Life Story: Marvin Lee Blaustein, Former Franklin High School Principal

Marvin Lee Blaustein of South Plainfield, a former Franklin High School principal, quietly passed away on February 10, 2017 .

Lee was raised in Brooklyn NY , the son of Michael and Jennie Blaustein. He attended the City College of NY an earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Science as well as attended NYU graduate school of Education earning him his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. In later years, he was recognized with an honorary Doctorate from Princeton University for his work in Science Education. He was also a graduate of the US Staff College in Battle Creek MI, and studied at the Newark College of Engineering.

After volunteering his service with honor as a “medic” and Ranger in the US Army in WW II, he returned to the US where he attended City College and met his wife, Adrienne. They married in March of 1951 and moved to South Plainfield, where Lee began teaching and coaching wrestling at the North Plainfield High School. Lee then served as department head at the Watchung Hills Regional High School, Vice Principal at the Cedar Grove High School, Supervisor of Science in the Bridgewater High School, vice principal and principal in the Piscataway schools and retired after 11 years as principal of the Franklin High School. In 1987, he joined Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, and since 1989 was the program administrator for the Automotive Technology programs at the college. Lee was also member of post 6763 of the local VFW.

Lee received recognition during his educational career as the recipient of the Princeton University Prize for outstanding teaching, the Rutgers University Engineering Award, the Rutgers University Science Fair Administrator Award, the Rutgers University Extension award for teaching excellence, The Barringer Award from Brookdale and the NJ College SID recognition.

Lee is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Adrienne, and son Neil. He is survived by his daughters, Karen Dolcimascolo and husband Anthony, Elyne Foscolo and husband John and Bonnie Blaustein, and one sister, Ruth. He leaves a family of loving grandchildren, John Foscolo and his wife Brooke, Melanie Lidon and her husband Mike, Benjamin Dolcimascolo, Tina Foscolo, and Evan Dolcimascolo. He also leaves his great grandchild, Johnny Foscolo.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Higgins Home for Funerals in Watchung, on Feb. 13, immediately followed by a graveside service at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be accepted to the Colon Cancer Alliance.


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