Recent Passings:

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.




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.
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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) 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.