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Gisela Haugenes of Rye passed away on September 27, 2017. She was 84.

Born October 10, 1932 in Tonsberg, Norway, she was the daughter of Jack and Esther Smaso. She immigrated to the United States in 1948 and lived in New York City with her mother and siblings, Nina and Jack.

In 1955, she married Ottar Haugenes, and they lived in Bay Ridge, Flushing, and Huntington, N.Y. until 2011 when she moved to Rye. Her husband predeceased her.

Mrs. Haugenes’ love for Norway and dancing was only matched by her love of family. She was the loving mother of Scott Haugenes (Claudine), Steve Haugenes (Susan), aunt of Linnea Wrage (George) and Monique Koedel, and cherished grandmother of Skylar, Hannah, Dylan, Jackson, and Tor. She is also survived by her niece, Scarlett and nephews, Wyatt and Colton.

A brunch will be held Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Rye Golf Club.

To place an online condolence, visit www.coxeandgraziano.com. Donations in her memory may be made to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital’s Vascular Biology Research Department (https://philanthropy.mountsinai.org/donate).

Ted W. N. Rheingold, 47, died September 4, 2017. The cause of death was cancer. While immunotherapy extended his life for a period of time, he ultimately died peacefully in palliative care in San Francisco, where he had lived since 1992.

Born in Rye, on June 2, 1970, he was the son of Joyce and Paul Rheingold. He went to Rye High School, where he was on the ski team, and from which he graduated in 1988.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in International Relations, he promptly moved to San Francisco, attracted by the rising technology industry.

He became a successful entrepreneur and angel investor whose passion for advising early-stage startups earned respect in Silicon Valley. He was the founder and CEO of Dogster and Catster, social networking websites for people and their pets. In 2001, he started an Internet development company called One Match Fire, where he engineered websites for a range of businesses.

Through his yearlong fellowship with IDEX in Bangladesh, and extensive world travels, Mr. Rheingold gained a strong sense of connection to people, which impacted his life’s work. His enthusiasm for creating “profit from purpose” led him to work in recent years with companies in developing nations as well as in underserved communities in the United States.

On April 24, 2004, he married Molly Ditmore in San Francisco.

An avid skier, urban cyclist, and hiker, he delighted in being close to the ocean, the Sierras, and the oyster farms of Tomales Bay, where he would take his wife, daughter Mabel, now 6, and dog on spontaneous road trips.​ ​

After he was diagnosed with cancer last year, he and the entire Rheingold family went skiing in Squaw Valley.

Ted Rheingold urged everyone to “enjoy every day” and “be the change you want to see in the world.” He was content to say he had no bucket list, that life is the bucket.​ ​

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Rheingold is survived by his parents, Paul and Joyce, longtime Rye residents; his brother David, who lives in New York City; his sister Julia McCartney and her husband City Councilman Terry McCartney of Rye and their sons Jack and Daniel; his sister Dr. Susan Rheingold and her husband Jonathan Neely and their son Finn of Philadelphia; many friends from his years in Rye and many more from his career in the tech field around San Francisco.

A remembrance will be held in Rye, October 1 from 3-6 p.m. at Shenorock Shore Club. A celebration of his life is planned at a future date in San Francisco.

Before he died, Ted Rheingold suggested that if anyone wanted to make charitable contributions in his memory that they send a donation to a group he was actively involved with: Northern Sierra Partnership, c/o Community Initiatives, 354 Pine Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104-3229.

Ruth Louise Williams Stearns, age 92, formerly of Rye, died peacefully at her home in Falls Church, Virginia, on January 13, 2017, after a fall three weeks earlier.

Born on October 26, 1924 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Daniel E. and Flora Janssen Williams. She grew up in Maywood, Ill., graduating from Proviso High School in 1941. She spent her freshman year of college at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She then left school to go to work, including for the American Can Company, supporting its wartime efforts to feed the troops.

After World War II ended, she resumed her college education, at the University of Chicago. There, she met her future husband, Richard T. Stearns, a fellow student and an Army veteran originally from Worcester, Mass. They were married on September 20, 1947.  The following year, she received her Bachelor of Philosophy.

Drawn by educational and employment opportunities, in 1950 Ruth and Richard moved to Albany, Calif., where she worked for Up-Right Scaffolds; then to Arlington, Va., in 1952, where she worked for the federal government; and then to Hinsdale, Illinois, in 1953, where she worked for United Air Lines, and where her daughters were born. Mr. Stearns’ position with the Hertz Corporation, during a period of expansion for the car rental firm in Europe, brought the family to the suburbs of London, England, in 1959; and then to Rye, in 1962. From 1975 to 1981, the Stearns owned and operated the Lighthouse Bookstore in Rye. 

In 1981, the couple moved to Ormond Beach, Fla., where Ruth worked as a reference librarian at the public library and volunteered with the police department, typing police reports. After Richard passed away in 1994, she spent more years in Florida, relocating in 2009 to the Goodwin House in Falls Church, to be close to her daughters.

Among many other things, Ruth Stearns loved to write, read mysteries, play cards (favorites were bridge and the game called “May I,” which was a family tradition), listen to music, watch movies (especially those starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald), play the piano, knit (including sweaters for penguins as part of a special environmental project after an oil spill), and make friends with every dog she met.  She moved comfortably into the computer age, making great use of her amazing typing skills. 

Her volunteer work with the police gave her the chance to ride along with an officer both in a police car and on a motorcycle. In Florida, she was on the board of the Friends of the Ormond Beach Public Library.

She is survived by her two daughters, Amy and Laurie, both of Alexandria, Virginia. She is buried at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, in Elmhurst, Ill., with her parents and her husband. 

Donations in Ruth Stearns memory may be made to the Goodwin House Foundation, 4800 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311.

William Peter Hendry, age 67, passed away peacefully on September 28,2017.

Born on March 23, 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland, he was the eldest child of Thomas Hendry, a coal miner, and Norah Coll Hendry, a grocer during the Second World War. He was a longtime resident of Rye, who proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2004.

Mr. Hendry enjoyed an extraordinary career in finance, spanning 50 years, 42 of them at the Bank of Scotland. Starting out as a bank teller at the age of 17 in Glasgow, he retired as Chief Executive North America in 2009. During that time, he held senior banking positions in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States. He had extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, most notably at Drive Financial Services, where he led HBOS plc’s investment analysis group before becoming Chairman in 2000.

He was a tireless mentor who impacted both the professional and personal lives of all he worked with. As chief executive, he is fondly remembered for walking the Bank of Scotland floor each morning to personally wish all a good day with a warm smile and genuine interest.

After he retired, he launched W.P. Hendry and Associates, a bank consulting firm that handles complex business and lending issues. From 2011 to 2013, he was also chairman of First City Financial. He also served as chairman of Pharma-Cycle LLC, and as an Independent Director at Santander Consumer USA along with three public investment companies managed by The Carlyle Group, in addition to Special Adviser to Promethean Investments, which is based in London.

Mr. Hendry earned an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

His three great loves were family, faith, and football. Kind in spirit, he was active in many charitable endeavors, including being a longstanding supporter of the Celtic Football Club Foundation and board member of The Salvation Army.

He is survived by the love of his life, Louise Hendry, whom he began dating at the age of 17. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this past July.

He leaves behind his adoring children: Jennifer Hendry Cunniffe, Thomas Hendry, and Laura Hendry Costello, along with their spouses, Casey Cunniffe, Anna Hendry, and Chris Costello, whom he loved as his own.

Mr. Hendry was a doting “Granda” to his seven grandchildren, Finn William, Kiera Jude, Isla Grace, Dermott Fisher, Fianna Louise, William Bear, and Grace Gemmell, who enjoyed the routine everyday moments shared when taking them to school, swim meets, dance recitals, soccer matches, and secret trips to the candy or toy store.

He is also survived by his beloved sisters, Rosemary Hendry and Grace Hendry Nash, and their spouses, John Fegan and Gerry Nash of Glasgow, his lifelong friend and brother, John Corr, and countless nieces and nephews who cherished their Uncle Billy.

The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home October 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection on Friday, October 6at 10 a.m.

The family asks that donations be made in his name to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Steven Mulvey Jr.

Stephen W. Mulvey Jr. of Rye, New York and Vero Beach, Florida passed away September 13, 2017 following complications from a stroke.

Born on December 18, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, he was one of six children of Stephen “Bud” and Patricia Mulvey. His parents and grandparents were part owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers dating back to the Brooklyn Dodger days.

After graduating from Iona Prep School in 1971, he attended Notre Dame. He remained an avid supporter and devoted fan of all Notre Dame Irish Sports.

Mr. Mulvey was a successful businessman. Early on, he was involved in the Mulvey McKeever Exhibition Company, a family holding company formed in 1912, with substantial investments in the motion picture industry, Major League Baseball, golf, and real estate.

His found his greatest success with the formation of Pinnacle Golf and the creation of three distinctive clubs in Vero Beach: Quail Valley in 2001, the River Club in 2003, and The Pointe in 2016.

Outside of his professional life, he was either supporting his wife Kathy’s golf accomplishments or hunting and fishing. He was a lifelong member of Westchester Country Club, where he and his wife spent countless hours with friends.

In addition, Mr. Mulvey was a proud member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and many organizations committed to balancing land conservancy and wildlife.

He will deeply miss his friends at his beloved cabin at The Wounded Bear Lodge in Long Eddy, N.Y., as well as the numerous sportsmen whom he hunted with over the years.

In addition to his devoted wife Kathy, he is survived by his brothers, Kevin, Patrick, and James, and his sister, Keelyn Mulvey, along with his beloved St. Bernard, Truman. His parents and sister, Maripat Mulvey, predeceased him.

Steve Mulvey will be remembered as a man who was loyal to his family and friends, a devoted husband, and someone who would happily share a beer.

He was so grateful to everyone who took time to send him cards and letters, along with those who visited him during his recovery and rehabilitation. He will undoubtedly be remembered for his zest of life.

Robert Whiteman, who lived a long and truly accomplished life as a concert violinist, inventor, and expert in licensing intellectual property and marketing died peacefully on September 10, 2017. The longtime resident of Rye was 91.

Born November 1, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia, he was the son of Arthur and Rosebud Whiteman. Bob, as he was called, was a child prodigy who at the age of 10 was invited to play the violin for President Franklin Roosevelt at the White House. Seven years later he moved to New York to attend the Julliard School of Musical Art and later was a founding member of the New York String Quartet, playing Carnegie Hall and touring nationally.

While still in his twenties, he co-produced Broadway shows, invented board games, candy bars, and food products. During this period, he met and became a protégé of Robert Ripley, who was intrigued with Bob’s marketing ideas for Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This led to a fifty-year relationship during which Bob was the primary licensing agent for the Ripley organization, including the production of three television series that are still being broadcast around the world.

Simultaneously, he was the owner and CEO of Liberty Library Corporation, the holder of the copyrights for Liberty Magazine, which was published from 1925 through 1950. Over 120 major motion pictures have been produced based on stories that appeared in Liberty. Through his management and curating of the Liberty Library, Mr. Whiteman helped establish landmark copyright case law that still governs the licensing of intellectual property.

Retirement was not part of his vocabulary and his office was open until the day he died.

According to many of his friends, Bob’s other “business interest” was gin rummy and he was a formidable competitor whose win-loss record could not be explained by good luck. He loved to share his card-playing skills with his children and grandchildren, and they will carry on this family tradition.

In addition to Bettye, his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Mr. Whiteman is survived by his daughters, Dale Pinto and her husband James and Caren Kline and her husband Peter; his eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His son Robert and his wife Cindy passed away in 2014.

“Everyone in the family is truly grateful for the wonderful team of staff and caregivers whose loyalty and support have been truly extraordinary over the years. The kindness and compassion shown by Paulo, Simone, Soraia, Living, Eros, Mariangelas, and Norma is appreciated beyond words.”

A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Whiteman was held September 14 at Rye Presbyterian Church.