OCHSHORN, Myron was born on January 8th, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York. He was a basketball star at Brooklyn College and played exhibition games in the Catskills with well-known players at the time, including Bob Cousy. During WWII he served proudly as a guard for President Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York, where he once danced with Eleanor. He claimed she led. Later he served in the Pacific on the island of Tinian. After the war he finished his BA at The New School For Social Research, where he had many remarkable teachers, including W. H. Auden. He received his PH.D. from The University of New Mexico and then taught at Beloit, The University of Nevada at Reno, Wayne State, and finally USF, where he was beloved by many students. In his decades of retirement he continued to pursue lifelong interests reading, cooking, pickle-making, jazz, the NBA and the Yankees. He was a fixture in his neighborhood, where he took long walks everyday. Many will remember his keen mind, vast learning, iconoclasm, commitment to social justice, and wit. Myron "Mike" passed away on February 29th. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathleen Ochshorn, a Professor of English and Writing at The University of Tampa, and their daughter Brigid, a singer songwriter. He is also survived by three sons from his earlier marriage, Benjamin, Ezra, and Daniel; and by his sister Cynthia. In lieu of flowers, Kathleen requests that donations in his name be made to WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio.
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Published in TBO.com on Mar. 11, 2012