February 25, 2016

Murray Pescow


Murray Pescow July 11, 1928 – February 25, 2016

Murray Pescow, 87, of Ledgewood, NJ, died in hospice on February 25, 2016, at Kindred Hospital in Dover, NJ from complications following heart surgery. He leaves behind a family that could not love him more.

Born at Hunts Point Hospital, Bronx, NY, the son of Russian immigrants, he dedicated his life to helping others.

Murray graduated from the City College of New York and the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service; he went on to study Psychology Of Family Relations at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

As a licensed clinical social worker and charter member of the National Association of Social Workers, he devoted his career to youth and education, initially working with troubled children at mental health facilities and treatment centers, later to concentrate on special education within the public school system. During his final position as Social Work Supervisor for the NYC Board of Education, he passionately worked to cut through red tape and deliver quality, direct services to children. His exceedingly caring nature was always evident: to the children who attended his schools and to his staff for whom he ensured recognition and the best opportunity to effectively reach every child. These priorities were his daily dedication.

During the Korean War, he served as first lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, 52nd Battalion, 8th Army (212th) from 1952 to 1953. A deeply defining period, his family later heard many stories about Korea, where he was honored to serve his country, where experiences were permanently etched in his heart.

As FCC licensed ham radio operator KB2SV, he worked to connect servicemen with their families, celebrating each success. He also volunteered at The Roxbury Historic Trust and Waterloo Village.

But he was so much more than his resume. He was a devoted husband of 57 years, marrying his co-worker Barbara, the woman he referred to as “a saint” whenever she was out of earshot.

He was the man who often took a step back and processed life through quiet observation, rejoicing in the accomplishments of his family and friends. He was the cherished father of Roberta and Carol, who from their earliest days knew they had someone forever in their corner. A man who raised them with an open heart, an open mind, constant generosity, and unconditional love.

He was the grandfather of four, loving each grandchild dearly with remarkable wisdom and respect for their unique journeys; and so deeply proud of their accomplishments.

Scholar, social worker, decorated Korean War veteran, ham radio operator, husband, father, grandfather, role model, volunteer, friend… Above all, he was an admirable man who left a profound mark on the world in the most humble of ways.

Memorial plans to be announced at a future date.

In his memory, donations can be made to Renal Center of Succasunna; 175 Righter Road; Succasunna, NJ, 07876.


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