Obituaries
Harry J. Hooper Jr.

Lifelong resident Harry J. Hooper Jr. passed away on April 10, 2008 at the age of 85. Born on Feb. 25, 1923, Harry was one of the original 'clam diggers' of Port Washington.

Following in the footsteps of his father (Harry), brother (John) and uncle (Alfred), Harry joined Protection Engine Company #1 in July 1942, serving the community for a total of 65 years. He was its captain in 1968 and 1969, and served as engineer for several years. In his early years, Harry was also manager, as well as player, of their softball team, and also was a member of the "Rangers" Drill Team. He served on several fire department committees and represented Protection Engine Co. at New York State and Nassau County Firemen's Associations. In addition, he served actively in the Port Washington Exempt Firemen's Association.

Harry's wife of 58 years, the former Doris Rose, predeceased him. Four daughters survive: Patricia Schumacher (Peter), Evelyn Garofalo (Thomas), Joanne Panetta (Steven) and Lorna Downey (Steven). He will be missed by his seven grandchildren: Nora and Georgia Schumacher, Margaret and Katharine Garofalo, Kristel Santos (Fernando) and Danny Mowery and Brian Downey, as well as his three great-grandchildren: Dylan, Harry and Emma Santos. Loved by his animals, Harry will be sorely missed by his three devoted cats, PECO, Baby and Mikey.

Services were held last weekend at Protection Engine Company and interment followed on Monday at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to PAWS Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 861, Hicksville, NY 11802 or Firemen's Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.

Joan E. Shields

Joan E. Shields, a professor emerita and longtime chemistry department chairwoman at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, will be remembered as a dedicated and active educator with a passion for science. Shields, 73, a resident of Port Washington, died suddenly April 10, 2008.

A recipient of the university's Trustees Award for a Lifetime of Scholarly Achievement in 2004, Shields chaired the chemistry department from 1987 until her retirement from teaching in 2007. She remained involved at C.W. Post after her retirement, working closely with freshmen in the College 101 introductory class and serving as chair of the Pre-Health Professions Advisement Committee.

"Joan Shields' passing is a great loss to me personally and to the C.W. Post community," C.W. Post Provost Joseph Shenker said. "She made a profound impact on this campus and on thousands of students over the years. We will miss her very much, and we will work to live up to the example she set as a scholar, a teacher and a friend."

Katherine Hill-Miller, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at C.W. Post, said, "We will all remember Joan Shields for her fierce dedication to excellence in every area: excellence in teaching, excellence in research, excellence in student achievement.

"We will also remember Joan for her complete devotion to students. She shepherded so many of them through the full cycle of their years at C.W. Post, from the time they entered our gates as freshmen, to the time they left us for medical and graduate school," Hill-Miller said.

Shields was a member of the board of directors of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, and was chairwoman of the board from 1995 through 1998 - only the second time a woman has held the position in its 125-year history. In seeking her third one-year term as chairwoman, Shields expressed the desire to address the fact that "African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are severely underrepresented in the chemical sciences." She also was a member of the board of directors of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and authored four books and 34 scientific papers.

She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Regis College in Weston, MA, a master's in chemistry at Tufts University in Boston and a Ph.D. in chemistry at Boston College. An organic chemist by training, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Mulheim, Germany.

Shields joined the faculty of C.W. Post as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1968 and became a full professor in 1974.

Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass was celebrated April 14 at St. Peter of Alcantara Church.

Barbara Claire Barker
Barbara Claire (Aszody) Barker, age 81, lead June Taylor Dancer and founder of the Barbara Barker School of Dance, of Sands Point, died on April 11, 2008. Loving daughter of the late Paul and Clara. Beloved wife of Robert. Loving mother of Jeffrey Stogner (Elvira) and Van Stogner (Sandra). Adored grandmother of five grandsons and great-grandmother of one great-grandson. A memorial service will be held on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Manhasset.

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