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76 CINEMONTAGE / SPRING 2015 PASSAGES DAVID ELIHU ROLAND PICTURE EDITOR FEBRUARY 8, 1930 – MARCH 23, 2015 David Elihu Roland died March 23, 2015 after a brief illness. A noted documentary filmmaker, he worked for CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS, as well as Time Life, Colonial Williamsburg and the National Academy of Science. He was both a network and a freelance editor and received two Emmy Awards, including one for an episode of CBS' In the News — which also earned him a Peabody Award — and a National Academy of Science Award, as well as an Emmy nomination for Comedian Backstage, an episode of NBC's The DuPont Show of the Week. David attended Little Red School House, Elizabeth Irwin High School, Olivet College, and New York University. Camp Woodland and Greenwich Village remained important influences throughout his life. He also taught filmmaking and appreciation at NYU, William Patterson College, the Institute for Independent Learning/Bergen Community College, HUD, Puffin Society/ Teaneck, Leonia High School, Leonia Recreation Department and Library, Englewood Library, Mahwah Library, and The Center for Open Education. Roland brought his vision of social justice to a lifetime of work in the film industry. Most recently, he created and, together with the Puffin Society and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, produced a concert featuring Pete Seeger, Patti Smith and Guy Davis. David was proud when Seeger invited him on stage to sing "Freiheit." At the time of his death, he was working on another major concert, "Songs That Changed America," as well as developing a documentary, Why Art? Is it a Biological Necessity? A staunch union member, lifelong humanitarian and political activist, he was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and informed the media of the police riot in Grant Park. He served as the Business Agent for IATSE Local 771, the New York Editors Guild, from 1975 to 1976, during which time he instituted a newsletter. A loving husband and father adored by his family — "Popu" to his grandchildren — he is survived by his wife Leah, children Samuel Roland, Abigail Roland and Jessica Kalb Roland, and six grandchildren. - Leah Roland DON CROSBY SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR DECEMBER 19, 1924 – FEBRUARY 3, 2015 Don Crosby passed away in Newport Beach, California. He was surrounded by his family — his wife 50 years, Shirley, and his five children, 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. A Depression kid who was raised in Downtown LA, Don was a paperboy, and also collected bottles for money and passed out handbills to get into the movies — anything to make money. Don loved movies. His father, Bob Crosby, was a performer in vaudeville who, with his two brothers, sang, danced and played the banjos. His mother, Mary Crosby, was a showgirl who danced in the chorus. When vaudeville ended, Bob became a stand-in for dancers such as Dan Dailey. Later in his career, he was a casting director at Central Casting. One of Bob and Mary's best friends was the stripper Sally Rand. Don remembered visiting her ranch in the San Fernando Valley, which was way out in the sticks at that time. Don was always surrounded by "show business" people and developed his creative side at an early age. During World War II, Don joined the Navy, and afterward attended college. Because of his mother and sisters practicing hours with him, Don became a fantastic dancer. It was the era of the Big Bands, and he danced to all of them: Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Les Brown, Harry James, etc. He was having so much fun

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