A Remembrance of Muna Imady by Her Mother Elaine Imady

One of 10964's most distinguished foreign correspondents is Elaine Imady. Elaine grew up in Palisades in the years following WW II, and her mother, Mildred Rippey, was a beloved Palisades librarian for decades. In the early 1960s, Elaine married a brilliant foreign exchange student in the PhD program at NYU, the distinguished international economist Mohammed Imady, and she has lived in Syria ever since.

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Back to Life

It’s a gorgeous 65 degree day in April and daffodils are blooming. Spring is here and with it a crocus-like hope that things are returning to a modified version of normal. My neighbors are gathered in my yard and all the adults are now vaccinated. For the occasion I have showered and changed my clothes. That is HUGE. What can I say? It’s been a year. We’ve all been scuffed up and tossed around, but as Yvonne De Carlo sang in the original 1971 version of “Follies,” “...but I’m here. I’m still here.” We are still here.

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Obituary: William "Bill" Frederic Eberle

William Frederic Eberle died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Salem, New York on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the age of 93. William (Bill) was born July 10, 1926, in Lyndonville, New York, to Arthur Mills Eberle and Stella Doretta Rynders.

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Women Scientists of Lamont

In 2015 the United Nations Assembly designated February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This year, Lamont-Doherty joined in the festivities with a short series celebrating its women scientists.

Lamont Geological Observatory was dominated by men when it opened its doors in 1949. Marie Tharp, one of the few women there, was hired to draft figures for journal publications. Around 1951 Marie moved to the Lamont campus where she started collaborating with scientist Bruce Heezen. She went on to work closely with him for over 30 years.

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In Memorium: Gideon Panter

Gideon G. Panter, M.D., a longtime resident of Palisades, N.Y., passed away on December 23, 2020. Born on April 24, 1935 in Montreal, he was a renowned physician of Obstetrics and Gynecology in private practice for over 50 years, and an associate professor of OB/GYN at Weill Cornell Medical College. He was an expert in women's health and infertility, and an innovator in surgical technology.

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In Memorium: Paul Papay

Paul A. Papay passed away on December 21 after a valiant battle with lung disease and rare infections. He was 59.

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In Memorium: Caroline Tapley

Caroline Rosalie Tapley (née Southall), born in London in 1934, died in her sleep at home in Piermont, NY, on December 22, 2020. She earned a degree in English from Oxford University and, until the end of her life, could always be relied upon to provide the correct word.

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In Memorium: Grace Knowlton

Grace Knowlton, artist and longtime resident of Snedens Landing, died on December 4th. Grace moved to Snedens in 1967 when she and her husband, Winthrop Knowlton, bought an old farm and converted the barn into a beautiful living space with the help of architect Hugh Hardy. She and Win moved in with their two daughters, Eliza and Samantha, and Win’s three sons from his first marriage, Win Jr., Chris and Oliver.

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Obituary: Norbert Swislocki, 1936-2020

Norbert I. Swislocki passed away after a long illness on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at his home on the river in Grand View-on-Hudson, New York. Norbert was born in 1936 in Warsaw, Poland. In 1939, after the Nazis bombed Warsaw, he escaped with his mother to Vilnius, where they joined his father, a journalist, who was following the Polish Army. In Vilnius, the Swislockis were able to obtain one of the historic Sugihara visas, named for the Japanese consul, which enabled them to cross the Soviet Union and reach Kobe, Japan. They departed from Japan on a boat and reached Shanghai, China shortly before Pearl Harbor and remained there throughout WWII.

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IN MEMORIUM: David A. Englander

David A. Englander, attorney and longtime Palisades resident, died on September 1 at the age of 74. David will be remembered as “a gentleman and a gentle man,” as one colleague said, and as a man whose first priority was his family - Judy Rafel Englander, his wife of 48 years; his daughters, Emily Englander and Freya Sakamoto; his sons-in-law, Marc Field and Kazuo Sakamoto; and his grandchildren, Nathan, 15, Ruby, 12 and Kai, 9.

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IN MEMORIUM: Dr. Virginia McCauley

Dr. Virginia M. McCauley, 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Virginia was born on October 14, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in Queens. She was married to Joseph A. McCauley, Sr. with whom she had two children, Joseph and Diane. She married a second time to William Cook in 1998.

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IN MEMORIUM: James Stanley Harrison

James Stanley Harrison died on May 24 at the age of 84. A debonair music professor who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, he graduated from Harvard in 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in music. His music training continued after college at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. It was there that he met Marina Biaggi, a piano student in college, who was also studying under the renowned Nadia Boulanger. The couple married a year later and lived for a time in France and Switzerland, where James was an apprentice to German conductor Herrman Scherchen.

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Columbia Appoints First Woman to Direct Lamont

Columbia University has appointed Dr Maureen Raymo Interim Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Mo, as she is known to friends and colleagues, is one of the world’s leading oceanographers and climate scientists and the first woman scientist to head Lamont.

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Meet Dr. Nanci Levine, One Impressive Woman

During a rare moment of relaxation in late February, Dr. Nanci Levine reclined in a hammock in Costa Rica and contemplated semi-retirement as Associate Director of the Labor Floor at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Decades as an OBGYN specializing in high-risk pregnancies had an intensity she relished, but the unpredictable schedule, ten-hour days and a relentless battle for resources were getting to her. The plan was to set a less punishing schedule and pursue some pet projects.

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Movers and Shakers: Women Who Changed Palisades

Women have always played an important part in Palisades history, but two of them especially stand out. Molly Sneden was indisputably the most powerful woman in the community for part of the 18th century. Born Maria Dobbs in Westchester in 1709, she married Robert Sneden in 1731. By 1745 she, Robert and eight children were living in a house by the Hudson in Paliades and running the ferry to Dobbs Ferry. After Robert died in 1753, Molly took over the running of the ferry, helped by her oldest sons.

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Robin Roberts Obituary

Robin Howard Roberts, actress and folk singer of traditional music, died at 92 in her home in Tivoli, New York on May 27. Her daughter Caitlin Langstaff and grandson Jack were with her. Robin was Cristina Biaggi's and Marina Harrison's cousin and lived in Palisades for two years when she was a child, attending Florence Babcock' school on Washington Spring Road.

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James Stanley Harrison Obituary

James Stanley Harrison, August 29, 1935 - May 24, 2020, of Palisades, New York died peacefully Sunday, May 24th. A prominent music educator, James was much loved by nearly three decades of students at Hunter College in New York City. He was responsible for instituting a leading curriculum for classical music theory and an educational pedagogy that many continue to employ today.

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A Coronavirus Chronicle for the Palis-Agers

Alice Gerard

We are living through the worst pandemic in a hundred years, and we live in the area that has the most cases in the United States. But so far none of us have gotten sick, and, as you can see in this newsletter, our members are navigating the situation with grace and courage.

There is even occasional humor, for example the story of my toilet paper purchase. At the beginning of April, fearing I would run out, I went on-line and ordered ten rolls of toilet paper from Amazon. But it didn’t come, and it didn’t come. When I tracked the package, I learned that my toilet paper had started in Saudi Arabia, then gone to Bahrein, then to Bulgaria, then to Germany, and then to Cincinnati. It finally arrived, perfectly normal toilet paper except for its incredible journey.

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Obituary: William David McGivney, 1931-2020

William David McGivney died on March 18 at home in Grand View-on-Hudson, New York. He was 89. Bill was born in Maspeth, New York to Joseph and Margaret Delaney McGivney. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John's University and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. McGivney joined Wells, Rich and Green Advertising upon its founding and rose from Director of Creative Services to Executive Vice President. He was appointed a member of its Board, Director of Administration and Finance and Office of the Chairman of Wells, Rich and Green Worldwide. According to a co-worker, as the agency grew to become a powerhouse, Bill became the glue between the clients, their account management and the creative staff. His creative flair and dedication to the "promise" translated to the highest level of creative production.

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William P. Saum

Reverend William Powell Saum II passed away peacefully on December 18, 2019, in Orangeburg, New York. He was 76.

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