Ed Kirkland served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army during World War II (1944-45). Ed participated in the Battle of the Rhineland and was held as a Prisoner of War for two months in northern Germany before he was liberated by the British. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Jeanne S. Poindexter, Ph.D. is a renowned research scientist who dedicated her career to the education of undergraduate students in the biological sciences. In addition, she has devoted much of her time and energy preserving New York’s remaining affordable co-op apartment buildings built under the State’s 1955 Limited-Profit Housing Companies Act (also known as the “Mitchell-Lama Law” after its Senate and Assembly sponsors).
Martin Treat served as a Specialist in the Army Air Cavalry during the Vietnam War and received Service, Commendation and Air Medals for honorable and meritorious performance of his duty. His service to his country did not end after he returned home from Vietnam in 1970, as he has dedicated himself to his community both in his professional life and in his volunteer activities ever since.
Phyllis E. Gunther, a longtime leader from Ansonia Independent Democrats, Manhattan Community Board 7 (CB7) member and advocate for social and economic justice, has been a cornerstone of the Upper West Side community in which she has been active for well over four decades.
As one of the longest-serving members of CB7, Ms. Gunther has played a leading role in many local initiatives, including improving access to public transportation, the development of a ordable housing and the redevelopment of the 59th Street Recreation Center—an invaluable resource for area children and families, particularly those of limited means.