Hugh Lane Middleton passed away peacefully on October 1, 2017 at his home in Rye, from complications due to Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

Born in Blakely, Georgia, on March 3, 1929, he was the son of Curtis and Una Middleton. Lane, as he was called, spent his life in many places, including Pensacola, Florida, Morristown, New Jersey, Radford, Virginia, and, most recently, Rye, where he moved with his beloved wife Rosemary to be near their three children and their families.

After graduating from Thomasville High School, he served in the U.S. Army in Japan from 1946 to 1948. Mr. Middleton was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Georgia Tech, where he earned a B.S. in Textile Engineering program in 1952.

In 1956, he married Rosemary Aikin. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year. 

Mr. Middleton worked for the Textile Division of Monsanto in Florida, until he was transferred to New York City in 1961, at which point he moved his family to Morristown, N.J. 

Starting in 1975, he held several positions in the textile industry in Virginia and Tennessee, and his family settled in Radford, Virginia, where he and his wife remained for 40 years. In Radford, he was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed playing tennis with friends. 

After his retirement, Mr. Middleton pursued his passion for oil painting and recently had a show of his work in Rye

He was very proud of his family, which included three children and eight grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Rosemary; his daughter Janet and her husband, Tom Montag of New York City, his son Rob and his wife Sarah Middleton of Smithtown, N.Y., his younger son Curt and his wife Amy Middleton of Pelham, N.Y.; his sister Sibyl Plumly of Atlanta; his brother David Middleton and his wife Pam of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his grandchildren: Kathryn Middleton and Jean Montag of San Francisco, and Matt Middleton, Jeff Montag, Grace Middleton, Lanie Montag, and Addie and Max Middleton, all of New York.  

A memorial service will be held at Christ’s Church Rye on Saturday, October 28 at 4 p.m., followed by a reception at The Osborn.

Donations in Lane Middleton’s memory may be made to the Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Robert Michael Mullins Jr. passed away peacefully on September 12, 2017 in Houston, Texas, just four days shy of his 90th birthday.

Born in Rye on September 16, 1927, he graduated from Rye High School in 1945. The day after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served his country in the Pacific at the end of World War II.

After returning from service, in 1950, Mr. Mullins received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Iona College, where he was a member of the Gaelic Society.

During his professional career, he worked for a banking institution, Sinclair Oil Corporation, and Shell Oil Company, from which he retired.

He wed his sweetheart, Joan Catherine McAneny, whom he met at Rye Beach, on December 26, 1955 in Brooklyn.

In 1971, the Mullins and their four children moved to Houston, where Bob became an avid Houston Astros fan, and a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where he volunteered for many years at the Food Pantry.

Mr. Mullins’ two biggest passions were his family and his faith. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle, patient man with a wry sense of humor, a loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend.

He was predeceased by his wife Joan, and survived by their children: Robert (Kim) Mullins of Houston, Claire (Scott) Kothlow of Denver, Joan (Alex) Fahrenthold of San Diego, and Ann (Mark) Herzog of Houston; as well as by five grandchildren.

A funeral service was held September 19 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Houston. Donations in Bob Mullins’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gisela Haugenes of Rye passed away on September 27, 2017. She was 84.

Born October 10, 1932 in Tonsberg, Norway, she was the daughter of Jack and Esther Smaso. She immigrated to the United States in 1948 and lived in New York City with her mother and siblings, Nina and Jack.

In 1955, she married Ottar Haugenes, and they lived in Bay Ridge, Flushing, and Huntington, N.Y. until 2011 when she moved to Rye. Her husband predeceased her.

Mrs. Haugenes’ love for Norway and dancing was only matched by her love of family. She was the loving mother of Scott Haugenes (Claudine), Steve Haugenes (Susan), aunt of Linnea Wrage (George) and Monique Koedel, and cherished grandmother of Skylar, Hannah, Dylan, Jackson, and Tor. She is also survived by her niece, Scarlett and nephews, Wyatt and Colton.

A brunch will be held Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Rye Golf Club.

To place an online condolence, visit Donations in her memory may be made to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital’s Vascular Biology Research Department (

Violet Theodos Valauri of Rye passed away on September 28, 2017, at the age of 93.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., she was the daughter of Louis and Mary Theodos and sister of Vincent Theodos. She graduated from Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a devoted wife and mother. Her husband, Augustus Valauri, a founding member of the Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the NYU Medical Center, predeceased her.

Mrs. Valauri is survived by her three sons, Dr. Fredrick A. Valauri and his wife Christina of Manhattan, Dr. David V. Valauri and his wife Jill of New Canaan, Conn., and Dr. Bruce G. Valauri and his wife Geri of Roslyn, N.Y. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Matthew, Amanda, and Nicholas of New Canaan, Alexandra of Manhattan, and Alivia and Sophia of Roslyn; as well as a great-grandson, Brady.

Donations in Violet Valauri’s memory may be made to Good Samaritan Fund, Church of Our Saviour, 2195 Westchester Avenue East, Rye, NY 10805.

Lincoln Stevenson, age 96, died peacefully at home in Rye, on September 23, 2017. 

Born on April 15, 1921 in New York City, he was the son of Mrs. Theodore Stemmler and Mr. Lincoln Stevenson.

He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1939 and Williams College in 1942.

Soon thereafter, he enlisted in the army and fought in World War II. He was in military intelligence and a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded a Bronze Medal for his bravery, including fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He rose to the rank of Major. 

After the war, Mr. Stevenson received a law degree from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Law from New York University. In 1954, he started the North American Leasing Company and was a pioneer in the equipment leasing business. 

He was a member of the Apawamis, University, and Ocean Reef clubs, where he was an avid squash and tennis player. An enthusiastic horticulturalist, he had a special passion for orchids. 

He is survived by his wife, Anne; his three sons, Jeffrey, Christopher, and Nicholas; and ten grandchildren. 

A celebration of his life will be held at Christ’s Church, Rye, on Monday, October 16 at 1 p.m.

Donations in Mr. Stevenson’s memory may be made to the Lawrenceville School or Williams College.

William Peter Hendry, age 67, passed away peacefully on September 28,2017.

Born on March 23, 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland, he was the eldest child of Thomas Hendry, a coal miner, and Norah Coll Hendry, a grocer during the Second World War. He was a longtime resident of Rye, who proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2004.

Mr. Hendry enjoyed an extraordinary career in finance, spanning 50 years, 42 of them at the Bank of Scotland. Starting out as a bank teller at the age of 17 in Glasgow, he retired as Chief Executive North America in 2009. During that time, he held senior banking positions in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States. He had extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, most notably at Drive Financial Services, where he led HBOS plc’s investment analysis group before becoming Chairman in 2000.

He was a tireless mentor who impacted both the professional and personal lives of all he worked with. As chief executive, he is fondly remembered for walking the Bank of Scotland floor each morning to personally wish all a good day with a warm smile and genuine interest.

After he retired, he launched W.P. Hendry and Associates, a bank consulting firm that handles complex business and lending issues. From 2011 to 2013, he was also chairman of First City Financial. He also served as chairman of Pharma-Cycle LLC, and as an Independent Director at Santander Consumer USA along with three public investment companies managed by The Carlyle Group, in addition to Special Adviser to Promethean Investments, which is based in London.

Mr. Hendry earned an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

His three great loves were family, faith, and football. Kind in spirit, he was active in many charitable endeavors, including being a longstanding supporter of the Celtic Football Club Foundation and board member of The Salvation Army.

He is survived by the love of his life, Louise Hendry, whom he began dating at the age of 17. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this past July.

He leaves behind his adoring children: Jennifer Hendry Cunniffe, Thomas Hendry, and Laura Hendry Costello, along with their spouses, Casey Cunniffe, Anna Hendry, and Chris Costello, whom he loved as his own.

Mr. Hendry was a doting “Granda” to his seven grandchildren, Finn William, Kiera Jude, Isla Grace, Dermott Fisher, Fianna Louise, William Bear, and Grace Gemmell, who enjoyed the routine everyday moments shared when taking them to school, swim meets, dance recitals, soccer matches, and secret trips to the candy or toy store.

He is also survived by his beloved sisters, Rosemary Hendry and Grace Hendry Nash, and their spouses, John Fegan and Gerry Nash of Glasgow, his lifelong friend and brother, John Corr, and countless nieces and nephews who cherished their Uncle Billy.

The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home October 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection on Friday, October 6at 10 a.m.

The family asks that donations be made in his name to Memorial Sloan Kettering.