Myrtle Clare Motyer Maclaren, 84,
June 5, 2002
Myrtle Clare Motyer Maclaren, 84, a Greenwich resident, died May 11. She died of natural causes, according to her family.
Born Nov. 29, 1917, in Pembroke, Bermuda, she was the daughter of the late Leonce Reginald and Emily Jones Cooper Motyer.
Mrs. Maclaren was raised in Bermuda, attending the Bermuda High School for Girls. She graduated from Mt. Allison Ladies College in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
She trained as a nurse at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Bermuda and later moved to Montreal to work at the Montreal General Hospital in Canada. She worked at the Royal Victoria Maternity Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital for Communicable Disease, all in Montreal, and the King Edward VII Hospital in Bermuda.
She married the late William James Walker Maclaren in 1942 in Georgetown, Ontario, and settled in Montreal.
Both were very involved with their church in Montreal, participating in the choir and youth groups.
In the 1950s they moved to Yonkers, N.Y., and worked at the Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. They went on to build their home in Greenwich, where she did volunteer work at Greenwich Hospital.
Mrs. Maclaren and her husband were both involved in the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich, participating in the choir, the youth ministry, Sunday school and charitable works. She also was very involved with the YWCA and projects to feed and clothe the needy around the world.
She is survived by two sisters, Jean Hatten of Kent, England, and Gwenyth Nixon of Point Shares, Bermuda; a brother, Leonce Reginald Motyer of Burlington, Canada; 19 nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Second Congregational Church, 139 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. An informal reception will follow.
A private committal service for the family is scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Second Congregational Church's Union Cemetery
and Memorial Garden, or to their Outreach Projects, 139 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830.
John Paul Schmaling, 87,
June 5, 2002
John Paul Schmaling, 87, a lifelong Greenwich resident, died Sunday, June 2, at The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home.
He died of natural causes, according to a family friend, Marlene Rowland.
A graduate of Cos Cob School and Greenwich High School, Mr. Schmaling worked for more than 20 years at Trepp's Flowers and later worked at Quinn's Market and Kennedy Security.
Born April 26, 1915, in Greenwich, he was a son of the late Frederick and Mary Tobin Schmaling.
Mr. Schmaling is survived by two nephews, Thomas Schmaling of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Joseph Schmaling of Skyland, N.C.
He was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Fred D. Knapp and Son Funeral Home, 267 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich.
Thomas C. Thompson, 83,
June 5, 2002
Thomas C. Thompson, 83, a Norwalk resident, died Saturday, June 1, at Norwalk Hospital.
He died of natural causes, according to his wife, Hattie Thompson of Norwalk.
Mr. Thompson worked as delivery driver for Lexus of Greenwich for 21 years, retiring in 1997.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greenwich, serving on the White Rose Usher Board of that church. He also was a member of St. Matthew Lodge No. 43 in Norwalk.
Born July 4, 1918, in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Martha Thompson.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas C. Thompson Jr. of Baltimore; a stepson, Charles Marshall of Laurelton, Long Island, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 10 Northfield St., Greenwich.
A service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave., Norwalk.
The Downer Funeral Home Inc., 31 Stillwater Ave., Stamford, is handling the arrangements.
Sally R. Dyett, 80,
June 12, 2002
former town resident
Sally Russell Dyett, 80, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died May 9 at Heartland Health Care Center in Palm Beach Gardens.
She died of Alzheimer's disease, the family said.
She was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Oklahoma City, daughter of the late J. Ben and Mary S. Russell. She lived in Greenwich from the late 1940s until the mid-1970s, when she moved to Florida.
She was a member of the Jupiter Island Club on Jupiter Island, Fla., and the Misquamicut Club in Watch Hill, R.I.
Survivors include a son, Hunter Marston of Brookline, Mass.; a daughter, Mary Gagarin of Watch Hill; three stepsons, H. Thomas Dyett of Manchester, Vt., Kirk Dyett Huffard of Greenwich and John H. Dyett Jr. of Portsmouth, N.H.; and five grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, John H. Dyett, in 1995.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Watch Hill Chapel in Watch Hill, R.I.
Those who wish may make contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Southeast Florida Chapter, 8333 W. McNab Road No. 210, Tamarac, FL 33321.
Robert Whitehead, 86,
June 18, 2002
NEW YORK -- Broadway producer
Robert Whitehead, 86, one of Broadway's most prolific producers of serious drama and the recipient of a special Tony Award this month for his nearly 60 years of work in the theater, has died of cancer.
Mr. Whitehead died Saturday, June 15, at his home in Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Among the plays he produced on Broadway were a major revival of "Medea" starring Judith Anderson and John Gielgud (1947), Carson McCullers' "Member of the Wedding" (1950) with Julie Harris and Ethel Waters, "Bus Stop" by William Inge (1955), "The Waltz of the Toreadors" with Ralph Richardson (1957) and Paul Scofield in "A Man for All Seasons" (1961).
Mr. Whitehead had a special relationship with Arthur Miller, presenting much of the playwright's later work on Broadway including "The Price" (1968), "The Creation of the World and Other Business" (1972), the Dustin Hoffman revival of "Death of a Salesman" (1984) and "Broken Glass" (1994).
The producer, along with director Elia Kazan, headed the first theater company at Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center Repertory Theater began operation in temporary quarters in 1964 with Miller's "After the Fall," starring Jason Robards and Barbara Loden. The play proved to be a disappointment and after three more productions, including Miller's "Incident at Vichy," both Whitehead and Kazan left the company.
Mr. Whitehead had even less success when he tried to produce musicals. Among his flops were "Goldilocks" (1958), "The Conquering Hero" (1961) and a collaboration between Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner called "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" (1976), which lasted only a week on Broadway.
Among Mr. Whitehead's later productions was Terrence McNally's "Master Class," which starred Whitehead's second wife, Zoe Caldwell, as opera diva Maria Callas. It won the Tony Award for best play in 1996.
In addition to his wife, Whitehead is survived by two sons, Sam and Charlie. Funeral services will be private.
Crystal W. Gallagher, 85,
June 19, 2002
homemaker in Stamford
Crystal Waterbury Gallagher, 85, a lifelong Stamford resident, died Monday, June 17, at her home.
She died of natural causes, according to her family.
Born June 16, 1917, in Stamford, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Anna Iskierski Waterbury.
Mrs. Gallagher was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Francis J. Gallagher Jr. of Darien, Thomas W. Gallagher of Stamford and William J. Gallagher of Darien; a daughter, Crystal Ann Gallagher of Stamford; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Francis J. Gallagher Sr.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., tomorrow at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford.
A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Darien.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032.