Thursday, May 31, 2018

Marty Scheinkman

Martin Scheinkman

April 20, 1920
New York, NY

June 19, 2015
Tucson, AZ

1939-40 CCNY (College)
1941-42 Hartford Gems (Independent)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
l'Universite de Toulouse - France (Independent) Head coach / player

Scheinkman had to leave school in 1941, so he joined the Army. Assigned to the Air Corps. He was a navigator on supply planes, and after the war played basketball for the Troy Celtics and in France. When the Air Corps became an independent force known as the U.S. Air Force, he served in the Korean War as well. Aside from flying planes into Hurricanes for research, he would work as a fireman in New York City. He would move to Arizona and continute his education and would become an advocate for geriatric rights and pensioners, dying in 2015 at the age of 95.

He married Gerry Malloy and they had a son and a daughter. After her passing, he remarried to Helen Cook.




  1. Marty Scheinkman was my father. I wrote his obituary which is as accurate as I could make it. Some of the details on the AZ Vital Statistics website are wrong because his then wife didn’t know them, for example his professions and his mother’s and father’s names are wrong. After flying through hurricanes as part of the Weather Reconnaissance squadron he became missile man and eventually commanded the 570th Strategic Missile Squadron. He retired as a Lt. Col. in 1970. He left the Air Force because he didn’t want to get transferred to Vandenberg AFB, and the AF planned to promote and transfer him. He wanted to stay in Tucson. On leaving the AF he worked as an estate planner but eventually he wanted to finish his education so he went back to school to get a B.A. in French language, and then went on to get a M.A. in Gerontology. After that he went to ork for the Pima Council on Aging, eventually retiring at age 78. His father was Jacob Scheinkman, his mother was Sonia Taplenka. My mother, Gerry, was the great love of his life, and a fabulous artist. It is my belief that he never got over losing her to breast cancer in 1979. I miss them both very much.

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