On June 24th, Bernard Heitman 85, died peacefully and serenely surrounded by his family in his son's home.
He was born in New York City but during his early childhood his family moved to Spring Valley, New York where he lived for the major part of his life.
Bernard (Bard), after being a medic in World War II, did research work for Lederle Laboratories in the 1950s and then decided to devote his life to teaching and helping young people.
He taught science in Spring Valley High School, Kakiat Junior High School and Rockland Community College. In 1990 he and his wife moved to Scarsdale where he tutored children and teenagers with reading and math problems for as long as his health permitted. He is survived and cruelly missed by his son Fred, his daughter Laura, his wife June, his granddaughter Genny, his daughter in law Mary and his sister Ethel as well as by many close friends and relatives, Sid, Rhoda, Cathy, Dan, Micah, Stephen, Norman, Aaron and Larry among others.
Profoundly egalitarian, he had equal respect for the homeless drifter and the Nobel Prize winner. He participated in many varied science related activities such as archeological digs and ranger work in Bear Mountain. He was above all a humanist and a nature lover who was always available for his students whether for class related subjects or personal problems with which they needed help.
A memorial service and private funeral took place in CA during the week after his death. Donations may be made in his name to "God's love we Deliver".