Recent Passings:

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

We are sorry to report the passing of Naomi Helfman Graffman, M&A ’45, who was a painter and writer, and wife of Gary Graffman, longtime faculty and former president of Curtis Institute of Music. Read more here.


We are sorry to report the recent passing of retired LaGuardia music teacher Joseph Joffe.


We are sorry to report the passing of Arthur Ross, M&A ’58. He passed away on May 24, 2019.



We are sad to report the passing of Barbara “Bobbi” Brick Cammarano, M&A ’58. Under the name Bobbi Westman she successfully ran Ruvetta Designs, Inc. for 40 years. She was most recently an award-winning fine artist under the name B. Brick.  Barbara passed away in February of 2019.



Virginia Zabriskie, M&A ’45, died in her Manhattan home at age ninety-one on May 7, 2019 after a long illness. Her loss is deeply felt by her nieces and nephews, Patricia, Jeannie, Arthur Jr. Jimmy, Laura, Stacy, and Michael, by Peter Maechting, and her friends and caregivers. Through her galleries in New York and Paris, she contributed substantially to the knowledge and appreciation of American art, including photography. She received awards from the Art Dealers Association of America and the Medaille d’Honeur de la Ville de Paris.