Then...       and       Now

Educational Highlights - I attended Roosevelt Hospital School of Nursing. Medical records certification. I studied piano and vocal performance privately in Manhattan and Rockland County.

Marriage and Family Highlights - In 1960, I married Walter E. Arlt from Allendale, New Jersey and we celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary last May. We have two children, Christine and Timothy, and two grandchildren, Victoria Gabrielle (8) and Kenneth James (5).

Homemaker and/or Career Highlights - Careers: Medical Secretary/retired. Singer/active.

Musical Highlights: I had the great pleasure of attending a private meeting with the distinguished operatic tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. During the years, my singing career blossomed by appearing in numerous productions throughout the county and in the tri-state area. I took time off for raising our two children.

I ran my own secretarial business for 10 years; then joined a surgical practice for 15 years - from which I am now retired. I love retirement!

I continue to be very active in Music/ Arts.

Hobbies/Sports - Music/ Arts, singing, kayaking, walking (especially at Hook Mountain/Hudson River trail), genealogy and computer applications. Collecting Romeo and Juliet statues.

Civic Activities - Over the years I was privileged to serve on numerous county projects, including the Rockland Community College Arts committee, Arts and Entertainment Council, Music in our Schools Advisory Council, National Chorus of America, Management and Marketing Services for Not-for-Profit Agencies, Leadership Advisory Board, and the Medical Secretary Association of New York

Achievements - Arts and Entertainment: Rockland County Choral Society soprano singer for over 21 years; served as Vice President for 2 years and subsequently President for 9 years and have recently retired from that position. I continue to serve on the Executive Board as President Emeritus. I have performed in over 70 concerts both here in Rockland County and in Manhattan. My repertoire includes opera, oratorio, and musical comedy, and Broadway.

Awards - * Presidential Award, Rockland County Choral Society for Outstanding Service and Leadership in Choral Arts.
* Citation for Outstanding Volunteerism/Rockland County
* Beekman Award/scholarship/vocal competition.
* August Hanson/scholarship/vocal competition
* New York Telephone Company award for "Voice with a Smile."

Recent greatest accomplishment - Finding Cinderella's crystal/glass slipper for my granddaughter, Victoria.

A word of gratitude - I would like to thank our entire faculty and administration at Nyack High School for a superior education and for their tireless efforts in preparing us to either continue our education or to enter the work force. I have had the satisfying privilege and advantage of utilizing all three of my majors - Science, Business and Music. The education, discipline and personal attention that we received at NHS were unsurpassed. Hail to thee our Alma Mater!

Anything at all that you may want to say - Growing up and remaining in Rockland County has been extremely rewarding. We often see many of our classmates and have been very fortunate in maintaining a close relationship with our dear and longtime friends Lilyan (Schiebel) Gray and her husband Walt. I have been friends with Lilyan since lst grade at St. Ann's.

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