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Marvin Bressler[1, 2]

Male 1923 - 2010  (87 years)


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  • Name Marvin Bressler 
    Born 10 Apr 1923  Bronx County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    _UID C902FE9B48434260BE87A4F6532F0C9E9C7C 
    Died 7 Jul 2010  Skillman, Somerset, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Person ID I10322  My Family Tree | Descendents of Hersch Kitzes, Descendents of Hersh Tsvi Kitzes (I3), Descendents of Ze'ev Wolf Kitzes (I8926, I18, I1390)
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2018 

    Father George Joseph Bressler,   b. 10 Apr 1891, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1947, Broomall, Delaware, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Clara Kitzes,   b. 13 Nov 1888, Khmelnytsky, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1976, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 24 May 1918  New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F2742  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Rosner,   b. 20 Oct 1923,   d. 14 Apr 2007  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 Feb 1944 
    Children 
     1. Jan Bressler
     2. Amy Bressler
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F2775  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Marvin Bressler, a sociologist who helped shape undergraduate life at Princeton University beginning in the 1960s, died Wednesday of complications of heart failure at the Stonebridge at Montgomery retirement community in Skillman. He was 87.
      Bressler, the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus, taught at Princeton from 1963 to 1993, and he chaired the sociology department for 20 of his 30 years at the university.
      Bressler also served on several university committees, including the 1970s Commission on the Future of the College, which he chaired, and he used his expertise in education to help shape public policy.
      Beyond the university, Bressler also served as chair of the academic research and education advisory panel of the General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, for two decades.
      He participated in various state and national commissions on the social role of universities, and he took on leadership responsibilities within the American Sociological Association.
      On campus, Bressler's teaching and advising, full of wit and wisdom, endeared him to generations of students and younger faculty.
      Among those Bressler advised was Wendy Kopp, whose 1989 senior thesis laid out the plans for Teach for America, the teaching corps she would go on to create.
      "Marvin is unforgettable," said Gilbert Rozman, Princeton's Musgrave Professor of Sociology. Rozman was a graduate student in the sociology department in the 1960s and joined the faculty in 1970.
      "He had an uncanny knack of leaving an audience with the sense that you and he were engaged in a vital quest for answers to the questions he was invariably posing," Rozman said.
      Bressler ran the sociology department with an "iron fist in a velvet glove," said Viviana Zelizer, Princeton's Lloyd Cotsen '50 Professor of Sociology and a close friend of Bressler for 35 years.
      After teaching, Bressler's second passion was mentoring the men's basketball team, which he did from the 1960s to this past spring. His devotion inspired a faculty and staff advising program for Princeton's varsity sports teams.
      Princeton's sociology department has named a conference room and teaching award for graduate students in Bressler's honor. In addition to his regular teaching, he also lectured for alumni groups so frequently that they bestowed upon him the 1994 Alumni Council Award for Service to Princeton.
      Bressler was predeceased by his wife, Nancy. He is survived by his daughters, Jan Bressler Andreeff and Amy Bressler Nee, and four grandchildren.

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