HALPERIN Dr. SAMUEL HALPERIN Dr. Samuel Halperin, a widely respected national education policymaker, died in his Washington, DC home on May 6, 2014 at age 84 of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Halperin dedicated his career to American public education, striving to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice in education and youth development. Among his many accomplishments, he developed the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, led George Washington University's Institute for Education Leadership from 1969-81, and founded the Institute for Educational Leadership and the American Youth Policy Forum. Dr. Halperin is the author or editor of over a dozen books and 100 articles related to the political process and educational policy issues. Most famously, he co-wrote the influential 1988 reports The Forgotten Half: Non-College Youth in America and Pathways to Success for America's Youth and Young Families. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University of St. Louis in 1956 and, over his career, taught at Wayne State, American, Duke, and Teachers Columbia Universities, and lectured at many others. Dr. Halperin served as a director or advisory member of over 50 nonprofit organizations. In addition to his professional commitment to social equality through education, Dr. Halperin was dedicated to the Jewish social justice tradition of Tikun Olam, as a Zionist and supporter of numerous Jewish organizations in the US, Israel and beyond. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene Halperin, son Dr. Elan Halperin (Dr. Barbara Brynelson), daughter Deena Barlev (Dr. Robert King), and five grandchildren. The family will welcome friends on Saturday, May 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Deena Barlev, 16114 Llewellyn Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD. Contributions may be made to the Sixth and I Historic Jewish Synagogue, or The Latin American Youth Center, both of Washington, DC.

Published in The Washington Post on May 7, 2014