) to re-form the group. They appeared at Radio City Music Hall, the Nassau Coliseum and toured with Eddy Arnold.
She then returned to her first love, chamber music through which came enduring friendships. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Swain Overton and two nephews, Richard and Steven Overton, and is beloved by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
A memorial gathering is being planned for the fall.
Charles C. LoPresti, 83, formerly of Port Washington, died on July 22, 2000. He was a retired engineer with Uniroyal. Husband of Frances Tralongo Sheffield. Father of Barbara Donohue, Donna Urso-Conti, Patricia Pickens and Theresa Stein. Grandfather of four. He was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy in 1986. Arrangements were made by the DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold. Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery.