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DANZIGER, Michael Paskus Father, Teacher, Loyal friend and Steppingstone Foundation Cofounder Michael Paskus Danziger died on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Barnard, VT. Michael was born on August 31, 1963 in New York City to Peggy Block Danziger and Richard M. Danziger. He attended the Collegiate School, Yale College, Oxford University, and the Harvard School of Education. He taught English at the St. Marks School in Southborough, MA and the Harvard School in Los Angeles, CA. While at the Harvard School of Education, he and John Simon founded The Steppingstone Foundation in 1990. Steppingstone is a program that prepares underserved schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Michael served as the President and CEO of Steppingstone from 1990 to 2008 and served on the board until the time of his death. He served on the board of trustees of the Fessenden School and the Collegiate School. He is survived by his sons James, Robert, Charles, and Theodore Danziger and their mother Elizabeth (Betsy) Lind Danziger; his twin sister Katie Danziger; his grandmother, Adele Block; and his parents. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 AM at the Harvard Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA. Reception to follow at the Charles Hotel. Donations may be made in his honor to the Steppingstone Foundation, 1 Appleton Street, Boston, MA 02116. Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, A Life Celebration® Home Concord Funeral Home www.concordfuneral.com

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November 22, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We will always remember Mike as a compassionate, smart, hard worker, humble and happy person. What a man!!!!
Maria Martinez
August 7, 2019
You, sir,...were a good man! Continue to rest in peace, and may your family also continue to be comforted with the warmth & love of our Lord.
A. YankeesFan
July 22, 2019
Mike and I hadn't spoken in a while, but that was standard. We had been making indeterminate plans to meet up at Henly, so I am in shock today, as I was trying to contact him to learn this very sad news. I met Mike his first day at Oxford University, and we hit it off immediately - he was such a lovable rogue. The world is much poorer without him. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam!
July 25, 2018
Im so sorry to hear of this news. Its been over 6 months, I just got word of Michaels passing. I work at O Ya restaurant in boston and Id like to say Michael was an amazing customer/friend. Its amazing how much you can see into a persons personality over years (10+) of dinner together. He always brought such light with him between his magic tricks and his ability to make you smile with familiarity when he walked in the restaurant. He showed that generosity towards my family when he managed to send us to see Hamilton in New York, its a memory he was part of I will never forget. I will never forget you Michael and know you are quite the jokester up above. I will miss you, until we meet again <3
Anna-Li Claiborne
January 9, 2018
I read and loved "Small Puddles" and enthusiastically recommended it to everyone I know - especially members of my rowing club in Seattle. I was so thrilled to get to meet him briefly and hear him speak when he came to Seattle to promote the book. Even though our paths crossed only very briefly, I was so impressed with his spirit, courage, and sense of humor. Many in our club attended his talk, and we were shocked to learn of his passing such a short time later. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Michael clearly touched many lives and leaves behind a great legacy.
December 12, 2017
Mr. Danziger was my English Teacher in 1988. I came across his name today while I was going through a box of high school memorabilia. He was a good man, a good teacher and I still remember him 30 years later. I am sorry for your loss.
Rabin Pournazarian
December 8, 2017
Our prayers are with you as you journey forward. Our prayers are with your family and friends who feel the pain and sadness of your passing. Our condolences and sympathies are with them. The love you shared with them will forever remain in their hearts. Peace.
Marsie and Jeff Hofmann
December 8, 2017
Dear Danziger Family: I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you find comfort comfort in Isaiah 33:14, where God promises to soon end all sickness and death. JM
December 6, 2017
Mike was one of the first of my new classmates met at Collegiate when we were in third grade, in 1971. I can still remember him singing the Monkees song after which the Steppingstone Foundation is named. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
Rahadyan (Tim) Sastrowardoyo
December 2, 2017
To the friends and family who all loved him:

As your mourning begins, know that our love, support and sadness walks right behind you.

Neverending thoughts and prayers.

Cathy Weiss
Cathy Weiss
December 2, 2017
Mike was a school "big brother" to us third graders back in 1977. He remained a friend and role model at school. My sincere condolences.
Louis GImbel
December 2, 2017
Nahomie Pierre-louis
December 1, 2017
Hope this finds you being welcomed as warmly wherever you are now as you welcomed me to Collegiate all those years ago. Your kindness, irreverence, and generosity will be missed but never forgotten.
Your old pal Tim
December 1, 2017
I 're-met' Zig recently, having initially met 30 years ago through a mutual friend. We reconnected at Burning Man in '13. 3 weeks ago he was at my house. My youngest son (13) was enthralled by him. Zig showed him some magic tricks and left my boy with the foam balls and a trick card deck, and my son continues to perfect the tricks he was taught. His story about recently becoming an English Lord, validated by his official ID after an investment of $1,200 (9 square inches of land plus legal fees), was a perfect expression of his unique ability to wring the juice out of life.
I'm devastated by Michael's loss. His energy was infectious, his sense of humor priceless, and I always enjoyed our too brief time together.
Stan Nowak
December 1, 2017
To the Danziger family,
We will be forever grateful to Michael for the Steppingstone Foundation and for the amazing opportunity it has provided our daughter with. His memory will live on through his work. We will keep your family in our thoughts.

-The Sullivan Family
November 30, 2017
Much love to James and the whole family from St. Mark's School. So sorry to hear this. What a remarkable man. --Barbara Talcott, Chaplain.
November 30, 2017
Dear family: I send you my deep condolences. May the God of peace sustain you during this time of sorrow. Please read Psalms 62:8 it is most encouraging.
Community Svs.
November 30, 2017
Deepest sympathies to the Danziger Family. Very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts!
Alleyne Hughes
November 30, 2017
My heart is broken for the whole Danziger family. What an amazing man Michael was. I am honored to have known him. Sending love and sympathy.
Laurie Penney
November 29, 2017
Like Jim (JK) Koretz, I knew "Zigger" through Camp Nebagamon in northwest Wisconsin, where we were cabin-mates for a couple of years. One of those summers was 1976, and against the backdrop of his expressing understandable disappointment at not being in New York for the bicentennial celebrations that had been planned, I remember how validated I felt when he expressed how important it was to him to be with friends at camp--I would locate many of my own judgment calls over the years that elevate important personal connections as being anchored in that exchange, and it does not surprise me when I read about how he touched so many other lives. I also fondly recall a few subsequent visits that continued through college and graduate school, and I particularly remember his unique combination of candor and wit shining through on the college essay he wrote to get into Yale. Although we had not been in communication in years (I received notice of his passing from another Camp Nebagamon friend, David Stern, who also went to Yale), and despite having been out of touch for what amounts to the past half of our lives (and wondering how extensive my missed opportunities have been given that I have lived in the Los Angeles area since 1991), I wanted to convey to all of you who have been close to him recently that his impact as a wonderful friend and enormously positive influence on me during the first half of our lives leaves me wanting to pay tribute to him with enormous appreciation, to offer condolences with hope that these words might be of some comfort, and to express that I hope you will always draw strength and solace from fond memories of a very special person.

Tom Belin
Santa Monica, CA
November 29, 2017
To the Danziger Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
November 29, 2017
At this time of great loss and healing, my heartfelt condolences, deepest sympathy, and love.
Florence Horowitz
November 29, 2017
At this time of great loss and healing, my heartfelt condolences, deepest sympathy and love.
Florence Horowitz
November 29, 2017
Our sincere condolences, the Eugene Family. So very sorry for your loss and the loss of the Steppingstone Foundation.
Yolanda Eugene
November 29, 2017
My sincere sympathies to Adele, Peggy and Dick.

Beth Rosenthal Barth
Beth Barth
November 29, 2017
Sending my deepest sympathy during this time of loss and in the coming months and years. Praying for the whole Danziger family.

Erin (Caplice) Garry
Erin Garry
November 29, 2017
Zigger and I went to Camp Nebagamon together and stayed in touch for a long time. He was a good friend for many years. Although we had not seen each other recently, we enjoyed each other's Facebook friendship. I will always remember my old pal Zigger and the many visits as a teenager with him when I visited NYC. To his boys, I hope one day our paths will cross. I grew up in the same town as your Mom (what a small world that your dad found a girl from Winnetka) and I was only a year behind her all through K-12. When any of you get to Chicago, I hope you will FB message me. I am so sorry for your loss and and my Zigger's memory be a blessing. I will think of my old pal often as I know you will too.
Jim JK Koretz
Jim Koretz
November 29, 2017
Hugs and love to Betsy and the boys. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Lisa Welch
November 29, 2017
Michael impacted the lives of thousands of children who would not have had the chance for a better education. He was a life changer at Steppingstone Philadelohia. I will always remember his generosity of spirit that he manifested in the lives of so many.
I loved him and will miss him.
Wanda Paul
November 29, 2017
From your off the cuff anecdotes and the best collection of socks all the way to your kindness to me and the thousands of kids in philadelphia Hartford and Boston, I salute you and your legacy. I know in the depths of my being that your soul shall reincarnate to another who will carry on your wonderful being for future generations to enjoy. It was my ultimate privilege to call you friend mentor but most of all the man who gave me my mission. Pia Roychowdhury
Pia Roychowdhury
November 29, 2017
Mike was a beloved friend of Whim n Rhythm 85. He was funny, sweet, soulful and generous. He never missed an opportunity to hear us sing and to support us as a group and individually. We send our condolences to his family. Well meet on down the line

Whim n Rhythm 1985
November 29, 2017
Words can not express the sadness of losing someone who was an extraordinary human being.
I always respected Mike, and admired him for his contributions to society.
He touched so many lives with his eagerness to help children to be successful in life, and thanks to him all those children have a better life.
Our deepest sympathies to his family.
Maria Martinez
November 29, 2017
Dear Peggy and Richard,
I am very sorry for your loss and extend my deepest sympathies on Michael's passing.
Eden Joachim
November 29, 2017
Zig had tremendous spirit and compassion that will live on
Sam Sunshine
November 29, 2017
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