obituaries

Joseph Howard Mintzer, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died in his sleep on July 22 at the home of his companion, Lucy Silver, in Niantic, Conn.
Leslie M. Walker, a horticulturist who lived in Springs for 35 years, died of an undetermined cause on July 26 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
John Jonas Gruen, a writer, critic of several arts, composer, and photographer who for more than five decades chronicled this country’s loftiest cultural circles, died on July 19 in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Lois Marie Loewen, a member of East Hampton’s Round Swamp Lester family, died at her Newville, Pa., home on July 23 with her husband of 69 years, the Rev. John C. Loewen, at her side.
Mark S. Handler, a former president and chief operating officer of Macy’s who was instrumental in its transformation from a bargain-hunter’s destination to a fashion emporium, died at his East Hampton house on July 16.
Priscilla Bowden Potter, whose paintings captured the beauty and light of the East End, died in New York City after a brief illness on July 19.
Robert Barron, a drummer who in the 1940s toured with big bands and played with the likes of Teddy Wilson, Leslie Gart, and Lani McIntyre, died on July 12 at home in Amagansett.
Barbara Goldsmith, a prolific writer whose books included the 1980 bestseller “Little Gloria . . . Happy at Last” and who was a founding editor of New York magazine, died on June 26 at her New York City home.
Stewart Pearce, who had a 40-year career with the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center, died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan on July 17 with his husband, Kevin Kellogg, at his side.