Carmine (Jack) Cerino
Carmine (Jack) Cerino, a long-time Silurian who launched his journalism career as a general assignment reporter shortly after World War II at the now defunct New York Daily Mirror and went on to become a color photo editor at The Associated Press, died on Feb. 20. He was 93.
Cerino, who grew up in the Bronx, was a teenager at the start of World War II, but enlisted in the Navy and became a Seabee. He served for three years, including duty in the Pacific Theater of War, and rose to the rank of Yeoman 2nd Class. After the war, following his graduation from Iona College, he pursued a career as a newsman.
In 2015, along with other veterans of World War II, Cerino was recognized for his military service with an “honor flight” from Westchester County Airport to Washington, D.C., and thanked for his service.
Richard E. Mooney
Richard E. (Dick) Mooney, who spent most of his long career with The New York Times, died of cancer on Jan. 10. He was 91. Mooney, who specialized in reporting on financial and economic affairs, joined the Washington bureau of The Times in 1957, working alongside such Times titans as James Reston, Russell Baker and Anthony Lewis. Subsequently, he moved to Paris as a correspondent, then returned to New York, where he served as assistant to Reston (then the executive editor), deputy foreign editor, and editor of the Sunday business section. In 1976, he left The Times to become executive editor of The Hartford Courant before rejoining The Times in 1982 as a member of the editorial board under Max Frankel, then editor of the editorial page. Mooney retired in 1997.
Wolfgang Saxon, a veteran Silurian and a New York Times reporter for close to 50 years, died of cardio-pulmonary disease on May 1 at Amsterdam House, a nursing and rehabilitaton facility in Manhattan. He was 88. Saxon had been dealing with heart problems since 2002, when he suffered congestive heart failure, but battled back and continued at The Times for an additional four years before retiring in 2006.
He was born Wolfgang Richter in 1930 in Leipzig, Germany and grew up in Germany during World War II. He witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden by Allied bombers in 1945, eventually made his way to West Berlin and arrived in New York in 1952. He became an American citizen, changed his surname to Saxon because he came from Saxony, and worked his way through night school at Columbia University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1954 with a degree in economics. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent most of a two-year hitch in Alaska, rising to sergeant. Returning to New York in 1956, he enrolled at Columbia University’s Russian Institute, took a journalism class and was hired by The Times as a night copy boy. Over the next 50 years he became a radio script writer for WQXR, The Times’s radio station; a general assignment reporter; a rewrite man, and an obituarist.
The breadth of his subject matter was staggering. Spanning the eras of print and digital journalism, Saxon wrote some 3,600 articles for The Times on subjects including murders, fires, court cases, snowstorms, plane crashes, labor strikes, government and education, profiles of people and nations, and backgrounders on foreign insurgencies and political upheavals. While in his last decade, he wrote hundreds of obituaries, sometimes three in one day.
Joan D. Siegel
Joan D. Siegel, a long-time Silurian who was an officer and board member from the 1990s until 2012, when she stepped down from the board and from her post as Secretary but remained an active member, died on Oct. 6, 2018. She was 93. After graduating from New York University, Siegel was hired by the Long Island Press, becoming editor of what was then referred to as the women’s page. She also taught English in the New York City public school system and was a board member of the West End Day School.