2007-11-08 / Columnists

Gus Fishel retires after 30 years as Babylon Library attorney

Heard It On The Grapevine
By Frick and Frack

Gustave Fishel Gustave Fishel Gus Fishel loves Babylon. Except for a twoyear stint in a New York City law firm and the time he served in the U.S. Army in 1952 through 1954, and his years at Hamilton College and the New York University School of Law, he's lived here all of his life. After serving as attorney for the Babylon Library for 30 years, Gus resigned in June, 2007.

Gus was born in Mineola. He lived here and grew up in Babylon on Prospect Street. He graduated from Babylon Grade School and Babylon High School. He really appreciated being the attorney for the Babylon Library as his aunts Lillian H. Oliver and Lulu Fishel were among the founders of the Library. He was gratified to be a part of the Library's recent expansion and renovations as this was the goal of the Trustees for many years.

Among Gus' childhood friends were Pat and Tom Henry, along with many others who have remained in the Babylon area. Gus was married to Patricia Anne Dwyer in 1954, and they have four children. He has been active in the Babylon Rotary Club for many years and served as past president and Rotary assistant governor. Among the prestigious posts he held were attorney for the Board of Education for the West Islip School District for more than 30 years; attorney for the North Babylon Library, and many professional association and judicial appointments. Among the firms he was associated with were Lindsay R. Henry, Rishel, Underwood & Fishel, Fishel, Loughlin & Bowersw and Gustave Fishel III, P.C. (9/ 1/85 to date).

He is a former trustee of Southside Hospital, and has been a legal officer with American Legion Post 94.

He has held a number of appointments in the judicial district and appellate divisions and on the grievance committee on character and fitness for the second, tenth and eleventh judicial districts. He is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

In speaking of his long and distinguished career in his hometown, Gus commented: "It is hard to describe the rewards of practicing in one's hometown. I think the professional and personal contacts and friendships with those who make up the Babylon community are a great part of that reward."

Mary Gallagher, a past president and member of the Board for many years spoke of her long association with Gus: "Gus provided his wise counsel to the library for so many years in so many ways. He exceeded the job description in spite of a limited budget he gave his time and talent without stinting".

HEARD IT ON THE GRAPEVINE

Guess what's coming to town? We heard that a Starbucks and a Charlie Brown Restaurant are under construction in the front of the Pathmark Shopping Center in West Babylon. Starbucks is so popular - they ought to do very well.

A WONDERFUL VACATION

Elena De Murias has returned from a trip to St. Kit's Island where she spend a week with her goddaughter Cordo Carradhes who is attending veterinarian school. She was accompanied by Cordo's mother Kate Carrahes. Elena commented on the hearty and rustic quality of St. Kits where she had a very enjoyable time.

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