John Herman Loret (Nov. 8, 1928–Aug. 12, 2011) lived a life of adventure, scientific exploration, and continuous curiosity. Throughout his life he loved learning and making it exciting for his innumerable students.
His love of science began early. He falsified his birth date in order to enlist in the Coast Guard where he served for three years, ending in 1949. While on Arctic duty, his ship achieved “farthest north” and then was trapped in the ice for an extended period. During this experience the ship circumnavigated Baffin Island- the first time that had been done.
Frances Todesco, of Roslyn Heights. Beloved wife of the late Peter. Loving mother of Frank and Philip (Adriana) Todesco and Margaret Dayre (Bob). Cherished grandmother of Marianna, Francesca, Nicolette and Peter Dayre. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
The Village of North Hills is in shock after the death of Gerard Cohen, a trustee on the village board, who passed away last Wednesday, June 22 only one day after being re-elected to the BOT. Cohen was 66.
“We are all shocked after what was a great victory for him,” an audibly upset Mayor Marvin Natiss told The Roslyn News. “He was a terrific guy, he cared about the community, he cared about the village. He was bright and capable and will be sorely missed.”
Manhasset is in mourning having lost one of its greatest athletes.
Tom Emma, a former Manhasset High School basketball great who during the years of 1976-1979 set a Long Island record of 1,983 points scored, died last Wednesday in Manhattan. Emma was 49.
Herbert Polak died on May 3, 2011 at Sunharbor Manor in Roslyn Heights after a long illness.
He was born on June 20, 1922 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His father owned a button factory that was started by his father. On May 10, 1940, Germany had invaded the Netherlands. On May 14, he escaped with his parents and younger brother on a Dutch fishing trawler and arrived in England two days later. They stayed until September, when they crossed the Atlantic to Halifax, Canada, and finally arrived in New York City on Dec. 7 to start a new life in the United States. He became a U.S. citizen in August 1949.
(It is with much sadness that The Bryant Library reports the passing of Roberta Balfus. Roberta died on Monday, May 2. This is the interview conducted by Julie Klein that appeared in The Bryant Library’s May/June newsletter. All of us at Bryant Library will miss Roberta and this interview is a testament to all that she has done to not only make The Bryant Library the special place that it is, but also the Roslyn community.)
Famed Photographer, Dies
One of the great patriots of modern-day Roslyn has passed away.
On Wednesday, May 11, Raymond Jacobs, a longtime resident of Roslyn Heights, passed away at age 92.
Joe was born in East Hills (Roslyn) on the Clarence Mackney Estate where his dad was a dairyman. For years, the family maintained a vegetable, fruit and dairy farm on 12 acres. The land today is part of Norgate on the southside of Harbor Hill Rd.
Maxine Wasserman, a longtime resident of East Hills, passed away Thursday at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset after a long illness.
Bernice Righthand died peacefully on Jan. 27, 2011 at her daughter’s residence in Oakland, CA. She was born in Russia on Nov. 1, 1916, lived many years in Roslyn, but resided in Walnut Creek, CA, for the past 20 years. She worked primarily as a comptroller in the New York area. Her activities in charitable organizations included North Shore Child Guidance, B’nai Israel, National Council of Jewish Women and as past president of Rossmoor ORT.
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