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MILTON ROSS-FEIN

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ROSS-FEIN--Milton, died on October 8, at home in Manhattan. He was, as he said, "at peace." Milton faced his long illness and coming death as he lived his life: with strength, intelligence, sensitivity, and perception. Milton's paternal family moved to Riverdale in 1916. Milton's parents, Helen and Joseph Fein, raised their two children in Riverdale. After graduating Michigan State and a stint in the army as a lieutenant, Milton came back to Riverdale as an educator and an active member of the conservative synagogue. Beginning his career at JHS 141 Bronx, he rose quickly through the ranks to become the youngest principal in NYC in 1971 at PS 7, Bronx, where both he and his father had attended. Retiring 27 years later from PS 7, he was the longest serving principal in NYC. First active in the UFT, Milton later led the Bronx chapter of the CSA for twenty-seven years. He was honored to serve on the Board of Trustees at the College of Mt. St. Vincent. Milton's enlightened guidance, sense of humor and love of children allowed the school and all within it to flourish. Under his leadership it was said "7 is heaven." An innovator who brought his love of the arts to PS 7, he secured the coveted Annenberg Arts Grant. Milton's love for his work and many friends was only superseded by his love for his family: He is survived by his wife Anita Ross-Fein, his son Skylar Fein and his partner Bryant Wilms, his sister Deborah Fein Schiavo, brother-in-law Bartholomew Schiavo, sister-in-law Melanie Ross, niece and nephew Laura and Nathaniel Schiavo, their spouses and children, loving family members and dear friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 11, 11:45am, Riverside Chapel, 180 W 76St, NY, NY. "I will be conquered; I will not capitulate" - Samuel Johnson.

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 10, 2012
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