OBITUARIES: Lipstein, Reynolds, Dreyer, Strang, Nau, Borghi, Jenowich, Darcy

Dr. Benjamin Lipstein (1923 – 2016)

HILLSDALE—Dr. Benjamin Lipstein, a longtime resident of New York City and Hillsdale, died with peace and dignity at his home May 28, 2016, just weeks after his 93rd birthday. His life, fittingly punctuated by his graceful death Memorial Day weekend, brought to a close an extraordinary post-war American success story.

He was born in 1923 in Brooklyn. He graduated from Brooklyn College and then entered the United States Army Infantry during World War II, where he received a Bronze Star—heroic achievement for his solo capture of 12 German troops. Following his service, he earned an MA and PhD from Columbia University in economics. In August 1945, he married his college sweetheart, Rosalind Sobel. They were happily married for 67 years.

Dr Lipstein had a long and distinguished career as a statistician, an advertising executive, a university professor, Oppenheimer board member and entrepreneur.

In his early career, Prof. Lipstein worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There, he developed a new survey research design for the National Survey of Housing in the United States. In the mid-1950s, Prof. Lipstein returned to New York to begin a career in the burgeoning field of market research. He pioneered the adaptation of statistical analysis to the study of brand loyalty and brand switching. He worked at Benton and Bowles, and then SSSC&B/Lintas as worldwide director of market research. During his years in advertising, Dr. Lipstein was responsible for the seminal research which led to the adoption of the four-hand symbol for the Oppenheimer Mutual Fund. He joined the Board of Directors of Oppenheimer in the early 1960s and remained on the Board of Oppenheimer Mutual Funds for almost 40 years.

He continued to explore his own brand of iconoclastic market research that helped define e quantitative advertising applications and models of his time. He published many articles in professional journals such as the Harvard Business Review, the American Statistical Association Journal, The Journal of Advertising Research, and other related journals. Articles such as “In Defense of Small Samples” were considered heretical at the time, but have since been accepted as conventional wisdom. Also at this time Dr. Lipstein was an owner of Alderson Research Laboratories, which was the primary manufacturer of the then emerging business of automobile crash dummies for the automotive industry worldwide.

He retired from the advertising business and pursued an academic career at The NYU Stern School of Business, as a full professor. During his tenure at NYU, Dr. Lipstein acquired a company called National Scanner Inc., which pioneered the barcode system of documenting grocery sales.

Dr. Lipstein is survived by: his children, daughter, Paula Forman and son, Owen Lipstein (spouses Philip Forman and Maggie Fine Lipstein); two grandchildren, Isadora Kate Forman and Jonathan Forman (spouses Thomas Gilmartin and Laura Landry Forman) and two great-grandsons, Henry and James Forman.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Williams Cemetery, 386 North Mountain Road, Copake Falls.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To sign the online register visit peckandpeck.net

Donald R. Reynolds (1929 – 2016)

TAGHKANIC—Donald Russell Reynolds, 87, died Friday, May 27, in hospice care in his beloved Taghkanic home, where he had enjoyed gardening, cooking and entertaining family and friends for 20 years.

Born April 29, 1929 in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Charles and Sadie (Brinston) Reynolds. The family was always proud of their roots in Newfoundland during the time it was a dominion of the United Kingdom, before it became a province of Canada in 1949, said his brother, Raymond J. Reynolds.

Donald Reynolds was a graduate of Wethersfield High School and Trinity College. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, posted to Germany and reaching the rank of master sergeant.

Mr. Reynolds began his professional career in New York City, as a junior buyer for Macy’s and later in book sales for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. In the 1980s he moved into the travel field, as a consultant to American Express and on staff at the Institute of Certified Travel Agents.

In 1989 Mr. Reynolds was appointed executive director of the American Soviet Tourism Society (ASTS), founded that year by a number of U.S. companies active in tourism to the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union dissolved in December 1991, ASTS recast itself as the American Tourism Society (ATS). Under Mr. Reynolds’s staff leadership, ATS continued to facilitate travel to Russia and the newly independent republics of the USSR, and later expanded its outreach to the Middle East.

In 1992 Mr. Reynolds founded Reynolds Associates, which created a number of travel industry advisory boards for numerous companies, among them American Express Avis; Radisson Hotels; the national tourist offices of Austria, Germany and China; Tour and Travel News; and Travel & Leisure magazine. He was also a longtime member of Skal International, a professional honor society of tourism leaders from around the world.

All of this professional activity required Mr. Reynolds to travel abroad frequently. “We never knew where he would call from,” said his brother.

Mr. Reynolds retired from ATS in 2010. “Don’s intimate knowledge of the travel industry and his broad range of contacts at home and abroad allowed ATS to grow and prosper,” said David Parry, chairman and founding member of ATS. Mr. Reynolds closed Reynolds Associates in 2012.

Survivors in addition to his brother, Raymond and his wife Polly, of Acworth, NH, include their children, Jeffrey A. and his wife Leslie, and their children Abigail and William; and Andrew B. and his son Aidan.

Mr. Reynolds was predeceased by his nephew, Raymond Reynolds, Jr., whose wife, Barbara, and sons Eric and Michael survive him. Mr. Reynolds is also survived by his friend Leonard Mazza and by numerous additional friends—local, regional and international—who will miss his energy, good spirits and lively interest in everything. These interests included cardigan Welsh corgis, three of whom survive him.

Mr. Reynolds was a member of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Barrytown. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, Washingtonville. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Suzanne N. Dreyer (1946 – 2016)

ALBANY—Suzanne N. Dreyer, 69, of Valatie died Monday, May 30, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born July 7, 1946 in Burlington, VT, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Yvonne (Rousseau) Cloutier.

Mrs. Dreyer was a teacher’s assistant at Ichabod Crane School before retiring in 2001. She loved spending time at Lake Champlain and Cape Cod and was a former member and President of the LaGrange Fire Department Ladies Auxillary.

In her spare time she enjoyed counted-cross-stitch. She loved doting on her grandchildren, who meant the world to her. She enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas, which was her favorite time of the year.

She is survived by: her husband of 50 years, Donald W. Dreyer; her daughter, Amy Brahm (Anthony) of Ghent, and her son, Kevin Dreyer of Atlantic Highlands, NJ; three grandchildren, Jordan Brahm (Robyn), Julia and Ethan Dreyer. She was predeceased by her son, Robert Dreyer.

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Food Pantry or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Barbara M. Strang (1955 – 2016)

HUDSON—Barbara M. Strang, 61, of Philmont died Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born May 7, 1955 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of the late Brooks and Patricia Curtis.

Mrs. Strang worked in the accounting department at KAZ, Inc. for more than 23 years. She loved animals; playing cards, especially canasta and spades; and enjoyed watching “Two Broke Girls” on TV. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

Surviving are: her husband, Richard Strang; two daughters, Shannan Younes (Steve) and Kristin Pulver (Brian); nine grandchildren, Victoria, Devon, Ke’Ala, Destiny, Freedom, Whitney, Jay Jay, Bryton and Ayden; two sisters, Patricia Badeau and Margaret Dietter; two brothers, Brooks Curtis and Robert Bertram; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Yvonne, and her brother, Johnny.

A calling hour will take place at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Lawrence A. Nau, Jr. (1935 – 2016)

RHINEBECK—Lawrence A. Nau, Jr., 80, of Clermont died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born September 10, 1935, he was the son of the late Lawrence A. Nau, Sr., and Marie Winzenburg.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a carpenter for more than 45 years. Many of these years were with Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Mr. Nau is survived by: his daughter, Tamara Connolly of Nevis; his son, Eric Nau of Germantown; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Frances who died in 1996.

There are no calling hours

A celebration of his life will be held June 12, 3 p.m. at the home of his daughter at 1367 Route 9, Nevis.

Memorial donations are requested to a charity of one’s choice.

Joan M. Borghi (1934 – 2016)

ALBANY—Joan M. (Freer) Borghi of East Chatham was welcomed into the arms of the Lord, May 24, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones.

She is survived by: her husband of 53 years, Victor A. Borghi, Jr. and their children, Denise (and the late Frank) Sabo, Jeff (Ann) Robison, Carrie (and the late James) Kreitner, Teresa (Steve) Hatch and Mark Borghi. She was the grandmother of 18, great-grandmother of 16 and great-great grandmother of two.

She enjoyed feeding the birds who enjoyed her flower gardens. She designed and made beautiful quilts, which have remained a subject of interest to many. Her depiction of the Underground Railroad Quilt portrayed her concern for human conflict. She was a member of the local quilt guild, having won many awards. She belonged to the Women’s Guild of the New Concord Church, Stockbridge Sportsman’s Club where she served as secretary for many years. She participated in several archery competitions and won many awards there too. She was also past matron of The Order Of The Eastern Star, Upton Lodge in Stillwater.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. with services to follow at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Borghi’s memory to New York Oncology Hematology Cancer Patient Foundation, 400 Patroon Creek Boulevard Suite 1, Albany 12206. To send online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome.com.

Victoria A. Jenowich (1928 – 2016)

HUDSON—Victoria A. Jenowich, 88, of Germantown died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Community Hospice in Columbia Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Hudson June 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Guistino and Olympia (Lombardi) Ciancetta.

Mrs. Jenowich was a member of St. Mary’s / Holy Trinity Parish, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, as well as a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. She was a loving mother and sister and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Theresa A. Jenowich-Powell and son-in-law, Chris Powell of Germantown; one brother, Carmine and (Carol) Ciancetta of Claverack; and one sister, Marie Quigley of Hudson. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank Jenowich in 1996, as well as one sister, Anna Feller and two brothers, Joseph and Angelo Ciancetta.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, May 27, 2016 at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Burial will follow in her family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit www.saccomcdonaldvalenti.com

Andrew W. Darcy (1981 – 2016)

NEW LEBANON—On the morning of May 29, 2016 Andrew William Darcy of New Lebanon passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Born December 14, 1981, he grew up and became known as the gentle giant with a heart of gold. He was a graduate of New Lebanon Central School District where he was loved by all his teachers. He excelled at sports and played basketball, soccer and his favorite, baseball.

After his school years he went on to work for his uncle’s construction business as a heavy equipment operator until his death.

From a young age he had a love and passion for the outdoors that led him to become an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent much of his life either in a tree stand or throwing a line in the water. When he was not outdoors he spent countless hours in his barn with his closest friends.

He loved motorsports and enjoyed motocross bikes, rebuilding three-wheelers and snowmobiling. He also had a mild wild side. He was known as the life of the party and was loved by all who crossed his path.

He loved his family very much and loved spending time camping swimming and sitting by the fire sharing stories.

Mr. Darcy leaves the love of his life, Heather McLaughlin Darcy, whom he married in 2008; their children, Patrick McLaughlin, Lexi McLaughlin and Tyler Darcy, who is also known as a gentle giant; his loving parents, Kevin Darcy and Donna VanTassel; his sisters, Tara Darcy Crawley, Megan Darcy, Samantha Darcy, Cassie Hotaling Coburn and his loving brother, Michael Hotaling. He also leaves grandparents, aunts, uncles and many nieces, nephews and cousins who all loved him dearly.

Mr. Darcy was predeceased by his loving stepmother, Brenda Berry Darcy along with his longtime time childhood friend and brother in-law, Adam Crawley.

Services will be held Friday, June 3 at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by a celebration of his life beginning at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canaan Conservation Club, 779 Frisbee Street, P.O. Box 363 Canaan 12029 in support of their youth hunting programs and fishing tournaments which he attended throughout his childhood. Online condolences may be offered at mooneyfuneralhome.com.

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