Dr. Marlene Michels Pomper, 76, of Highland Park died June 14, 2013. She was raised in New York.
Dr. Pomper’s academic career began by teaching in the public high schools of Trenton and Morrisville, Pa. She successively served as an instructor at Rutgers University, an assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology, chair of the English department at Passaic County Community College, and director of general education at Hudson County Community College, retiring in 2001.
She graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1953 and with honors from Hunter College in 1957. She earned her MA and EdD from Rutgers University.
In recent years, she volunteered as curriculum chair of Rutgers’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
She travelled to over 50 countries, and spent a year at Tel Aviv University in Israel, a year at Oxford University writing her doctoral dissertation, and a semester at Australian National University.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gerald; three sons, Marc, David, and Miles; daughters-in-law Rayna Nitzberg Pomper and Erika Siegel; a sister, Lynn Michels Sternstein; and five grandchildren.
Services were held June 16 at Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth, on June 16 with arrangements by Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel, New Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to CASAofMiddlesexCounty.org.