Recent Passings:

Barbara Catherine Santa-Coloma, nee Antoni, was born Sept. 30, 1933, and died July 11, 2017. Barbara was born in New York City and was the daughter of Peter and Margaret Antoni. She and her brothers, John and Peter, grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. Young “Bobbie” was a tomboy, playing stickball in the streets with her brothers and friends, and probably knew every fact about every baseball team, especially her favorite Brooklyn Dodgers, at a time when many other little girls had other interests.

Barbara also knew she loved art at an early age, and entered the High School of Music and Arts. After graduation, she was accepted to the prestigous Cooper Union in Manhattan. She was married to Richard Santa-Coloma from 1952 to 1974, and they had two children, Emilia and Richard, who survive her. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sean, Clare, Kristina, Nic, Alex and Benjamin.

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Lois Harmon Alcosser of Wilton, CT, passed away July 8, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was a graduate of Music & Art High School (class of 1944) and Barnard College, Lois had a successful career as a copywriter for many prominent New York advertising agencies including Doyle Dane Berback, Altman Stoller Weiss and Gray Advertising. Following her full time career, Lois continued to work and write for many local organizations including the Council of Churches and Synagogues and The Wilton Bulletin where she was a frequent contributor. Her passion for writing endured all her life. Lois loved to live, learn and be active; which is how she will be forever remembered.


We sadly announce the passing of Theresa Silverman Jacobs on June 4, 2017.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mrs. Sena Schwartz Isaacs, M&A Class of ’57.

Mark Carr passed away in June, 2017.


Gwist Pacaud passed away in June 2017.


June LeBellJune LeBell (M&A ’61), a professional concert soprano who became one of the first women to be hired as a staff announcer and interviewer in the male-dominated realm of commercial classical music radio broadcasting, died on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 73.
There will be a service in Sarasota on Monday, May 8th, Church of the Palms, at 2pm, which will be streamed live on the internet at  A Memorial Service in New York will be held on May 20th sat 3pm at Marble Collegiate Church (1 W. 29th St, New York, NY 10001)

The Music and Art Class of 1961, Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts along with the greater community of musicians, artists, friends and fans of June LeBell can keep her memory alive by contributing online to the June LeBell Memorial Vocal Music Fund or by check to Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia HS (100 Amsterdam Ave. Rm. 853, NY, NY 10023). Please specify June LeBell Vocal Music Award Fund in the check’s memo line.

June Wendie LeBell was born on April 29, 1944, in Manhattan to Irving LeBell, a pediatrician, and the former Harriet Adler, a painter. She graduated from the High School of Music and Art (now Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) and the Mannes College of Music in New York and attended the Hartt College of Music (now the Hartt School of the University of Hartford).

After performing professionally as a soprano, she was also the host of a lecture series, “The Sound of Broadway,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and compiled a book of recipes from musicians titled “Kitchen Classics From the Philharmonic: A Culinary & Musical Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the New York Philharmonic” (1992), which was illustrated by Al Hirschfeld.

After the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, a few blocks from where she lived, she retired to Florida, where she hosted a regular public radio program and a series on music at the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning. …[read more]

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Juris Mednis, M&A ’56, in March 2017.

Joan NevinsJoan Nevins (M&A ’47), an artist who worked as an interior designer and teacher, died March 17, 2017 at age 87, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Cooper Union and a bachelor’s degree in teaching from the University of Maryland. Mrs. Nevins began her career as a commercial artist, designing ads and packaging for products. She later worked as an art teacher and an interior designer, eventually running Joan Nevins Interiors in Rockville, MD. Throughout her life, she painted extensively. Her son David said, “She was an ‘early-on feminist’ who cared deeply about women’s rights and social justice issues.” Read more