Glen Cove lost a war hero, an academic community figure and friend on Sunday, Nov. 4, as police identified Lewis Joseph Bodi, 87, as the victim of a house fire, which police said a kerosene lamp likely caused.
The first American-born child of Hungarian immigrant parents, Bodi was born in 1924 in Racine, Wisconsin. Originally named Lazlo, he was given the name Lewis by his kindergarten teacher, which he kept for life.
He served in the Navy in World War II and attended De Pauw University on the GI Bill, where he met his wife of 62 years, Sara Frances Lord. He earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and moved his growing family to Brooklyn and then Long Island, where he worked as a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, and then did research in electroluminescence at GTE Sylvania, which at that time was located in Bayside. In 1965, the family moved from Bethpage to Glen Cove where he and his wife resided until his death.
At York College-CUNY, Bodi helped to develop the school into a permanent institution, now located in Jamaica, Queens. He served there as dean of the science department, vice president of academic affairs, and retired as provost. His retirement was spent in support of his growing family of grandchildren.
Bodi is survived by his wife Sara Lord Bodi, the former chief psychologist of Glen Cove schools; son Kip Bodi, and daughters Sari Bodi, Betsy Bodi Thomas, and Nancy Bodi-Hurley. Also surviving him are 11 grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.
A wake took place on Friday, Nov. 9 at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home in Glen Cove, NY. The funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home. Lewis was laid to rest at Locust Valley Cemetery, Ryefield Road, in Locust Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to York College (https://giving.york.cuny.edu).
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
Veterans, police, residents and elected officials turned out for the renaming of Route 107/ Arterial Highway for Glen Cove’s most honored hero, Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly, in a ceremony that took place on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.