Myrna G. Wasserman (Gillule), 71, of Springfield and Hancock, Mass., died Jan. 27, 2013. She was born in Brooklyn and later moved to Newark.
Mrs. Wasserman was the founder of the Myrna G. Wasserman Education Center, LLC, which she directed along with Willard Blaskopf and a staff of professionals for nearly 35 years. She was a teacher and mentor to thousands of children with learning disabilities as well as those who were gifted and their families. She was a founding member of the New Jersey Association of Learning Consultants and served as a member of its board of directors. She was appointed by the governor to the Commission of the New Jersey Recreation for the Handicapped. She was a member of the Juvenile Conference Committee of Union County and served on the New Jersey Higher Education Council for Learning Disabilities. She also served as a member of the board of directors and vice president of the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Branch of the International Dyslexia Society. She was a consultant to the Albrook School and Institute of Child Development at Hackensack Hospital and coordinator of Gifted and Talented Programs for the Cranford school system, Seton Hall Preparatory School, and a number of Montessori and Solomon Schechter schools. She served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Seton Hall University. She was the founder and president of Partners in Parenting, education director of Pre-School Evaluations Services, and creator and director of Surviving College Admission Test Institute. She was a founder of the New Jersey Association of Learning Disabilities and the Association of Educational Therapists. Throughout her career, she presented over 50 lectures and consulted nationally and internationally on the subject of learning disabilities and learning differences.
She graduated from Weequahic High School, Newark, with honors, and from Newark State College in 1962 with a BA in elementary education. She obtained an MA summa cum laude in 1964 in reading/learning disabilities from Newark State College, where she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi, the national education honor society. She was also enrolled in a doctoral program at Rutgers University, completing all requirements except for a dissertation. She was certified as an elementary school teacher; teacher of reading; learning disabilities teacher/consultant; supervisor of education; Wilson Reading System; Project Read and Phonology and Writing; and Fast Forward Certification and was a certified professional educational therapist.
She was a life member of Westfield Hadassah, Jewish War Veterans Elin-Unger Auxiliary 273 of Springfield, and Temple Sha’arey Shalom, Springfield.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Larry; her son, Todd Scott of Livingston; a sister, Iris Weiss (Nathan) of Anthem, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 19 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to the Myrna G. Wasserman Fund to benefit the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.