July-August 2012 Issue
June 29, 2012


Source: NYSUT United

Josephine E. Davenport, a longtime elementary school teacher and union stalwart, died May 11. She was 92.

Josephine taught for nearly 4O years in the Buffalo area. She spent the longest span, 36 years, at Riverview School in Tonawanda.

Active in the union at the local and state level, she served as secretary, vice president and president of the Tonawanda Education Association and as a delegate to NYSUT and AFT conventions. She also was active in the AFL-CIO.

Josephine remained active in her retirement, becoming the first president of the NYSUT Retirees of Western New York. She served as a retiree representative on the state Teachers' Retirement System board from 1997 to 2001.

She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, Ormus. Survivors include a son, Richard; her siblings, Helen, Mary and Charles; her friend and companion, John; and a host of family and friends.

Robert G. "Bob" Berger | May 13
Retiree Council 13

Doris Byrnes | May 14
Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association

Cynthia Herbst Chapman | March 26
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake TA

George Cobelli | Jan. 29
Port Jefferson Station TA

Dorothy Popper | Nov. 24
United Federation of Teachers

Dorothy Popper, 93, a UFT member who resided in the Bronx passed away Nov. 24, 2011. She was an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor in many schools and special programs during her 30 plus years in the New York City Board of Education. She earned a Doctorate Degree from Fordham University in addition to a Masters Degree in guidance and counseling from City College, CUNY.

Dorothy was an active union member serving at UFT Delegate Assemblies, NYSUT, AFT and NEA conventions. Dr. Popper was chapter chairperson for the citywide Guidance Counselors' Chapter of over 1,000 members. She was active in the National Guidance and Personnel Association, serving on committees and leading workshops. After retirement, she headed an ORT chapter and volunteered as an educational docent at the Hudson River Museum.

Condolences go to her son Jay, a New York City school psychologist, her daughter Susan, three grandchildren and great grandchildren, from her many friends and working colleagues of many years,

Roy Scott | Dec. 9
Port Jefferson Station TA