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Harold Hertz

Harold Hertz, of Great Neck, died on March 16, 2001. He is survived by Sally, his loving wife of 55 years. Harold was a WWII veteran who had seen active duty in Europe. He had been the president of Hertz & Company, Inc., an embroidery manufacturing company, until his retirement in 1975. Harold was the devoted father of Robert, Madeline, William and son-in-law Vincent Gagliardi and also the loving grandfather of seven grandsons and one great-granddaughter. He enjoyed the 50 years he lived in Great Neck. He was involved in many community activities including SANE, the Great Neck Committee for Human Rights and other political organizations. One of his great pleasures during these years was enjoying the offerings of Steppingstone Waterfront by sailing and water skiing in the LI Sound. He also took advantage of the recreational gym facilities at the high school. During the years he lived in this community, he thoroughly enjoyed and participated in the cultural life that Great Neck offered. Our loving memories of his warmth, love and passion for living will help to sustain us.

Long-time local resident, Joseph Weintraub, a retired NYC High School principal and professor of economics at Nassau Community College, died on April 2, 2001. He was 79 years old. A funeral service, officiated by Rabbi Jerome Davidson, was held in Mr. Weintraub's memory at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, where Mr. Weintraub, his late wife Beatrice and his children David Weintraub and Meryl Hechtman had been members for some 40 years.

He was a frequent and popular lecturer at local community centers and libraries, including the Great Neck Library and REAP chapters in Great Neck and Roslyn, speaking on a variety of topics including "the religious rights" and "the need to protect public education." Mr. Weintraub recently served as co-chair of the Roundtable at Temple Beth-El where he helped develop an educational program that increased interest in and expanded the audience for this Discussion Group.

His career in education began at Newtown High School in Jackson Heights, Queens. He remained at Newtown for 28 years, starting out as a social studies teacher and finally became the school's principal in 1971, a position he held until his retirement in 1982.

He joined the adjunct faculty of Nassau Community College in 1963 where he taught economics until he was diagnosed with a serious illness this past August. He received NCC's Adjunct Faculty Association's Professional Excellence Award for merit in teaching, leadership and community service in 1999.

After retiring from the NYC Public School System, Mr. Weintraub continued an active role in the field of education as coordinator of Economics America (NYC), a program designed to enhance the economic literacy of elementary and secondary school students. Through this program he helped train some 4,000 social studies teachers in methods of integrating economic concepts into the social studies curriculum.

In fact, Mr. Weintraub was to have received the Federal Reserve Bank of NY's first Lifetime Achievement Award in Economic Education on April 25 for a 53-year career in teaching and economic education. His support for keeping economics part of the secondary school curriculum strongly contributed to the development of a mandatory course in economics that will be taken by every NYS high school student, beginning Fall 2001.

In addition to his activities in the arena of education, Mr. Weintraub was a staunch social activist, taking on a variety of controversial causes. As vice president of the Interfaith Alliance, Mr. Weintraub was involved in lobbying for gun control legislation and coordinating a "Stop the Hate" vigil that took place at C.W. Post.

Mr. Weintraub was raised in Queens and was a graduate of Queens College. He served in the US Army Air Corps from 1943 - 1946, during which time he was stationed in US Guam and Manila, Philippines.

He is survived by his son, David Weintraub; his daughter, Meryl Hechtman; and four grandchildren.


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