Aaron Feinsot of Springs and Manhattan, an innovator in education who held a number of posts at colleges and universities, died at home in Manhattan on Aug. 2. He was 88.
Mr. Feinsot was a former dean of Union College in Schenectady, where he graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1946, following Army service as a French interpreter in World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach on June 9, 1944, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during the war. Before returning to complete his college education, he served with the United States military governments in France and Germany.
In the mid-1950s he created the Office of Special Services to Business and Industry at New York University, and was its director from 1956 to 1965, with a simultaneous appointment for much of that time as director of N.Y.U.’s Brazilian Institute. Building on that experience, he later established several international partnership programs in education, among them programs in England, Spain, China, and Japan. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from N.Y.U. in 1965.
A talented writer, Mr. Feinsot developed various educational publications for a number of publishers from 1965 to 1975 before returning to Union as dean of graduate and continuing studies. Over the next 10 years he helped to start the college’s Graduate Management Institute.
He spent the last years of his career as divisional dean in N.Y.U’s School of Continuing Education, in charge of professional and industry programs. In retirement he was an active consultant to business and education.
Mr. Feinsot was born to Philip and Ella Feinsot on Nov. 25, 1923, in Elizabeth, N.J., where he grew up. He married Louise Finkelstein on May 8, 1957, and they built their house in Barnes Landing 10 years later. His wife survives, as do three children, Paul Feinsot of Lambertsville, N.J., John Feinsot of Berkeley Heights, N.J., and Lauren Riordan of Stamford, Conn.
Funeral services were private. Burial was at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla, N.Y. The family has suggested memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of New York, 360 Lexington Ave., New York 10017, or Union College, 807 Union St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12308.
Jeffrey L. Carter
Jeffrey L. Carter, who grew up on Accabonac Road in East Hampton, died on Aug. 15 in Raleigh, N.C. He was 56 and died of natural causes, his family said.
Though Mr. Carter had become a year-round resident of Raleigh, he was a frequent visitor to his hometown, said his sister, Cheryl Carter of East Hampton. “Jeffrey loved East Hampton and New York City. Those were among his last words spoken, that he wanted to go home, back to East Hampton,” she said.
Mr. Carter was born in Southampton on March 3, 1956, to James O. Carter and the former Evelyn R. Hayes. He spent considerable time in his youth at his grandparents’ house on Town Lane, which the extended family affectionately called Hayesville, his sister said.
He graduated from East Hampton High School and then attended Long Island University’s Southampton campus. An athlete, he played basketball, football, and darts, and was on the East Hampton High School basketball team under Coach Ed Petrie from 1971 to 1974. He later worked for the New York State Highway Department and also as a landscaper. In Raleigh, he was employed by IBM.
On Feb. 22, 1998, he married Farah Laville, who survives. In addition to his wife and sister, Mr. Carter is survived by his children, Chris Metz of East Hampton, Cree Laville and Jah Laville of Raleigh, and a stepdaughter, Camali Morny, also of Raleigh, as well as 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Sheila Carter of East Hampton and three brothers, Ralph Carter of East Hampton, James O. Carter Jr. of Atlanta, and Kenny Carter of West Union, S.C. A great-grandchild is on the way, Cheryl Carter added.
Mr. Carter was cremated. The Rev. Dr. Connie Jones will officiate at a funeral service on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton.