Obituaries

by Carola Lott

Melva Bucksbaum, one of America’s preeminent art collectors and patrons, died on Sunday, August 23 at her home in Aspen, Colorado. 

Ms Bucksbaum, who became interested in art as a young girl, served on a number of museum boards including those of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, the Aspen Institute, the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the International Committee of the Tate Gallery in London. She also served as vice chairwoman of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In 2000, she and her family created the Bucksbaum Award, which every two years grants an artist $100,000. The award, one of the largest cash awards given to an individual visual artist, also includes an invitation to exhibit at the Whitney Museum. 

Ms. Bucksbaum and her third husband Raymond Learsey, a fellow Whitney board member, were among the world’s leading collectors of contemporary art. On their property in Sharon, where they spent part of the year, they built a private museum, the Granary, to house some of their collection that included works by David Salle, Richard Serra, Robert Mapplethorpe and Frank Gehry.  

Scott Meyer of Millbrook, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19 at The Kent in Connecticut after a 3 ? year battle with melanoma.

He was born January 11, 1954 in Sharon, CT, son of the late Barbara and Schuyler M. Meyer Jr.  He attended Dutchess Day School, graduated from Millbrook School (1973) and Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH (1977), where he received a BA in Elementary Education/Archeology/Biology as an Independent Major. He graduated cum laude with honors in Elementary Education. He described himself as a constant learner through voracious reading.  He especially loved the history of science and technology. He had a genuine love of working with students.

Scott wholeheartedly embraced each community in which he lived. After graduating from college he taught grades four to six in Massachusetts, first at the Winchendon School System, then at Applewild, a private school in Fitchburg.  He explored the world of archeology with his Winchendon students as an extracurricular activity, bringing them at year’s end to ply their skills in the backyard of his family farm in Millbrook.

Milton Meshel, a long time resident and former fox hunter, died in Sharon Hospital Saturday, June 27 at the age of 92.  He had been a practicing attorney in New York.  When he first came to Millbrook in the early 1970’s he lived on Bangall Road where he had a stable and boarded a few horses belonging to fellow foxhunters.  After his wife Betty died he moved to a house on Route 44 and later married Ricki.  They moved to Las Vegas, but in his later years he retuned to Millbrook as a single man, living in a cottage on the Shunpike. 

He leaves two children by his first wife Betty, Robin and David and three grandchildren.    

Milton became a regular parishioner at St. Peter’s Church, Lithgow.  A funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 1.  

Molly Schaefer, former Publisher of Town and Country died suddenly on June 17 of a horse riding accident at her farm in Pine Plains, NY.

Born in Wauseon, Ohio, on October 14, 1944, she graduated from Michigan State in 1966, then taught English Literature to high school students in Detroit, She broke into the magazine world in the early 70's when she convinced LIFE magazine that she could land an interview with Jimmy Hoffa. She did, by literally sticking her foot in his door.

Her determination, insatiable curiosity and zest for life led her to New York. She worked in advertising for the New Yorker and W, and became Associate Publisher of Cosmopolitan Magazine.  She went on to be the publisher of Town and Country until she retired in 2000. 

An avid horsewoman and conservationist, she ran her farm while serving as an active board member of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Executive VP of Historic Hudson Valley, a member of the steering committee for Pine Plains United and Board member of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Robert W. Whalen, 82, of Sarasota, FL. died May 6, 2015. He was a longtime resident of Millbrook, NY, until he moved to Sarasota in 1989. He continued to spend his summers in Millbrook and other areas of Dutchess County until 2009. 

Bob was born on November 6, 1932 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He graduated from Millbrook Memorial High School with Valedictory Honors in 1950. He attended Fordham College in Bronx, NY, where he graduated with a BS in Sociology/Philosophy in 1954. He served in the United States Army as Second and First Lieutenant from 1954 to 1956. In his early career, he worked for W.W. Morrison in Frankfurt, Germany, at IBM in New York City, and George T. Whalen, Inc, in Millbrook. He founded Whalen Computer Services, Inc. in 1971, which he ran as President until he sold it in 1984. 

Theresa Howard Carter, ("T.A.") distinguished archaeologist and scholar of the Ancient Near East, died at home in West Chester, Pennsylvania on April 19th.  She was 85 years old. 

Dr. Carter represents one of the last of a generation of intrepid, pioneering women archaeologists who excavated their way across the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and North Africa.  She worked during a time of enormous discovery and at some of the greatest archaeological sites dug during the twentieth century.  It was her flash camera that took the first photographs within the darkness of the Midas Tomb at Gordion in Turkey during the summer of 1957.  Here, she worked with director Rodney Young and his team from the University of Pennsylvania, alongside Machteld Mellink, Emily Vermeule, and Ellen Kohler.  

Pete Barry, one of the last founding members of the Sandanona Beagles, died on April 16. Pete joined the pack when he was 13 years old, along with his father Art Barry, in 1948. 

Pete was educated by Millbrook’s legendary school mistress Susan Sacket at the one room Mabbettsville school house on Route 44.  He then attended Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. He would often remark that Avon was such a fine school that it could educate both a communist like Pete Seeger and a Republican like Pete Barry and have both Petes turn out okay.

Pete loved hunting with the Sandanona and was often accompanied by his three sons. For many years they rarely missed a Sunday afternoon’s sport. In later years, unable to hunt and with his eyesight dimming, his wife Mary would read him Betsy Park’s accounts of the hunts just past. Pete, knowing the countryside well, could follow the hunts in his mind’s eye and derived great pleasure from this.

Pete was large in size and heart. His grin was infectious and his friendship, genuinely and fully given, was prized by all who met him. He will be missed by all who knew him.