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Robert Michael Mullins Jr. passed away peacefully on September 12, 2017 in Houston, Texas, just four days shy of his 90th birthday.

Born in Rye on September 16, 1927, he graduated from Rye High School in 1945. The day after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served his country in the Pacific at the end of World War II.

After returning from service, in 1950, Mr. Mullins received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Iona College, where he was a member of the Gaelic Society.

During his professional career, he worked for a banking institution, Sinclair Oil Corporation, and Shell Oil Company, from which he retired.

He wed his sweetheart, Joan Catherine McAneny, whom he met at Rye Beach, on December 26, 1955 in Brooklyn.

In 1971, the Mullins and their four children moved to Houston, where Bob became an avid Houston Astros fan, and a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where he volunteered for many years at the Food Pantry.

Mr. Mullins’ two biggest passions were his family and his faith. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle, patient man with a wry sense of humor, a loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend.

He was predeceased by his wife Joan, and survived by their children: Robert (Kim) Mullins of Houston, Claire (Scott) Kothlow of Denver, Joan (Alex) Fahrenthold of San Diego, and Ann (Mark) Herzog of Houston. He is also survived by five grandchildren.

A funeral service was held September 19 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Houston. Donations in Bob Mullins’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Hugh Lane Middleton passed away peacefully on October 1, 2017 at his home in Rye, from complications due to Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

Born in Blakely, Georgia, on March 3, 1929, he was the son of Curtis and Una Middleton. Lane, as he was called, spent his life in many places, including Pensacola, Florida, Morristown, New Jersey, Radford, Virginia, and, most recently, Rye, where he moved with his beloved wife Rosemary to be near their three children and their families.

After graduating from Thomasville High School, he served in the U.S. Army in Japan from 1946 to 1948. Mr. Middleton was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Georgia Tech, where he earned a B.S. in Textile Engineering program in 1952.

In 1956, he married Rosemary Aikin. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year. 

Mr. Middleton worked for the Textile Division of Monsanto in Florida, until he was transferred to New York City in 1961, at which point he moved his family to Morristown, N.J. 

Starting in 1975, he held several positions in the textile industry in Virginia and Tennessee, and his family settled in Radford, Virginia, where he and his wife remained for 40 years. In Radford, he was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed playing tennis with friends. 

After his retirement, Mr. Middleton pursued his passion for oil painting and recently had a show of his work in Rye

He was very proud of his family, which included three children and eight grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Rosemary; his daughter Janet and her husband, Tom Montag of New York City, his son Rob and his wife Sarah Middleton of Smithtown, N.Y., his younger son Curt and his wife Amy Middleton of Pelham, N.Y.; his sister Sibyl Plumly of Atlanta; his brother David Middleton and his wife Pam of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his grandchildren: Kathryn Middleton and Jean Montag of San Francisco, and Matt Middleton, Jeff Montag, Grace Middleton, Lanie Montag, and Addie and Max Middleton, all of New York.  

A memorial service will be held at Christ’s Church Rye on Saturday, October 28 at 4 p.m., followed by a reception at The Osborn.

Donations in Lane Middleton’s memory may be made to the Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Robert Michael Mullins Jr. passed away peacefully on September 12, 2017 in Houston, Texas, just four days shy of his 90th birthday.

Born in Rye on September 16, 1927, he graduated from Rye High School in 1945. The day after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served his country in the Pacific at the end of World War II.

After returning from service, in 1950, Mr. Mullins received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Iona College, where he was a member of the Gaelic Society.

During his professional career, he worked for a banking institution, Sinclair Oil Corporation, and Shell Oil Company, from which he retired.

He wed his sweetheart, Joan Catherine McAneny, whom he met at Rye Beach, on December 26, 1955 in Brooklyn.

In 1971, the Mullins and their four children moved to Houston, where Bob became an avid Houston Astros fan, and a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where he volunteered for many years at the Food Pantry.

Mr. Mullins’ two biggest passions were his family and his faith. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle, patient man with a wry sense of humor, a loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend.

He was predeceased by his wife Joan, and survived by their children: Robert (Kim) Mullins of Houston, Claire (Scott) Kothlow of Denver, Joan (Alex) Fahrenthold of San Diego, and Ann (Mark) Herzog of Houston; as well as by five grandchildren.

A funeral service was held September 19 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Houston. Donations in Bob Mullins’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Follow Up on the News

According to City Council member Julie Killian, Port Chester’s interest in the Thruway property sought by Rye Country Day, and perhaps, by the City of Rye, was short-lived. At the October 4 Council meeting, Killian said she ran into Port Chester Mayor Fritz Falanka who explained that his village became interested in the property completely separate from Rye’s own interest. Killian said he told her, “When I found how much it was going to cost, there was no way we were going to be involved in it;” to which Killian added, “So, issue dead. It’s off the table.”

She also took the opportunity to say Falanka’s comments showed that there was no collusion between Rye’s Mayor Joe Sack and Port Chester, a charge that Council members Emily Hurd and Danielle Tagger-Epstein had previously made. Sack called allegations “untrue and unfair.”

Although not on the agenda, the Thruway property and the possibility of Rye moving DPW there, creating City playing fields there, or sharing playing fields with Rye Country Day raised its head a short time later.

Rye resident Anthony Dicaprio commanded the podium for about forty minutes, during which he calmly, methodically walked Sack and the Council through the issue, with the Mayor respectfully taking exception to several points.

Dicaprio asked Sack about his June 20 letter to the Governor requesting he not sign a bill allowing a sale of the land to Rye Country Day. “Under what authority were you making that request?” he asked. “My authority as Mayor of Rye,” responded Sack. Dicaprio then asked who the “we” were in the letter, and whether the letter was discussed or voted on in a council meeting? The Mayor laid out his thinking. Dicaprio continued to probe.

At one point, the mayor said, “I’d like to find ways to work with Rye Country Day.” Dicaprio admitted to having a child at the school and also to being a lawyer who did mediation work. He urged the Council to renew talks with the school and tell them their needs. Councilman Terry McCartney volunteered to meet with the school and RCD Headmaster Scott Nelson who was present agreed.

A formal meeting date had not yet been arranged at press time. Mayor Falanka did not return calls seeking confirmation of Port Chester’s loss of interest or to say if he would rescind his own letter to the Governor trying to prevent the sale to the school.

– <Tom McDermott>

Violet Theodos Valauri of Rye passed away on September 28, 2017, at the age of 93.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., she was the daughter of Louis and Mary Theodos and sister of Vincent Theodos. She graduated from Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a devoted wife and mother. Her husband, Augustus Valauri, a founding member of the Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the NYU Medical Center, predeceased her.

Mrs. Valauri is survived by her three sons, Dr. Fredrick A. Valauri and his wife Christina of Manhattan, Dr. David V. Valauri and his wife Jill of New Canaan, Conn., and Dr. Bruce G. Valauri and his wife Geri of Roslyn, N.Y. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Matthew, Amanda, and Nicholas of New Canaan, Alexandra of Manhattan, and Alivia and Sophia of Roslyn; as well as a great-grandson, Brady.

Donations in Violet Valauri’s memory may be made to Good Samaritan Fund, Church of Our Saviour, 2195 Westchester Avenue East, Rye, NY 10805.

Lincoln Stevenson, age 96, died peacefully at home in Rye, on September 23, 2017. 

Born on April 15, 1921 in New York City, he was the son of Mrs. Theodore Stemmler and Mr. Lincoln Stevenson.

He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1939 and Williams College in 1942.

Soon thereafter, he enlisted in the army and fought in World War II. He was in military intelligence and a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded a Bronze Medal for his bravery, including fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He rose to the rank of Major. 

After the war, Mr. Stevenson received a law degree from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Law from New York University. In 1954, he started the North American Leasing Company and was a pioneer in the equipment leasing business. 

He was a member of the Apawamis, University, and Ocean Reef clubs, where he was an avid squash and tennis player. An enthusiastic horticulturalist, he had a special passion for orchids. 

He is survived by his wife, Anne; his three sons, Jeffrey, Christopher, and Nicholas; and ten grandchildren. 

A celebration of his life will be held at Christ’s Church, Rye, on Monday, October 16 at 1 p.m.

Donations in Mr. Stevenson’s memory may be made to the Lawrenceville School or Williams College.