The Brooklyn Eagle reports that two well known Brooklyn Heights residents have died. Author Chris Welles and Grace Church member Pauline M. Herd, known as Polly.
Regarding Mr. Welles the Eagle writes:
He was called “probably the premier business writer” from the 1960s to the early ’80s by Steven Shepard, a former editor of Business Week and now now dean of the City University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Welles’ 1975 book, The Last Days of the Club, told of the demise of the old Wall Street monopoly and the rise of powerful new institutions. In 1970, in The Elusive Bonanza, he accused the oil industry of failing to develop America’s vast oil-shale reserves. The book grew out of an article he had written as an employee of Life, but which Life did not publish, and when he then sold it to Harper’s, he was fired by Life.
And about Ms. Herd:
In the pastoral message, Fr. Muncie wrote that “Polly Herd deeply loved Grace Church and faithfully supported her church and many charitable organizations throughout her beloved Brooklyn. We have been blessed by her life.”
In their youth during the 1950s Polly and her twin sister, Vicky, were members of the fondly remembered girls’ choir, under the direction of Anne Versteeg McKittrick, who was organist and choirmaster from 1939-1976.
Polly Herd was the daughter of J. Victor Herd, an insurance executive and prominent figure in the Heights, and Pauline H. Herd, a civic leader in the borough who died in 2008 at the age of 102.