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Dr. Ruth Cudmore, a long-time resident of Flower Hill, died on March 17, 2001. "Dr. Ruth," as she was affectionately known by her many young patients, was a pediatrician for more than 55 years. During her long career she was head of Pediatrics at St. Luke's Hospital in NYC and started the Cancer Clinic for children at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan. She spent the last six years of her life at her retirement home in Connecticut. She died just one month shy of her 100th birthday. A memorial service will be held on April 14 at Christ Episcopal Church in Guilford, CT. In celebration of her dedication to her medicine and children, contributions in Dr. Cudmore's memory may be made to the Pediatric Cancer fund, Baylor Medical College, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030. Lucy M. Salerno, 79, of Port Washington, died on March 26, 2001. She is survived by her husband James; her children, Thomas J., Paul and Rita; her sisters, Elizabeth Di Leo and Vincenza De Santis; and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Antonia Tomassi. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious service. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. David L. Freeman, 49, died suddenly on March 31, 2001. Born in Elmira, NY, Dave moved to Port Washington in 1965 and graduated from Schreiber High School in 1970. Dave was president of Integra Tooling Inc. and an active member of Knickerbocker Yacht Club. He was predeceased by his father William. He survived by his loving wife Maria Kaplan-Freeman and mother Shirley Freeman of Port Washington; brother William (Robin) Freeman and niece Andrea Freeman of New Jersey; and brother Jack Freeman of Florida.

Port Washington lost a good friend and one of the strongest fighters for its environment with the death of Robert M. Zimmerman of cancer on April 1, 2001.

Known to all as Bob, he was a tireless volunteer in community efforts to keep the air, water and land clean, safe and sustainable. He brought that same energy to his family, as devoted husband and father, and to his career as a retail consultant, where he helped some of the greatest names in retailing revitalize and improve their companies, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Wal-Mart and Gucci.

Bob, formerly partner-in-charge of the National Retail Industry Consulting Practice and Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers) was considered a leading authority in his field. He was instrumental in developing the industry's first on-line, real-time purchase-order management system and co-founded Gambit Management Strategies, Inc., pioneers in developing minicomputer-based systems for mid-size retailers before he joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1975. He retired from Coopers & Lybrand in 1993 and as a consultant went to Florence, Italy, to help turn Gucci around after its purchase by Investcorp.

His concern for the environment never wavered. "Throughout his illness, Bob showned inspirational dedication to Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington," said Jennifer Rimmer, executive director of Residents. "He had the foresight and direction to create our Sustainable Port Washington project." This project's goal is to determine the best use of remaining open space in Port.

Myron Blumfeld, chairman of the environmental group said, "Bob was not only a co-worker for more than a decade at Bloomingdales; he was my best friend, neighbor and mentor. He joined Residents more that a decade ago and for the last five years worked almost full time for the organization." Last year he was elected executive vice president. "His fine business skills and administrative ability helped turn this volunteer organization into the most effective environmental group in Nassau County," Blumenfeld said.

Bob Zimmerman, 68, was born in Brooklyn. He received his BS and MBA degrees form NYU. He and his wife, Ellen, have three sons, Michael, Adam and Samuel; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Carras; and two granddaughters, Carrie and Emma Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman is also survived by his sisters, Zelda Goldberg and Susan Zimmerman; a brother-in-law, Joseph Greenstein (Daum-Thompson); a niece Diane Marshall (Scott) and nephew Stephen Goldberg.

Residents has established a fund in Bob Zimmerman's name. Contributions can be sent to Bob Zimmer Fund, PO Box 864, Port Washington, NY 11050 or by phone at 767-9151.

(Submitted by RFAMBPW)


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