Albina V. Zygmont
November 1, 2003
Albina Veronica Zygmont, 84, of Peterborough, N.H., a native of Greenwich, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Rivermead Retirement Community in Peterborough.
She died of natural causes, according to her family.
Ms. Zygmont retired from Greenwich Country Day School after 40 years of service and was described as a "great gatekeeper" to all headmasters.
Born March 18, 1919, in Greenwich, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Chmielowiec Zygmont.
Ms. Zygmont was a resident of Greenwich for 75 years and was a graduate of Greenwich High School.
She lived in Vero Beach, Fla., for some time before moving to Peterborough in 1996.
She enjoyed swimming, tennis and golf, and was a member of St. Paul's Church in Glenville.
Ms. Zygmont is survived by a brother, Felix Zygmont of Cos Cob; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Julia Zygmont and Ann Tiska; and by two brothers, John Zygmont and Joseph Zygmont.
A prayer service will be held at noon, Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Jellison Funeral Home, 25 Concord St., Peterborough.
November 1, 2003
Vadim Filatov, 39, of Greenwich, a prominent ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, and the founder and director of Diamond Vision, died Thursday, Oct. 30, at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
He died from liver disease, according to his family.
Born Sept. 25, 1964, in Baku, Azerbaijan, he was a son of Lillian Filatov of Greenwich.
Dr. Filatov founded Diamond Vision in 1996 after becoming disillusioned with the open-access laser center where he operated.
He developed the Filatov Preventive System utilizing the four S's -- sterility, surgical skills, screening and state-of-the-art technology. This system is still used in Diamond Visions offices and laser centers in Greenwich, Westport, Glastonbury, New York City, Paramus, N.J., and Garden City, N.Y.
Diamond Vision has since been nominated as one of the 50 best LASIK practices in the country.
Dr. Filatov has treated celebrities such as Tiki Barber and Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants, Curtis Sliwa, Sue Wicks, Lord John Eatwell, Waldy Malouf, Tito Nieves and Alice Stockton-Rossini.
He immigrated to the United States with his mother when he was 14. He was an avid chess player as a child and befriended another Baku native, renowned chess champion Gary Kasparov.
Dr. Filatov had an impoverished childhood, but earned academic scholarships to the Dalton School, Amherst College and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He went on to do an ophthalmology residency at Yale University and a fellowship in refractive surgery at Harvard.
To pay for his studies he worked nights and weekends at a VA hospital in the emergency room.
After his fellowship he settled in Greenwich with his wife, Isabelle Filatov of Greenwich. At the time LASIK was just being developed and he became the first to offer the procedure to Connecticut patients.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sons, Pierre Filatov, Armand Filatov and Alexander Filatov, all of Greenwich.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich.
Burial will follow in Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich.
Memorial donations can be made to a college fund for the Filatov children, c/o lawyer Mark Harrison, 3 Research Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525.
Robert J. Barnes
October 29, 2003
Robert J. Barnes, 86, former president of Estee Lauder USA, died Sunday, Oct. 26, in his home in Monarch Beach, Calif.
He died of cancer, according to his family.
Mr. Barnes joined Estee Lauder in 1964, when the company was in its infancy. He helped lead the company's rise to a dominant position in the cosmetics industry before retiring in 1991.
He lived in Greenwich from 1967 to 1993.
Born Nov. 17, 1916, in Kalamazoo, Mich., he was the son of Lawrence and Lillian Barnes. He worked with his father at the A.W. Johnson Co. men's store while attending school. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1939.
During World War II, Mr. Barnes served in the 1st Marine Division in Guadalcanal. He received the Army Marine Corps medal for saving the lives of Army airmen trapped in a downed aircraft. He retired from the Marines as a lieutenant colonel.
Following World War II, he moved to San Marino, Calif., where he entered the cosmetics business and helped build the Dorothy Gray cosmetics line into the No. 1 brand on the West Coast.
Mr. Barnes then went to work for the Estee Lauder Co., moving to Greenwich in 1967. Two years after his retirement, he moved to Monarch Beach and Indian Wells, Calif., becoming involved in real estate development, retailing and investing.
He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Barbara Barnes of Monarch Beach; a son, John Barnes of Westlake Village, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Sampson of Bakersfield, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at San Marino Community Church in San Marino, Calif.
Memorial donations may be made to The Scripps Foundation Cancer Research, Healing Hearts Funds, PO Box 2669, La Jolla, CA 92038; or to the Children's Brain Center, c/o Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dept. 7924, Los Angeles, CA 90084. Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, Calif., handled the arrangements.
October 17, 2003
Stephen Booth McKinney Garnett, 56, of Stamford, a former resident of Greenwich and Chappaqua, N.Y., died Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Stamford Hospital.
He died of cardiac arrest, according to his family.
Born July 26, 1947, in Washington D.C., he was a son of the late Alexander Y. P. Garnett and Mildred McKinney Garnett.
Mr. Garnett is survived by a brother, Alexander Garnett of Darien; a sister, Sarah Garnett Newi of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two sons, Stephen Garnett and Reynolds Garnett, both of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; and two daughters, Jennifer Garnett of New York City and Brooke Garnett of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fairfield County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 200 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854.
The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, handled arrangements.
Anne Xanthopoulos, 91,
October 2, 2003
mother of town resident
Anne M. Xanthopoulos, 91, of Whiting, N.J., died Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J.
She died of natural causes, according to her family.
Mrs. Xanthopoulos was a secretary for Warner Electra Atlantic Records in New York City.
Born Dec. 18, 1911, in Yonkers, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Anne Freeman Morgan.
Mrs. Xanthopoulos is survived by her husband, James Xanthopoulos of Whiting; three daughters, Rose Altobelli of Hamilton, N.J., Margaret Kelly of Greenwich and Sophia Steber of West Windsor, N.J.; two sons, Harry Xanthopoulos of New York and Charles Brady of Yonkers, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Anne Kristoff, and a son, Bernard Brady.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home Inc., 260 White Horse Ave., Hamilton, N.J.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Raphael's Church, 3500 S. Broad St., Trenton, N.J.
Burial will follow in the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery
of Arneytown, 350 Provinceline Road, New Egypt, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009.