The Hicksville High School Hall of Fame was established at the high school on Division Avenue thru the efforts of certain people within the school administration. Students from all years who distinguished themselves in the community or made an impact nationally and internationally were considered for inclusion.
The criteria for admittance are high, and the goal is to induct those who their peers recommend. A board at the high school reviews those under consideration, and then a selection is made and announced.
Hixnews.com is trying to coordinate the list so that those selected by the committee for induction into the Hall of Fame can become part of our website. This will be accomplished in the future. Please watch for subsequent issues.
Hicksville Newsletter Hall of Fame Inductees
Ethel Kunz Lehmann, Class of 1947
Since 1994, the senior women's softball team I co-founded in Clearwater, FL, has been in many softball tournaments across the U.S.A. Our team, Freedom Spirit of Florida is a very unique one. We have defeated many opposing teams in our age group, beginning at 55+, 65+, 70+ & now 75+!! Our 75+ team of Grandmas & GREAT Grandmas have just returned from the Spring National Softball Tournament in Pensacola, Florida, as champions in the 70+ age group!! We had to enter the 70+ age group as we were the ONLY 75+ team competing. Because of this situation, we were given 5 runs a game, one extra player and one 73 year old player. Playing as a great team effort, Freedom Spirit never needed the 5 runs given until the championship games. We lost our first game 11-12, necessitating a second game which Freedom Spirit won 13-10 in a very competitive championship game.
It is to be noted that on the Freedom Spirit team that won, there are 5 players in the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame, in Mustang, Oklahoma, Ethel Lehmann being the first one elected in 2008. Also, two players, Ethel (9 years) and Del (2 years) are members of the Kids & Kubs men's 75+ softball team in St. Petersburg , Florida. Recently, with Ethel and Del playing with their women's team Freedom Spirit, the team beat the Kids & Kubs in an exhibition game.
As the women players ages range from 75 to 83 years old, I thought this might be interesting to other HHS graduates, especially the few remaining 1947 ones.
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October 8, 2008
Largo - Ethel Lehmann, 78, a 34-year resident, was inducted into the National Senior Hall of Fame September 19. The ceremony was at the Senior Women's Softball Tournament in Gallatin, Tennessee
At age 65, Lehmann co-founded the first Florida senior women's softball team, Florida Spirit 55. Later, the team became Freedom Spirit 65+. Eight of the original Florida Spirit players, including Ethel, are still together with the present Spirit 70+ team.
At ages 47 through 53, Lehmann participated in the young Clearwater Ladies League and at age 60 through 65, the Clearwater 3-Score Men's League. She plays shortstop.
Lehmann has been married for 53 years, has five children and nine teenage grandchildren.
Meanwhile, the Spirit 70+ team took second place at the Senior Women's World Tournament in Gallatin. After winning four straight games, Freedom Spirit 70+ lost 7-6 and 7-5 in the championship games. ll-Tournament players were Del Bowyer, Ruth Fellmeth, Beverly Leslie and Marilyn Heitman. Best defensive player went to Crysta Davidson.
Dr. Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, Class of 1965
Dr. Zeig is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, having studied intermittently with Dr. Erickson for more than six years, He edited, co-edited, authored, or coauthored more than 20 books that appear in twelve foreign languages.
His current area of interest is extracting implicit codes of influence from various arts, including movies, music, painting, poetry and fiction that can be used to empower professional practice, and everyday communication.
Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, considered the most important conferences in the history of psychotherapy. He organizes the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
Dr. Zeig is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals; is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice.
A psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Zeig conducts workshops internationally (more than 40 countries). Specialty topics include experiential psychotherapy, hypnosis and brief therapy with various clinical problems.
Dr. Zeig speaks at major universities and teaching hospitals including The Mayo Clinic, Menningers and MD Anderson. He is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences and the Erickson Foundation Press.
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Dr. Edward A. Osborne, Class of 1956 & Mary (Fuller) Osborne, Class of 1957
Mary Fuller decided at the age of 11 that she would some day marry Ed Osborne. The friendship that started as children, grew to a love and marriage that took place September 23, 1961. Ed graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1960 and Mary is a 1961 graduate of William and Mary. After a commission in the United States Air Force, Ed had a distinguished military career as a fighter pilot. Ed flew 213 combat missions in Vietnam and received 11 Air Medals, the Bronze Star Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. On his 30th birthday, February 28, 1969, Ed flew his last mission in Vietnam.
Ed and Mary came to live in Colorado Springs where Ed taught at the Air Force Academy and received his PhD in Engineering Mechanics at the University of Denver. Mary received her CPA certificate in 1972 and became the first woman full-partner in Colorado Springs with the CPA firm Price, Moeller, Mayberry and Osborne. She was appointed to the the Colorado State Board of Accountancy in the 1970's and retired as senior partner in the firm of Osborne, Parsons and Rosacker in 2008. Ed joined AMI Industries in 1983, where he helped develop seats for the US Space Shuttle program. In 1987, Ed and two of his partners took over management of AMI, turning it into a highly successful company and selling it in 1997. Ed retired as president of AMI in 1998.
Ed and Mary have been and continue to be active in the Colorado Springs community. In addition to her involvement in UCCS, Mary's passion has been with Pikes Peak Hospice, where she has served on two boards for 19 years and continues to serve. Ed is past board chair of the Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs Foundation and past board chair of Goodwill Industries International. He is a member of the CU Foundation Board of Trusteess and has been involved with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Elm Paso Club. His favorite pastimes are skiing and golf.
Ed was integral in helping to develop the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Program at UCCS and was active with CU Institute for Bioenergetics. In 2001, he received the University Medal from the University of Colorado for service to the university. Inn 2002, Ed and Mary received the Partners in Philanthropy Outstanding Individual Donor award. In 2007, Mary was presented with the UCCS 'Alumni and Friends' Award. At UCCS, Ed and Mary Osborne have been passionate about TheatreWorks, the Family Development Center, CU aging Center, scholarships, and the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UCCS. On May 12, 2011 the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, the Science and Engineering Buillding was renamed the Osborne Center. That same year, Mary was named 'Unstoppable Woman of 2011' by the Karen Possehl Women's Center Endowment at UCCS.
Ed and Mary Osborne have demonstrated repeatedly their commitment through volunteerism and generous financial contributions.
Joe Ingino spent over three-decades as a Town of Oyster Bay outside services provider only to have his successful career cut short by one of his all-to-many Agent Orange related illnesses -- Joe was in Vietnam between 1969 and 1970 with the Army First Infantry Division. Realizing the insidious nature of exposure to this dioxin herbicide used as a defoliant in Vietnam, and having won a battle with cancer, one of his Agent Orange related maladies, Joe has dedicated his life to "getting the word out" to his fellow Vietnam veterans that regular checkups and blood-work can save your life. Doing this, and along the way being recognized by his peers for his tireless efforts, Joe has been / is: Member Vietnam Veterans of America ("VVA") for over two decades; Second Alternate National Board of Directors VVA; President VVA Chapter 82, and; at either the local, state or national level Chairs a variety of VVA Committees and is Liaison with Sons & Daughters In Touch ("SDIT"), which represents children who lost their parent in Vietnam. For many SDIT members Joe is their "adopted dad." There is no telling how many fellow Vietnam Veterans Joe has helped -- but I know first hand... I am one. Walter Schmidt, Class of 1965.
Robert L. Thurer, MD
Chief Academic Officer
Harvard Medical School Dubai Center
Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research
Dr. Robert Thurer is Chief Academic Officer of the Harvard Medical School Dubai Center Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research (HMSDC), the educational and research component of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). He is also Executive Director of the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research. Dr. Thurer brings extensive experience in clinical care, medical education and research to Harvard's collaboration with DHCC.
HMSDC, the first Harvard Medical School facility of its kind to be established outside of the United States, will focus primarily on postgraduate specialty training and continuing medical education. This postgraduate focus will help alleviate the limited availability of training opportunities currently available in the region and will position Dubai as a unique medical education center in the region.'
Before coming to Dubai, Dr. Thurer practiced cardiothoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston where he was Associate Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Head of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was educated at Dartmouth College and Medical School and received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. He did his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland and is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.'
Name: Robert L. Thurer
Place of Birth: Mineola, New York
- 1967 - A.B. Dartmouth College
- 1968 - B.M.S. Dartmouth Medical School
- 1970 - M.D. Harvard Medical School
- Postdoctoral Training:
- 1970-71&ht;- Intern, Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital
- 1973-77&ht;- Resident, Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital
- 1976&ht;- Senior Registrar, Thoracic Surgery The Chest Hospital Southampton, England
- 1977&ht;- Resident, Cardiovascular Surgery Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston
- 1978&ht;- Associate in Cardiac Surgery Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland
- 1979&ht;- Chief Resident, Thoracic Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital
- Academic Appointments:
- 1979&ht;- Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Harvard Medical School
- 1980-1981&ht;- Instructor in Surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
- 1982-1989&ht;- Assistant Professor of Surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
- 1989-&ht;- Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
- Awards and Honors:
- 1967&ht;- A.B. cum laude, Dartmouth College
- 1968&ht;- B.M.S. cum laude, Dartmouth Medical School
- 1969&ht;- Alpha Omega Alpha
- 1970&ht;- M.D. cum laude, Harvard Medical School
- 2000&ht;- Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator, Harvard Medical School
Mabel Farley 1883 - 1982
The legacy of educators is their influence on the lives of the students they have touched. So it is with Mabel R. Farley, who, for nearly 50 years, motivated and enriched the lives of Hicksville students. To a legion of graduates, she represented what education was all about. She came to Hicksville in 1912 from a state teachers' college. She was principal of Hicksville High School for 31 years and on retirement was a member of the School Board. This exemplary lady was admired and beloved by three generations of Hicksvillites.
From: IMAGES OF AMERICA - HICKSVILLE by Richard E. and Anne Evers
Miss Farley taught at Nicholai Street School (the only public school in town) until she was made Principal of the Junior-Senior High School on Jerusalem Ave. in 1925. She was the only supervising principal from the time it opened until it became solely a Junior High School in 1955. Then she became the principal of the new high school on Division Ave. She retired in 1956 but did not stop working for students and people with disabilities.
Miss Farley's whole life was dedicated to education. In the 1930 census, she is listed as living in a boarding house on Cherry Street with fellow teachers Tamar Wheater, Arloa Kennedy, Alfarett Byerly, Anna Clinch, Helen Underhill, Nina Plantz, and Mildred Clark.
In 1948, she organized a pageant with a cast of 700 students and teachers as part of the celebration of Hicksville's 300th birthday.
For more about Miss Farley see the August 2008 edition of the newsletter
Miss Farley in 1956
Santo Carfora is a private consultant in human relations and diversity training for schools and businesses. A native of Long Island, New York, he taught social studies for 34 years. He holds a Master of Science degree in teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His honors include: "Who's Who Among Teachers," WEAC Humanitarian Award, YWCA Rock County Peace Award, Janesville Link Asset Builder Award, and UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Service Award. Santo Carfora has conducted diversity workshops since 1996. He retired from the classroom in 2003 and founded S&J Consulting, LLC.
Mr. Joe Ryan
Started in the school system: 1961
Started at Hicksville High School: 1962
Subject: Science (Chemistry)
College: St. Johns Univ.
Masters: Ole' Miss.
Retired: 1999, Florida
Mr. Ryan was so much more than a teacher. I have stated in past newsletters how important he is to my life, and others who recognize a man who went above and beyond his job description.
After today, when, in your thoughts, you envision Tom Cruise flying upside down in "Top Gun," your mind should immediately shift gears you will now remember another graduate of the Top Gun school in Miramar, California who is, by the way, a 1958 graduate of Hicksville High School.
What a wonderful career this man has had, and it grows day by day.
If you flash back to that spring day of 1958 "the graduation ceremony at the high school" there would be little doubt in anyone's mind that this man would be successful in whatever he did. He distinguished himself in the hallowed halls of the high school and continued that tradition at the University of New York at Oswego.
There is a plaque in the front lobby of the high school that displays the name, Philip Anselmo. It is this man who has been selected as the second Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame inductee.
Following graduation from high school, Phil went off to college in Oswego. After graduation from Oswego, Phil enlisted in the United States Navy. He went to flight school in Pensacola, Florida and received a commission as a Naval Aviator in 1963. His official designation at the time was Radar Intercept Operator.
Phil Anselmo, 1958 Over the next several years, Phil served in the following fighter squadrons: VF-31 on-board USS Saratoga, VF-151 on-board Constellation and VF-213 on-board USS Kitty Hawk during Western Pacific cruises. His tours included combat duty in Vietnam. Additionally, Phil served as Commanding Officer of VF-154 and VF-121, the West Coast F-4 Phantom Training Squadron.
The epitome of ones career in the navy, as an officer, is to have command. Phil realized this dream in 1985 when he was designated as Captain of the USS Kansas City. He served in this capacity until February of 1987. The Kitty Hawk was on deployment in the Indian Ocean. His second command, aboard the USS Constellation, was from May 1987 until June of 1988. It was December 1987 when Phil was selected to Rear Admiral (lower half). This was the culmination of years of dedicated service that saw Philip move through the ranks to a pinnacle not many reach.
He assumed command of Fighter Airborne Early Warning Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet in July 1989 and was subsequently selected for Rear Admiral (upper half) in June 1991. He then reported as Deputy Director, Space and Electronic Warfare (OP-094B) in October 1991 and subsequently as Director, Aviation Plans and Requirements Division (N-880) in January 1992. In July 1994, he reported as Deputy Director, Space and Electronic Warfare (OPNAV N6).
He has had a diverse set of shore assignments to include Director Navy Space Programs, Commander Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet, CNO Plans and Programs (N-8), Director Aviation Plans and Requirements (N-78B), Deputy Director, Space and Electronic Warfare (N-6B), Commander Naval Space Command, and Director, Space and Electronic Warfare (N-6). His first Washington tour was a member of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Program Planning Directorate as Special Assistant for Air Warfare.
Phil retired from the navy in 1995. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Air Medal (15), and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" (5).
It was in December of 1995 when Phil joined Northrop Grumman in Baltimore. Since joining Northrop Grumman at the executive level, he has led the Electronic Sector in the development of strategic, surveillance, and intelligence systems for the Department of Defense and the four services. A leader in transformation and network solutions, he initiated the Navy's use of space and tactical sensors in the Naval Fires Network program. Congress and DOD have recognized this effort for Rapid Deployment Capability in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This effort is the cornerstone of the services ability to conduct "Time Critical Strike and Time Sensitive Targeting". His present position is Director C4 ISR and IW Programs.
He is on the Board of Directors of the National Correlation Working Group, is a member of the National Academy of Science/Navy Studies Board and participates on the Navy Space Panel.
Phil and his wife, Diane, reside in Crownsville, Maryland and have two children Christopher and Elizabeth.
The Brooklyn Bridge
The change in weather in the beginning of October in 1969 was obvious. A chill filled the air and the anticipation of winter and snow and freezing was on the minds of everyone. But, there was something heating up that threatened to alter the waning temperatures.
Record producers are always on the alert for new talent to showcase because it can make them a lot of money. There was a producer who had a claim to two established and talented groups. What was needed was to revitalize their position within the music industry.
Something was going to happen within several months that would prove to be explosive for our first nominees to the Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Johnny Maestro and the Crests had some great hits and the Del Satins were singing back up for Dion. Their careers were sorta on hold. They were continuing to perform but it wasn't like the old days.
A Battle of the Bands was conducted on Long Island in early 1969. A group of students from Hicksville High competed along with many other groups for the coveted title of best band on Long Island. What happened is very interesting. The record producer who owned the right to Johnny Maestro and the Del Satins selected the Hicksville group, who did not win the competition, by the way, to join forces with Maestro and the Del Satins. The result was the formation of "The Brooklyn Bridge"!!!
The Bridge performed during the summer of 1969 honing their skills. Their big chance came in the fall when they bought the rights to a song and recorded it themselves.
In December of 1969, that song, "The Worst That Could Happen" went to number one on the charts. It was in December that the group appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Congratulations to Hicksville students Carolyn Wood, Tommy Sullivan, Jimmy Rosica, Shelly Davis, Joe Ruvio and Artie Cantanzarita who, as part of the Brooklyn Bridge, have earned a spot in our Hall Of Fame.
Roslyn D. Goldmacher, Class of 1971
Roslyn's many achievements over the years are the reason she was considered as a candidate for admission to this hall of fame years ago. There isn't one area that is considered the catalyst that earned her a spot on the fame wall. Her attention to a wide range of agenda signaled the reason for her admittance.
Roz is a founding board member of the Long Island Women's Agenda, a coalition of women's organizations on Long Island. Roz and Christie Brinkley were honored for their advocacy several years ago. Christie on behalf of the environment, due to her anti nuclear, stance and Roz for small business advocacy due to her work with numerous island businesses.
Roz is President, CEO and co founder of the Long Island Development Corporation - a regional not for profit economic development organization which makes loans to LI small businesses and helps them obtain government and other contracts (www.lidc.org). Roz commented, "I founded it 24 years ago while I still had my law practice."
LIDC has made over $600 million in direct loans to start up and existing businesses on Long Island to help them grow, create and retain jobs and beneficially impact the community. Roz said, "Our loans are made under various government programs with the major one being a long term, low fixed interest rate, second mortgage loan to help small businesses buy and construct buildings with low down payments and affordable terms."
Roz added, "we have several financing programs, including a mini micro loan program for women entrepreneurs, tied to free technical assistance and seminars. In addition to the direct loans of $600 million, our lending has leveraged additional conventional financing to be invested in capital and other projects on LI. The total capital investment from our activities is over $1.5 billion. Some 35,000 jobs have been retained and/or created due to our loans."
"We also run," Roz said, "a procurement technical assistance center which provides free counseling to help entrepreneurs obtain and perform on government and private sector contracts to expand their businesses - we have obtained over $900 million in government contracts to date."
"We started the first (and still the only) Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US Treasury in the nation," Roz said. "The idea was to lend to and work with female entrepreneurs," she added. "The fund was started to help defense dependent manufacturers on LI diversify and to help commercial fishermen negatively impacted by pollution or regulation." You can read about some of our borrowers/clients at www.lidc.org.
Roz is on the national board of SCORE (Service Corps. of Retired Executives). This organization consists of some 11,000 volunteer executives who provide free counseling to entrepreneurs. Roz also is chairperson of the LI Advisory Board. "I currently Chair the LI Fund for Sustainable Development and am Treasurer of its affiliates -Sustainable LI and LI Redevelopment Institute," Roz said. "These organizations promote economic development which is environmentally sound and promotes social equity. Our work includes visioning in blighted communities and then helping those communities to move forward with revitalization efforts."
Roz is VP of the LI Business Development Council, LI's oldest networking group for economic developers and founded and chair the LIBDC Scholarship Fund at Hofstra University's Business Development Center. She founded and was past President of WEDLI (Women Economic Developers of LI) - a group of high level women in economic development on LI. Roz provides a scholarship through WEDLI for female entrepreneurs or women involved in economic development who want to advance their training.
"In the past," Roz said, "I helped found and served on boards of organizations such as National Association of Women Business Owners LI Chapter (I still chair NAWBO's LI Investment Club- the first in the nation)... I have served as appointee of several successive NYS Governors on the executive committee of the NYS Regional Economic Development Council which provides assistance to LI economic development and the NYS Incubator Task Force which provided funding for the business incubators here... I served on Womens Advisory Councils for three successive Nassau County Executives and on the Bi County
Peacetime and Defense Diversification Council for two Suffolk County Executives...etc etc etc…"
Currently, Roz is also involved in several cultural and charitable entities on LI that contribute to the quality of life and economic development on Long Island. Roz is chairperson (for the past 14 years) of the annual economic development effort of the LI Classic- an annual golf event of the Sr PGA Classic. "Our project," she said, "places the tournament on national/international TV and we use the commercial time to promote LI as a place to do business and as a tourism destination."
The list goes on…Roz is on the board of the LI Community Foundation- a branch of the NY Community Trust which distributes philanthropic dollars on LI; on the board of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County (previously served on Nassau Girl Scouts' board); and Roz was proud to say she was the first artistically Challenged member of the board of directors of the Art League of Long Island- a 45 year old forum for artists, providing gallery space, exhibitions, classes and camps.
Roz has been honored by many organizations including the NYS Legislature; Newsday; Long Island Business News; National Association of Women Business Owners and the Center for Family Resources to name a few. Most recently Roz was named Fundraiser of the Year at Philanthropy Day.
Any Hicksville High alumni who own a small business or are thinking of creating a small business, have them contact me at
There are additional accomplishments too lengthy to list here. Suffice it to say. We are proud to admit Roz into the Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Hixnews Hall of Fame Nominees
Denny Dias, Class of 1964
Denny Dias (born December 1946 in Philadelphia) is an American guitarist, most known for being a founding member of Steely Dan.
Dias was working with his own band out of his basement in Hicksville, Long Island, when he placed an ad in The Village Voice that read: "Looking for keyboardist and bassist. Must have jazz chops! Assholes need not apply". Donald Fagen and Walter Becker responded to the advertisement. They joined his band and immediately began playing their own material. Amazed at the talent Becker and Fagen had, Dias fired the rest of the band, and the three of them moved to California, adding drummer Jim Hodder, guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and vocalist David Palmer before recording for ABC/Dunhill Records as Steely Dan. Dias recorded as a permanent member of the band on 1972's Can't Buy a Thrill (with a noteworthy electric sitar solo in the song "Do It Again")
Henry Gates * Music Teacher
I would like to nominate Henry Gates for the Hicksville Newsletter Hall of Fame. Mr. Gates was a past HHS music teacher and band director. Henry turned 90 this July and is still active playing in the Huntington Arts Council Summer Band since 1960. I started to play in the Huntington band in 2000 and still enjoy it for the past 11 years.
Henry put the HHS football marching band on the field back in 1958 and taught us 8 steps to 5 yards and how to work together in practiced drill marching.
If you need other recommendations, let me know, as there are several people who have enjoyed and benefited from knowing Henry Gates. Thank you.
Stan Bryer, Class of 1960
Joe Scalia * Teacher at Hicksville High School
If you went through the Hicksville school system, you should know the name Joe Scalia. Not only is he an accomplished and published author, but is an inspiration to people everywhere.
I first met him as my 7th grade English teacher (remember tracks one, two, and three?) He treated his students like they were young adults, knew how and when to crack a joke or tell a great story. Most of all, he was a voice of the times in the late 60's and early 70's.
He encouraged us to speak out and voice an opinion, get involved, and be as good a student as possible. To this day, Joe communicates with his students, who are now his friends.
Let's put this man into the Hicksville Newsletter Hall of Fame. All readers of the great Hix Newsletter, let's get Joe Scalia into the Hall of Fame!!!!
Bob Goldmacher, Class of 1973
Charles F. Gouse
GOUSE - Charles F., passed away March 11, 2009, at 78 years old. Charles was born to Frederick Jacob Gouse and Frieda Van de Water on February 16, 1931 in Mineola, NY. He most recently lived in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, Audrey. He is survived by his devoted wife, Audrey and his children Andrea (and John Sullivan), Stephanie (and Christopher Vyce) and Rick (Sherri); his step-children Alison (and Greg Gore) and Matthew as well as six grandchildren; Taylor and Ethan Sullivan, Lily and Brady Gouse, Hadyn and Alexander Gore. Charles had one great-grandchild, Logan Sullivan. Charlie's professional life was centered on his love of music; playing, arranging, conducting and teaching. After earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Hofstra College he received a Doctorate in Music at Boston University. He studied trumpet with Harry Glantz of Toscanini's NBC Symphony and Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducting with Tibor Serly and composition with Elie Siegmeister. Charles played with the Boston "Pops" Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler and was the principal trumpeter with the original (NYC) Bach Aria Group. He also worked with many studio and free-lance groups. He was founder and conductor of the North Shore Symphony (formerly Hicksville Community Orchestra), Music Director and conductor of the Orchestra da Camera and the conductor of the Merrick Symphony from 1977 to 1994. Charles also conducted the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (NYC) for its Alice Tully Hall concerts. In addition to his musical arrangements for the Eglevsky Ballet, Mr. Gouse's works have been performed by the Batsheva Dance Co. (Isreal), the David Parsons Dance Foundation (NYC), the Ballet Met (Ohio) and the Spoleto Festival (Melbourne, Australia). His educational materials are published by Alfred Publishers, Van Nuys, CA. Charlie retired from the North Shore School District in 1986 as the Coordinator of Fine Arts. Previously, he spent over 25 years as Director of Music for Hicksville School District. His students and colleagues were a source of joy over the years. Before returning to Long Island, Charlie spent many happy years splitting his time between Lake Sunapee, NH, and Flagler Beach, FL, where he enjoyed the lake and beach equally with family, friends, and his beagle (Bella) over the years. Charlie's love for people, music, and life will be missed.
Published in Newsday on 4/18/2009
Charlie Gouse headed the Music Dept. at HHS for many years and influenced so many people during his tenure there. I spoke to him several times throughout the years and he was happy to know I spent my life in the music business as an entertainer.
Bob Wesley, Class of 1961
My lifelong mentor, Charley Gouse, was the head of Hicksville's Music Administration. His Jr. High staff, including guys like Henry Gates (who used to sit in on his drum kit for a shit-kicking version of the Jr. High Concert Band's arrangement of the 50's instrumental Raunchy),Val LaGueux (who co-wrote the hit record Baby Blue while I was in Jr. High) and Don Sitterley, who taught me a lot about playing sax, instilled my absolute commitment to a career in music before I even turned 13...
Tommy Sullivan, Class of 1963
Bill Fuchs, Class of 1960, has nominated Maddy Frischman Liebowitz, Class of 1960, for inclusion in the Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame. Please visit her biographical sketch in the Alumni Bios section of the newsletter.
I would like to nominate Lori Garone, Class of 1970, for consideration on the HHS Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Lori is the daughter of Mary Garone and the late Pat Garone of Hicksville.
Among many other honors Lori was awarded Town Of Oyster Bay2010 'Woman Of Distinction' for her groundbreaking achievements in a physical therapy called Hippotherapy. Her personal website is http://physicaltherapyinmotion1.vpweb.com/About-Us.html
This is a link from Supervisor John Venditto that extols her latest achievement.
Raymond L. Rusch 1926 - 2003
Submitted by Jean (Goettelmann) LaPointe, Class of 1959
My uncle, Raymond L. Rusch, was born on April 5, 1926, and was raised in Hicksville. He went to Nicholai Elementary School and later went to Hicksville Junior/Senior High Schools. He graduated from HHS in June, 1943. In April of that year, just prior to his graduation, his principal, Mabel Farley, had him sworn into the V5 Navy Program. Uncle Ray had taken and passed the Navy's testing requirements for the V5 Program and was the youngest person (17 years old) ever sworn into that program. After the Navy, Uncle Ray went to Syracuse University where he majored in History. He graduated from Syracuse University in January of 1949 - and continued to root for his 'Orange Men'.
He married his childhood sweetheart, my aunt, Edna Giese (HHS 1945) on April 9, 1950. They had one son, Ray, Jr.
Uncle Ray became a teacher at Hicksville Senior High School in September of 1949. He taught American History and Civics for 13 years until he became Assistant Principal in 1962.After four years of being Assistant Principal, he became Principal of the Hicksville Senior High School in 1966 where he remained for 15 years until he retired in June of 1981. When he retired in 1981, he had been with the Hicksville School District for 32 years.
He loved teaching.He loved his students as his 'kids' - and his 'kids' loved him back. Uncle Ray could be seen on the sidelines at their football games, or chaperoning their school dances or accompanying them on their Senior Trips.
After retirement, he moved to a golfing community in Orlando, Florida and became an avid golfer as well as getting very involved in the social and political affairs of the community.