Shirley “Nikki” Langer, M&A '39
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.
Eli Zucker, M&A '58
We are sad to report the passing of Eli Zucker, M&A ’58.
Clifford Irving, M&A '47
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.
Wilma Winikoff Goldberg, M&A '53
We are sad to report that Ms. Wilma Winikoff Goldberg passed away this past November.
Daniel Elliot, M&A '58
We are saddened to report that Daniel Elliot, M&A ’58, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Dorothy Sovinsky Kaufman, M&A '40
Gemze de Lappe, M&A '39
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.
Julius Miller, M&A '54
Julius Augustus Miller, II passed away on November 11, 2017. Julius has known Cynthia Aleta (Barts) Miller since 1948, and made her his bride in 1960.
Julius had played the viola since eleven years of age, and decided to pursue a career in classical music. Following graduation from M&A, he graduated with a BA from Ithaca College and became a member of the Kappa Gamma Psi fraternity.
He received a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he translated a biography of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from French to English. He earned a second Master’s degree in musicology from Rutgers University in the mid 1960s. From here, he began a 30 year career in music performance and teaching.
Atiba Coerbell, LaG '92
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Tiba Coerbell (LaG ’91). He was an artist and educator and will be sorely missed.
Joan Schlesinger Lichtman, M&A '49
Joan Schlesinger Lichtman (M&A ’49) passed away on October 29, 2017. She was born in the Bronx, NY to Frances and Milton Schlesinger. Her father, a fabulous percussionist (recordings, stage, screen and radio, symphony orchestras, jazz bands, CBSTV staff for Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, and Carol Burnett) bought her a Steinway piano at the age of 5. She played it regularly for over 80 years. At M&A, she accompanied Shari Hurwitz Lewis for TV fame (remember Lamb Chop?).
Joan received a degree in music education at NYU and a masters degree in early childhood at Hunter College. She was a pianist for musical productions and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. She taught privately and held classes in piano in Montgomery County for 26 years, earning a teachers excellence award.
A mentor to her son Alan (Jonina and Jared Duker), an award winning percussionist. Played weekly marimba/piano duets for many years. Encouraged her son Bennett (Judy, Celia and Harry) to be a college band brass player.
Milton, her husband of 62 years, a tax attorney and retired senior executive at U.S. Treasury Department, was her best audience.