Milton Mirsky

Milton Mirsky

Milton “Chick” Mirsky, 95, of Rockville, Md., died July 14, 2011. Born in New Brunswick, he lived in Monroe Township, Trenton, and Lawrence before moving to Rockville in 2010.

Mr. Mirsky taught physical education and social studies at New Brunswick High School for eight years, during which time he coached football, basketball, and track and field. He became vice principal at Jamesburg High School and then served as principal for 11 years. He also served as director of secondary education and as assistant superintendant of schools in Monroe Township. He worked with the New Jersey Secondary School Principal’s Association and other educational and charitable organizations after his retirement from public school service in 1979.

At New Brunswick High School and, later, Rutgers Preparatory School, he was an All-State and an All-Prep basketball player. He graduated from Montclair State University in 1941, where he earned a BA in social studies. While at Montclair State, where he was inducted as a charter member of its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972, he received 13 varsity letters in basketball, track and field, football, and baseball. In football he scored nine career touchdowns and was part of New Jersey collegiate football history when Montclair State played the first night football game ever on Oct. 3, 1941. In basketball he scored a school record of 850 points during his four years. He also set a track and field record with a high jump leap of 6'1″. He was selected All-American in Division III basketball in his senior year. He was inducted into the Athletic halls of fame at Rutgers Prep in 2004 and at New Brunswick High School in 2005.

He received a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University in 1964 and took classes at New York University specializing in public school administration.

He received numerous Outstanding Coach, Good Citizen, and Outstanding Teacher awards from civic, fraternal, and athletic organizations.

He served as an aviation cadet and physical instructor, then as a gunnery officer at sea, in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received an honorable discharge as a lieutenant in 1946.

Predeceased by his wife, Lila Clarfield, in 1976, he is survived by two sons, Steve and Richard, and a grandson, all of Bethesda, Md.

Services were held July 17 with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing.

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