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Obituary: Rus, Vladimir

Dr. Vladimir Rus, 86, of Levittown, passed away at his home on June 11. Dr. Rus was born in Zlonice, Czechoslovakia.  He grew up under Nazi occupation, and spent time in an internment camp.  He later attended law school at Charles University in Prague but was forced to emigrate at the time of the Communist takeover in 1948.  He lived in a displaced persons’ camp in Italy for two years, before immigrating to the U.S. in 1950.  He met his future wife, Viola Daphne, in South Carolina in 1952, and the couple married that year in New York City.  

Dr. Rus completed his PhD in German Literature and Language at NYU in 1963. The couple moved to Greenport, on Long Island and, in 1959, to Levittown, where they resided up to the present.

 

Dr. Rus taught at Great Neck South Senior High School for over 30 years before his retirement in 1996. He chaired the Foreign Language Department and taught Latin, Italian, German, Russian, and French.  Subsequently, he taught Latin for over 10 years at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury,  

 

Dr. Rus published translations of German and Russian poetry, and translated extensively the correspondence and writings of Freud in preparation of a book titled Freud Without Hindsight.  

 

Dr. Rus actively participated in the Levittown Property Owners’ Association (LPOA) for over 30 years, providing legal research and writing to support the property rights of his neighbors and the integrity of the local zoning ordinance.  He also served as a trustee of the Levittown Public Library for 10 years. In earlier years, he coached baseball teams in Levittown Little League and Pony League.

 

In the last few days, a former colleague at the Wheatley School wrote to the Rus family that Dr. Rus “was a gentleman and scholar of the highest caliber. The students always held him in the highest regard and sang praises of him as their teacher. We all admired his understated style and humility.  Everyone that knew him respected his intelligence, kindness, skill and professionalism. He is missed.”

Dr. Rus is survived by his wife Daphne, and by three children, Francis (Todd), Kristina and Thomas, and five grandchildren. The family is hosting a memorial service on Saturday, June 29, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes, 2786 Hempstead Turnpike, in Levittown. 

Condolences may be sent to the Rus family at: 82 Woodcock Lane, Levittown, NY 11756. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the name of the deceased to the New York State Natural Heritage Trust, c/o NYS Natural Heritage Trust, 625 Broadway – 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12207, or online at http://nysparks.com/natural-heritage-trust/support-state-parks.aspx/.

News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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