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Dr. Max Halperen

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Dr. Max Halperen


Dr. Max Halperen of Raleigh, died on October 6, 2014. Dr. Halperen was born in New York City on November 22, 1925, the son of the late Sam and Molly Halperen. He graduated from the High School of Music and Art and received his B.A. from the College of the City of New York. While enrolled at the college he worked as a correspondent for the New York Times and Women's Wear Daily.

Dr. Halperen received a M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Florida State University, where he met his future wife, Vivian P. Payne. He taught at the University of Kentucky on a post-doctoral fellowship in the 1990's, then accepted a professorship at NC State University. He had a distinguished career there from 1956 to 1989.

Dr. Halperen had his own radio and television shows in the early 1960's. Later he handled media for the successful effort to protect William B. Umstead State Park from a proposed expansion of Raleigh-Durham Airport.

Max Halperen was the ultimate scholar of literature and art, an internationally renowned art critic and painter, and a lover of classical music. He amassed hundreds of classical records and CD's. He was also a beloved husband, father, and elder brother.

Dr. Halperen's wife preceded him in death in 2002.

Surviving him are his brother, Sidney; sons, Jonathan and David; his lady companion, Jacqueline Schlesinger; and thousands of adoring former students.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 12, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC.
Published in The News & Observer on Oct. 10, 2014
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