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Obituary: Herbert J. Pluschau

Herbert J. Pluschau, the superintendent of Massapequa schools from 1982-88 has died. Herb was a career educator in the Massapequa schools since he joined the staff as a physical education teacher in 1953. He held many positions during his 35 year tenure, including basketball coach, high school guidance counselor and vice principal of Massapequa High School. In 1967, he moved into the Central Office as administrative assistant and became assistant superintendent in 1972. After retirement, Herb founded Chief’s Associates, a firm that conducted superintendent searches for several Long Island school districts. Herb is past president of the Massapequa Hall of Fame, an organization that acknowledges the accomplishments of alumni of the Massapequa schools and grants scholarships for high school graduates.

Herb Pluschau was born in Brooklyn. His parents emigrated from Germany and owned an ice cream parlor in Maspeth. He attended Grover Cleveland High School where he discovered a passion for basketball. He continued playing ball at Brockport State where he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He completed his master’s degree from Hofstra University in1963 and additional graduate study at Hofstra and New York University. He met his wife of 60 years, Carol in Brockport. Together, they moved to Long Island and started a family. He is survived by his son John and wife Pam, daughter Chris and husband Roger, son Peter and wife Terry, and daughter Laurie and husband Bob. Herb enjoyed time with his eight grandchildren, Sarah, Andrew, Sam, Matt, Thomas, Caroline, Eric and Peter. He recently met his first great-grandchild Olivia on his trip home from Florida this spring.

Herb died unexpectedly from a stroke on Monday. He will be missed by the many people who have benefited from his guidance, direction, kindness and compassion.