Gerald Leinwand

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Temple Emanuel-El, 5th Ave. at 65th St.

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Knollwood Park section of Mout Carmel Cemetery
LEINWAND, Dr. Gerald S. Dean Emeritus of the School of Education at Bernard M. Baruch College/CUNY and President Emeritus of Western Oregon University passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2015 at the age of 93. He was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, the son of Jacob Louis Leinwand and Rose (Simonoff) Leinwand. Leinwand received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1941, his Masters degree from Columbia University in 1945 and his Doctorate from New York University in 1963. He is the author of over 40 books including The Pageant of World History, a high school history textbook that was in publication for 35 years and adopted by school districts throughout the United States. His most recent publications include 1927: High Tide of the 1920s, Mackerels in the Moonlight: Four Corrupt American Mayors, and William Jennings Bryan: an Uncertain Trumpet. His last book, published in 2010, was Intimations of Immortality. In addition to writing, Dr. Leinwand was an educator who strongly believed in the concept of public education and the power of education to better peoples’ lives. He taught every grade level from kindergarten through graduate school with most of his teaching in the public schools of New York City including Parsons Junior High School and Forest Hills High School in Queens, and taught world history on television. He was chair of the Department of Education at City College and Founding Dean of the School of Education at Baruch College. Following five years as president of Western Oregon University, Leinwand moved to West Hyannisport, Massachusetts. He served as a consultant in international education to East Tennessee State University and as Project Director for talented and gifted high school students at Cape Cod Community College. Dr. Leinwand was married to Selma Fienberg Leinwand of Bennington, Vermont for 43 years. After her death in 1989 he married Brenda Rediker (d. 1997). Dr. Leinwand later was the constant companion of Jacqueline Leeds of 630 Park Avenue. He is survived by two daughters, Roberta Opper and her husband, Peter, of Richmond, Virginia and Adrienne Maslin and her husband, David, of West Hartford, Connecticut. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Mark A. Opper and his wife, Rachel, of Arlington, VA, Erica M. Midboe and her husband, Per, also of Arlington, VA, and Spencer D. Maslin of West Hartford,CT. He is also survived by four great-grand children: Devan and Levi Opper, and Per David and Michaela Midboe. Dr.Leinwand was predeceased by his brother A. David Leinwand of Armonk, NY. His brother Calvin Leinwand currently lives in Del Ray Beach, Florida. Donations may be made to to Temple Emanu-El or a charity of your choice. Service Sunday, February 1 at 11am at Temple Emanu-El, 5th Ave. at 65th Street.
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