Thomas McAnulty, 73, died on Saturday after being hit by a motorcyclist on 96th street and Amsterdam Avenue on Thursday night. He was remembered by friends, students and colleagues as a caring art teacher who loved to travel and mentor his students. He was a longtime Upper West Sider and a professor emeritus at Adelphi University on Long Island.
The family is asking people who may have witnessed the crash to contact them at email@example.com. An NYPD spokesman told us that McAnulty was walking in the crosswalk. A detective at the 24th precinct said the motorcyclist had the green light at the time of the crash, but it’s not clear if the person was speeding. Last we checked, the crash was still under investigation.
— Jeannette Rosario (@MissJeannette) January 19, 2016
Friends created a Facebook page to commemorate McAnulty, who lived on 96th street with his wife Mary; they have two adult children. He would lead regular art trips to Florence, Italy.
“It was an honor to be his student, as he took everyone under his wing, gently guiding us to be better in our own ways,” wrote one student. “He was never pushy, and if he had an ego, it was never present in a critique, so I always felt like he was genuinely excited to see what we could do and curious about where we would take our art.”
His family posted the following notice:
We will be celebrating Tom McAnulty’s life
at Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 W 76th St, New York, NY 10023
on the corner of Amsterdam Ave.
on Friday, January 22nd, 2016
There will be a visitation at 11 am followed by a service at 12.30 pm.
We will gather for food and drink afterwards, at a location to be determined.
Flowers can be sent to the Riverside Memorial Chapel. En lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s name to Families for Safe Streets/ Transportation Alternatives. Families for Safe Streets is comprised of victims of traffic violence and families whose loved ones have been killed or severely injured by aggressive or reckless driving.