From books to fine art, here’s where the grandkids (and grandgrandkids) are going. A few old-timers we’ve covered across our guides, but here are some of the folks we couldn’t get into those. At least they had some sort of entertainment. And they’re going elsewhere.
Admissions men at Columbia University from 1918 to 1984
The Class of 1833, in the School of Social Work, and 1930s era, saw a surge in avant-garde ideas coming through Columbia University’s Department of Art. Clark Glass, who joined the school in the 1880s, developed functional art at a time when no one thought anything should be made from anything other than glass.
Mumtaz Suleymanovic, professor of art history, and director of the department of fine art at Columbia from 1979 to 1990
On arrival in Manhattan from the Balkans in 1947, her mother took her by the hand and helped her adjust to the life of a secretary. Suleymanovic’s father was a General Motors car maker. He missed the cars, and took up painting.
Fireside Theatre Company president and co-founder Elihu Butz from 1914 to 1971
Between his playwriting and its annual summer retreat, this group wrote its share of picturesque, musical-themed children’s shows — and survived some storms.
Hilton Kramer, former Speaker of the New York Assembly and ten-term assemblyman from 1956 to 1996
He became, at 50, the first publicly elected African-American state legislator from New York in 1891, when Congress rejected him after his ethnicity. He would leave Albany at 45, but his longevity has left a mark on both the state legislature and as a hard-living and political figure.
Joseph Duryea, governor of New York state from 1925 to 1927 and again from 1932 to 1945
A former Mid-Atlantic district attorney and New York City cop, he’s credited with creating the opportunity for New York’s first attorney general to be a woman.
Lawrence Walkel, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 2009
He and his wife, Coral, raised their three children in Brooklyn while attending Yale Law School.
Henry D. Rockefeller, Duke, president of Standard Oil and son of Standard Oil president John D. Rockefeller, from 1907 to 1931
Rockefeller Sr. inherited Standard Oil from his father, and steadily increased its power and influence. At the time of his death in 1937, his creation was the second-largest company in the world.
Phyllis Macarius, musical “artistic director” for the Village Theatre from 1978 to 2016
He moved from Cincinnati in 1961 and came to New York to work at Warner Brothers, eventually becoming its vice president. Macarius dreamed up some of Broadway’s biggest hits, including The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Man of La Mancha, and Kiss Me Kate. In the 1980s, he was the first artistic director of the Village Theatre.
Gerald Corbett, former chancellor of the New York City public schools from 1993 to 2002
Back in the day, teachers couldn’t get to most classes during the summer, so they took their own vacations. Under Corbett, the school system broke this mold, making schedules flexible. Corbett moved to the top job when his predecessor retired. He was known for pushing a more “college-prep, tech-oriented curriculum” and doing away with the standard test that students had to take.