A photographic legacy

Though it’s still a few weeks away, I just wanted to offer a sneak peek into the June WAG, our annual travel issue.

One of the stories I am working on is a profile of Dr. Charles Starke, a recently retired Briarcliff Manor internist who’s going to be spending quite a bit of time on his boat.

Starke’s been sailing for some 50 years, and in a most generous turn, takes people “along” on his travels through his incredible photography.

For years, Starke has been exhibiting his work and also donating dozens of framed photographs – depicting scenes from Antarctica to Amsterdam, Italy to Tanzania and yes, even quite a few in our own backyard – to Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, where they add a worldly touch to the surroundings.

I met with Dr. Starke there on a recent morning as he toured me through the collection, while also checking on his latest donation. I also followed up with him earlier this week in Stamford as WAG photographer Bob Rozycki and I headed to the marina to both see his boat and take some photographs of him on the water.

It’s an interesting story, one I look forward to sharing, so stay tuned.

– Mary Shustack

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