Dr. Solomon Lichter

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LICHTER, Dr. Solomon, 92, of Miami Beach, passed away February 9 after more than 50 years of service to the South Florida community. Sol was a member of The Greatest Generation. While stationed in England as a member of the United States Army Air Corps, he met the love of his life, Muriel, of blessed memory, with whom he remained married for 67 years. Sol received his bachelor's, masters and Ph.D. degrees in Education on the GI bill. Sol taught and served as principal at Nautilus Junior High School, Ada Merritt Junior High, and Ida M. Fisher Junior High in Miami Beach, where he pioneered the first community school program in Miami Beach, and it became the largest such program in the state of Florida. Dr. Lichter was named principal of Miami Beach Senior High, where he served with distinction from 1966-1977. He lead Beach High during the "glory years," assembling a staff and promoting programs which would bring the school repeated national recognition. He hired the best teachers he could find, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, which at the time presented significant barriers to otherwise qualified teachers. He established the community school at Beach High, pioneered the 7 period day and helped create the gateway from Beach High for the High School in Israel program. Dr. Lichter's intense school spirit earned him the nickname "Dr. Dynamite" from his constant use of the phrase "Beach is Dynamite." His other favorite phrase was "We're From Beach And We Couldn't Be Prouder". He lived and breathed Beach High, and the clinic at the school bears his name. Dr. Lichter received numerous awards over the years including, among others, Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Miami Beach, the George Washington National Educator's Award from the Freedom Foundation, the Felix McCool American Legion Award, the B'nai Brith Outstanding Citizens Award, the Phi Delta Kappa (Education Honors Society) Service Award, and numerous awards from the City of Miami Beach and keys to the City of Miami Beach, honoring his contributions to the school and the community at large. Sol and Muriel, were very active members at Temple Beth Sholom for over 60 years. Dr. Lichter served as a teacher and principal at the religious school, Chairman of its school board and as an officer and member of the Temple's Board of Directors. Together Sol and Muriel established the Mazon program at the Temple, which fed thousands of homeless and less fortunate in Miami Beach. Sol was the past President and board member of the Stanley Meyers Community Health Center, which delivered health care to the less fortunate throughout Miami Beach and he initiated and coordinated the efforts of the Health Centers Consortium to better serve child health care in Miami Beach and insure all children were immunized for school. Dr. Lichter also served as Chairman of the Dade County School Board Advisory Committee on Dropouts, the Chairman of the Advisory Council for Students at Risk, Chairman of the Miami Beach Feeder Council, and was an active participant on the Dade County Community Schools Foundation, the Miami Beach Children's Bureau, the Central Agency for Jewish Education ("CAJE"), the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Board of Trustees, and the Dade County Library Board. Dr. Lichter is survived by his children David (Mayra) Lichter, Pamela (Michael) Gordon and grandchildren Jessica, Joanna, Felix, Jonathon (Shirley) Gordon, Christopher (Beth) Gordon, and great-grandchildren Max, Samantha and Casey Gordon. He was predeceased by his brother Irving ("Sonny") Lichter and sister Beatrice Lichter. Funeral Services will be at Temple Beth Sholom, 4144 Chase Avenue, Miami Beach at 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2014, followed by internment at Lakeside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Temple Beth Sholom or the Miami Beach Senior High School Alumni Association.

Published in Miami Herald on Feb. 10, 2014
Solomon Sidney Lichter
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