Category Archives: MObit

Obit of Manhattan College people who are not Jaspers. Beloved for laboring in “our” vineyard, we don’t let the deaths pass unmourned.

MOBIT: Myint-U, Tyn [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2016-Jul-22


Friday, July 22, 2016

Tyn Myint-U, 84

Tyn Myint-U, a former Westport resident, died July 22 in the Boston area. He was 84.

He was husband of Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary general of the United Nations. Aye Aye Thant was active in U.N.-related activities in Westport.

Together Aye Aye and Tyn established the Thant Institute “to reflect and promote her father’s values and ideals.”

Born Jan. 1, 1932 in Mandalay, Tyn was one of Burma’s first state scholars, studying at Michigan University and then finishing his Ph.D. in aeronautics at New York University.

He was a rocket scientist by training and taught for many years as a professor of mathematics at Manhattan College and Fairfield University, writing two textbooks on differential equations.

He later worked for the United Nations in Bangkok and New York.

Aye Aye Thant has lived in the United States since 1957 when her father was first appointed as an ambassador at the U.N.

Since leaving Burma in 1953, Tyn had always wanted to return home and was finally able to do so in 2012.

But he had to return to the United State less than three years later due to his declining health.

He is survived by his wife, Daw Aye Aye Thant, a son, Thant Myint-U, three daughters, Khinlei Myint-U, A-Thi Myint-U, and Aye Myint Myint-U, and four grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday, July 25 in Concord, Mass.

Posted 07/22/16 at 01:11 PM


Myint-U, Tyn [MCxfaculty RIP]

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MOBIT: Phil McGrath is connected to Alma Mater


Dear John,

        Attached is a copy of the Obituary, from today’s
NY Daily News, for Phil McGrath, the husband of the
late Eleanor, the long time face of the Residence Life
Office at Manhattan. She was a great lady, well
liked and missed by many when she left the College.

         May They Both Rest In Peace.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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MOBIT: Hart, Norbert S. [MCxstaff RIP] on 2016-May-18


Norbert S. Hart 

Poughkeepsie, NY – Norbert S. Hart, of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. Norbert was born on May 30, 1926 in Long Beach, NY to the late Joseph and Adelaide Hart. He grew up in Brooklyn where he met his future wife, Anna Mae Ring. They married at St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park, Queens, NY on June 28, 1958. They settled in Hollis, Queens where they raised a family of six and lived there until 1991. Anna Mae predeceased him on October 5, 2002.

Norbert received his degree in Chemistry from City College of NY (CCNY). He retired from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY in 1993. He was the Computer Center Director at the time of his retirement. He was a loving husband, father of 6, proud grandfather of 14 and a huge NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. He will be greatly missed.

Norbert is survived by his sons, Norbert J. and wife Maryanne of Poughkeepsie, NY, Thomas of Valhalla, NY, Brian of Queens, NY, Stephen and wife Debbie of Naples, FL, Kevin of Poughkeepsie, NY, a daughter, Maureen and husband Glenn Hartman of Scot Run, PA, and a sister, Joan Romano and husband George of Stamford, Conn. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the William G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:00am at St. Martin de Porres Church, Poughkeepsie, NY. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY. Memorial donations can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 20 to May 22, 2016


Hart, Norbert S. [MCxstaff RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MOBIT: Prans, George Paul [MCfaculty RIP] on 2016-Apr-27


George Paul Prans
1943 – 2016

George Paul Prans was born in Elizabeth, NJ on February 10, 1943 and died on April 27, 2016 at home in New York City after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife Sharyn M. Finnegan, his daughter Kate Finnegan-Prans, and his brother Richard I. Prans.

His graduate work at Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ was funded by NASA, where he achieved three Masters degrees in Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

George was a professor of EE at Manhattan College in NY for forty-one years, where he also did research in solar power and electrical cars.

He spent vacations from teaching building a house in Vermont, and enjoyed fishing and backpacking. He found his greatest happiness in family and nature.

A private memorial service will be held in the garden of St. John’s-in-the-Village, NYC, on May 14, 2016.

Published on from May 13 to May 14, 2016- See more at: 


Prans, George Paul [MCfaculty RIP]


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MOBIT: Silke, Fr. John [MCxfaculty] on 2016-Jan-13


Fr John Silke published extensively on Irish and Church history
02 April, 2016 01:00

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Priest-historian Fr John Silke was a man with great intellectual gifts and a passionate interest in Ireland’s Christian heritage.

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Fr John taught in the 1950s and ‘60s at St Eunan’s in Letterkenny and from 1966-73 at Harriman College and Manhattan College in New York.

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Fr John Silke died aged 89 on January 13 in Italy after becoming ill while on holiday.

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Silke, Fr. John [MCxfaculty]

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MOBIT: Turiano, Thomas G. [MCstudent RIP] on 2016-Mar-30


Thomas G. Turiano
1993 – 2016

Thomas Gregory Turiano passed away suddenly on March 30th, 2016.

He was born on March 29th, 1993, the son of David and Margaret Courtney Turiano. Tommy was raised in Rye, NY with his younger siblings Courtney and Patrick. He is the proud grandson of Bridie and Tom Courtney of White Plains, NY and Stephanie and the late Augustine Turiano of Port Chester, NY. Tommy is the nephew of Sharon (Paul) Zaicek, Thomas (Ginette) Courtney, Steve Turiano, Gary (Lynn) Turiano, and the late Tommy Turiano. He is also survived and loved by numerous cousins, Jennifer and Christina Turiano, Evan and Mikey Turiano, Thomas and Allison Courtney, and Kevin, Aidan, JP and Lily Zaicek, Tommy’s cherished Goddaughter.

Tommy graduated from Rye High School in 2011, and was currently enrolled at Manhattan College in their business program.

Tommy’s favorite place was Long Beach Island, NJ where he would surf for hours and work at the famous Chowder Hut.

Tommy was passionate about music, snowboarding and skateboarding. Tommy touched the lives of many with his warm smile and big heart. He was loved for his affectionate personality and his loyalty. Tommy was a wonderful son and brother who brought love and warmth to all of us, he will be missed dearly.

Tommy’s family will receive friends and family on Sunday at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye, NY from 3 PM to 6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at the Church of the Resurrection at 10 AM.

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 2, 2016


Turiano, Thomas G. [MCstudent RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MOBIT: Sapir, Louis [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2016-Mar-14




of Hanover, NH, formerly of Riverdale, NY, died peacefully at age 95 on March 14.

Predeceased in 2014 by his wife Carolyn Kupferberg Sapir, he is survived by his loving family, including two daughters, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A graduate of CCNY and Columbia (MA, Economics), Mr. Sapir was a securities analyst, until recently as First VP at Oppenheimer & Co in New York. He served as Chair, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and as board member of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Riverdale Mental Health Association, and Weis Ecology Center. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Manhattan College School of Business.

Contributions may be made to The Elinor M. Ristuccia Fund, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, 25 Kingston St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02111. For funeral and tribute information, please visit

Rand-Wilson Funeral Home
11 1/2 School Street
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2552

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 16, 2016


Sapir, Louis [MCxfaculty RIP]


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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