Obituaries

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  • 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.
  • Died October 6, 2017
    Sylvia Vogel ended her career as a guidance counselor at PS 200 in Brooklyn after over 20 years of teaching.
  • Died September 27, 2017
    Lorraine Riddick was a paraprofessional at PS 308 in Brooklyn.
  • Died September 18, 2017
    Beth Segal Sussman was a UFT member for 45 years and most recently taught at PS 196 in Queens.
  • Died September 16, 2017
    Carrolyn Williams taught exceptional children and worked as a guidance counselor.
  • Died September 3, 2017
    Bob Astrowsky was one of the UFT’s most beloved leaders whose service to the union spanned more than 50 years.
  • Died August 29, 2017
    Myrna Friedlander began her career as a 2nd-grade teacher at PS 167 in Brooklyn before becoming a reading teacher.
  • Died August 13, 2017
    Joan Granston taught English and was a UFT member for 25 years.
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