Recent Passings:

Dr. Jerrold Ross, M&A '51

Dr. Jerrold Ross, 88, passed away peacefully at Calvary Hospital on February 1, 2024. He studied piano at the High School of Music and Art and at Juilliard’s Pre-College program. Dr. Ross earned a B.A. and B.S. at Queens College, and a Ph.D. from NYU. In 1997, Emerson College awarded him the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Ross taught music in the Syosset and Great Neck Schools, and at The Dalton School. In 1963, he joined the faculty of The New York College of Music and in 1965 was appointed President, becoming the youngest college President in America at the age of 30. In 1995, he was named Dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University. In 2006, he was awarded the President’s medal for Distinguished Achievement at St. John’s. He retired in 2014 as Dean Emeritus and as the longest- tenured Dean in the School’s history. From 1969 to 2003, Dr. Ross was President of the Board of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nation’s leading summer arts camp for children, ages 6-19. A new building, Usdan’s Jerrold Ross Discovery Center, was dedicated in 2006. Dr. Ross was also a former board member of A&F.


Rena Feuerstein Strauch, M&A '51

Rena passed away peacefully at home at 89, just a few months shy of her 90th birthday. Rena was also a skilled piano player and avid musician, and, upon discovering the High School of Music and Art, she knew she had to find a way to attend.  She researched how to apply, commuted uptown on her own for an audition, and was thrilled to be accepted. Among her many lifelong accomplishments, Rena was also a pioneer in creating the egalitarian alternative services at Beth El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, NY, where she proudly chanted from the Book of Ruth.  Additionally, Rena served as president of the Beth El’s sisterhood, taught Hebrew for many years, and led a Hebrew book club.


Zita Carno, M&A '52

Zita Carno died on Dec. 7 in an assisted living facility in Tampa, Fla. She was 88. Her cousin Susanna Briselli said the cause was heart failure. Ms. Carno had moved to Tampa with her mother after her retirement from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to be near the spring training facility of the Yankees, her favorite baseball team. Zita Carnovsky was born on April 15, 1935, in Manhattan and grew up in the Bronx. She graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York and, in 1952, received honorable mention for a piece she wrote for violin and piano in a composition contest conducted by the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts. When she made her debut at Town Hall in Manhattan in 1959, the New York Times critic Harold C. Schonberg wrote that she was “without a doubt one of the major young American talents, with splendid technical equipment, brains and finesse.” A veteran of 25 years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she was known as much for her eccentricities as for her exceptional musicianship. Please read the full obituary about Ms. Carno in the New York Times here.

Naomi Horowitz Osnos, M&A '54

Naomi passed at age 86, peacefully at home from cancer on December 27, 2023. A lifelong New Yorker born in the Bronx, Naomi, “Nomi” graduated from High School of Music and Art, and Hunter College, earning her BA in Art. Later she attended the School of Visual Arts, followed by a 20-plus year career as a book designer and art director at Random House. Naomi was a prolific, versatile artist known for unique and colorful collages and paintings, with exhibits in New York and private collections. She will be remembered for her keen aesthetic sense, warmth, elegance, and wit.

Susan Storck Binger, M&A '49

Susan Storck Binger (March 25, 1932 – August 15, 2023) was the child of John P. V. Storck and Nina Tonks Storck and raised by her stepmother, Lucie Giles Jowers Storck, after her mother’s death. She was valedictorian at the High School of Music and Art (now LaGuardia) in New York and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1953, having married Bronson Binger the year before. She volunteered with several organizations, including the Radcliffe Club of New York, of which she became president, and the Church of the Heavenly Rest. She also worked in development at the New York- Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Sheila Lerner Tschinkel, M&A '57

Sheila Joy Lerner Tschinkel passed away on August 9, 2023 in Atlanta, GA. with family at her side. Sheila’s career path always involved helping and teaching oth- ers- as a professor of economics, banker, and economist. She served as an assistant professor at the University of Alaska 1963-65, the University of Connecticut 1967-68, then at Yale 1968-69. After years at the Federal Reserve Bank, she worked abroad, and then she taught economics at Emory University School of Business as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Sheila was extremely interested and active in supporting women being active in politics and running for office, including mentoring and holding fundraisers for prospective leaders.

Noman Zide, M&A '44

Norman H. Zide (born 5/30/28) passed away suddenly 2/21/23, just 3 months shy of his 95th birthday. Born in NYC, he grew up in Brooklyn and attended Music and Art High School (now LaGuardia).  Graduating at 15, he studied at and received degrees from NYU (Bronx campus), Yale, Columbia and Penn.  Eventually earning several Masters and a Ph.D.  His studies were interrupted by a stint in the US Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Oklahoma. Accepting a position with the University of Chicago in the South Asia department, he was a long time Professor and occasional department chair in his decades there. A classically-trained pianist, his love for music and opera remained a major part of his life along with writing short stories. He travelled far, saw much and made his own way.  He is survived by his sons Gregory and William, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephew and numerous cousins, students and friends. His humor, intellect and scholarship left a lasting impression on all who knew him.  He is loved, remembered and will be missed.

Richard Schepard, M&A '59

Richard Schepard passed away May 13, 2023 in Paris, France. Devoted husband of Michele, brother of Andrew and Debra, father of Mathieu and Erica; Gregory and Marion; Christopher and Camille; five grandchildren, beloved friend and gifted international attorney. Founding Partner, Bredin Prat, Paris. Assistant General Counsel U.S. Department of Commerce 1977-1979. Graduate of CCNY, NYU Law (first in class), Fulbright Scholar (Sorbonne).

Dr. Stanley Fishman, M&A '54

We are sad to report the recent passing of Dr. Stanley Fishman, M&A ’54, who was a strong supporter of Alumni & Friends, who endowed a number of funds honoring his classmates that provide scholarships to current LaGuardia music students. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and M&A ’54 classmates.


Dr. Martin Nass, M&A '43

Dr. Martin Nass (M&A ’43) passed away on February 16, 2023. He was the first graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, a professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and NYU, and was faculty and a training analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society. Marty was a WWII Navy combat veteran who served on the USS Topeka (CL-67). An alumnus of the High School of Music and Art, Marty was a passionate and lifelong violinist who played in chamber quartets until a few weeks before his passing. Read his full obituary here