William Dwyer, retired director of bands at Herricks High School, died in his home in Tampa, FL, on March 1, 2000, after an extended illness. Mr. Dwyer was born in Norwich, CT in 1926, joined the Navy after high school and attended Ithaca College and NYU receiving his BA and MA degrees in music and music education.
In 1950 Mr. Dwyer joined the Herricks High School faculty as band director and remained at Herricks for 33 years. During his tenure at Herricks, he became known as one of the leading band directors in the state. His bands performed at Jets, Mets and Yankees games, at the 1961 NY All-State Music Conference, earning Herricks a reputation as one of the finest band programs on LI. Mr. Dwyer was vice president and president of the Nassau Music Educators Association, co-director of the LI Summer Music Workshop, band director at the Usdan Summer Music Camp, conductor of the Newsday Marching Band Festival mass band and a clinician and guest conductor of many festival bands.
After his retirement Mr. Dwyer moved to Florida where he pursued his avid interest in golf. He is survived by his wife, Adele; three children, Deborah Ridgway of Woodlands, TX, Phyllis Jonatis of Rocky Point and John Dwyer of NYC. The family asked that any donations be made to LifePath Hospice Care, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609.
I had a wonderful visit with Kay mid-August 2002 in La Jolla, California.
Kay was synonomous with the Music Dept at Herricks from the early 1940's through the early 1970's.
She has lived in La Jolla, Calif. since retiring in 1972.
Her husband, Gene, who taught in the Baldwin, L.I. school system, died in June 2000.
Kay is doing well!! A wonderful person!!
We talked about mutual people we knew from our respective Herricks days, including some people I hadn't thought about in a long time.
She was also a neighbor when our family lived on Crescent Drive off Searingtown Road. She lived next door to the Cahn family. Peter Cahn was a member of our class and a boyhood friend of mine. We shared memories and stories from that part of our lives as well.
Like myself, she and Gene were Ithaca College graduates (they met and dated as students), so we had lots to talk about from our respective Ithaca days!
She's in good health and plays the piano daily!!
1645 Calle Camille
La Jolla CA 92037-7107
I taught mathematics at Herrricks Senior High School for two years (1959-60 and 1961-62, with a year off in between to attend graduate school). I don't know if there are any of my former students or colleagues who will still remember me, but would be very pleased to hear from any of you.
Wheelersburg, Ohio USA - September 23, 1999
1064 Van Dyke Ave
Wheelersburg OH 45694
Football Coaches Wins
(100 or more wins)
1. Howie Vogts* (Bethpage), 296
2. Don Snyder (Farmingdale), 237
3. Fred Smith (Locust Valley, Friends Academy, Cold Spring Harbor), 202
4. Nick Balitsos (Levittown Memorial, MacArthur), 153
5. Tom Flatley* (Garden City), 144
6. Warren King (Garden City), 142
7. (tie) Buddy Krumenacker* (Hempstead, Farmingdale), George Craig (Baldwin), 132.
9. Bill Ashley (Freeport), 130
10. Joe Fay (Hempstead), 124
11. (tie) Dan Biro (Port Washington), Joe Thomas, (Chaminade), 123
13. (tie) Jack Boyle (Clarke, East Meadow), Joe Coady (Carle Place), John Miele (Valley Stream North), 122
16. Rich Mollo (Lawrence), 121
17. Jack Salerno (Elmont), 115
18. Joe Knoll (Sewanhaka, Lynbrook), 112
19. Erwin Gerung (Herricks), 108
20. Frank Scicchitano (Plainedge), 107
21. Sal Serpe (Great Neck South), 106
22. Leo Costello (Port Washington), 105
23. (tie) Russ Cellan* (St. Dominic, Freeport), Bob Schussler (Hempstead), Joe Martone (Island Trees), 103
25. (tie) Jay Iaquinta* (Lynbrook, Hewlett), Angelo Giugliano (New Hyde Park), 101
27. Jerry Jewell (Division), 100
Almost: Ed Walsh (Manhasset), 98; Bruce Gehrke (Mineola), 91; Ken "Dutch" Hafner (Mineola), 90; Bill Basel (Chaminade), 85.
Thomas B. Langley Colby College '31, died Aug. 11, 1997, in Greenvale, N.Y., at 89. Described by associates as a mentor to other educators, he was principal of four Long Island (N.Y.) schools and the founding principal of Herricks High School. He founded the New York State Principals' Association in the late 1950s. He is survived by his wife, Elfriede Langley, a daughter, a sister and three grandchildren.
Alwin D. Muller, 73, World War II veteran, former educator and sports coach
by Carolyn James
Throughout the past half century, Alwin D. Muller dedicated himself to educating, guiding and helping young people. The impact of that work was evident as many of those students, now grown, attended his funeral at the Massapequa Funeral Home, last week. Mr. Muller died September 4, 2000. He was 73 years old.
"They came up to me and told me how much my husband had done for them," said Audrey Muller. "It meant a lot to me."
Mr. Muller attended Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, and then served in the United States Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific.
He is also a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts. He continued his education at New York University and Columbia University in New York where he earned a master's degree.
For ten years he taught and coached at St. Paul's Prep School in Garden City. It was there that he coached football, basketball and baseball and where he started the school's first wrestling program. The team went on to win four LIHI National Prep Championships.
In 1960, Mr. Muller took a position with Herricks High School where he continued to coach and teach. In 40 years of coaching wrestling, his teams won 200 dual meet matches, and, as an archery coach, he won a Section Championship every year he fielded a team. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement award.
A former student, neighbor and lifelong friend of Mr. Muller's described him as one of the "great educator's on Long Island."
"He was a man of high integrity who had an immense influence on the lives of young people he taught and coached," said Jerry Seckler. "He had a tremendous following and very loyal people to whom he meant a great deal and many of them attended his funeral."
Mr. Muller was an athlete himself, and played football as a young man. He helped start the first sports camp on Long Island for football, wrestling and lacrosse, Wizzher Sports Camps. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.
Seckler said Mr. Muller was also an environmentalist by avocation and trade. He taught science for many years and was a member of the Biltmore Beach Club for 40 years and a member of the Freshwater Anglers of Long Island.
He was an extraordinary person who had a great sense of humor," said his wife of 51 years.