Obituaries

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