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Obituaries for current and former Scarsdale residents are posted online as they are received as a courtesy to family and friends who want to attend services. Obituaries are also printed in the newspaper on Friday if submitted to the editor by Tuesday at 5 p.m. There is no charge for publication. Submissions may be edited to conform with the paper's editorial style.

Lloyd Sherwood

Lloyd Sherwood, a longtime Edgemont resident, died Feb. 17 with his family by his side. He was 83 years old.

Mr. Sherwood served in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed from June 1958 to June 1960. He was successful in business at a young age, having his own firm, Lloyd Sherwood Design Consultants, in his early 20s and later serving as vice president of Kidder Peabody and Co., heading up the planning and design department nationally and internationally. Mr. Sherwood was an avid reader of history and biographies, particularly of Winston Churchill and World War II.

Mr. Sherwood’s commitment to helping others started as a teenager, volunteering with several charities. He became involved in charitable work at Grand Street Settlement House in his 50s, later becoming a director on the board. While there, he arranged for a number of youth that had never seen the ocean or traveled outside of New York City to visit Florida for a week, financing the trip himself. He was also involved with the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center for several decades, as well as the Salvation Army.

Mr. Sherwood also admired and devoted decades to The Art Students League, where he served as a board member from 1984 to 2006 and as president four times during the 1980s and ’90s.

Mr. Sherwood began vacationing in Nantucket in 1961, where he bought the work of many local artists for his personal use and for his firm. Mr. Sherwood’s family said he appreciated the “honesty and beauty [the artists] expressed in their work.” They also described Mr. Sherwood as a man who “never sought praise or accolades for doing what he felt was right.” As a husband, father and friend, they said Mr. Sherwood was “loyal, trusting, supportive and nonjudgmental. He was truly a gentleman living in a world where honor and decency has little value.”

Mr. Sherwood is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Staci-Lee.   

Elinor Martha Brown

Elinor Martha Brown, a former resident of Scarsdale, died peacefully surrounded by family March 1. She was 81.

Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 29, 1937 to the late Erich and Catherine Binnebosel in Brooklyn. She graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at the University of Rochester. In 1963, she received her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was one of only five women in the graduating class. She completed her medical training in pediatrics at the Jacobi Medical Center.

In 1967, Mrs. Brown moved with her husband, Dr. Alan J. Brown, to Scarsdale, where they lived for 34 years and raised three children. As a pediatrician, Mrs. Brown, who practiced under the name Dr. Elinor Binnebosel or “Dr. B,” focused on children with severe developmental disabilities. She was the chief of developmental disabilities at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, a division of the New York Medical College in Valhalla, and treated patients of all ages with developmental disabilities for more than 35 years. She was an expert on Down’s syndrome, and was honored by former Mayor David Dinkins for her work.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, Dr. Alan J. Brown of Manhattan, the former chief of neurology in Yonkers; her daughter, Karen Brown, and her two children, Ben and Joshua Robin, of Norwalk, Connecticut; her daughter Beverly (O’Toole), her husband Tom and their two children, Olivia and Sean, of Manhattan; her son, Daniel, his wife Alana and their two children, Jacob and Leah, of Scarsdale; and her sister, Doris Fenske of Somerset, New Jersey. Funeral services were held at Westchester Reform Temple March 6. Charitable donations in Mrs. Brown’s memory may be made to the Fairfield County Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls or to Calvary Hospital.

Jacqueline M. Doolittle

Jacqueline M. Doolittle of Jacksonville, Florida, and a former resident of Scarsdale for 53 years, died on May 15 with her family by her side. She was 91.

Dr. Doolittle was born May 9, 1927 to the late Hector M. Baxter and Elizabeth D. Cantine in Battle Creek, Iowa. An accomplished dancer, pianist and band and theater director, she graduated as valedictorian from Battle Creek High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. In the early 1950s, she moved with her husband H.C. Doolittle to New York where she directed The Thalians, the dramatic society of the School of Education at Fordham University.

At age 34, as the mother of three young children, a car accident left Dr. Doolittle badly injured and aphasic, losing all speech. She eventually recovered and went on to become a well-respected speech pathologist specializing in aphasia. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and worked at Burke Rehabilitation Center and White Plains Hospital. In 1976, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Arthur Kopit met Dr. Doolittle after his father suffered a debilitating stroke, which rendered him speechless. As a playwright, Kopit decided to explore his father’s state of mind, and Dr. Doolittle’s knowledge of aphasia and theater was an important part of his research. In 1978, Kopit was commissioned to write an original radio play, “Wings,” for NPR’s “Earplay” project, and based the lead character, Emily Stilson, on an amalgam of people including Dr. Doolittle and a patient of hers who had been an airplane wing walker. The character’s therapist, Amy, was also based on Dr. Doolittle. “Wings” was then adapted for off-Broadway and PBS television, and was nominated for a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize.

In addition to her love of the theater, Dr. Doolittle’s passions included Scottish and English country dancing, ballet, opera, cooking, needlepoint, traveling and hosting numerous dances and parties in her beloved “folly” summer house on her property in Scarsdale.

Dr. Doolittle is survived by her three children, CDR Paul H. Doolittle, USN (Patricia) of Jacksonville, Florida; Tracy A. McNally (Dr. Richard) of High Falls, New York; and Scott M. Doolittle of Scarsdale; and two grandchildren, James S. Doolittle of Jacksonville, Florida, and Kimberly B. Doolittle of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In memory of Dr. Doolittle, donations can be sent to the Westchester Scottish Country Dance Society, c/o Robert Miller, 2667 Dunning Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

John F. Walsh

Dr. John F. Walsh, formerly of Scarsdale, died on Oct. 21 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. He was born in 1935 in Highbridge in the Bronx to James (Jimmy) and Mary Frances (nee Riordan) Walsh. A first generation American, he graduated from Sacred Heart parish school and All Hallows High School. He then received his undergraduate degree from Fordham and his Ph.D. from Clark University.

Dr. Walsh returned to Fordham as an assistant professor in 1961 and remained on the Fordham faculty for 45 years, serving as chair of the psychology department. He was well known for being a tough grader.

His toughness was not confined to the classroom. Throughout his life, he battled cancer, Parkinson’s and heart disease. “He tackled every challenge with his full strength, even when [it] seemed most daunting,” his family said.

Dr. Walsh and his wife, Nora (nee Dowd), went to the same elementary school in Highbridge, but did not meet until much later. They courted long distance once Dr. Walsh went to graduate school. They were married for 60 years, and raised six children.

Dr. Walsh relished soccer, murder mysteries, classic films, The New York Times, “tasty” dinners and time with his family. According to loved ones, he was never the most talkative person in the room, but always listened well and “could knock your socks off with a random piece of relevant information.” Someone once commented that Dr. Walsh “never said much, but when he did, he spoke volumes.” He was well known for his unfailing politeness and civility. His children said they “will remember him always saying that [we] were special and loved.”

Dr. Walsh is survived by his wife; his children Kerry Walsh Skelly (Jerome), Timothy (Kristine), Aileen Schast (David), Christopher (Corinne), Meghan and Maura; his grandchildren Patrick, Christopher, Nicholas, James and Julia; his older brother James (Catherine) and 13 nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale on Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to The Bowery Missions, 432 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016.

Jacqueline M. Doolittle


Anthony F. Civale

Anthony F. Civale, 75, of Scarsdale, New York and Naples, Florida passed peacefully on March 1, 2018 with his loving family by his side, after a 16-month courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He is the son of the late Julia and Ralph Civale of Meriden, Connecticut. He was the beloved husband to his wife, Jeanette, to whom he was married for close to 50 years. He was the remarkable father to his adoring children Anthony, Vanessa and Michael and their spouses Amy, Matt and Julie. His spirit will live on in his 11 treasured grandchildren Anthony, Charlie, Lydia, James, Mia, Lulu, Alice, Scarlett, Camilla, Simone and Nathaniel.  He led a blessed life as the patriarch of an extended family including cherished cousins and his brother, Frank.

He grew up in the Bronx, New York and graduated from Fordham Preparatory School as well as Fordham University and led a successful career in commercial and residential construction.

His strength, laugh, values, and courage will be remembered and his close knit family will be his enduring legacy.

Visitation will occur on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains,

New York with services on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale, New York.  

In lieu of flowers, please direct gifts to The Lustgarten Foundation.  

Ann Seay Brumbaugh

Ann Seay Brumbaugh, or A.B. as she was known to her friends and family, died of lung cancer at her home in New York City Aug. 4.

Ms. Brumbaugh was the daughter of the late David Willis Brumbaugh Sr. and Dorothy Seay Brumbaugh, and the sister of the late David Brumbaugh Jr.

Ms. Brumbaugh was born July 6, 1945, in New York City. She was raised in Scarsdale and attended Edgemont High School. She continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a degree in anthropology.

Following her graduation, Ms. Brumbaugh sailed to Europe and settled for a brief time in Paris, witnessing the 1968 student uprisings.

She then moved to London, where she worked with Arthur Chisnall, a pioneering outreach social worker who helped alienated, underachieving youngsters find training and gainful employment. Ms. Brumbaugh became a “beloved den mother to hippies and strays,” said her friends.

Ms. Brumbaugh later studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art, receiving a certificate in fashion design.

In 1975, Ms. Brumbaugh moved to Morocco with her friend Laurie Sarney, establishing her own clothing atelier in Marrakesh. She traveled throughout the country and designed and produced unique items, most famously her signature billowy bloomers in indigo-dyed cotton, one notably purchased by American poet Allen Ginsberg.

Ms. Brumbaugh returned to New York in 1981. Initially, she worked with the couture clothing designer Sander Witlin, and then in 1984 she established AB Wardrobe Works, a wardrobe consulting and styling business.

Ms. Brumbaugh loved good clothes, but believed one of the keys to success and happiness was a wardrobe, an assemblage of pieces that interrelate and function as a whole. She told her clients, “You are the star of your life. Your wardrobe is the costume department. Are you dressed for the role you want to play?”

Ms. Brumbaugh conducted seminars and training sessions on the business of wardrobe consulting across the country. A recognized authority, she was interviewed on network radio and television and quoted widely in Vogue, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post and More magazine.

Ms. Brumbaugh was a certified member of the Association of Image Consultants International, serving on its board from 2004 to 2006. She was also a certified pedorthist, trained in shoe fitting and modifying footwear.

Ms. Brumbaugh was passionate about photography, swimming, dancing, yoga and rocks, amassing an impressive collection. An accomplished photographer, she was an enthusiastic member of the International Center of Photography. However, her greatest passion may have been her acquired family, said her sister-in-law Marilyn Brumbaugh, the many friends across the country and the globe to whom she was utterly devoted and who, in turn, were devoted to her.

A memorial service celebrating Ms. Brumbaugh’s life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, Popham and Autenrieth roads. A reception will immediately follow at Scarsdale Golf Club.

In Ms. Brumbaugh’s memory, donations can be made to the Penumbra Foundation, 36 East 30 St., New York, NY 10016, or to Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004. Online tributes may be posted at mcmahonfuneralhome.com.