Recent Passings:

Dr. Nancy Bassen Reich (M&A ’41), whose seminal 1985 biography of Clara Schumann established her as an important musical figure independent of her husband, the composer Robert Schumann, and helped turn the musicological spotlight on female composers, died on Jan. 31, 2018 in Ossining, N.Y. She was 94.
Throughout her career, Dr. Reich fought to redress belittling portraits of Clara Schumann by earlier authors and to have her recognized as a significant composer, pianist and educator, as well as a central figure of German Romanticism. The decades that followed the publication of her book, “Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman,” vindicated her efforts with an explosion of both public and scholarly interest. Read more in the NY Times obituary

Jack Wohl passed away in late 2018.

Lloyd Miller passed away in late 2018.

John Titus passed away on February 2nd, 2019 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A lover of music, John was an intricate part of the Men’s Chorus at North Stelton A.M.E church in Piscataway, NJ. John worked at Emigrant Savings Bank for 41 years as Vice President of the Checking Department before retiring in 2018. He is survived by his wife Claudette, his son Alan Titus (fiance Cindy Guzman), his daughter and son-in-law Alyssa and Keith Knox, and his 2 granddaughters, Kylie and Lucy Knox.

Marvin Kalisch (M&A ’43) passed away on December 23, 2018. He was the President of Kalisch-Jarcho, Inc. Veteran, Maritime Services. Beloved father of Christopher, Andrea and Carolyn, grandfather of Caroline and John.

We are sad to report the passing of Carl Gscheidle, M&A ’46. His daughter, Ruth Gscheidle-Walsh, recently wrote to us that Carl passed away last May at the age of 89. He was a proud alumnus of Music & Art and Cooper Union. A commercial artist by day (he majored in art during his days at M&A), he spent many years as an organist and choral director for Our Savior Lutheran Church in Port Washington, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview, the Lutheran Chorus of New York and Grace Lutheran Church.

We are sad to report the passing of Marjorie Farb Weinstein, who passed away December 18, 2018 following a bout of pancreatic cancer. Read her obituary here.

Dan Johnson passed away in December 2018.

We are sad to report the passing of Gerard Silverman, M&A ’59, who we learned passed away on September 19, 2018.

Alvin Epstein, an actor and director whose stage career frequently explored the work of playwright Samuel Beckett, died December 10 at the age of 93. After graduating from M&A in 1942, he attended Queens College, served in World War II, and studied dance with Martha Graham and mime in Paris. Mr. Epstein’s early theatre credits included appearing alongside mime artist Marcel Marceau and as the Fool in Orson Welles’ 1956 production of King Lear. He has many Broadway credits including the musicals No Strings and 3 Penny Opera, as well as Postmark Zero, and A Place Without Doors. Outside of New York, he was a founding member of the Yale Repertory Theater and held a brief term as Artistic Director at the Guthrie Theater.