Harry Wagschal

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OBITUARY HARRY WAGSCHAL October 12, 1939-January 31, 2011 71, of Pointe Claire, died from complications of Parkinson's. Born Harry Goldfisch in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to Malka Golding and Manfred Goldfisch, German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime. After Malka remarried, the family immigrated to Montreal. Educated at the Julliard School of Music, Sir George Williams, and McGill, he studied violin in Vienna and Nice, and played in the Kingston and Quebec Symphonies. He later taught at Mount Royal High, and, beginning in 1969 until retirement, at Dawson College, as professor of Sociology and Humanities. He published some fifty articles and a collection of essays on the sociology of education and "values education." He is survived by two sons and a daughter: Gerry Wagschal, and his spouse, Alexa Topolski, of New York; Steven Wagschal, and his spouse, Sandy Shapshay, of Bloomington, IN; and Tarina Wagschal, and her spouse, Robert Gosset, of Pte Claire; seven grandchildren (Nicholas, Tristan, Molly, Emma, Marlena, Caroline and Sara); his sisters, Marion Wagschal, of Montreal, and Su Goldfish, of Sydney, Aus.; his first wife, Barbara Gollob, and his second wife, Dawna Weippert; and many friends. Thank you to Kathe Janzen who cared for him for the last two years and to the staff of Maison Herron. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dawson College Foundation Off., 3040 Sherbrooke St. W., Rm. 2E.5, Montreal, QC, H3Z1A4 with the notation Harry Wagschal Prize. See about the public memorial service to celebrate his life on March 23.
Published in Montreal Gazette on Feb. 2, 2011
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