Recent Passings:


Anne Hale (Codding) Tonachel, retired faculty, died suddenly at her home on January 5th, 2018. She was 86. Anne was a dedicated educator and taught high school social studies for 25 years in the New York City public school system, the majority at the High School of Music and Art and the High School of Performing Arts.

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Robert Pincus-Witten, M&A ’53, passed away on January 28, 2018. He was an art critic and art historian who wrote for Artforum Magazine for nearly 50 years. Born Robert Pincus, he adapted his mother’s maiden name and became Robert Pincus-Witten. Following his graduation from M&A he went on to Cooper Union and University of Chicago. He was a professor for the City University of New York for decades, and curated shows and advised art collectors. He is survived by his husband, Mr. Leon Hecht.  Read the NY Times obituary.


Paul Dunkel

Paul Lustig Dunkel (M&A ’60) passed away on January 14, 2018. Paul was most recently the Principal Flutist with the New York City Ballet and a member of “Music From Copland House,” an ensemble he co-founded with the pianist Michael Boriskin, dedicated to the performance of American Chamber Music. More about Paul here:and on his website.



We are saddened to report that Nikki Langer (nee Shirley Poltorack) of M&A ’39, died peacefully on Dec. 21, 2018, at her home in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. She was 95. Read her obituary here.



We are sad to report the passing of Eli Zucker, M&A ’58.

Clifford Irving (M&A ’47S) passed away December 19, 2017 at the age of 87. Clifford was a successful author. For more about Clifford Irving, please read more.


We are sad to report that Ms. Wilma Winikoff Goldberg passed away this past November.

We are saddened to report that Daniel Elliot, M&A ’58, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Dorothy Sovinsky Kaufman passed away in San Francisco on November 17, 2017 at age 96.  Survived by sons Nathan and Robert, daughter Deborah and grandchildren Aaron, Miriam, Rachel, Rebekah and Max and great-grandson Riley. Preceded in death by her husband Ephraim Fred Kaufman on May 26, 1999. Born in Brooklyn, New York, a member of the first graduating class of New York City’s High School of Music and Arts and a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Began her career as an advertising artist in Manhattan. An accomplished artist in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics.  A member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California. Her work had numerous gallery showings, and is held in private collections. Supporter and member of the SF MOMA, SF Fine Arts Museum, SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of Craft and Design, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian. A woman of quiet strength who will be missed by her family and many friends. Laid to rest on November 20th at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park. The family suggests contributions to the Jewish Children and Family Services may be made in her memory.


Gemze de Lappe, a dancer who performed on Broadway and, as a disciple of the choreographer Agnes de Mille, became an expert at restaging her choreography in musicals like “Oklahoma!” and “Carousel” around the United States, died on Nov. 11 at a rehabilitation facility near her home in Manhattan. She was 95. Please read more of her NYTimes obituary here.