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Obituaries March 11, 2010

Posted on 13 March 2010

Stuyvesant Wainwright II

Stuyvesant Wainwright II, former U.S. Congressman from the First Congressional District of New York, died at home in East Hampton on March 6. He was 88 years old. Mr. Wainwright, the son of Carroll L. Wainwright, an artist, and Edith Gould, granddaughter of the financier Jay Gould, was a great nephew of General Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, a four star general who was the hero of Bataan and commander of the U.S. forces in the Philippines during World War II.

Mr. Wainwright, a lifelong resident of East Hampton, served in Congress for eight years. He authored the bill that created the Fire Island National Park, which was finally passed in 1962 after he had left Congress. He served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Education and Labor Committee and the Merchant Marine Committee.

During World War II, Mr. Wainwright enlisted in the army as a private in January 1942. He was commissioned in 1943 and went overseas with the OSS. He transferred to the regular army and served on the staff of General Courtney Hodges in the First Army G-2 section. After the war he remained an active reservist, finally retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1960. Mr. Wainwright was a member of diplomatic missions to Korea and Vietnam.

Mr. Wainwright went to Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., and to Yale University before WWII, and graduated from the Yale Law School in 1947. He was a partner in the firm Walker, Beale, Wainwright & Wolf, and later in the firm of Battle, Fowler, Lidstone, Jaffin, Pierce & Kheel. In 1975 he opened an office in Wainscott where he practiced law for many years.

Mr. Wainwright served on various corporate boards and was a director and general counsel of the Potter Instrument Company, and the first president of the Miltope Corporation in Melville, L.I. He served on the boards of Southampton Hospital, Guild Hall of East Hampton, the vestry of St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton, the Maidstone Club of East Hampton and the Union Club of New York. He was also a member of Cruising Club of America and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

He was a consummate sportsman and lover of the outdoors, enjoying hunting, golf, squash, tennis and sailing. An avid sailor, he raced various yachts under the name Wainscott Wind in many blue water races such as the Newport to Bermuda, the Annapolis to Newport, the Marblehead to Halifax, and at least 35 annual Block Island Races.

Mr. Wainwright was devoted to his family and its traditions. Thanksgiving was his favorite day. Every year, generations of Wainwrights congregated at his house on Georgica Pond to share in his passion for family and country.

He is survived by four children, Stuyvesant Wainwright III, Jonathan M. Wainwright, J. Snowden Wainwright and Laura Wainwright; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Carroll L. Wainwright.

A memorial service is planned for later this spring; interment is private. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be sent to St. Anne’s Church in Bridgehampton, or to East End Hospice, Westhampton Beach.

David J. Cohen

David J. Cohen, 65, a former resident of Sag Harbor, passed away suddenly on February 13, 2010 at his home in Cincinnati. He was the beloved husband of Rosemary Ashton, loving father of Azul Lewis of Berkeley Calif., and Lily Sukoneck-Cohen of New York City, and stepfather of Andrew Rafter of Brooklyn, N.Y. He was born in Brooklyn N.Y. and grew up in Far Rockaway, a seaside neighborhood in the borough of Queens.

Mr. Cohen attended Brooklyn College where he majored in technical theater and philosophy. After college he moved to New York City where he worked as a photographer, graphic artist, and art director for the first rock criticism magazine Crawdaddy, He worked with musicians, designing light-shows for rock band Jefferson Airplane, and created the tape loop technology for composer Steve Reich’s 1970 composition “Drumming.”

Mr. Cohen later moved to Sag Harbor, where he became an expert software developer.  A talented and innovative programmer, he held a patent for an ambulatory heart monitor that he designed. It was in Sag Harbor that he met his wife Rosemary.

He and Rosemary moved to Cincinnati in 1996 and settled in the Madeira area. He was an early innovator of web technology and leaves many friends in Cincinnati, New York, and worldwide. Mr. Cohen was a patron of the arts organizations throughout New York and the Cincinnati area including CSO, Bang on a Can, Music Now and Concert Nova.  He loved to meet young artists, help them to pursue their dreams, and mentor young people in the workplace.

“David always went out of his way to provide constructive advice and words of encouragement,” said the family. “David touched the hearts of everyone who knew him and will be missed by all.”

In memory of Mr. Cohen and to celebrate his life and his love of music, a solo piece for the viola will be composed for him by Evan Ziporyn and performed by Nadia Sirota at the Music Now Festival on March 31. Donations can be made to Chamber Music of Cincinnati, 625-10th Ave. Dayton, Kentucky 41074.

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