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Obituaries

Richard Lawless, 75

Richard Lawless of Springs, a self-employed painter and writer, died on Nov. 23 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. He was 75.

Dec 3, 2020
John J. Mullen, Environmentalist

John J. Mullen, an environmental activist and founding partner of Mullen & McCaffrey Communications, died of a heart attack on Friday at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. He was 73.

Dec 3, 2020
Christopher A. Clark

Christopher Avery Clark, a lifelong visitor to Drew Lane in East Hampton and the founder of Clark Construction in New York City, died of congestive heart failure in New York on Sept. 26. He was 62.

Dec 3, 2020
Howard Lebwith, 90, Dentist and Runner

Howard John Lebwith was recognized around town as the dentist who ran, sometimes from his house in Springs all the way to his office on Main Street in East Hampton. Mr. Lebwith died at home, surrounded by his loved ones, on Nov. 20 at the age of 90.

Dec 2, 2020
Robert Stephen Schaeffer, 76

A former vice chairman of the East Hampton Town Planning Board who had been a co-chairman of the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee and an editor at The East Hampton Star before that, Robert S. Schaeffer died on Nov. 17 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. A longtime Wainscott resident, Mr. Schaeffer had been ill with cancer for five years. He was 76.

Nov 30, 2020
Robert S. Schaeffer

Robert S. Schaeffer, a former member and vice chairman of the East Hampton Town Planning Board and a former editor at The East Hampton Star, died Tuesday morning at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital following a long illness. Mr. Schaeffer was 76. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

Nov 19, 2020
Janet Zobel, 78, World Traveler

The Star had word this week of the death of Janet Zobel of Amagansett and Greenwich Village, on June 29 at N.Y.U. Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 78 and had been given a diagnosis of primary peritoneal cancer five years ago, although she was in remission until this year.

Nov 19, 2020
Marianne Ketcham, 87

Marianne Bernadette Egan Ketcham, formerly of Springs, died on Friday at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk, N.Y. She was 87 and had been ill for six years.

Living here from 1985 to 2015, Ms. Ketcham frequently worked as an election inspector and loved camping in Hither Hills, among other places, with her family. She once made an eight-week, cross-country trek that her family said was her most memorable trip. Also an avid gardener, she loved "sharing" her flowers with the deer that visited her property in Springs, her family said.

Nov 12, 2020
Wilson Stone, 93, Lyricist and Composer

Wilson Stone, a lyricist, composer, conductor, and piano accompanist, died at the Middle Island home of his daughter, Susanna Stone, of metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer on Nov. 2. He was 93 and had been ill for two and a half years.

Nov 12, 2020
Marion Horner, 99

Marion Ruth Horner, a former nurse at the East Hampton Medical Group, died of Covid-19 on Oct. 19 at the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, N.C. She was 99.

Nov 12, 2020
David Geiser, Artist, Was 73

David Geiser, an artist whose career ranged from the underground comics he created in San Francisco in the late 1960s and 1970s to heavily textured mixed-media works he focused on after moving to New York in 1979, died unexpectedly of heart disease in his sleep at home in Springs on Oct. 14. He was 73.

Nov 5, 2020
Raymond F. Medler, 'Country Doctor,' Was 90

For almost four decades practicing medicine on the South Fork, Dr. Raymond Francis Medler made some 4,000 house calls. He was known to accept payment in the form of a striped bass or a basket of just-harvested vegetables, and to have made hospital rounds with a flask and two tiny glasses in his pocket -- the last of the region's old-style country doctors.

Nov 4, 2020