Recent Passings:

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.


It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Carl Johnson, LaGuardia vocal music teacher and director of LaGuardia’s Show Choir, who passed away on December 9, 2018. He taught at LaGuardia from 2003-2018. He will be deeply missed. Donations in his memory may be made to the Carl Johnson Memorial Music Award which will be given to vocal music students who embody Carl’s musical virtuosity, and kind and generous spirit.


We were recently informed of the passing of Perry Robinson, M&A ’56. His classmate, Happy Traum, sent out a message regarding his passing:

Perry was a clarinetist of some note, mainly in avant-garde jazz circles, but he came out of a rich folk tradition. His dad was Earl Robinson, the leftist composer, arranger and writer of songs such as “Joe Hill” and “Ballad for Americans.” I saw Perry occasionally through the years, and he was always a genial, sweet-hearted but decidedly eccentric figure, always loving to me when I met up with him. We played together once or twice over the years, mainly (as I remember) at benefit concerts of some kind. He’s one of the people I remember very clearly from high school.

We were recently informed of the passing of Isabelle Schwartz Kary, M&A ’54.


We are sad to report the passing of Linda Shiers, M&A ’63, who passed away on November 21, 2018. She studied viola while at Music & Art, but made piano “her lifelong joy”. Following her graduation from M&A she held a variety of jobs, but found her true calling as a stage and production manager for theater and television. Among the television shows she worked on was Sally Jesse Raphael, Montel Williams and Joe Franklin. Read her full obituary here.