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Everett Brenner, 79, died Jan. 25, 2006 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.

He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and a masters degree in German from the University of Michigan.

He was a pioneer in the field of Information Systems and for over 30 years, was the force behind the construction of the world's best data bases. He was the recipient of numerous honors for his work in the field.

He promoted the cooperation of corporate and academic information systems. As he wrote in his 1992 book, Information Systems: the Road to Knoware: Communication on a large scale, especially a global one, implies cooperation on a large scale." Consequently, he created an annual Search Engine meeting beginning in 1994, which continues today in bringing together commercial search engine developers, academics and corporate professionals, to learn from one another.

Last June Ev Brenner was elected as a Trustee to the Port Washington Library.

He will be remembered for his colorful range of pleasures and passions including: travel and theater, fine food and football, books and ballet, speedy walking and skiing, English gardens and gardening, horseracing and Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Most of all he will be remembered for his boundless devotion to his family.

He leaves one brother, Kenneth of Atlanta, GA.

After 55 1/2 years of marriage, he leaves his wife, Joan of Port Washington; his children: Eric of Kings Point, Cantor Amy and Dr. Howard Mitz of Sugar HIll, NH, Dr. Daniel and Beth Brenner of Granite Springs, NY; and grandchildren Aden and Jack, Ben and Rebecca.

Contributions to honor Ev Brenner's memory may be sent to Community Mainstreaming Associates Inc., 99 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530. Community Mainstreaming Associates Inc. is an agency founded by Ev's wife Joan. It provides residential, supportive living and related services for people with disabilities. Their son Eric was its first resident.

Fredrik A. Hansen, age 100, of Port Washington, died on Feb. 1, 2006. He is survived by his wife Angelina; his children, Linda McCue (Jeremy), Ronald (Janis) and Paula; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

For most Americans the 1930s were a time of hardship, uncertainty and sacrifice. For Fred Hansen, it meant a job with the NYC Fire Dept., which offered security and stability for his family. But a job taken to ensure a steady income for wife and children turned into a life-long love.

Born in Risor, Norway, on Nov. 16, 1905, he joined FDNY on Dec. 14, 1937. He was promoted to lieutenant on June 19, 1951, to captain on April 16, 1955, battalion chief on Aug. 2, 1958 and deputy chief Dec. 19, 1964. He retired on Aug. 21, 1970.

In 1960, he hitchhiked during a blizzard from Long Island to the Bronx, expecting that when he arrived, his men would be there as well. They were. Chief Hansen worked throughout the city, from Manhattan to Welfare Island, ending his firefighting career in the Bronx. Except for a year and a half in the Navy during WWII, he spent 33 years racing to fires and false alarms, helping to save lives and grieving for those who could not be saved. He always encouraged the men under him to study for the next higher level of the civil service exams, seeing it as a way to improve their lives.

During the 1940s, veterans were given absolute preference for promotion upon passing the civil service examinations. Chief Hansen's name was on the court case Hansen vs. the City of New York, challenging this rule, which was amended.

He loved excitement, camaraderie and challenges of being a fireman. His children loved that their father had a job that made them all very proud. For him, there was no better way to make a living.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. Interment was private.

Josephine G. Grillo, of Port Washington, died on Feb. 4, 2006. Wife of the late Anthony. Mother of Josephine (Anthony) Lisanti. Grandmother of Gina (Anthony) Aiello and Christine (Ralph) DePinto. Great-grandmother (Tiny Ma) of Michael, Anthony, Maria and Anthony. Sister of Carmella (Millie) Augustino, Rose Ashman and Julia Mitchell. Godmother of John Falque. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 528 Mineola Ave., Carle Place, NY 11514.

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