Recent Passings:

We are sad to report that Lester Pincu passed away on September 9 after a long illness. He established the Lester Pincu Emergency Fund to help LaGuardia students who are experiencing challenging circumstances:

Dr. Thomas Jaeger (M&A ’58) passed away on Sep 9, 2017 at age 77. Tom was born in Antwerp, Belgium and the age of 2, was put into hiding and cared for by the Sisters of Charity. After the war, he was reunited with family and emigrated to the United States. He was an accomplished musician and later became a physician, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ellen; daughter, Michelle; along with extended family and a loving circle of friends.

Is is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Billie Slotnick Miller, M&A ’59.

William “Bill” Stammer, M&A ’57, passed away on August 19, 2017. A graduate of NYU and NYU Law School, ROTC officer and 1st LT. US Army, High Tenor, Lawyer, Scholar, Professor, Recording Artist, Aficionado of Art, Music, Literature, History, Science, and Lover of Vintage Cars. Survived by his wife, Paulette (M&A ’58), son and daughter, James and Jane, and two grandchildren.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Peggy Perez on July 6, 2017.

Laura Feldman, Music and Art Class of ’63, passed away June 30, 2017, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, M.S. in Mathematics from Cornell, and her M.D from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She had a distinguished 40 year career as an Interventional Radiologist, most recently at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA.

Internationally known artist and teacher. Beloved wife of Robert, devoted mother and mother-in-law of Ellen and Frank Ruck, Andrew Schwartz and Brian Keane. Adored grandmother of Aaron Wolff and great-grandmother of Ryan and Emma.

We are saddened to share the news of Janice Kirchner’s passing in June 2017.


Barbara Catherine Santa-Coloma, nee Antoni, was born Sept. 30, 1933, and died July 11, 2017. Barbara was born in New York City and was the daughter of Peter and Margaret Antoni. She and her brothers, John and Peter, grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. Young “Bobbie” was a tomboy, playing stickball in the streets with her brothers and friends, and probably knew every fact about every baseball team, especially her favorite Brooklyn Dodgers, at a time when many other little girls had other interests.

Barbara also knew she loved art at an early age, and entered the High School of Music and Arts. After graduation, she was accepted to the prestigous Cooper Union in Manhattan. She was married to Richard Santa-Coloma from 1952 to 1974, and they had two children, Emilia and Richard, who survive her. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sean, Clare, Kristina, Nic, Alex and Benjamin.

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Lois Harmon Alcosser of Wilton, CT, passed away July 8, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was a graduate of Music & Art High School (class of 1944) and Barnard College, Lois had a successful career as a copywriter for many prominent New York advertising agencies including Doyle Dane Berback, Altman Stoller Weiss and Gray Advertising. Following her full time career, Lois continued to work and write for many local organizations including the Council of Churches and Synagogues and The Wilton Bulletin where she was a frequent contributor. Her passion for writing endured all her life. Lois loved to live, learn and be active; which is how she will be forever remembered.