Abraham Baumel was passionate educator

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Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and cousin, Abraham Baumel died on Jan. 16. He was 88 years old.  A consummate educator for 44 years, he taught several future Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur geniuses, actors, professors, a secretary of state, a White House counsel and countless brilliant and good people throughout his long teaching career.

Mr. Baumel taught at Junior High School 52X, Morris High School and the Bronx High School of Science. He was chair of the physics department at Stuyvesant High, principal of New Dorp High School and lastly principal of Stuyvesant High School in 1983-94. He guided the plans for the new Stuyvesant building, moving the school from East 15th Street to Battery Park City.

He was an energetically intellectual person, ever curious and always learning. A kind, loving and decent man who took care of everyone he met, Abe was adored by generations of students. A great conversationalist and off-the-cuff speechmaker, he was deeply attached to his extended family and his former students. He was devoted to synagogue life, serving as president of his congregation, Community Center of Israel. He is mourned by his wife of 62 years, Betty; his children Judith and Philip, Ellis and Thuy, Sara and Eric; his grandchildren, Samuel, Aaron, Analena, Matthew, Daniel, William and Julia; his sister-in-law Thelma; and scores of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mr. Baumel’s funeral was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19 at Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, located at 475 W. 250th St. Details on the funeral and shiva and contributions to the Stuyvesant Abraham Baumel Memorial Fund can be found at www.plazajewishcommunitychapel.org.

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