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Morton I. Teicher, Class of 1936

Dr. Morton I. Teicher, 97, of Scarsdale, NY.

He was born in the Bronx on March 10, 1920 and died on June 13, 2017 in the presence of his two children. His distinguished career took him to Boston, Toronto, New York, Lusaka, Zambia, Jerusalem, Chapel Hill and Miami. He was the quintessential gentleman and scholar and a distinguished social work educator, noted anthropologist, committed Jewish communal professional and prolific book review writer.

Son of the late Celia and Samuel Teicher; beloved husband of the late Mickey Adler Teicher; brother of the late Elaine, Abe and Jerry Teicher and loving father of Phyllis and Alvin Goldman, and Oren and Alison (Greene) Teicher. Proud grandfather of Liz and Randy; Mattis and Rebecca; Mark and Julia; Carrie and David; Jessy and Emily; Zachary and Anne. Adoring great-grandfather of Miriam, Adam, Judah, Isaac, Franklin, Daniel and Maya. Devoted uncle and great-uncle. World War II Veteran who served in India for three years. Graduate of Townsend Harris High School; CCNY; University of Pennsylvania (MSW); University of Toronto (PhD). He did anthropological field work among the Eskimo and the Iroquois. Accomplished author, world traveler, well- respected founding Dean of three schools of social work – The Wurzweiller School of Social Work of Yeshiva University, the School of Social Work at Bar-Ilan University and the Oppenheimer College of Social Welfare in Lusaka, Zambia. He was a former president and founder of the Thomas Wolfe Society; lifetime voracious reader; family patriarch; and inspiration to thousands of students for 50 plus years.

Morton Deustch, Class of 1935

After Morton Deutsch learned that Lydia Shapiro was sunbathing along the Charles River in Boston when she was supposed to be interviewing subjects for his sociological experiment, he resorted to a conventional means of resolving a workplace dispute: He abruptly fired her.
A little more than a year later, though, he took a more creative and constructive approach to repairing their frayed relationship: They became fully cooperative partners, husband and wife.
“I have accused Lydia of marrying me to get even, but she asserts it was pure masochism,” Professor Deutsch wryly recalled.

Professor Deutsch’s postgraduate studies in the late 1940s were heavily influenced by the atomic bombings of Japan, followed by the formation of the United Nations. His doctoral dissertation was the basis for his theory of cooperation and competition, which postulated that a group’s success depends on the extent to which its members believe their goals are shared and see a potential to make common cause.
He had in mind the United Nation’s Security Council, he said, when “I had an image of them either cooperating or competing and had different senses of what the consequences would be for the world.”
But the same rules applied for confrontations big and small, and, since he fired Ms. Shapiro, his researcher at M.I.T., Professor Deutsch said there were plenty of occasions to practice what he preached.

“In our 60 years of marriage,” he said, “I have had splendid opportunities to study conflict as a participant observer.” Courtesy: New York Times, March 21, 2017.

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