Obituaries

"He was a man of the ages that we will never see again," said Daniel Rodgers, an attorney and advocate for East End commercial fishermen. "He was very easy to underestimate, but he was absolutely brilliant, one of the smartest men I ever met."
Russell Drumm, a senior writer for The East Hampton Star, died on Saturday at Southampton Hospital of cancer. He was 68.
Richard Hendrickson, a volunteer with the National Weather Service’s Cooperative Observer Program since he was a teenager, continued to take measurements and readings at his backyard weather station on Lumber Lane until early last year.
Gilbert E. Kaplan, who made his fortune as a publisher in the financial world but gained international renown for conducting Mahler’s Second Symphony, died on New Year’s Day in Manhattan of cancer, at 74.
Linda Tuthill, who had worked as a nurse’s aide at Southampton Hospital, died on Dec. 15 at Peconic Bay Medical Centers in Riverhead.
Joe D. Roberts, a veteran of the Army who spent many years employed by the South Shore Produce Company in Bridgehampton, died of cardiac arrest on Dec. 30 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla.
William Hubert Duggan Jr. of Southampton, an attorney with a practice in East Hampton for nearly 40 years who had been a member of the board of directors of Southampton Hospital and Guild Hall in East Hampton, died on Jan. 6 at Southampton Hospital.
Dr. Leon Peltz, a New York City physician with a 40-year-long attachment to the East End, died at his North Haven home on Jan. 8.
Dorothy Pierson Page Early, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor who was known as Tootsie, died on Dec. 24 at the Westhampton Beach Care Center.