In Loving Memory of Michael Morrow

Michael Morrow

Michael Morrow

Scranton, PA February 6, 1923 ~ February 16, 2016 Date of Service: February 18, 2016

Michael Morrow, 93 years old, of Scranton, PA,  passed away on February 16th

He and his twin sister, Ruth Moskovitz, were born to Samuel and Etta Rosenberg Moskovitz of Dickson City. He was a graduate of  Dickson City High School and the University of Scranton.  He was an Army veteran of WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He served as Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, Scranton Chapter.  He was a beloved teacher of history and Spanish in the Scranton School District and taught at South Scranton Junior High and Central High School.  Following the obtainment of two masters degrees, he was appointed as a principal in the Scranton School District and retired as principal of the William Prescott School in 1985. 

He was preceeded in death by his sisters Rose Miller, Fannie Klein, Hannah Halmeck, Blanche Feldman, Gatelle Levinson and Miriam Moskovitz, as well as his brothers, Fred, Morris, Philip, Jacob, Abraham, Lester and Sheldon.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Claire Pasternack of Scranton, and his twin, Ruth Gardner of Arizona.  He also leaves behind his daughters, Beth Ellen Morrow and husband Larbi Hamrouni, and granddaughter Nora of New Jersey; Dr. Doreen Morrow and husband George Spatoulas of Scarborough, Maine; Dr. Deborah Morrow and husband Dwight Downing and granddaughters Sarah and Hannah of San Antonio, Texas; his son, Barry Morrow and wife Vivian and grandchildren Samantha and Adam of Berwyn ,PA. 

He was best known for his talented cartooning, an infectious sense of humor, nightly visits to the Scranton Public Library and his love of his beloved pets, Chiquita and Ziggy.   

The funeral will be held today at 1 p.m.  in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 East Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Dovid Saks. Interment in Dalton Jewish Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed at 803 Ash Street, Scranton, this evening from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m  to 2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:00 p.m. 

Memorial contributions can be  made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, PA 18411; Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton 18503; or the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 613 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes Barre, PA, 18702.

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Mr. Morrow
Reply #2 on : Tue February 23, 2016, 08:43:50
Thank you. Please post.

I attended South Scranton Junior High School from 1957 to 1961. Mr. Morrow was a great teacher and a wonderful person, who I remember well.

Gerard (Jerry) Barrett
LaPlata, Md
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Mr. Morrow
Reply #1 on : Mon February 22, 2016, 11:44:00
I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family of Michael Morrow. I know I will not be alone in saying that “Mr. Morrow” was one of the most influential teachers of my life. In
1957-1958 I was fortunate enough to have him as my 7th grade home room teacher and, that same year, as my “social studies” (a combination class combining history, geography and current events) teacher. His enthusiasm, coupled with his sense of humor, instilled in me a love of learning that continues to this day. My part-time job with the Scranton Public Library meant that I continued to see him, and share stories, well into my high school and college years. The last time I saw him was in the late 1960’s, when I was in graduate school at Columbia U. in New York City. I was in downtown Manhattan, idly browsing the windows of camera stores on 34th Street. I heard someone call my name. To my astonishment, I saw Mr. Morrow standing behind me. Seeing him and talking with him again was a thrill for me that I have never forgotten. Nor will I ever forget the man who made 7th grade so special for me. He was a great teacher – a great man.

Richard Rodgers