RASKIN, KENNETH, 101, of North Miami, passed away on May 14, 2014. Ken was born to Max and Ida Raskin on April 24, 1913, in St. Paul, MN. He was raised in that city along with his two brothers, Aaron and David, and sister Marion. He graduated from the University of Minnesota where he majored in Theater and English. He later attended the University of Chicago studying linguistics and English Literature. However, his pursuits there were interrupted by WW II when he enlisted in the army, serving in the Army Signal Corps both in Washington, D.C., and later in Japan where he also taught English. After the war, he briefly ran a theater company in White Bear Lake, MN, with his brother, David Raskin. Later he returned to Washington, D.C., to work for the government as a language specialist for the then Armed Forces Security Agency. During the summers, he attended Middlebury College Summer Language School, earning an M.A. in Russian in 1952. It was there that he met his wife, Dorothy Ann Sullivan. They were married in 1953. The couple settled in North Miami in 1955 and raised four children. Ken ran a small electronics company, DESCO, for 20 years. After retirement from business, he became a Vocational Teacher for the Dade County School Board where his first classes at the Ida Fisher Center were teaching English to Russian immigrants who were arriving in South Florida in the 1980s. He also attended classes at Nova University, earning an Educational Specialist degree in TESOL. Ken kept up with the computer age and began teaching basic computer skills and more advanced programs as demand for these skills increased and computer labs became standard equipment in schools. When his career with the Dade County School Board ended in 1993, he became an active volunteer teacher of computer education in the SeniorNet program under the auspices of Nova University. He continued well into his 90s. Ken loved being in the classroom. Whether he was there as a student or as a teacher, it made no difference. It was like a second home to him. This was a terrific advantage for his children, especially when homework time rolled around -- they had a built-in resource person. He never tired of encouraging his children to further their education and cheered them on in their chosen vocations. In his free time, he particularly liked to read books on politics and Russian literature. He and his wife finished re-reading War and Peace together last December. In his earlier years, he was an avid tennis player and later transferred that same enthusiasm to golf. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Dody), their son Donald Raskin (Marcia)of Houston, and daughters Carol Kaminsky (Jeffrey) of South Miami, Janet Raskin of Pinecrest, and Ellen Deacon (David) of Cooper City, and grandchildren Barry, Natalie, and Benjamin Kaminsky, and Emily and David Deacon, and sister, Marion Oakes (Arthur). Everyone who knew Ken -- his family, his friends, his students -- will miss him. Memorial Service to be held at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19 St. at 3pm Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Published in Miami Herald on May 16, 2014