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The Campaign for Stuyvesant/ Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.

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New York, NY 10009


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New York, NY 10025-7771
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Timeline & Notable Graduates


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Stuyvesant HS Training Corps is reorganized; during WWII, more than 250 members participate in air raid drills and reviews.
  • More NY Philharmonic Scholarships are awarded to Stuy students than to any other school.
  • Cheering Squad has a great season.
  • Track Team is Cross-Country Champions in Manhattan.

'41 Notable Graduates

  • Judson (Judah) Baron, PhD '41 Professor, aeronautical engineering, MIT; Space flight expert; pioneered computational fluid dynamics; Bronze Star, WWII; associate editor, Journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal (1988)
  • Jean Cook, MD '41 Asoociate Dean/Professor, medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Saul Ferdman '41 Director, Space Vehicle Development, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation; Apollo/Lunar Excursion Module team
  • Rudolph Hunte '41 Chief Transportation Officer, NYC Transit Authority
  • Alfred H. Kleiman '41 NYS Supreme Court Justice; NYC Criminal Court Judge; Judicial Hearing Officer; Deputy President, World Zionist Court, Jerusalem
  • Arnold A. Lear, MD '41 Hematologist, Washington, DC; counseling, Medicare Modernization Act of 2003
  • Joshua Lederberg, PhD '41 Pioneer, bacterial genetics;
    Nobel Prize, 1958, for Medicine (with George Beadle and Edward Tatum) for discovering the mechanisms of genetic recombination in bacteria; Medal of Science, 1989; Member, National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, London; President/Professor, Rockefeller University; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2006.
  • Asriel Rackow '41 Philanthropist; EVP, Jack Resnick & Sons, NYC builder & property management firm
  • Marshall Rosenbluth, PhD '41 Nuclear scientist, with Edward Teller hydrogen bomb project, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory; senior scientist, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor; Albert Einstein Award, Enrico Fermi Award, and National Medal of Science
  • George Roth ‘41 Marketing Consultant, Jerusalem, Israel; Editor-in-chief, The Spectator
  • Albert J. Rothman, PhD '41 Chemical engineer; Sierra Club trip leader; award-winning poet
  • George Segal '41 Sculptor; subject of PBS documentary George Segal: American Still Life; art editor of Stuyvesant literary magazine Caliper; first prize, Art Institute of Chicago's "American Exhibition"; American Institute of Arts and Letters, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Federal Design Achievement Award
  • Robert M. Topol Jan ‘41 Philanthropist, Mamaroneck, NY; EVP, Shearson Lehman Bros.

The Wider World

  • Sep. 7, 1940, Germans begin the Blitz of London.
  • Dec.29/30, 1940, Incendiary devices cause massive fires in and around St. Paul's cathedral.
  • Jan. 20, 1941, Roosevelt’s third inauguration, he is the first and only president to be elected to a third term.
  • May 10, 1941, The last night and worst night of the Blitz - as many as 3,000 Londoners were killed. Germany fails to break the British spirit.


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • SHS is designated as an Air Raid Shelter.
  • ARISTA puts gummed tape over all windows facing the inside corridors of the School.
  • In cooperation with the Aeronautical Society, students collect model airplanes for use in the civil defense plane-identification program.
  • W2CLE, the “ham” radio station, the first in any high school, is ordered off the air by the FCC to better track down enemy broadcasts originating in the US.
  • Handball Team wins first place in PSAL.
  • Math ranked number one.
  • Chess Team wins Division.
  • The "most famous Stuyvesantian," James Cagney '18, wins Oscar for Best Actor in "Yankee Doodle Dandy".

'42 Notable Graduates

  • Howard P. Aronson, CPA '42 Contributor, CPA Journal; Wirthum, Smith & Brown, NJ
  • Edward M. Bruner, PhD '42 Professor, anthropology, University of Illinois; President, American Ethnological Society and Society for Humanistic Anthropology; expert on world tourism; Author, International Tourism
  • Tom Dowd '42 Pioneer recording engineer, Atlantic Records; Manhattan Project participant; recording collaborations with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, John Coltrane, and Eric Clapton; documentary film subject, Tom Dowd & the Language of Music; Grammy Award Winner (1992), album notes, Aretha Franklin's Queen of Soul
  • Jan Merlin (Wasylewski) '42 Movie/Television/Broadway actor. Roger Manning in Tom Corbett Space Cadet; Emmy Award (1975), scriptwriting, Another World; Member, Nina Fonaroff Dance Company; Novelist, Ainoko and Gunbearer; Navy destroyer torpedoman, WWII

The Wider World

  • Pearl Harbor, 1941
    Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese planes attack the American Military base at Pearl Harbor.
  • Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • The Science Talent Search competition for US high school students begins; Westinghouse is the sponsor until 1998.


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Principal Sinclair J. Wilson (1892-1943) dies after serving nine years.
  • ohn P. Clark is the Acting Principal this year.
  • Soccer Team wins Manhattan Championship.
  • Science clubs join to form the Science Association.
  • Chess and Math Teams win City Championship.

'43 Notable Graduates

  • Art Baer '43 TV writer, The Jefferson's, Happy Days, Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, Get Smart, Hogans Heroes, DIck Van Dyke Show and Andy Griffith Show; TV producer, Love Boat; Emmy winner for episode of The Carol Burnett Show
  • Rolf W. Landauer, PhD '43 Pioneer, computer theory; IBM Research Fellow; contributor to the physics of information processing
  • Peter D. Lax, PhD '43 Mathematician; Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU; Winner, National Medal of Science and Wolf Prize; President, American Math Society

The Wider World

  • Devastation after the battle of Stalingrad
    Nov.12, 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins. This will be a major American victory over the Japanese.
  • Aug. 19 to Feb. 2, 1943, Soviet Union engages in desperate fight with Nazis in the decisive Battle of Stalingrad.
  • May 31, 1943, construction begins on the ENIAC at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philadelphia.


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Fred Schoenberg
    Fred Schoenberg, '15 and former Mathematics Chairman, is Principal and serves for 10 years. He plans for the modernization of the building and a return to single session.
  • Cross-country wins Manhattan.

'44 Notable Graduates

  • Howard Caine (Cohen) '44 Actor, Hogan's Heroes, as Major Wolfgang Hochstetter; member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science; banjo and singing trophy winner at Southland
  • Robert Fogel, PhD '44 Professor, American Institutions, University of Chicago; Nobel Prize Laureate, Economics (1993); Author (Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, The Slavery Debates, and Time on the Cross); Program director, Development of the American Economy
  • William Greaves '44 Independent filmmaker, teacher, lecturer; Documentaries: Ralph Bunche, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Ali; Producer, Bustin' Loose; Director, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm; Emmy Award, Black Journal; Video & Filmmakers Life Achievement Award
  • Irwin Zahn (Zahnstecher) '44 Mechanical engineer; Chairman, Autosplice Inc., San Diego; President, Moxie Foundation, San Diego

The Wider World

  • The Battle of Normandy
    Nov. 28, 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin meet in Tehran during World War II.
  • June 4, 1944 Rome is liberated.
  • June 6, 1944 D-Day, Allied troops invade France


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Track Team takes Manhattan championship.
  • Students of Adam H. Brenzinger (part-time instructor of Ship and Airplane Design) start plans for "Stuyvesant Town," to be built east of First Avenue.

'45 Notable Graduates

  • Carlos Cuevas '45 NYC Clerk; Democratic Party leader
  • Howard Golden '45 NYC Councilman & 16th President, Borough of Brooklyn, 1977-1997; created the Brooklyn Unity Campaign
  • Arthur Hecht, MD '45 Internist/endocrinologist, Beth Israel and Cabrini; Professor, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
  • Edward M. Kosower '45 1996 Rothschild Prize in Chemistry (one of Israel's highest prizes in science); First Place in Westinghouse Science Talent Search, 1945
  • Mace (Morris) Neufeld '45 Film producer, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, & Clear and Present Danger; Television producer, Emmy award for East of Eden mini-series; Eastman Kodak First National Salon of Photography's grand prize and Picture of the Year by New York's World Telegram-Sun, for Sammy’s Home
  • Nicholas Panepinto '45 Director, Bureau of Funeral Directing Regulation, NY State Department of Health
  • Dominic Purpura MD '45 Dean, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY; Established first laboratory for basic neuroscience research, Columbia University
  • Andrew Streitwieser, PhD '45 Professor, Chemistry, Berkeley; member, National Academy of Sciences; Fellow, Sloan Foundation, Miller Institute, Guggenheim and National Science Foundation; California Section Award, American Chemical Society, Petroleum Chemistry
  • Frank Torres '45 NY Supreme Court Justice, Bronx, NY
  • Thomas A. Wood '45 Founder/President, TAW International Leasing; first African-American Director, Chase Manhattan Bank

The Wider World

  • Jan.17, 1945, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappears in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
  • Spring 1945, Soviet troops capture Poland, liberate Auschwitz, and descend on Berlin.
  • Apr. 12, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt dies in office, Harry Truman becomes President.
  • Apr. 30, 1945, Hitler commits suicide.
  • May 8, 1945, VE Day (Victory in Europe) - end of World War II in Europe.
  • Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki hit with first combat use of atomic weapons, speeding end of World War II in Japan.
  • Aug. 14, 1945, Japan calls for cease fire and surrenders.


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Atomic Age Council is formed “to educate the student body to the dangers of atomic warfare and to the uses of atomic energy in peacetime.”
  • Basketball team enters the City Championships.
  • The Spectator goes on a subscription sales basis.
  • The second stringers of the Swimming team beat Roosevelt’s first team, 58-9.
  • Track takes Manhattan PSAL meet.

'46 Notable Graduates

  • Philip P. Agusta '46 Architect; founding member, NY Professional Design Center; commissioner, NYC Board of Standards and Appeals; Ridgewood Historical Society; Kiwanis Club
  • Otto Eckstein, PhD '46 Economist; Member, Council of Economic Advisors; co-founder, Data Resources; economic consultant to Lyndon Baines Johnson; introduced concept of "core" inflation
  • Ben (Biaggio) Gazzara '46 Award winning actor; Emmy (Hysterical Blindness), National Board of Review (Happiness), Golden Eagle, and Theater World awards
  • Cyril L. Greig '46 Lt. Col., USAF and Eastern Airlines Pilot
  • Stanley Hart '46 Writer, MAD Magazine
  • Jack Nash '46 Founder, Odyssey Partners; The Honors MBA Program, Baruch College, named for Mr. Nash; Chairman, Avatar Holdings
  • Harvey Jacobs '46 Author, American Goliath
  • Albert Shanker '46 President, American Federation of Teachers; Presidential Medal of Freedom; member, National Board of Teaching Standards
  • Sanford Socolow '46 Executive Producer, Walter Cronkite Productions; Director, Internews Network
  • Frederick Schult, PhD '46 Professor, history, NYU; studied American Indian policy (19th century); frontier in America; Old South industrialization; early American Republic (Jackson Era)
  • Robert Werman, MD, PhD '46 Neurophysiology; Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Columbia University; Author on medical research, self-help, and the Gulf War; Diplomat, US Board of Neurology & Psychiatry; led team that identified glycine as a central nervous system transmitter
  • Hans Wolf '46 Vice Chairman, Syntex Corporation; Philanthropist; Awards: Palo Alto Tall Tree (1998), Lifetime Achievement (1998), Thomas W. Ford (2002)

The Wider World

  • Winston Churchill
    Sep. 2, 1945, Japan signs surrender instrument on the USS Missouri in Tokyo harbor.
  • Oct. 24, 1945, United Nations is established.
  • Nov. 20, 1945, 24 Nazi leaders go on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Feb.14, 1946, ENIAC, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • March 5, 1946 Winston Churchill delivers his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • May 20, 1947: Stuyvesant wins the Manhattan PSAL outdoor track and field competition for the third year in a row.

'47 Notable Graduates

  • Italo H. Ablondi, Esq. '47 Founder/senior partner, Ablondi, Foster, Sobin & Davidow; US International Trade Commissioner; Editor, U.S. Trade Policy; Board member, U.S. Selective Service System; President, Unalane Foundation, religious/educational purposes, Alexandria, VA; Stuyvesant HS basketball star & forward on three American Basketball League teams; Horseman/founder, Non Sequitur Stable
  • Anatole Beck, PhD '47 Professor, mathematics, University of Wisconsin; author, Excursions into Mathematics
  • Herbert Burkholz '47 Author, Brain Damage; Writer-in-Residence, William & Mary and Chadwick Colleges
  • Julius Richard Block, PhD '47 VP Planning and Professor, psychology, Hofstra University; author, Seeing Double, on visual perception
  • Alan J. Carlan '47 Author, Learning Pre-Algebra Step by Step, for home study of mathematics; Race Manager, US Sailing Association
  • Gary Felsenfeld, PhD '47 Molecular Biologist, National Institute of Health; National Academy of Sciences
  • Gary S. Franklin '47 News writer/TV personality, ABC, CBS
  • Larry Gralla '47 President, Gralla Publications; major sponsor, Stuyvesant HS robot team
  • Michael J. Harner, PhD '47 Author, The Way of the Shaman
  • Jeffrey Hart '47 Conservative scholar, social critic; editor, National Review; Professor, literature, Dartmouth; co-founder, Dartmouth Review; Reagan speech writer; Young America’s Foundation Engalitcheff prize winner ; Author, When the Way Was Good (American Life in the 1950’s) and Smiling through Cultural Catastrophe; newspaper columnist and letter writer
  • David Margolis '47 Chairman/CEO, Coltec Industries
  • Hans Mark, PhD '47 Chancellor, University of Texas; Deputy Administrator, NASA; Secretary, U.S. Air Force; Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Member, National Academy of Engineering; Director, Pentagon Defense Research and Engineering; National Advisory Board, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.
  • Jerry Mutchnick '47 CCNY basketball star
  • Aaron R. Rausen, MD '47 Pediatric Oncologist, NYU Medical Center; Foudning director, Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood
  • Herbert Sandler '47 Chairman, Golden West Financial, Oakland, CA
  • Joe Sirola '47 Actor; voice-over for advertisements; inventor
  • Richard Stenta ‘47 Movie producer, Wind Talkers, Mod Squad, Across 110th Street
  • Lester Tanzer '47 Managing Editor, U.S. News and World Report
  • Albert M. Wojnilower, PhD '47 VP & Chief Economist, First Boston; Sr. economic advisor, The Clipper Group

The Wider World

  • Apr. 9, 1947, Rescue workers dig their way through tons of accumulated newspapers and magazines to retrieve the bodies of the reclusive Collyer brothers.


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • First squad of all-girl cheerleaders, from Washington Irving High School.

'48 Notable Graduates

  • Bernie Brillstein '48 TV producer, film star manager; Brillstein-Grey talent agency, developing John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, GIlda Radner; CEO, Lorimar Film Entertainment; Dean's Council, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; daytime Emmy, Wayne Brady Show
  • Sidney I. Lirtzman, PhD '48 President, Baruch College; Dean/professor, Baruch's Zicklin School of Business
  • Paul C. Martin, PhD '48 Professor, physics, and Dean, Applied Sciences, Harvard University; member, National Academy of Science
  • Vladimir Pozner '48 Russian media figure and political talk show host; multiple Soviet, Russian, and American awards, including two Emmy certificates
  • Alfred P. Rubin ’48 Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; chairman, executive committee, American branch of the International Law Association
  • Sherwood M. Schwarz ’48 Insurance Magnate; owner, Toronto Argonauts; sports Interests started at Stuyvesant HS
  • Thomas Sowell '48 Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; editor, Twentieth Century Literature
  • Leonard Thun '48 Founder/Chairman, Imperial Kitchens (on projects for Trump, LeFrak, Milstein, Tishman and DeMatteis, provided over 1 million cabinets!)

The Wider World

  • The Independence of Israel declared in 1948
    Oct. 14, 1947, The sound barrier is broken by test pilot Charles Yaeger.
  • Dec. 23, 1947, Bell Labs scientists report they have developed the first transistor.
  • May 14, 1948 Israel declares independence.


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • With Julia Richman girls, there is a co-ed forum and Dancing Class.
  • The play, “Dead End,” is performed.
  • Carl Holub, oboe, wins the NY Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship.
  • Insurance for athletes is secured.
  • Debaters defeat Erasmus.
  • Edward Posner is #1 in Latin and wins the Classical Award.
  • Basketball team reaches finals in Madison Square Garden, but loses a heartbreaker to Lincoln by one-point, decided in the last seconds of the game; stars include Jack Molinas, Stan Maratos.
  • Martin Brilliant '49 is a Westinghouse Competition finalist and prize winner. Edward Posner '50 wins Latin prize.
  • Joseph Mankiewicz '24 wins 2 Academy Awards--Best Director and Best Screenplay--for "A Letter to Three Wives".

'49 Notable Graduates

  • Paul Biegel, JD, CPA Jan. '49 Chairman, The Ferrite Company
  • Malcolm Mark ("Sparky") Brauer, PE and CSP, '49 Safety andpetroleum engineer; inventor
  • Norman Dvoskin '49 On-air weathercaster, News 12, Long Island, NY; Meteorologist, Grumman Aerospace
  • Marshall Greene, MD Jan ‘49 Faculty member and Trustee/Treasurer, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society
  • Milton J. Horowitz ‘49 Book and journal editor; author, Educating Tomorrow's Doctors
  • Jacob L. Molinas, Esq. '49 Basketball star, Stuyvesant HS, Columbia, and NBA (Fort Wayne Pistons) ; Gambler/game fixer, jailed and disbarred; "executed by the mob"; see biography, Against All Odds
  • Maurice A. Mufson, MD '49 Professor/Chairman, Internal Medicine, Marshall University; Master of the American College of Physicians; Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America; Alpha Omega Alpha (medical academic honor society); President, Association of Professors of Medicine
  • Oscar White Muscarella, PhD '49 Archeologist/Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art; authority on Middle-Eastern antiquities; author, The Lie Became Great
  • Ernst Rosenberger '49 NYS Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division; named one of New York's best judges by New York Magazine and Village Voice
  • Nicholas P. Samios, PhD '49 Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory; physicist specializing in elementary particles; led construction, Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, at Brookhaven; Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award; Bruno Pontecorvo Prize by Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
  • Ivan R. Samuels Jan. '49 President, Abbott's of Boston, Inc.; Captain, US Naval Reserve; National VP, The Navy League of the U.S.
  • Elias Stein '49 Professor, mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study, distinguished teaching award, Princeton University; National Academy of Sciences; Wolf and Schock Prize laureate; expert in Fourier analysis
  • Paul M. Weichsel, PhD Jan'49 Associate Chairman, Mathematics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; co-chair, Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council; Chairman, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.; Cantor; Yiddishist
  • Martin Vogelfanger ’49 EVP/Market Research, Leiberman Research, NY, NY
  • Robert L. Weinberg, Esq. '49 Senior Partner, Williams & Connolly, Washington, DC
  • Nicholas Wolfson, Esq. '49 Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law; expert in corporate law, securities regulation and free speech; Member, American Law Institute; Assistant director, SEC

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1948, First Polaroid camera.
  • Nov. 1948, Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) becomes first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right.
  • Truman pulls historic upset over Dewey.
  • Silly Putty invented


Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Co-ed clubs include automobile driving, and there is cheerleading with Washington Irving girls
  • A proposal for a co-ed lounge in the cafeteria emerges.
  • A Play Festival is held at Julia Richman.
  • Soccer is Manhattan Champs.
  • Fencing, led by Cy Steiner and Wally Rubenstein score "the greatest season in the history of the school."
  • Norman Amaker is first black student elected GO President.
  • Joseph Mankiewicz '24 wins 2 Academy Awards for second consecutive year, best director and best screenplay, for "All About Eve."

'50 Notable Graduates

  • Howard Aduss, DDS ’50 Professor, orthodontics, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Earle S. Altman Jan'50 Senior VP, Helmsley Spear; Executive VP, Murray Hill Properties; Advisor, Baruch College, Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute; chairman, Young Man/Woman Real Estate Association; Real Estate Ass'n Young/Senior Man of the year awards
  • Paul J. Cohen '50 Mathematician; Fields Medal Laureate (1966); National Medal of Science; Bocher Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society; renowned ham radio operator; featured in Mathematical People, Profiles and Interviews
  • Louis J. DiTrani '50 Justice, District Court of Maryland
  • Robert Levine, PhD '50 Professor, English, Boston Univeristy; researcher, Old, Middle English, and Medieval Latin; translator, France Before Charlemagne, A Thirteenth-Century Minstrel's Chronicle, author, Gower as Gerontion: Oneiric Autobiography
  • Robert Shapiro '50 Chairman, Mutual Benefit Asset Management Corp; Trustee, United HealthCare System; Director, Broad National Bank; President, Essex County Mental Health Ass'n.
  • Thomas Tse Kwai Zung '50 Architect, Buckminster Fuller, Sadao & Zung. Author, Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millennium

The Wider World

  • 1949, Nationalists flee to Taiwan and Mao Zedong proclaims the People's Republic of China.
  • Jan. 26, 1950, India officially proclaims itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad takes the oath of office as president.
  • Apr. 27, 1950, Students descend on City Hall in noisy protest in support of teacher salary demands.
  • June 25, 1950, North Korean communists invade South Korea.
  • June 27, 1950, President Truman, without the approval of Congress, commits American troops to battle.