1945 Graduate’s Comments


Married 53 years in February 2002, to Willa Mattison, of Great Neck. Willa and I have lived in Sands Point since we moved from Great Neck in 1953.  I have built my career as a builder and developer. I serve on the boards of several not for profit community organizations. Willa still practices as a psychologist in Manhattan, where we have an apartment. We also have a winter refuge in Longboat Key in Florida. We have traveled extensively in Europe, the Far East, and South America. I have made many Trips to Alaska, and have kayaked and canoed in remote areas, and lived among  grizzly bears. I am a member of the Explorer’s Club. The picture was taken last summer when we chartered a boat in Alaska for a week.



After graduating from H S, I was drafted and spent time in Germany with the occupation forces, dodging Mercedes, and trolley cars, while directing traffic. After discharge from the Army, attended Pratt Institute under the G.I. Bill. Paid my dues with a string of inconsequential jobs, and guess what, I wound up with my own graphic design firm in Manhattan. I still live in Great Neck. The photo shows my wife and me at the Society of Illustrators in New York where I recently had a one-man show.


US Navy 1945-46, Fordham U. 1950 B.S. Physics, R.P.I. 1952 M S Physics. 1952 married and moved to California. Worked for Hughes Aircraft Co. 1952-1990. Worked on computer hardware and software for aircraft and space projects. Currently retired, doing some volunteer work and traveling.


Lynn Stier and I married at St Aloysius church 6/28/54. We have 3 grown kids and 10 grandchildren. We split the year half and half depending on the weather. Lots of Great Neck people in Quail Ridge Florida…Jim Wells, and Dottie Mc Kechnie, Pat Hansen Boynton and a couple more. Never left Great Neck. -Retired from JP Morgan Chase (really Manufacturers Hanover Trust) 12/90. Moved then to Remsen burg. I had to leave Great Neck because I could not learn Farsi.


Still living in Great Neck-but travel a lot around the world since my retirement from the investment world. Must be genetic because my three sons travel the world also. Is a skier? And tennis player too.


Pat and Dick were married in 1954, while Dick was still in the Navy in Newport. Dick started in a law practice in Rome NY.  Then they moved to Albany NY where he worked in the law department of the state Court of Appeals for 24 years.  He is now retired and has a private practice in Valatie NY. They have six children all grown and married, and 14 grandchildren (+ 2 on the way, and 2 adopted from Russia.) When their youngest child reached 1st grade Pat returned to teaching as a reading consultant, and retired with 25 years credit. They are currently living in a restored farmhouse (200 years old)  ,in Malden Bridge NY. They have many hobbies (many involving the house) & travel  extensively  as their children live in six different states.


US Army 53-55. Law practices 55-00 in NYC. Retired, but sit as an administrative law judge in NYC a few days a week, except when we travel or play golf or tennis. Leaving Jan 1 for Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, then California, and then to an apartment in Hawaii for the Month of February. Sorry the reunion was not held in NYC as planned, it would be easy forMe. I lived in Great Neck for a short time with my first wife, then Westport CT. until 1978. I live in NYC with my second wife (Marjorie) since then.


We moved to Delaware from Locust Valley in 1963. Bob retired from the Wilmington Trust Co. and I am still guiding a group at a nearby country estate we recently bought a cottage at “Stonegates,” a local retirement community, and are living the good life


I left GNHS after the sophomore year. Attended and graduated from Hill School, Pottstown Pa. class of ’45. Went into USNR, then after discharge to Princeton. – Went into the field of architecture, and only recently retired. My wife died August 1998. I spend time in CT. and onNantucket Island where we have a house.


I married George Habermehl in 1946. I was a stay at home Mom.  When the children were old

Enough I went to work for Sears Roebuck & Co. in their credit department. In 1963 I left Sears And went to work in the Roslyn Post Office as secretary to the Postmaster. In 1975 my husband retired, and we moved from Levittown to Ocala Florida. We are still living there.  I really got into Golf and bowling here. We have taken trips to Bermuda, and Hawaii. We have been very involved With the Levittown Fire Department for 35 years. I was President of the Auxiliary for two years, and held all the other offices too. 


After HS I attended Scudder business school. Upon graduation I worked for Pan Am at LaGuardia Field, then NBC at Rockefeller center. -Then the Merchant Marine academy at Kings Point. (We all Know where that is) Married Jim Olsen in 1951.  We moved to Coventry Ct., Mount Holley NJ, and Granby CT., where we still live. I’ve been active with the Republican town committee.  We Are active in our church, played tennis, skied, and sailors. In 1977 I returned to college Hartford U.  Later I went to work for CIGNA for ten years. After retirement I became a researcher in the New England Air Museum.  I am also a Justice of the Peace, and can marry people in Connecticut.


How can I compress 50+ years since 1945 into a few lines? Max and I keep busy and keep in touch with our family scattered around the USA. Best wishes to all


In the fall of 1944 a German accented refugee named Herman Kaiser was in my homeroom. He was about 6’ tall and 180 lbs? I can still visualize him. In the spring term he was missing. He had turned 19, was drafted, was sent to Europe, and was killed. The GNHS Alumni office has no record of him.  He was the only man killed from our class. Can anyone help verify and possibly expand on my information, so we can honor him with the other GNHS men who died in WWII?


Married Nancy Rhodes in 1952. Following Japanese occupation duty aboard a light cruiser and graduation from Lehigh U, I spent the next 30 years with Ethyl Corp. Left Ethyl and spent three years with Xerox. I developed a center armrest for a Honda model which resulted in the establishment of Husco Engineering Co. You can see what I do at www.husco.com. .  We sell Proprietary products to BMW, VW, and the Feds. Nancy and I have had a wonderful life together. Our only tragedy was the loss of Dave, our oldest of three sons to diabetic complications in 1995.

We celebrate our 50th anniversary, yet the time has passed by like the blink of an eye.


Married Eve Katz, class of 53, in 1956. Lived in Great Neck. Our three children all graduated from GNHS North…75,77, & 81. Worked on Wall Street for several firms, in data processing, and survived several mergers. Retired in 1990 and moved to Middle Island, living in a townhouse, on a golf course with a community clubhouse featuring an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and sauna we winter in California (no snow).


Stayed single, have lived in Great Neck, worked for a builder 20 years in G.N. now retired.


I went to college of New Rochelle-graduated in ’49. Taught special education in NYC 26 years. My husband Dick De Von died, and I remarried in 1990. We live in N Palm Beach Fl. and love the Florida weather, and activities.  I play tennis 6 times a week. My husband Joe is into computers.


Try to find my way around Great Neck now, and only to find I have lost all my landmarks. Have been getting all my news from George Reeves who is my stockbroker.


Kevin Murphy ’44, colleague and friend to John Nichols, speaks about that sudden loss…It is with deep sadness and regret that I send you the sad news of John Nichol’s death on January 2, 2002. He had a massive cerebral hemorrhage that suddenly struck him on New Year’s eve day. Nick was a business colleague and a great friend of sixty years. His loyal, friendly, helpful, and thoughtful manner and great sense of humor will be remembered. Nick accomplished Much in his life and demonstrated great courage and leadership in many challenging endeavors. We shall miss him as we continue through life without him. His widow Lynne Can be reached at 39 BRITTANY place, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. Tel 843-686-2425. 


Still in medical practice –1014 Fort Salunga Rd Northport NY 11768 631-5642


I stayed in Great Neck until 1981 when I moved to Dallas TX. Later in 1989 I moved to Clearwater Florida. I have been a widow for a number of years. Am now President of All Children’s Hospital Guild, as well as on the Board of Brentwood, a home for abused teenage girls.


Joined Mc Cann Erikson Commercial Producer, in D.C., Herst MetrotoneTel. .2.5 years back to NY Foote Cone Belding Producer, station representation Avery Knopel NY. Detroit 4.5 years at Westinghouse broadcasting Pittsburgh, Chicago, NY, and then Atlanta. Put new station on the Air. Later went with Turner broadcasting CNN. retired 1995. Lost my wife of 46 years in October 2001. But 2 children and 4 grandchildren ease the hurt. Still in touch with many classmates Health good daily toddy for the body. See ya!


Went in the Army fall 45. Field Artillery, Fort Bragg NC. Out in 47. Worked as mechanic, But returned to college at Stevens Institute Nancy Gillis and I were married in 1951. Graduated in 1954 and I went to work for Pratt and Whitney on a nuclear powered airplane. In 1955 our first son was born, and I entered the Air Force, for two years. Moved to Granby where we still have a home. We retired in 1989 after many years working on nuclear engineering for Naval Projects. We work with the New England Air Museum restoring antique airplanes. We celebrated our 50th anniversary by going to Paris in April 2001. 



Since my last divorce (3x and you are out!) I moved to Atlanta Georgia, to be with my best friend of almost 40 years, Paula Hancock (Polly ). Stayed there for 1.5 years, after which we bought a house in Boynton Beach Florida. We’ve been here for just over 4 years. Daughter Leslie has made me a grandfather of Juliet Rose Hobbs, adopted on April 9 of last year. They live in Los Angeles, where they own a tree trimming company, and have just founded Fridgemagnets.com, where you can order magnets via e-mail.  I do nothing, and love it. 


I lived the whole of my life on Long Island. Worked for the Postal Service in Manhasset for 30 Years. Moved to North Carolina a year ago and love it. Health is fair.


Keeping busy here in the desert. Working as a tennis coordinator at a nearby club in Palm Desert. Also working as a tour guide for a number of “destination” companies.


My wife and I are both retired high school teachers. She taught ESL history at Schreiber High here in Port Washington.  I taught mathematics at Great Neck High from 1951-1958 and then followed Ruel Tucker to Great Neck South High. Faye Perry, Alex Sokol, and Gil De Laura came along too9. Makuen, Bowen, and Duncan stayed at North. I finally retired in 1983, and we been traveling, staying at our summer home in the Poconos, and just lazing about.  In 1967-68 my wife and two sons spent a sabbatical with me in Greece. Those were wonderful days.


Married Larry Gardner a Kings Point Grad in 1950. I had been a fashion model in New York. Larry and I traveled the world.  Larry became an Air Force Colonel. He had been a test pilot, and a fighter pilot, in Korea and Vietnam. We retired from the wars in 1973, and settled in Fredericksburg Va. We own Gardner Arabians, a select training facility for Arabian horses. After Larry died in July 1999. Our daughters & husbands Plus grandchildren carry it on.

GEORGE WALTERS. Deceased January 10, 2002

GEORGE HAS PASSED ON, BUT HE SENT IN HIS STORY IN DECEMBER, EVEN THOUGH HE HAD BATTLED MYALOMA (SINCE May 2001)  “ Amateur archaeologist: discovered the oldest Fluted Point in site during excavation of a cave In Orange County New York 12350 years B.P. Moved from L.I.  To Orange County N.Y.  Owned my own auto service center and used car facility from 1968-1989. Retired and moved with our boat to Oriental NC .  Went on cruises with five members of class of 1945.  Am presently battling multiple my Loma.