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Obituaries

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Walter M. Eads, 89

Walter Myles Eads of Trumbull, a former longtime Westport resident, died April 5. He was 89.

He was born in Dorr, W.Va. on May 19, 1925 to Clarence and Gladys Eads.  After attending Rutgers University, he worked for Lonestar Industries for 38 years and was a chief purchasing agent for this company which provided the materials for the foundation of the Space Needle in Seattle. 

He married Ada Steele Eads in 1947, and they shared their lives for 64 years until her death in 2011.  During their life together, they lived in Virginia and New Jersey before moving to Westport in 1970. 

He joined the Green’s Farms Congregational Church that year and his church home became not only his place to worship but also his family. He served as moderator, chair of the trustees, chair of deacons and treasurer at the church for several years. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Jean Hampe Memorial Service Set for Friday

A memorial service for Jean M. Hampe, a longtime Westport resident and wife of prominent commercial real estate broker Ted Hampe, will he held Friday at 3 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane.

Hampe died died Nov. 8,  2014 of lung cancer at age 80. (See obituary here)

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Gail L. Agria, 72

Gail L. Agria of Stratford, a longtime music teacher in the Westport school system, died April 10 after a long battle with cancer. She was 72.

She was the daughter of the late Ella and Gustav Voigt. She was a devout Lutheran her entire life but accepted people of all religions. Music was the focus of her life, beginning piano at an early age.

A 1959 graduate of Central High, Bridgeport, where she won top honors, she continued piano and music education at Valparaiso University, earning a bachelor’s degree, and later a master’s from the University of Bridgeport in music education, piano performance.

She began teaching and performing in Michigan, then continued in the Westport school district for 37 years. She retired in 2002 from Greens Farms Elementary School.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remembering Susan Malloy at the Library

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The Westport Library has created a display in honor of Westport art patron, artist and philanthropist Susan Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91 (see WestportNow April 14, 2015). The public is invited to express remembrances of Malloy in an accompanying guest book, pointed out by staff librarian Connie Scalise. On display are three books composed by Malloy, “In the Studio,” “Recollections of Art in My Life,” and “A Young Person’s Guide to Paris.” Malloy was the benefactor of the library’s annual Malloy Lecture For The Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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William Holmes, 53

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William “Bill” Holmes of Marriottsville, Md., a former Westport resident, died Feb. 26 after a brief illness. He was 53.

He was a longtime resident of Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1980. He attended the University of Baltimore and majored in business.  For several years, he worked at Encore Books and managed a Borders book store as well. He also worked as a loan officer at Service First. 

He loved the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry National Park in Maryland.

He is survived by parents, William and MollyAnn Holmes, siblings, twin Amy (Holmes) McGinniss, Suzy (Holmes) Patterson, and Mary (Holmes) Bolger.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Large Turnout for Susan Malloy Funeral

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There was a large turnout, including many Westporters, today at the New York funeral at Temple Emanu-El of Susan R. Malloy, noted Westport artist, art patron, and philanthropist, who died Tuesday at age 91. (See WestportNow April 14, 2015) Daughter Jennifer Malloy Combs brought laughter from mourners when she recalled her mother, not wanting to be confrontational with a young Jennifer, once left a note on her pillow which said: ‘It’s not very nice to leave your clothes on the floor.” But she said her mother could also be very direct, asking her when she was 12 and beginning to ride in horse show competitions, “Why don’t you ever win?” Added Combs: “I won the next week.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Susan R. Malloy, 91

Susan Rabinowitz Malloy of Westport, noted artist and philanthropist, died April 14 in Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 91.

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Susan Malloy: artist, philanthropist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

An ardent supporter of the arts, she was honored a year ago at the Westport Arts Center, where she was an honorary board member, with an exhibition marking her 90th birthday, “Susan Malloy: In the Studio.” She also sponsored the annual Westport Library Malloy Lecture in the Arts.

She was born Feb. 28, 1924 in New York City to Aaron and Clara (Greenhut) Rabinowitz. Her father was a prominent New York City real estate developer. She grew up on the Upper West Side, attended the Lincoln School, and graduated from Skidmore College in 1945 with a B.A. in studio art.

Afterwards, she moved back to New York City and attended the Art Students League, where she was introduced to the world of emerging artists. There, she worked with such notable artists as Will Barnet and Bob Blackburn.

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Noted Westport Artist Susan Malloy, 91

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Susan R. Malloy, noted Westport artist and philanthropist, died today in Norwalk Hospital. She was 91. An avid supporter of the arts, she was honored a year ago on her 90th birthday with an exhibit at the Westport Arts Center, “Susan Malloy: In the Studio.” Malloy was also sponsor of the Westport Library’s annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts. Services will be held Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at New York’s Temple Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St. Calling hours are Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Ave. (at 81st St.). The family will receive Shiva visitors on Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8 Dogwood Lane, Westport. (See obituary here)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Susan R. Malloy 1924-2015


Scenes from the life of noted Westport artist and philnathropist Susan R. Malloy, who died today at age 91. WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Loretta R. Latham, 73

Loretta R. Latham of Westport died April 8 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 73.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at Morton’s Mortuary, Inc., 25 Margaret E. Morton Lane, Bridgeport.

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Robert L. Hansen, 89

Robert L. Hansen of Beaumont, Texas, a former Westport resident, died April 13 at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. He was 89.

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He was born Dec. 21, 1925 in Tulsa, Okla. second child and oldest son of Mildred and Fred Hansen. The Hansen family was a large one, with elder sister Lorraine, younger brothers Don and Jim, and baby sister Lynnell.

Bob graduated from Central High School and attended the Oklahoma Military Academy for his secondary education, entering the University of Tulsa to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering.

From the time he was 18, he was employed in various capacities by Stanolind/Pan American Petroleum/or Amoco Oil companies until his retirement in 1984.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Jane K. Rodriguez, 51

Jane Marie Keating Rodriguez of Westport died April 12 at home after an eight-year battle with breast cancer. She was 51.

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Jane Marie Keating Rodriguez: pharmaceutical professional. Contributed photo

Born in Batesville, Miss. on Nov. 22, 1963, she was an honors graduate of West Panola Academy, attended Mississippi University for Women, where she was a member of the Revelers Social Club and a Blacklister, and received her pharmacy degree from Ole Miss in 1987. 

She was a director, regional medical liaison, diabetes field team, U.S. medical affairs, at Bridgewater, N.J.-based Sanofi US. She began her career at Merck, where she worked for 20 years and was a member of the medical education team for the cholesterol drug Zocor.

She was an active member of Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport. She enjoyed traveling throughout the world with her husband, Rod, playing with her beagle-mix Lucas, engaging with her diabetes field team colleagues, and a good tag sale.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jerome B. Meltzer, 92

Jerome B. Meltzer, a Westport resident since 1957, died April 9 at his Newtown Turnpike home. He was 92.

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Jerome B. Meltzer: entrepreneur,athlete. Contributed photo

He was a vice president of Aetna Steel Co. in the 1960s, a Wall Street stock broker, business entrepreneur, and owner of Jerry’s Printing for 25 years in Bridgeport. 

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1923, son of Gertrude and Herman Meltzer. He was a Navy captain in World War II, a graduate of Bucknell University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, and a starter in varsity basketball earning the name “Snake” for his agility on the court. He applied these skills to tennis courts, becoming one of Westport’s best doubles player of his time. 

He was instrumental in developing Westport recreational night tennis facilities, finishing his athletic endeavors as a golfer at Birchwood Country Club.

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Roy E. Doty, 92

Roy Edward Doty, a renowned cartoonist whose Westport connections included a poster depicting Westport’s landmarks and important buildings, died March 18 in Dublin, Ohio. He was 92.

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Roy Doty (r) presented a copy of his poster of Westport landmarks and important buildings to Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Doty drew the Westport poster for the Norwalk Transit District in 2008 with funding provided by the district and the Federal Transit Administration’s enhancement program, intended to provide public works of art for railroad stations. The poster is on display at the Westport and Green’s Farms stations.

A former Norwalk resident, he was born Sept. 10, 1922. He discovered cartooning during the Great Depression. “In fourth grade the bug hit,” recalled Doty in an interview for the book “Inspired Lines.” But it wasn’t until after World War II that he began his career.

While serving in France during World War II, he discovered the work of a number of French cartoonists whose artistic techniques inspired his own unique style of “line drawing” cartooning. After working with Stars and Stripes newspaper during the war, he returned to the United States and began his cartooning career.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Nita Cohen, 88

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Nita Cohen: former Democratic registrar of voters. WestportNow.com photo

UPDATE (corrects and updates with family-supplied obituary) Nita Cohen of West Hartford, formerly of Westport where she was former Democratic Party registrar of voters, died March 10. She was 88.

According to John Hartwell, chair of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) who announced her death, she had recently been living in West Hartford near her daughter, Ellen Anderson, and family.

She served as Democratic registrar of voters from 1993 until her retirement in 2010. She was a member of the League of Women Voters of Westport for more than 50 years, and was a board member of the Democratic Women of Westport, which awarded her its Silver Donkey Award in 1996.

In addition, she was a volunteer at the Pequot Library Book Sale for more than 25 years.

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