Memorial Service for Bunny Olenick

From Fred Barzyk

A memorial service honoring the life of Bernice Olenick will be held on Sunday January 11th, at 2 pm at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon Street, Brookline (1 block outbound/west of Washington St.).

Following the service, there will be a reception at her apartment house, 1550 Beacon St. (1 block east of Washington St.) in the 3rd floor community room.

Bernice “Bunny” Olenick, 87, executive producer

From Cynthia Broner

WGBH notes the passing of lifelong activist and former ’GBHer Bernice “Bunny” Olenick on 12/22. Bunny joined the sports and specials unit at WGBH in 1976 as an assistant working on tennis programming.

(Historical note: In 1963, WGBH introduced tennis to American TV, with sportscaster Bud Collins and the National Doubles from Longwood Cricket Club.)

Moving to unit manager and eventually becoming an executive producer, she created cultural programming including ice ballets featuring Olympic skaters, musicals on political themes, and the series Soundings, noted for making contemporary music more accessible to general audiences.

She won both a Regional Emmy and an International Monitor Award for her work.

“Bunny had a real passion for creating more arts programming on WGBH and combined it with a can-do attitude that made the most of her opportunities,” says former WGBH President Henry Becton. “She was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed.”

A memorial service was held in Brookline.

Greg Harney Passes On at 78

Bunny Olenick called me last night to say that Greg died yesterday. The following is in today’s Globe. There will be a gathering at the DeCordova Museum at a later date.

Harney, Gregory G. Jr. – Age 78 of Lincoln, Aug. 9, 2005. Husband of Mimi Landis and the late Elizabeth (Newman) Harney. Father of David Harney of Pittsford, NY and Ellen H. Alford of Watertown. Services to be announced at a later date. Gifts in his name may be made to: WGBH PO Box 200, Boston, MA 02134. US Army WWII veteran. For on-line guest book, visit www.concordfuneral.com.