Recent Passings:

We are sorry to report the passing of Mark Gartman, M&A ’60. The following is from his classmate Gerald Trevor, M&A ’60: “Mark passed away on March 16, 2019 at his home in Coconut Creek, Florida. He was 76 years old and died from heart failure. A proud graduate of the High School of Music & Art Class of 1960 and the Manhattan School of Music.He was a Musician, Performer, Composer, Illustrator, Artist, Photographer, Author, Writer, Humorist, Inventor and Humanitarian. A true Renaissance man in every sense of the word. He will be missed by both his many friends and his family. Rest in peace dear friend.”

– Gerald Trevor – M&A Class of 1960, Retired Faculty Member of the Instrumental Music Department of La Guardia H.S.


Lisle Arthur Atkinson
, M&A ’58, passed away on march 25, 2019. Lisle was a double bassist and educator, founder of the
 Neo-Bass Ensemble
, original Member of the New York Bass Violin Choir
 with Bill Lee, Director; Ron Carter, Richard Davis,
 Michael Fleming, Milt Hinton, and Sam Jones.
He also payed with other jazz greats such as 
Kenny Burrell
, Betty Carter, 
Dizzy Gillespie,
 Hank Jones, 
Nina Simone, 
Dakota Staton, 
Billy Taylor
, Clark Terry.

Steve ZawelSteve Zawel, M&A ’63, passed away February 28 in Laguna Beach, CA. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Madeline, his sons, Adam (Ora), Ryan (Nicki), six grandchildren and hundreds of students whom he has impacted throughout his life. For 35 years, he directed masterful scholastic theatre productions in the metro area. In 2011, he was bestowed with the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. His family and friends have established the Steve Zawel Memorial Music Theater Fund.

Elly Weiss, M&A ’56, passed away on November 28, 2018. The following is from the written program at her memorial:

“Elly was the only child of Max and Sadie Weiss. When she was young, her father was the Education Director of the Communist Party and was prosecuted by the U.S. Government and served time in jail for his political beliefs and activities. His views undoubtedly shaped Elly’s longstanding i nterest in social justice, equality, and looking out for the poor.

She attended the High School of Music & Art (M&A) in Manhattan as an art major and did her undergraduate work at the City College of New York (CCNY) where she was the highest ranking student in its prestigious English department. She was editor of the literary magazine and a winner of a Woodrow Wilson Scholarship for graduate study at Stanford in literary criticism. She wrote her honors thesis on E.M. Forster at CCNY. A fine scholar, she was pleased that part of her thesis was footnoted in a book on Forster by one of her professors….[read more]

We are sorry to report the passing of Carmen VerSteegh, M&A 51, who died August 2nd, 2018.

We are sorry to report the passing of Florence Tilem Hayos, M&A ’46, who passed away on December 27, 2018.

He are sorry to report the passing of Harvey Bertcher, M&A ’46, in February 2017.

Wally Berger, M&A ’42, age 93, died peacefully on February 17, 2019 with his family by his bedside. Adored husband of Merle Bogin Berger, father of Andrea (Adam) and Adam (Katharine), brother of Joan Berger Moss, grandfather of Elizabeth, Louisa and Clara, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by Ruth, his beloved wife of 52 years. Born in the Bronx, saw action in WWII in the Ardennes Counteroffensive with the 101st Infantry, 26th Division, where he was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Design and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he practiced architecture almost until his death. Wally was tall, dashing, charming and a marvelous raconteur, an accomplished water colorist, sketcher, tennis player, woodworker and furniture builder. He was supportive, engaged, principled and loved by his family.

We are sad to report the passing of Amy Brook Snider, M&A ’57, who died on December 17, 2018. After graduating M&A, she studied painting and earned a PhD in Education from NYU. Dr. Snider was a teacher of art and design education in public school and at Pratt Institute for decades. At Pratt, she founded the Art & Design Education Department and was its chair for over 30 years, where she remained Professor Emerita until her passing. She is survived by her daughter, Ivy Crewdson, her grandchildren Lilianna Crewdson and Walker Crewdson, and her sister, Jenny Snider.


We are sad to report the passing of S. Warren Crawford, M&A 49.