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SCNY Presidents' Dinner 2018
Upper Gallery, May 16, 2018
Wednesday: 6:30pm cocktails.
SCNY is proud to announce that John R. Morehouse and Carole Teller are the 2018 Salmagundi Medal of Honor recipients, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Salmagundian by the 147 year old Club.
About our Medal of Honor Recipients:
Carole was born and bred in Brooklyn, living first in Bensonhurst, and then in Flatbush where she attended Erasmus Hall HS. She graduated from Pratt institute and Boston University. When she married, she moved to Manhattan at an apartment on 1st Ave and 4th street, where her love affair for cityscapes first blossomed. The grungy Lower East Side of those days was never boring and provided terrific material for photography as well as painting.
This romance with New York City lasted throughout Carole’s twenty-seven year career as a schoolteacher at Bedford Stuyvesant, four years at a public school on Governors’ Island, and for fourteen years at The Greenwich Village School, a position she acquired after her retirement.
Carole retired a second time from the Greenwich Village School and equipped with leisure and a pension, entered the Salmagundi non-members exhibit. When her work was accepted, the SCNY President at the time, Richard Pionk, sponsored her membership and a new phase in life had begun. Today, Carole’s works are consistently sought after during the Club’s twice-yearly fund-raising auctions.
Another chapter in Carole’s life recently unfolded when she donated her lifelong collection of her New York City photographs to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. These photos were curated by the director, Andrew Berman, and placed in the GVSHP archives, thus propelling Carole to yet another notoriety as a historian of New York City.
John Morehouse would seem to have spent his entire life in New York moving northward from one area to the next in a fashion akin to a vine growing towards the light. He began in Brooklyn Heights, continued in Chelsea, and then to Riverdale in the Bronx, where he has resided for the last 24 years. Along the way, he met Eloise at summer camp and married her in 1965. They had two children, Tim and Liz, and are now blessed with three grandchildren, Samantha and twins Zoe and Jack.
John worked in the textile and apparel trades for over 40 years, retiring as Director of Engineering with Venus Industries of Long Island City. Despite an active career, he still managed to find time to offer countless volunteer hours in the service of many organizations.
A stalwart supporter of Salmagundi, John joined the club in 1995 and was elected to be the Chairman of the Library Committee in 2000, a position he retained until 2011. In 2011, he was elected to the Office of 2nd Vice President and in 2013, to the position of Treasurer.
Other organizations over the years that have received the benefit of his expertise and energy include the Presbyterian Camp & Conference Center, where he served as President, and the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit where he served as Executive Director.