MELVIN MICHAELS Melvin L. Michaels, 92, of Harrisburg, a long-time public school teacher and administrator, passed away February 17, 2012. He met his wife, Winifred, who predeceased him, at Montclair State College. They were married for 62 years. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he initially taught history and English and coached track before becoming Assistant Principal at Westfield Sr. High School (New Jersey). He also served as principal at Teaneck High School (New Jersey) and Highland Park High School (New Jersey) and was Director of Secondary Education and Assistant Superintendent of Schools at North Penn School District (Pennsylvania). He retired in 1986. He earned a BA from Montclair State Teachers College, an MA from New York University, and an Ed. D from Teachers' College, Columbia University. Before he was a teacher, he earned tuition money as a piano player and as a tool and die maker. He was the first member of his family to graduate from high school. During World War II he served in Military Intelligence with the 76th Infantry Division in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant. He was a lifelong music lover and a skilled pianist and a dedicated angler. He leaves a brother, Herbert Michaels, a sister, Claire Greenberg, both of Florida, two sons, Arthur J Michaels, formerly of Harrisburg, and David Seth Michaels, of Spencertown, NY, and five grandchildren. Graveside services were held Sunday, February 19 at 2PM at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin, NJ. Rabbi Akiva Males officiated. To share online condolences please visit www.hetrickbitner.com.
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Published in The Reporter on Feb. 20, 2012