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Henri Francis Irvington

Houston, Texas

Sep 8, 1928 – Oct 25, 2017


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Pat H. Foley & Company Obituary

Henri Francis (Israel) Irvington, age 89, passed away on October 25, 2017 in Houston, Texas after a lengthy illness. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but spent his childhood in Paris, France and Brussels Belgium before fleeing Europe during World War II. He attended college in the East...

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A wonderful, wonderful man whose impact on my life and many others' will outlast his physical being. He saw talents I didn't know I had, and he pushed me to develop them and be confident in what I could do.
Truly a teacher in every sense of the word.
Rest in peace, sir.

One of my heroes in life has fallen. I loved him deeply and will appreciate him all of my days.

Henri, Eliane and Antoinette

Mr. Irvington was well-known by many as a stern, strident, no-nonsense teacher. He also cared deeply for his work, his eccentricity belying a warm personal demeanor, a wry sense of humor and absolute devotion to making students do better, thanks to his constant faith in their potential to try harder. He gave help and encouragement freely, on the condition that students approach him and ask for it. He also gave detention freely, in quantities calculated to build the character of his young...