Sally Kaminsky, who sang with Harry Belafonte, 92


Sally Kaminsky, 92, died peacefully at her home on Nov. 25, 2020.

Born at home in Irvington, New Jersey, on March 18, 1928 — along with her identical twin, Betty — she was the daughter of Sylvia and Louis Weisman.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Harvey Wesman and Paul Weisman.

A graduate of Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey, she earned her master’s degree at New York University and doctorate of education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

She was an education professor and undergraduate studies dean at CUNY Staten Island, and was the author of several books, numerous research papers, and professional presentations on reading disabilities and how children learn to read.

In addition to her sister Beverly “Betty” Palius, she is survived by her adored sons Michael (Jennifer Goodnow) and Alex (Kim Klumok); and her beloved grandchildren Allison, Zack and Calla. Michael graduated from Horace Mann School in 1976, and Alex graduated from Ethical Culture Fieldston School in 1980.

She also is survived by her longtime companion David Black.

Prior to her career in education, she sang with Harry Belafonte, Odetta, The Weavers and The Chad Mitchell Trio among other folk singers living in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. Later in life, she rekindled her love of singing by joining the Riverdale Chorale Society.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Sally Kaminsky’s name be made to Wave Hill.

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