Recent Passings:

We were recently informed that Marc Feldman, M&A ’52, passed away on September 14. He was a proud Music and Art alumna, and according to his wife Vallery, often spoke about his time at school. Marc was a talented architect, and had designed his home that he shared with his wife, Vallery, in Berkeley, CA.


Pioneering entertainer Diahann Carroll, M&A ’53, passed away on October 4, 2019. She was 84 years old. Carroll’s career spanned the stage, film and television. She appeared in many prominent films, including “Porgy and Bess” and “Paris Blues.” She won a best actress Tony in 1962 for her performance in the musical “No Strings,” and starred in her own television show in 1968 called “Julia.” She was a mainstay on television throughout the 1980s and 1990s in her role as Dominique Deveraux in the soap opera “Dynasty.”




We are sorry to report that Reverand Eric Ziegler, M&A ’66, passed away on September 24, 2019. He was also a graduate of City College and spent several years working in the business world, and then spent a couple of years as part owner and bartender in Puerto Rico, before deciding it was time to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a pastor.

Reverand Ziegler served St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of the Deaf in Newark, New Jersey from 1991 until 1999. In January of 2000 he was installed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Clifton, New Jersey. Rev. Ziegler relocated to Saylorsburg, PA in 2013, where he was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Mount Pocono.



Larry Willis, whose ringing authority as a pianist extended to swinging post-bop, blaring jazz-rock, Cuban rumba and free improvisation, died at age 76 on September 29, 2019. Willis served stints in several prominent bands, each highlighting a different facet of his musical persona. He was a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears for most of the 1970s, making his debut on the aptly named album New Blood. From 1988 through the mid-‘90s, he played pacesetting Latin jazz with Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band. And from the late-1990s well into the aughts, he embodied the avuncular elder in an impeccable Roy Hargrove Quintet. Read an obituary from WBGO.

Editor, publisher and nurturer to many authors, Susan Kamil, M&A ’67, passed away on September 8th, 2019. After graduating from the High School of Music and Art, she majored in English and American literature at Vassar College and earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. She began her publishing career in the children’s book division of Macmillan, went on Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, then Simon & Schuster, and finally Random House, where she rose to executive vice president and publisher of all Random House imprints. Read her full NYT obituary here.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Alisa Feinstein Swidler on September 13, 2019. Read more here.

Harry “Elly” Saltzman, M&A ’42 Winter, passed away on September 15th, 2019. Elly was a professional clarinetist, having played with the Denver Symphony. He was the Long Beach High School band director and music teacher, and in retirement loved to play in a woodwind quintet with friends. Read his obituary.

We are sad to report the passing of PA alumna and beloved LaGuardia ballet teacher Brunilda Ruiz (PA ’54). Ms. Ruiz was a founding member of the Joffrey Ballet and taught ballet for years at LaGuardia. We extend our condolences to her family, friends and former students. Read an obituary from the NY Times here.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Shalonda Lashley Waterman (LaG ’88). Our condolences go out to her friends and family.

We were recently informed that dancer Nevarte (Rose) Hamparian (M&A ’44) passed away this past February at age 92. She was a prominent presenter, choreographer and dancer of Armenian dance, founding the Nayiri Dance Group of New York, and having been a member and at one time the director of the Armenian Folk Dance Society. We extend our condolences to her family and friends.