Curtis Fields, retired Northport – East Northport elementary teacher, passed away on June 28. Curt was pre-deceased by his wife Diane earlier this year. He is survived by his daughters Valerie M. Field and Beverly (Barry) Fielding and three grandchildren.
Curt joined the United States Air Force as a pilot during the Korean Conflict in 1954. After retiring from the Air Force as a Captain in 1973 he earned a Masters in Education from Hofstra University. While teaching in the Northport schools we was a pioneer in outdoor education, earning fame for his “pollution field trips.”
Curt was a brother of the Fraternal Order of the Matinecock Lodge in Oyster Bay and was an active participant in the lodges annal Oyster Fest Beer Garden. After retiring from teaching Curt became a Real Estate agent in Syosset and a docent at The Cradle of Aviation Museum, where he most often could be found instructing future pilots on the flight simulators.
Visiting Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 p.m. at Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head, NY 11545 (www.whitting.com). Funeral Service 10 a.m. Friday, July 5 at the funeral home, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cradle of Aviation Museum (www.cradleofaviation.org/), Honor Flight Long Island (honorflightlongisland.org/) or to Matinecock Lodge # 806 F.&A.M., 14 West Main St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
Michael Roy Campbell Retired Northport High School business teacher passed away on June 27. During his Northport career was the work study coordinator and coach of the golf team. Michael served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne, during the Vietnam War.
Michael is survived by his wife Colleen, children Michael William, William Roy, Colleen Jill, Bonnie Michelle, Kathleen Mary and by his granddaughter Violet Aurora. Visiting Saturday and Sunday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m at Nolan Funeral Home in Northport. Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, followed by interment, with U.S. Army Military Honors, at Calverton National Cemetery.
Pegeen Friese is this year’s recipient of the $2000 Retired – United Teachers of Northport Scholarship.
Pegeen is described as a sincere and genuine friend, a wonderful role model for her peers and a wonderfully talented musician who plans to become a music teacher. She has performed in many music festivals, participated in NYSSMA and composed her own music. Although music is her main pursuit, she has maintained a competitive GPA, a place on the Honor Role and a position as drum major. Her success has required a great deal of dedication, self- motivation and hard work. Defined by her teachers as passionate, determined and focused, she combines heartfelt passion with an extraordinary work ethic and she is a leader in every sense of the word. After graduation Pegeen will be attending Ithica College.
Gisselle Battaglia is the recipient of the Retired – United Teachers of Northport $2000 Memorial Scholarship.
Gisselle winner is described by her teachers as hard working, reliable and responsible. She approaches every subject with enthusiasm and has maintained a high grade point average, challenging herself with a strong college preparatory curriculum, including International Baccalaureate and dual enrollment classes. One of her proudest achievements was her acceptance into the Honor Tour Choir. Her work ethic, compassion and dedication to her principles set her apart from her peers. With her temperament and sense of service she will undoubtably become an excellent teacher. Gisselle will be attending Mercy College.
In addition, the R-UTN awarded $500 awards to children of in-service UTN members. The 2019 recipients are Holden Koestner attending Towson University in Maryland; Demitri Smith attending Hofstra University; Robert Staudigel attending Pennsylvania College of Technology; Gabrielle Teiner attending Pennsylvania State College.
Peter Corradi, long-time Northport teacher and administrator, passed away on June 18, 2019.
Peter served as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal of Middleville JHS/Middle School. He retired as principal of Ocean Avenue Elementary. He remained active after retirement on Long Island mentoring student teachers. Peter subsequently moved to Ormond Beach, FL where he spent years socializing with good friends and playing golf. After a brief return to the Northeast to be close to his son and granddaughters, he returned to the warmth of Florida. He is survived by his sister Laura, his son John, and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that you consider a donation in his name to a charity of your choice.