Obituaries
A memorial service for Myrna Turtletaub will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Port Jewish Center, 20 Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington. All are invited to attend.

Howard J. Geoghan, a resident of Port Washington since 1961 passed away on April 23, 2007. He was born in the Morris Park section of the Bronx in 1920 and was a graduate of Evander Childs High School. A WWII veteran, Howard entered the US Coast Guard in March 1942 and served at several posts in the US including guarding the locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway. He was then trained as a (Morse Code) radio operator and served on a freighter supply ship at the Philippine Islands. Upon his discharge in the fall of 1945 he attended Manhattan College.

In 1949 he married his sweetheart Elaine. They lived in a home in Pelham before moving to Massapequa with their two sons, Howard Jr. and Stephen. A third son John was born there.

Howard was a salesman his entire life. Starting as a teenager with an ice cream route at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and continuing with careers as regional salesman with the Royal Typewriters and Victor Comptometer companies. In 1977, he realized that all the typewriters he had sold over the years would have to be repaired and opened Port Typewriter on Main St. opposite the old Ghost Motorcycles. Howard remained in the repair business for several years until his retirement.

Howard was an avid reader and a familiar face at the Port Washington Public Library and the North Hempstead Public Pools at Manorhaven and New Hyde Park. He always enjoyed a spirited conversation and looked forward to speaking with friends, neighbors and acquaintances.

Besides his wife Elaine, Howard is survived by his sons, John of Elmont, Stephen and his wife Saralyn of East Moriches; three grandchildren, Tiffany, Melanie and Stephen. Howard Jr. predeceased his father.

Services were held at the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara. Burial Calverton National Cemetery.

Madeleine Lane, former ceramics professor at Adelphi University and widely exhibited potter and sculptor, died on April 26, 2007, at her home in Port Washington at the age of 94. She was a resident of Plandome Manor for nearly three decades.

Ahead of her time Madeleine Lane presaged the current trend among homemakers and returned to complete her undergraduate studies while already the mother of four children, in part inspired by her husband, the late Frederick E. Lane, M.D., noted Long Island obstetrician and gynecologist. Mrs. Lane graduated from Adelphi University in 1955 earning a B.A. in art, and immediately joined the Art Department faculty as an instructor of ceramics, before eventually rising to the rank of assistant professor, in a career that lasted 25 years. Teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, university regulations required her to hold a graduate degree. Seeking to remain in compliance, she studied at C.W. Post where she earned a Master of Art degree in sculpture at the age of 66, and was able to continue her passion of teaching while introducing generations of Long Islanders and Adelphi students to the world of art and the opportunity of self-expression in clay. In his 2005 State of the University Address, university President, Dr. Robert Scott, cited Madeleine Lane in the group of "accomplished colleagues" who were a part of Adelphi's "rich past in the arts."

Mrs. Lane was active as a potter and sculptor for her entire adult life. Her last day on the pottery wheel was only nine days before her death. She was commissioned to create sculpture and ceramic pieces for many venues, including the Harry Chapin Memorial at the Westbury Music Fair, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Armand Hammer Library and the Adelphi University Library. Her ceramics have been displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York and the Smithsonian Museum Decorative Arts section in Washington, D.C. After being elected as a member of the New York Artist-Craftsman's Guild, she exhibited ceramics, sculpture, and fountains at a host of juried and non-juried shows throughout the metropolitan region.

Contributing to the community was an important feature of her life, as well. For many years Mrs. Lane was an active member of the Port Washington Library Arts Advisory Council, both as a committee member as well as an exhibitor. She also participated in Long Island AAUW and the Ikebana Society.

Born Madeleine Mutnick in Manhattan in 1912, she was in the second graduating class of the Fieldston School following its relocation to Riverdale in 1928, before going on to study painting, sculpture, and ceramics and attending Columbia University School of General Studies. She married David Levy in 1937 and was widowed in 1943, after which she married Frederick Lane in 1947. She is survived by four children, Joseph M. Lane, MD, assistant dean and professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill-Cornell College of Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery, Ila Lane Gross, executive director of LEAP, a not for profit organization committed to improving arts based education located in New York City, Lewis B. Lane, MD, chief of hand surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Edward M. Lane, MD, otolarynoglogist of Weston, CT, eleven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.


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