Allen Harris Wofford, 70, of Plandome, died on Sept. 4, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn. He was, for 48 years, the beloved husband of Alice (nee Freeman), loving father of Sally Wofford-Girand (Mark), Torrey Jennings Wofford (Stephanie) and William Neal Wofford (Amy), the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren and fond brother of Florence Wofford Liddell and Gail Wofford.
He was born and raised in Johnson City, TN, and was, for a while, the youngest Eagle Scout in the county. He graduated from the Asheville School in Asheville, NC, with high honors in 1956 and from MIT with a BS in 1960. He obtained a MS from the MIT Sloan School in 1961, graduating second in his class. He held a one-half time assistant professorship there and worked as a bartender in the Sloan faculty dining room and at various laboratories on the outskirts of Cambridge, MA. He was proud to have paid all of his college and graduate school expenses including his membership in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity from his own earnings.
After graduation from MIT in 1961, he served as a second lieutenant in the US Army at Fort Lee, VA, for 18 months prior to returning to his job in the Treasurer's Department at Exxon Corporation. He worked for Exxon for the following 25 years. He and his family were transferred to Exxon subsidiaries in Coral Gables, FL, and Bogota, Colombia, before returning to work in New York. Upon his retirement from Exxon, he started his own tax and accounting business, which he ran from his house until shortly prior to his death.
Allen Wofford was also very active in community affairs and volunteer activities, working with the Boy Scouts, the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset, the Plandome Fire Department and numerous other charitable groups. He also served in various capacities for social clubs including the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and the Plandome Field and Marine Club. He and Alice enjoyed their membership at York Country Club in York, ME.
A memorial service was held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Port Washington on Sept. 20. Contributions in Allen's name may be sent to the Plandome Fire Department, 65 South Dr., Plandome, NY 11030 or the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, P.O. Box 543, Manhasset, NY 11030.
John J. "Bud" Hill Jr.
John J. "Bud" Hill Jr. former New Salem resident died Oct. 11, 2008 in Phoenix, AZ, at age 95. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Dorothea "Dot" Hill. Both were graduates of Pratt Institute.
Mr. Hill was vice-president and art director for the Wm. Esty Advertising Agency in New York for many years. His accounts included Colgate, White Rock, Prestone, and RJ Reynolds. He was credited with conceiving the hugely successful ad campaign that launched Winston Cigarettes. In Port Washington he was a member of the Library Board and for many years in the '50s he worked with students to aid in the design and production of the theme decorations for the Senior Gambol at Schreiber High School and proms at Manhasset High.
He will be missed by his daughter, Nancy, of San Francisco, and son John, of Glendale, AZ (both former Port High students); a nephew Gary Metzler of Garden City; a niece Sue Gould of Hicksville; three grandchildren, William Crisafulli, Pamela (Crisafulli) Hommeyer and Michael Hill; and six great grandchildren.
Henry M. Hink
Henry M. Hink, of Port Washington, passed away on Oct. 4, 2008 after a brief illness. He was a retired mechanical engineer who worked for Sperry Gyroscope and Grumman Aircraft. While at Grumman he was a part of the Lunar Excursion Module Team (LEM) until its completion with landing on the moon July 20, 1969. He then worked at NBC at Rockefeller Plaza until his retirement in January 1986.
Henry Hink was an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for many years where he and his wife Vincie were married in June 15, 1946. He was a valued, active member of the Lions Club of Port Washington for over 20 years. He served as president twice as well as holding many other offices. He received many awards, including the Melvin Jones Award in 2006.
Henry Hink is survived by his wife, Vincie; daughter Mareen Turner of California. Father of the late Richard C. Hink. Services were held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Oct. 8 and interment was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Thomas B. Lovett, of Manhasset, died at home on Oct. 2, 2008, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Ann, father of the late Lois Drewes, Laura Mangan and Pamela Elllinghaus and grandfather of five. He is also survived by two sisters, Lois Swietnicki and Sue McMahon; a brother Joseph Lovett; and sister-in-law, Susan Carboine. Tom was the principal of Guggenheim Elementary School, Port Washington Public Schools from 1970-1995. He was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary's Church, Manhasset, and St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn. He was also a long-time member of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Visiting was at Fairchild's, Manhasset. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary's on Oct. 6, celebrated by Rev. John Denniston. Interment was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Contributions in Tom's name may be made to Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, 5 Channel Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Dr. Malcolm Edgar Meistrell, Jr. passed away on Oct. 14, 2008 from complications of heart disease. Dr. Meistrell was born in Brooklyn on May 12, 1938 to the late Dr. Malcolm E. and Josephine Moody Meistrell. He maintained a private practice of orthodontics in Port Washington and was a clinical professor of orthodontics at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he taught and inspired two generations of orthodontists. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
He was president of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists and the Nassau County Dental Society. He was a fellow of the New York Academy of Dentistry and the American College of Dentists and was chairman of its New York section.
Dr. Meistrell graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 1956 and Princeton University in 1960. He received his DDS from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1964 and his Certificate in Orthodontics from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 1967.
He was the beloved partner of Joy Hudecz, the loving father of Victoria Pouncy (Christian), Malcolm E. Meistrell III (Lori) and Walter Meistrell (Kendra); the esteemed brother of Gerard Meistrell and Patricia Monk; and the loving grandfather of Malcolm, Abigail, Walker and Ryder Meistrell and Eliza Pouncey.
A Funeral Mass was held Oct. 18 at St. Thomas More RC Church, New York immediately followed by a reception in the Rochester Room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine for its Orthodontic Division, c/o Director of Development, CU College of Dental Medicine, 630 W. 168th St., P&S 3-460, New York, NY 10032.