In Memory

Kenneth Hilfman (Us History)


Kenneth J., longtime resident of Fair Lawn, NJ, passed away May 14, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Kenneth was born April 7, 1925 in New York City and grew up in Greenwich Village. He graduated from NYU and received a Master's degree in Education from Harvard. A devoted educator, Kenneth served as Chairman of the Social Studies department of Bogota (NJ) High School, and engaged students in learning for 34 years. In 1964 he was honored with the Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching. He also taught classes at Fairleigh Dickenson University and Newark College of Engineering. For many summers he worked in Jewish camping at the Bergen County YMHA. Following his retirement, he was able to live out his dream as a photojournalist, working on assignment with the Jewish Standard. He wrote and photographed political and human interest stories, bringing his zest for life to bear in the Jewish community. Kenneth was a longtime active member of Temple B'Nai Israel, and received their Man of the Year award in 2005.
Kenneth was a multi-faceted, creative, kind-hearted and generous man. He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Miriam; daughters Karen and Lesley; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Contributions in Kenneth's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 225 North Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601; or Jewish Family Service of North Jersey, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470