In Memoriam

With great sadness, the Trustees of the Piermont Library note the loss of three of their colleagues and friends, Miriam Rapport, who died on May 26, 2009, Martin Gorosh, who died on June 3, 2009, and S. Hazard Gillespie who died in March 2011.

In Memoriam: Miriam Rapport »

Almost from the moment that she moved into Piermont in the early 1990s, Miriam was a stalwart supporter of the library, serving as president of the Friends of the Library and then as trustee, president, and vice-president of the Library Board. Her tireless efforts and enthusiasm were major factors in making real our hopes and plans for a new library building. The vital and beautiful Piermont Public Library–now a centerpiece of our community–is her living legacy.

In Memoriam: Dr. Martin Gorosh »

The Piermont Public Library lost a friend and key member of its board with the passing of Martin Gorosh in June. Dr. Gorosh was a Professor Emeritas at Columbia following a career of major contributions in international and academic public health.

A longtime resident of Piermont, one of Martin's passions was the Piermont Public Library, and as a board member for 25 years, and chairman of the building committee, he shepherded the new library building to its recent completion. His wife, Virginia of Piermont and the family have requested that for anyone who wishes, contributions can be made in the name of Martin Gorosh to the Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont, NY 10968.

In Memoriam - S. Hazard Gillespie »

The Piermont Library board members, personnel, and friends mourn the death at age 100 of distinguished former trustee, S. Hazard Gillespie.

When, after fifteen years of service, Hazard stepped down from the Library Board in December 2008, he was 98. While on the Board, he rarely missed a meeting and contributed to all board activities with insight, humor, and enthusiasm. His most significant contribution to the library, however, was to help create and shepherd through the New York State Legislature, the bill that established the Piermont Library District and was crucial to financing the new library building.

As a nationally prominent lawyer, Hazard served as United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, argued important cases before the United States Supreme Court, and maintained his longtime association with the law firm Davis, Polk, and Wardell way into his 90s.

We were indeed fortunate to have had him as a colleague and friend.

There will be a memorial service on March 30, 2011 at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.

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