Rosemary Gensler: For achievement in community service. Rosemary graduated from Hofstra and became an active member of the sales staff of Lord & Taylor in New York City, ending her career as an assistant buyer. She met her husband Stan at Montefiore Hospital where her father was a patient, and they have been together for over 53 years. Moving to Massapequa in 1968, she became immersed in various community organizations, such as Women’s American ORT, the Cultural Arts Workshop, Girl Scouts, PTA, serving on numerous boards, and became an activist in preventing a teacher’s strike during the 1970’s. She and her husband joined Congregation Beth-El in 1972, and she became its first woman president in 1987. It was here that she was instrumental, with her committee in the creation of the Alix Rubinger Food Pantry, serving the surrounding communities. Her great love in the community became the Massapequa Public Library where she joined the board in 1982, remains, and has served as its chairman for many years. Rosemary still maintains a passion for cooking and writing, and has just bound Part I of her memoirs. She and her husband Stan have three Massapequa graduates, Susan, Hilary and David, as well as nine grandkids ranging from 5 to 23.
Stanley W. Gensler: For achievement in medicine and community service. After graduation from New York University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Stan completed his residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, during which time he co-authored papers pertaining to vascular surgery and was granted an N.I.H. fellowship to work with Dr. Michael DeBakey. He served one year in the army at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, and the other year in Viet Nam where he gained invaluable surgical experience. In 1968, he and his family moved to Massapequa and were soon steeped in its community. He volunteered in his kids classrooms, explaining the different aspects of medicine, and volunteered on the Building and Grounds committee for many years, ultimately as its chairman. Stan was a member of the Nassau County Medical Society as well as an attending at Nassau County Medical Center where he was in charge of residents on staff. He served as an attending at Brunswick Hospital for over thirty-three years, where he was Chief of Surgery. He lent support to Congregation Bet-El, and many other community organizations. Stan retired in 2000 and he and his wife, Rosemary now split their time here and as “snowbirds” in Florida.
Joanne Marquardt: For extraordinary achievement in community service. Retiring in 2006, after teaching science for over 20 years in Massapequa, Joanne is a community and national advocate for breast cancer research. She serves as West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition Board Member/Research Advocate. Since 2009, Joanne makes frequent trips to Washington, DC, as the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) LI Team Leader to advocate to Congress to fund the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) and garnering support for Deadline 2020. Her dedication to NBCC Deadline 2020 – an initiative to end breast cancer by 2020 – led her to collect thousands of signatures; she helped present those signatures at the White House. Joanne serves as a Consumer Reviewer for the BCRP determining how $120 million of funding is allocated. She works with scientists at Cold Spring Harbor on breakthrough breast cancer research, enabling one researcher to receive the $2.5 million Era of Hope Scholar Award. Joanne and her husband Mark have made their home in North Babylon for over 40 years; their children and grandson are now making their homes on Long Island.
Nicholas Vaccaro: English Teacher 1965 - 2006. For extraordinary achievement in education. Nicholas enjoyed a 40 year teaching career, primarily in Massapequa, that served his students well and earned him recognition from many prestigious organizations. In 1990, he won the National Teachers Award, granted jointly by the NBC Television Network and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was awarded a Fellowship for Independent Study by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was a guest speaker at the 1993 National Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English. Seven times in a ten year period, the National Teachers Hall of Fame honored Nicholas, first as a finalist for induction three times, then as a semi-finalist twice, and as honorable mention twice. He has been cited in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Education, and Who's Who in the World. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, was admitted to Mensa in 1977 and is an alumnus of Iota Sigma Fraternity which sponsors social functions and fund raisers for various scholarships. He lives with his wife, Jane, in East Islip, NY.