Davidson was lifelong educator


Bruce Samuel Davidson, a longtime Riverdale resident who taught at John. F. Kennedy High School, passed away peacefully on April 1 while surrounded by family and friends, they said.

Mr. Davidson was born on July 28, 1931 in Norwalk, Connecticut, the only child of Pearle Davidson (née Rosenthal) and Dr. Emanuel Davidson. Throughout his life, Mr. Davidson was passionate about social justice and dedicated to the less fortunate.

Mr. Davidson graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He then enlisted in the United States Army. He served in Korea shortly before the end of the conflict. He was honorably discharged after returning to the states and received a master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport.

He married his wife, Doris Lindner, in 1956. The couple moved to the Riverdale in 1966, where Mr. Davidson resided until his passing. Ms. Davidson passed away in 1989.

Mr. Davidson was a beloved history teacher in Connecticut, at George Washington High School in Manhattan and finally at John F. Kennedy High School in Kingsbridge.

In 1987, Mr. Davidson retired to pursue his hobbies, which included traveling, playing and teaching bridge, spoiling his children and grandchildren and collecting stamps and coins. Somewhere, family members say, Mr. Davidson is still actively rooting for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series — as he did throughout his life.

He is survived by his son, Douglas, of Plainview, New York; daughter and son-in-law Julie Davidson Meyers and Jonathan Meyers, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey; and four grandchildren.

The family wishes to acknowledge the love and assistance of Sharon Bailey, who helped Mr. Davidson and was supportive to his family through the last eight years of his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to a legacy fund Mr. Davidson established that allows his grandchildren to make a philanthropic gift to charity every year on their birthday.

More information about Mr. Davidson’s legacy can be obtained by contacting the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer (www.FoundationJewish.org) or by calling 609-219-0555.