Wednesday, December 17, 2008

RIP George Kirschner

George was a legendary history teacher at the former Walden School in New York. He lived well into his 80s, lucid until the end. George's influence was felt far and wide among his former students of many years. I was not as attentive or engaged as I could have been when I had him for 11th grade American History, but he made the subject come alive. Farewell, teacher. You will be missed.
KIRSCHNER--George. Beloved grandfather and greatgrandfather, father, husband, teacher, and friend will be remembered for his contagious smile and energy, unwavering principles, profound sense of justice, unequivocal commitment to activism, and open and welcoming heart. Born in New York City, George served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. He began as a brewer, later went to college, and found his professional love as a teacher of history at the Walden School in New York City. He is survived by his children, Carl and Sandy, his grandchildren Emily, Jessie, Jonathan and Amanda, and his great-granddaughter Mia. Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
UPDATE: You can leave comments for George's family in the guestbook.

UPDATE: A lot of people are landing here from Google and going to the guestbook. Hello to all Walden alumni & faculty. Here's a link to Doctors Without Borders.

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1 comment:

StevenC_in_NYC said...

George was a great man and wonderful teacher.

He has an obituary and a guest book: