GERALD E. MASLON

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MASLON--Gerald Edward, of Greenport, NY died on November 15th, 2013, at Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. He was eighty-nine years old. The death was due to complications from surgery. Gerry Maslon practiced law in New York City for forty years. He spent the last twelve at the City University of New York, specializing in real estate, supervising millions of dollars worth of building. In addition, he held most of the offices on the board of the Center for Development Disability in Woodbury, serving as President for two terms. He left in 2002 to become a founding member of Peconic Landing, a retirement community on the North Shore of Long Island. There he taught seven courses in Lifetime Learning, in constitutional law, music, art and literature. Born in the Bronx and educated in New York City public schools, Gerry graduated from Townsend Harris High School. A member of the Harvard Class of 1945, he completed his education at Harvard Law School. His interests in Cambridge included theater craft and The Harvard Crimson. On graduation he joined the Army and was sent to Yale to study Japanese in a total immersion course. He served as an analyst for the Counter Intelligence Corps and was stationed in Japan with the Army's occupation forces. Returning to New York he joined his father's legal practice. In 1950 Gerry married Elinor Front, a graduate of Barnard College and a member of the WAVES. She died at Peconic Landing in 2003. They had two sons, Henry, a staff member at Adelphi College library, and Laurence, an arts professor at New York University and author of several books on popular culture and the musical theater. Gerry also leaves a daughter-in-law, Genevieve Elam, an actress, as well as a beloved grandchild, Miles Maslon. In 2009 Gerry married Anne Tolstoi Wallach, an advertising woman turned novelist with "Women's Work." The best-selling book earned the highest advance in publishing history for an unknown author, and was translated into seventeen languages. With her, Gerry acquired three stepchildren, eight stepgrandchildren and a step great grandchild. Gerry Maslon took his family, his faith and his friends seriously; himself, never. He will be widely missed.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 20, 2013
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