Martin Plotkin, Age 73
Martin Plotkin was a UFT member for nearly 50 years, most recently serving as the UFT's District 6 representative in Washington Heights. He taught math in several junior high schools, working with troubled students before retiring from teaching in June 2009. He remained a delegate for the UFT, NYSUT and AFT. He received numerous union awards over his career, including the Ely Trachtenberg Award in 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1999, and the Albert Lee Smallheiser Citation in 1999. The UFT Hispanic Affairs Committee also honored him with their Award of Excellence. In 1996, Martin received an award on Teacher Recognition Day from the Board of Education of the City of New York. June 21, 1984 was officially proclaimed to be "Martin Plotkin Day" by then-Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein in recognition of Martin's philanthropic efforts and contributions. He is survived by his wife Carol, his daughter Candace and his son Zachariah, who is also a NYC public school teacher and UFT staffer.