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Arnold Jay Gottesman

Arnold Jay Gottesman 81, of Kerhonkson died on Monday, May 28, 2012. Arnold was born on September 1, 1930 in Manhattan, NY; he was the son of S. Lawrence and Ethel (Silverman) Gottesman.

Arnold had served his country in the United States Army from 1948-1949 and the Army Reserve from 1949-1954. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and had graduated from NYU in 1953 and then St. Lawrence University in 1961. He was a social studies teacher in the General Martin Central Schools in Glenfield, NY and later teaching social studies in the Rondout Valley Central School District. He had also worked in the guidance office before becoming the Assistant Principal in 1970. In 1980 Arnold had become the Assistant Superintendent of the District Office. He had served on the Rondout Board of Education and later served on the Boces Board and the Ulster County School Board Association, becoming President of each. He was the Chairman of Coordinated Children's Services in Ulster County from 1987-1997.

Arnold is survived by Ruth (DeLeon), his wife of 59 years. His daughter Ethel Wesdorp of New Paltz. His five grandsons; Jade, Daniel and Russell Wesdorp and Aaron and Seth Light. Several great grandchildren and his son-in-law, Steven Light also survive. He was predeceased by his daughter Sarah Light who died in 2008.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, May 31st from 2-4 & 7-9pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 42nd St., Kerhonkson. Burial will be in Pittsfield, MA at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Arnold's name to the Kerhonkson-Accord First Aid Squad, PO Box 67, Kerhonkson, NY 12446.

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Barry McCann - June 1st, 2012 at 10:40pm - Email
Great guy. My cross country coach 1961 and 1962! I will never forget you.

Myrna Lee Gordon - June 1st, 2012 at 11:12am - Email
I was a student of Mr. Gottesman's having graduated in 1960. It was because of him and his exceptional approach to teaching that I have always had a love of history. He made the past, present and future explode with so many possibilities. Thank you for guiding us as young students.

Carol Solcberg Whitman - May 31st, 2012 at 10:22am - Email
Wonderful memories of a wonderful man and teacher; my deepest sympathies. Carol Solcberg Whitman

Ethel Wesdorp - May 31st, 2012 at 8:06am - Email
The sun is shining and the birds are singing. I am sad, but we will be celebrating the life of a wonderful man, my Dad. I know that he meant a lot to many people over the years. I share his memories with all of you.

Fran Overton - May 30th, 2012 at 3:38pm - Email
I remember Mr. Gottesman with the fondest of memories. I was was a student of his and had the utmost respect for him. May his family find peace and hope in the coming days.

Vince Fisher - May 30th, 2012 at 10:28am - Email
I never knew a more honest, sincere, generous person. A truly fine gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor.

Nancy Johnson - May 30th, 2012 at 8:23am - Email
My deepest sympathy, Ethel, to you and your family. My thoughts are with you all.

stBob and Margaret (Lingley)Gockel - May 29th, 2012 at 9:32pm - Email
We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Mr Gottesman. He was our teacher in Kerhonkson High School. He was the best! We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Betty Jo Smith - May 29th, 2012 at 9:13pm - Email
As my assistant principal, I truly admired Mr Gottesman for his fairness and always looked forward to seeing him around Kerhonkson. May you find comfort in good memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve La Falce - May 29th, 2012 at 6:14pm - Email
I was a student of Mr. Gottesman's then a teacher at Rondout while he was vice principal. He was a superb teacher, a wise and helpful administrator, a wonderful family man and a great person. He will be sorely missed.

Howard Chipp - May 29th, 2012 at 6:09pm - Email
Very sorry to hear of the passing of "Arnie" Gottesman. He was a favorite teacher of mine at Kerhonkson High School.

Bob Grupe - May 29th, 2012 at 4:14pm - Email
Ruth, my heart goes out to you at this time. I considered Arny a friend. He was one of the good guys. He will be missed. God bless you at this time.

Patricia Meehan - May 29th, 2012 at 1:12pm - Email
Thoughts and prayers to Mr.Gottesman's family. My sibling Julie, Mike and John and I fondly remember Mr. G when we were students and as a friend of our father Chick Meehan,(Coach.

John W. Wood - May 29th, 2012 at 8:13am - Email
Mr. Gottesman was my guidance counselor and my cross country coach in the early 60's. He was a wonderful man and influenced me even though I never actually had him as a teacher. My prayers are with his family and friends.

Edward M. Ledden - May 29th, 2012 at 1:59am - Email
He was my teacher in the '60s as well. A wonderful person. May he rest in peace. He will not be forgotten.

Janet Terwilliger - May 29th, 2012 at 12:41am - Email
Sending God's blessings to the Gottesman family. Mr. G was my teacher back in the 60's. He was a great teacher and a fun teacher. He will be greatly missed.

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