(It is with much sadness that The Bryant Library reports the passing of Roberta Balfus. Roberta died on Monday, May 2. This is the interview conducted by Julie Klein that appeared in The Bryant Library’s May/June newsletter. All of us at Bryant Library will miss Roberta and this interview is a testament to all that she has done to not only make The Bryant Library the special place that it is, but also the Roslyn community.)
Famed Photographer, Dies
One of the great patriots of modern-day Roslyn has passed away.
On Wednesday, May 11, Raymond Jacobs, a longtime resident of Roslyn Heights, passed away at age 92.
Joe was born in East Hills (Roslyn) on the Clarence Mackney Estate where his dad was a dairyman. For years, the family maintained a vegetable, fruit and dairy farm on 12 acres. The land today is part of Norgate on the southside of Harbor Hill Rd.
Maxine Wasserman, a longtime resident of East Hills, passed away Thursday at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset after a long illness.
Bernice Righthand died peacefully on Jan. 27, 2011 at her daughter’s residence in Oakland, CA. She was born in Russia on Nov. 1, 1916, lived many years in Roslyn, but resided in Walnut Creek, CA, for the past 20 years. She worked primarily as a comptroller in the New York area. Her activities in charitable organizations included North Shore Child Guidance, B’nai Israel, National Council of Jewish Women and as past president of Rossmoor ORT.
Betty Gregory, 80, formerly of Roslyn, died on Oct. 19, 2010 at Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs, FL, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Victor J. Carbonaro of Roslyn, died Jan. 2, 2011 after a brief illness. Born in Brooklyn, Victor graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1937. He received a BS in mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1941 and then worked at Lehman Brothers in New York City. He served in the Army in WWII and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. After the war, he began a 43-year career in the law. He acted as village justice for East Hills for a number of years.
Roslyn resident Michael C. Axelrod, a prominent labor law attorney and partner at the Long Island law firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP who represented numerous public sector labor unions in the New York metropolitan area including the New York City Firefighters and police and correction labor organizations on Long Island and in New York City, died on Jan. 7 in Roslyn. He was 63.
Bill Grossman, 62, a highly regarded musician, a Broadway conductor and music editor, died at his family home in Roslyn on Oct. 16, 2010. The cause was brain cancer.
The oldest son of Irwin and the late Sylvia Grossman of Roslyn Estates, he attended Roslyn High School where he excelled in math and music. A certificate from those years attests to his innate perfect pitch. As a teenager, he helped form and played with his brother Ed in the Long Island Stage Band that cut a record and performed at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing.
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