obituaries

Melville Straus, a longtime champion of Guild Hall as its chairman and a distinguished and successful businessman, died after a long illness with brain cancer on Thursday in New York City. Mr. Straus, who was known as Mickey, was 75.
Raymond James Costello Jr., a lifelong carpenter and Navy veteran, died surrounded by family on April 15 at the Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, Mass., after a long illness.
Robert Willis Espach, who was an attorney for more than 50 years, died of complications of cancer at Stony Brook University Hospital on Saturday. He was 84.
William Daniel Wall, who was 71, died on March 21 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Fla.
Christopher A. Cosich, a well-known bodybuilder and strength and fitness coach, died at home in Amagansett on April 21. He was 47 years old.
Edmund L. Downes, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died at home on Sunday. He was 73.
Nancy Mulford Swank, a descendant of the Amagansett Mulford family, died of a heart attack on April 25 in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she had lived since 1979. She was 80.
Alexander Sedlis, a distinguished cancer surgeon and professor of medicine who survived the Holocaust after escaping from a Polish ghetto, died on Feb. 17 in New York City of pancreatic cancer. He would have been 93 on May 17.
    Anthony Drexel Duke, who founded Boys and Girls Harbor in East Hampton in 1937, died yesterday in Gainesville, Fla. He was 95 and had cancer, his family said.     Plans for celebrations of his life will be...