Recent Passings:

We are sad to report the passing of PA alumna and beloved LaGuardia ballet teacher Brunilda Ruiz (PA ’54). Ms. Ruiz was a founding member of the Joffrey Ballet and taught ballet for years at LaGuardia. We extend our condolences to her family, friends and former students. Read an obituary from the NY Times here.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Shalonda Lashley Waterman (LaG ’88). Our condolences go out to her friends and family.

We were recently informed that dancer Nevarte (Rose) Hamparian (M&A ’44) passed away this past February at age 92. She was a prominent presenter, choreographer and dancer of Armenian dance, founding the Nayiri Dance Group of New York, and having been a member and at one time the director of the Armenian Folk Dance Society. We extend our condolences to her family and friends.

We are sad to report that Timothy K. Battle, M&A ’86 vocal, passed away on August 6th, 2019.

Susan Rollins, Performing Arts ’71 dancer recently passed away. There will be a memorial for Susan at 6pm on August 1, 2019 at Riverside Memorial, 180 West 76th Street and Amsterdam.

Martin Charnin, M&A ’51, passed away on July 6, 2019 at 84. He was a Tony and Emmy winning writer, director and producer who turned a Depression-era comic strip into “Annie,” the hit Broadway musical. For more about Martin Charnin, click here.

Ondine Perret, M&A ’83, passed away July 6, 2019 after a 5+ year battle with breast cancer.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of Jack Lees, M&A ’58, who passed away on April 23, 2019.


We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Alan Hirschhorn, M&A ’56, who died the day before his 80th birthday on March 20, 2019. He has written “As life has moved on since graduation, I find that – more and more – having had the M&A experience, has contributed GREATLY to my life.” Read his obituary here.


Barbara Bronstein Baum, M&A 1945, passed away on June 13, 2019 at age 91. Read more