On Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 9:00 A.M., there was a dedication of the Brick Patio at Baldwin High School in front of the main commons entrance on Ethel T. Kloberg Drive, off Grand Ave. It preceded the annual BFE Beach Party at Jones Beach, West End #2. Those who have waited patiently to see their engraved bricks hopefully were pleased.
June 8, 2007
Ms. Sally A. Graham has presented a most generous check for $54,500.00 to the Baldwin Foundation for Education in memory of her parents, Adolph and Dorothy Eckhardt. “The selection of the BFE to carry out their wishes to assist and further the educational and civic needs of the Baldwin community is a great honor and sincerely appreciated,” said Sheila Cohen, BFE president. Its members believe that their grants to Baldwin teachers and classrooms and scholarships to worthy students make BFE a worthy choice for the Eckhardt family’s generosity.
A $2000 Adolph & Dorothy Eckhardt Memorial Scholarship for a graduating Baldwin High School senior will be awarded at the annual Senior High School Awards Assembly in June each year. The criteria for the scholarship would include: a commitment to learning and higher education, participation in school extra curricular activities, good academic standing, economic and financial need, and acceptance to a college or university.
This generous donation, and with it, the ability to help a worthy and needy student with The Adolph & Dorothy Eckhardt Memorial Scholarship, is a fitting memorial to people who were such dedicated and respected supporters of the Baldwin community and its history.
Adolph J. Eckhardt was born in New York City on April 4, 1911. His family moved to Baldwin in 1913. Mr. Eckhardt’s family settled on Church Street and Verity Lane in South Baldwin. The family ran a feed, grain and coal business from that location. Mr. Eckhardt married Dorothy M. Reynolds from Oneonta, New York in 1934.
Prior to her marriage, Dorothy J. Reynolds excelled in high school and college in Oneonta, majoring in English, literature and journalism. In the early 1930’s Arthur E. Newton, Baldwin’s Superintendent of Schools, came to Oneonta to interview seniors for prospective teaching jobs in Baldwin. Ms. Reynolds was quickly hired and was soon teaching English to 7th and 8th graders in Baldwin Junior High School. While teaching, she attended Journalism School at Columbia University. She later studied speech, communication and literature at NYU, graduating with a B.S. in Education.
Following their marriage, Adolph attended Brooklyn Law School, graduating with a Master of Law degree, and was admitted to the Bar in 1939.
After Law School, Adolph accepted a commission in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He went on duty attached to the Quartermaster Division, soon attaining the rank of Major and Quartermaster of Mitchel Field.
When World War II ended, Mr. Eckhardt began his law practice in 1948 in a building he constructed on Grand Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Eckhardt traveled extensively. After retiring from the active practice of law in 1990, Mr. Eckhardt began writing about the history of Baldwin. In 1997 his book entitled “Tales of Old Baldwin” was edited and published with the help of his wife Dorothy.
Mr. Eckhardt died on July 14, 2005 and his wife Dorothy died on May 22, 2006.
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sheila Cohen, President
Baldwin Foundation for Education (BFE)
e-mail: Sheila CohenVirginia (Ginny) Foley, co-president of the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and Stephen (Steve) Carroll, Head Varsity Football Coach at the high school, were chosen by the Board of Trustees at its November meeting to be honored at the annual Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at Baldwin High School.
Ms. Foley has brought the Chamber to new prominence in the community, featuring events such the picnic at Baldwin Park, the Pancake Breakfast, the Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies; has worked in cooperation with town and county governments on the Downtown Fa ade Improvement Program. In 2000 she was named Baldwin Small Business Person of the Year by the Nassau Council of Chambers.
Mr. Carroll, son of the late Tom Carroll (member of the Board of Education) and Cathy Carroll (BFE board member), was voted Nassau County Coach of the year in 2005, New York Jets Coach of the Week, coached the Baldwin Bruins to its first County Title since 1953, earned a PTA Life Membership from Brookside School, and volunteers at Island Harvest Food rescue.
The Spring Celebration will be held from 3-6 pm in the High School Commons. A brief program and a light supper donated by Baldwin merchants complete the event. The cost is $15 and the entire community is welcome. Write the BFE P.O. Box 350, Baldwin 11510-0350 or e-mail: Sharon Knoernschild or Melissa Manning for further information.
FORMER AWARD RECIPIENTS:
1998-99 BFE PRESIDENT- PEGGY HILLSGROVE SPIRAKIS
NYS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE- LEO McGINITY
1999-00 BFE ATTORNEY- H. WILLIAM HODGES
FORMER SUPERINTENDENT- GENE LANZARO
2000-01 FORMER AST. SUPERINTENDENT- PETER K. LYNCH
FORMER ADMINISTRATOR -JOHN RYAN
2001-02 PAST PRES. BOARD OF EDUCATION JOAN TIEDEMANN
PAST PRESIDENT BFE – ROBERT WEISSER
2002-03 PAST PRESIDENT BOARD OF ED- LORRAINE DELLER
BFE VICE-PRESIDENT- FLORENCE KELLY HAFF
2003-04 JOURNALIST & VOLUNTEER- JOAN DELANEY
35-YEAR BALDWIN FACULTY MEMBER- MARIE JENSEN
2004-05 MEADOW SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – JOAN FLATLEY
2005-06 BALDWINCOUNCIL/DRUG ABUSE-CLAUDIA ROTONDO
ED INGLES-BROADCASTER, COACH, EDUCATOR
MARGARET FOLEY-INGLES-PTA/BOY/GIRL SCOUTS
2006-2007 VIRGINIA (Ginny) FOLEY, Co-President Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, voted Small Business Person of the Year 2000 by Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
STEVE CARROLL, Head Varsity Football Coach Baldwin Bruins, Nassau County Coach of the Year in 2005
2007-2008 PAT BENHAZL, 32 years Baldwin H.S. Business Faculty
2008-2009 NO SPRING CELEBRATION
2009-2010 SHEILA COHEN, BFE President 6 years, State President NY State PTA
WILLIAM ST. GEORGE (posthumously), Baldwin Fire Chief,
Commander NY City Fire Department