Gerald Nusbaum, 88, of Maplewood died Feb. 19, 2014. He was a lifelong New Jersey resident.
Mr. Nusbaum had a long career as a commercial and residential interior designer.
He graduated from Barringer High School, Newark, and received his BA from Rutgers University, Newark, followed by a degree from Parsons School of Design, New York.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 in the European Theater.
As a member of the Strollers, a Maplewood acting group, he played many roles, most notably Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He also spent many years in set design and other organization functions. He utilized his acting skills by role-playing many different patient types with medical school students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with the purpose of training future physicians to create rapport and understanding with their patients. After retiring, he continued his participation in musical and theatrical events.
He is survived by his brother, Paul R. of Green Township; his niece, Gwenn Amy Nusbaum; his nephew, Mark N. Nusbaum; and a grandniece.
Memorial contributions may be made to “The Strollers” at Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040.