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Riverside Memorial Chapel
New Mount Zion, Lyndhurst, NJ
Leon Bock, of Southbury, CT, beloved husband for 72 years of the late Belle Bock, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2018. Born in New York City, Leon was the son of the late Solomon and Regina Bock. He graduated from City University of New York and earned Master’s (1959) and Doctorate (1971) degrees in education from Columbia University Teachers College. Leon was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, educator and author. He loved history and was a lifelong mandolin player.
Leon served as a Seaman in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. He worked as a bartender at the Russian Skazka in New York, and as a summer camp director at Shrub Oak Park Day Camp from 1960-1965. He was Chairman of the History Department at Ramaz High School and taught Social Studies at Benjamin Franklin High School in New York City. He was Assistant Principal of Joseph Pulitzer Intermediate School in New York. In 1972 he became the first principal of Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, New York. From 1981 to 1988, Leon was Superintendent of Schools of the Lakeland Central School District, the largest suburban school district in New York State. He led the district through the longest teacher strike in New York State’s history, a landmark event retold in the 2011 book, Struggle For Power, that he co-authored. After he retired he continued teaching graduate education, and undergraduate history courses at various colleges and universities in New York, Connecticut and Florida.
Leon’s compassion for humanity and a deep sense of social justice were manifest in everything he did. His philosophy inspired his children, grandchildren, and countless students and colleagues to strive for fairness and justice.
Leon is survived by his three children Aaron (Phyllis), Norman (Nancy) and Larry (Helene); six grandchildren Daniel (Rachel), Andrew, Jennifer, Lara, Hannah and Julia; and two great-grandchildren Grace and Cameron.
Funeral services will be held 12 Noon on Monday, January 29th at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York, NY 10023. Interment will follow at Hillside / New Mt. Zion Cemetery, 742 Rutherford Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. Friends and family are invited to join the family at Harold’s New York Deli, 10 Polito Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 (201) 935-2600, following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Columbia University’s Teachers College Fund.