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Would you like to honor a UFT member who recently passed away? Please use our online form to submit the information for an obituary.
Died May 31, 2017Janet Gaw-Adamski was a talented teacher and loyal colleague who served as a third- and fourth-grade classroom teacher, third-grade teacher consultant and computer lab teacher at PS 58 in Brooklyn.
Died May 22, 2017Selina Ahoklui, the 1998 New York State Teacher of the Year, died on May 22. She was 76 years old.
Died May 10, 2017Helene R. Sacher taught English language learners in District 10 in the Bronx and was a UFT member for 47 years.
Died April 19, 2017Dorothy Evans was a paraprofessional at PS 75 in the Bronx and a UFT member for 29 years.
Died March 30, 2017Johanna Schwencke taught physical education at William Cullen Bryant HS in Queens for many years and also served as the UFT chapter leader.
Died March 26, 2017Robert Rizzotti was a 5th-grade teacher at PS 276 in Brooklyn.
Died March 3, 2017Edward Markowitz taught air-conditioning and refrigeration at DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx for 22 years.
Died January 28, 2017Robert “Bob” Kahn was a UFT member for 50 years, most recently as a programmer at George Westinghouse HS in Brooklyn.
Died November 21, 2016Rose M. Sabatino was a secretary at Brooklyn Technical HS.
Died November 19, 2016Gerald Fitzgerald was a media teacher and a dean at MS 324 in Washington Heights.
Died September 19, 2016Irene Ruth Hammer Goldstein taught at PS 115 in Queens and was a UFT chapter leader.
Died September 14, 2016Alice Lombardi was a mathematics coordinator for the Department of Education.
Died August 8, 2016Sylvia Kuller taught English at IS 246 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and later became a guidance counselor at the school.
Died August 6, 2016Mildred Lucille Gersh was a teacher at PS 78 in the Bronx and subsequently a reading coordinator for District 11 in the Bronx.
Died July 31, 2016Leo Benardo began his career as a teacher of foreign languages in the New York City public school system in 1947.
Died July 28, 2016Edith Packer-Greenberg taught 6th grade and gifted children at PS 42 in Arverne, Queens for many years.
Died July 10, 2016Reynaldo Beltre was a UFT member for 10 years and a dedicated paraprofessional at the Business of Sports School in Manhattan.
Died June 1, 2016Lorraine C. Porter was a chapter leader at PS 6 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn for the last eight years.
Died May 27, 2016Carolyn Grossman was a kindergarten teacher at PS 200 in Bath Beach, Brooklyn.
Died May 3, 2016Shirley Safran was an English teacher at Art & Design HS, where she directed school plays and coached the debate team.