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  • Died November 13, 2018
    John Gillen worked for many years as a history teacher at New Dorp HS in Staten Island, retiring in 1977.
  • Died May 23, 2018
    Suzanne Darrigrand spent 28 years as a dedicated teacher in various schools, most recently sharing her love of music with the students of PS 15 in the Bronx.
  • Died May 13, 2018
    Jacqueline Diaz-Olive was a dedicated paraprofessional for District 12 in the Bronx for over 35 years.
  • Died May 3, 2018
    Charles Sutera, who served as the UFT’s vice president for middle schools from 1987 to 1995, passed away on May 3.
  • Died April 13, 2018
    Malcolm Sellinger was a UFT member for 61 years.
  • Died April 9, 2018
    Phyllis Frishberg was a UFT member for 20 years, most recently as a school secretary in Brooklyn.
  • Died March 17, 2018
    Rosemary Tunney was an educator and social worker at District 11 in the Bronx and supervised and mentored many of her colleagues over the span of her career from the 1980s to the 2000s.
  • Died March 7, 2018
    Mary Lopez was a UFT member for 30 years, teaching English language learners in the Bronx.
  • Died March 1, 2018
    Olive Archer came to teaching as a second career and became an early childhood literacy expert in the Bronx.
  • Died March 1, 2018
    Gina Silverstein began her teaching career at PS 153 in Maspeth, Queens, at the age of 19. She taught there for over 40 years before retiring.
  • Died January 12, 2018
    Bernice Tompkins began teaching in New York City in 1947 and taught for over 20 years in public schools.
  • Died January 11, 2018
    Doris Iskaros began her teaching career over 30 years ago at a school in East New York, Brooklyn.
  • Died December 29, 2017
    Tore Haugeto was a teacher of social studies at New Dorp HS on Staten Island all his life.
  • Died December 19, 2017
    Josephine Mifsud was a dedicated teacher who spoke of her teaching years and her former students long after retirement.
  • Died November 13, 2017
    Dorothy L. Johnson was a UFT member for over 35 years, most recently as an administrator in District 17 in Brooklyn.
  • Died November 10, 2017
    Atiba Coerbell began his career at MS 2 in Brooklyn, where he inspired his students as an artist.
  • Died October 24, 2017
    Peter Lerner was a UFT member for 55 years, most recently as a social studies teacher at Harry Truman HS in the Bronx.
  • Died October 23, 2017
    Erin McLoughlin dedicated 30 years of giving back to the community and making an impact on others' lives for the better.
  • Died October 22, 2017
    Heather Purcell was a UFT member for 30 years, working extensively with special needs children.
  • Died October 9, 2017
    Jacqueline Sills was a UFT member for 41 years, most recently as the dean at PS 721 in Brooklyn working with special needs students.
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