Longtime Hastings resident John Anthony Wazeter passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, at age 80.
John graduated from Manlius Military Academy and then Fordham University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He traveled the world during his college vacations as a member of the National Maritime Union. He then studied for four years at the Sorbonne in Paris, passing the oral exams for his doctorate at "Sciences Po" (formally known as The Paris Institute of Political Studies). He was then recruited to be the first dean of students at the American College of Monaco, which was founded by Princess Grace, who took an active interest in its operations. From there, he was recruited to be dean of students at the University of Ottawa.
John returned to New York as an executive recruiter. He met Miriam, the love of his life. Inspired by a course he took at Parsons School of Design, his photographs became art. He became a sought-after teacher and nature tour leader at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. For four years, he served as president of the New York City Sierra Club Photography Group. The son of a piano teacher, he returned to the piano in his retirement, playing Chopin, Brahms, Scriabin, and classic show tunes until the day before his death. He also sang with the choir at Saint Matthew Church in Hastings.
In addition to his wife, Miriam, he is survived by his sister, Maria Wazeter Robinson.
Visiting was Jan. 19 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Graveside service was Jan. 20 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wyoming, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions in John's name to the New York Botanical Garden.