Obituaries

1943

G.J. “Dan” D’Angio, pediatric oncologist, Philadelphia, on September 14, 2018. Born on May 2, 1922, D’Angio had a long, happy and productive life devoted to family and the care of children with cancer. He was the Class of 1943 Class Notes correspondent 2009–18. D’Angio was predeceased by his first wife, Jean Terhune D’Angio, and is survived by his current wife, Dr. Audrey Evans; brother, Carl J. ’41; sons, Carl and his wife, Donna, and Peter and his husband, Greg Hinson; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James School, 3217 W. Clearfield St., Philadelphia, PA 19132.

1948

Joseph A. Montimurro, retired ob/gyn, Venice, Fla., on April 11, 2018. Born on October 31, 1927, Montimurro was a graduate of Greenwich (Conn.) H.S. and the Yale University School of Medicine (1952). Following his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital and residency at Sloane Hospital for Women/New­York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, he returned to Greenwich in 1959 to establish his ob/gyn practice and affiliation with Greenwich Hospital, where he practiced until his retirement, delivering more than 3,500 babies. Montimurro was a proud veteran and following his internship served as a captain in the Air Force as a flight surgeon in Newfoundland and Greenland, 1953–55. During his internship he met Sarah Hamilton; they were married in 1954. In their retirement, they lived in Naples, Fla., Cumber­land, Maine, and most recently Venice. Montimurro’s greatest passions were golf, classical music, opera, history and enjoying time with family and friends. His wife survives him, as do his children, Lisa and her husband, Jim Grimes, Joe Jr., and Suzanne and her husband, Greg Hardy; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers, Francis, Lawrence and Anthony; and Anthony’s wife, Cathi. Montimurro was predeceased by his sister, Marie Ledda, and a grandson.

Seth Rubenstein, attorney, Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 16, 2018. A third-generation trusts and estates lawyer, Rubenstein died with work in hand. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and then worked for the law firm of his father, Kings County Surrogate E. Ivan Rubenstein. Soon thereafter he formed his own law firm, where he practiced the rest of his life. Rubenstein was an advisor in the 1960s to the Bennett Commission that modernized trust and estate law in New York, resulting in today’s Estates Powers and Trusts Law and Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act. He held leadership positions in numerous bar associations and was the first lawyer from Brooklyn admitted as a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He had hundreds of reported decisions, many of which made law and many of which were controversial, including when he was appointed by the Supreme Court to act as guardian ad litem for David Berkowitz, the notorious Son of Sam, in the civil proceedings following Berkowitz’s apprehension. Rubenstein is survived by his sons, Joshua, Ephraim ’78, SOA’97 and Micah; daughter-in-law, Sarah; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia College Fund or Brooklyn Law School.

Kenneth R. Williams, retired research scientist, Kennett Square, Pa., on November 4, 2017. Williams was born in New York City on August 23, 1922. He and his parents moved to Teaneck, N.J., and he graduated from high school there. Williams was a chemistry student at the College when he enlisted in the Army during WWII; he was part of the Army Signal Corps in Europe. Williams completed his chemistry degree and earned a degree in physics in 1949 from GSAS. At Columbia he met his wife, Ardis Paul, who predeceased him in 2008 after 61 years of marriage. Williams worked with the Textile Fibers Department of the DuPont Co. in industrial end-use research. Williams was an avid reader of European and American history, and early man; attended classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; and was an amateur orchardist and gardener. He is survived by his daughter, Evelyn. Memorial contributions may be made to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Attn: Ellen M. Saienni, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave., Arsht Hall, Wilmington, DE 19806 or to Penn Memory Center, Attn: Terrence Casey, 3615 Chestnut St., Room 236, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Checks for Penn Memory Center should be made out to Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania with ADC – PMC in the memo line.

1951

Stanley G.Y. Lee, retired military servicemember, Lakewood, Wash., on October 9, 2016. Born in Washington, D.C., on November 17, 1921, Lee was the oldest of 10. He traveled the world as one of the first Asian-American pilots for the Army Air Corps and the Air Force. He served proudly in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After almost 30 years of service he retired and became a computer programmer. Lee continued to travel extensively with family and friends, frequently attending reunions of his WWII 12th Bomb Group. Lee was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude, and is survived by his daughter, Sharon Saunders; son, Gary, and his wife, Betty Lee; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

1952

Donald N. Scofield, retired Baptist minister, Penney Farms, Fla., on April 18, 2018. Scofield was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 2, 1930. He was a graduate of Erasmus H.S., Eastern Seminary (B.D., 1956) and Penn (M.A., 1956). He married Ruth Mitchell, a native of Scotland, in 1957; she predeceased him in 2011. During his ministry, Scofield served three churches, one in Pennsylvania and two in New Jersey. He and his wife, Jane McCurry Music, who survives him, retired to Penney Retirement Community.

1955

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Robert S. Sparrow '55

Robert E. Sparrow '55

Robert E. Sparrow, retired attorney, Hollis Hills, N.Y., on June 9, 2018. Sparrow was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a J.D. from the Law School in 1957 and was a distinguished defense attorney for 53 years, working on high-profile cases including Winston Moseley’s notorious murder of Kitty Genovese. He was president of the Queens County Bar Association and named its lawyer of the year in 1993. An all-around athlete, Sparrow was a nationally ranked handball player, accomplished tennis player and certified scuba diver. He was also a licensed pilot, a nature lover and a passionate explorer who touched all seven continents during his many travels. A lover of poetic verse, Sparrow composed a clever rhyme for every celebration. Generous of spirit with loved ones and strangers alike, he made friends at every turn and maintained them with his loyalty, intellect and sense of humor. Sparrow was also a hero, having saved his then-young son from a fire and donated his kidney to extend the life of his since-deceased daughter, Laurie. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marcia; son, David; sister, Joyce; son-in-law, James Palumbo; daughter-in-law, Darcy Jacobs; and four grandchildren.

1958

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John J. McGroarty '58

John J. McGroarty '58

John J. McGroarty, retired ophthalmologist, Burbank, Calif., on December 22, 2017. McGroarty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1936 and began to run track at Bishop Loughlin H.S. At Columbia, he ran track and cross country for four years and was selected as captain in his senior year. He made many lifelong friends running through the hills of Van Cortlandt Park in fall, on the boards at Madison Square Garden in winter and on the cinder track at Baker Field in spring. He was active on campus in fraternity life and NROTC. After three years of active duty in the Navy, McGroarty returned to study at New York Medical College and completed his ophthalmology training at the Harkness Pavilion of Columbia University Medical Center. McGroarty moved to California with his wife, Kathleen (née Mitchell) and practiced ophthalmology for more than 30 years in the San Fernando Valley while on the medical staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. He is survived by his sister, Carol Frazier; brother, James ’64; children, Sean, James, Daniel, Michael and Meghan; and eight grandchildren. His was divorced from his wife in 2003. Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia University Athletics Track & Field.

1961

William N. Binderman, attorney, Philadelphia, on February 15, 2018. Born on July 1, 1939, in West Virginia, Binderman was raised on a farm, attended high school in Lakewood, N.J., and won a scholarship to Columbia. As an undergraduate, he was the voice of Columbia football for WKCR and a member of the senior society of Nacoms. For his major in sociology, Binderman lived with the indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, gathering their recollections of the Mexican Revolution and of Emiliano Zapata. He earned a degree in 1963 from SIPA, then another in 1964, from the Law School. He practiced law in New York City, then in Philadelphia, specializing in litigation with a concentration in family law. He was also for a time a TV producer with WABC, associated with Like It Is. Binderman was a patron of music and theater, particularly jazz, and was on the panel of judges for Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. He was president of a Conservative Jewish congregation in Larchmont, N.Y., and for many years was president of CC’61, organizing many reunions. In 1997 he was awarded the CCAA President’s Cup. Binderman is survived by his wife, Roberta (née Evantash); children, Daniel and Deborah, from his marriage to Gail Alexander Binderman BC’62; and Roberta’s children, Edward Evantash and Jill Schuman. Memorial contributions may be made to WKCR.

1967

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Richard H. Bullen Jr. '67

Richard H. Bullen Jr. '67

Richard H. Bullen Jr., financial services system designer, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., on February 3, 2018. The eldest of three brothers, Bullen was born in California in 1945. He attended the Hackley School, and then the College, where as an undergraduate he met Christine V. Nodini BC’67. They married on February 22, 1968. After Bullen completed his master’s at MIT Sloan, the couple moved to Hastings in 1982, where they raised their daughters, Valerie and Georgia. Bullen worked primarily in system design for financial services. He loved music, and playing the guitar and piano, and enjoyed sailing, skiing and traveling in his younger days. His main passion though, was the analysis and research that went into understanding the stock market and investing. Never ones to be far from water, Bullen and his wife spent as much time as they could on Fire Island, N.Y. He had a love of card and word games, and a discerning palate. Bullen got more time to grill, and golf, when he and his wife retired to North Carolina in 2011. He is survived by his wife, daughters and one granddaughter. Memorial contributions may be made to Campaign Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer.

1971

Eli A. Rubenstein, attorney and philanthropist, Newton Center, Mass., and New York City, on January 27, 2018. Raised in Silver Spring, Md., Rubenstein graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the College and earned a J.D. in 1974 from NYU. After three years at Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, he launched a 40-year career at Goulston & Storrs, becoming a partner and director in the firm’s Boston and New York offices, with expertise in real estate development and financing strategies. Rubenstein donated his time, talent and support to several charitable organizations, including the cause closest to his heart, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He served on the MS Society’s national board, including three years as chair, and spent decades on the Greater New England Chapter board. He will be remembered by friends and family for his dry wit, excellent cooking and mixology skills, pragmatic advice, steadfast kindness and loyalty. Rubenstein is survived by his wife of 46 years, Emily Broner Rubenstein BC’72, SW’74; son, Isaac, and his wife, Michelle; daughter, Abigail ’05, and her husband, Maxwell Bogue; and two grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society.

1991

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Christopher M. Antollino ’91

Christopher M. Antollino ’91

Christopher M. Antollino, digital media technologist, New York City, on August 20, 2018. Antollino was born in New Haven, Conn., the son of Frank Antollino and Sandra Lynn Antollino Blais. He grew up and attended school in Branford, Conn. Antollino was valedictorian at Hamden Hall Country Day School in 1987 and earned a degree in political science from the College. He worked in technology and business analysis at various firms such as Ogilvy, Penguin Books and the Publicis Groupe. Antollino easily made friends and had a ribald sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling and cooking, and had a talent for percussion and photography. He was predeceased by his mother; stepfather, Roger Blais; and uncle, Marshall Lynn. He is survived by his father; stepmother, Charlene Antollino; brother, Gregory; sister, Robin Antollino-Bukoski; aunt, Roberta Antollino; two nephews; and a niece.
– Lisa Palladino

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