Stanley Barry Kotzen

16 décembre 193416 septembre 2021

Stan Kotzen age 86, of Moorestown, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 16, 2021, after a battle with prostate cancer.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Kotzen was a graduate of Central High School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the US Army. He was a devoted teacher at Fort Lee, NJ, Golden, Colorado and notably at Pennsauken High School. Throughout his teaching career he coached football and baseball and led theater programs. He later served as principal at Moorestown High School and Lower Cape May Regional High School.

Mr. Kotzen was always known for his commitment to mentoring his students. Throughout his career Mr. Kotzen was always an artist(painter). After retiring, Mr. Kotzen began painting full time as a second career. He is a renown sports artist and his work can be found on display across the country. He loved spending his summers in Cape May, NJ and the jersey shore and was known to swim at least a mile a day right up through this year.

Survivors include his children Michael Kotzen (Lisa) of Cary, NC and Josh Kotzen (Jennifer) of Cherry Hill, NJ; five grandchildren, Alicia, Megan, Emma, Lee and Aliza; and five great grandchildren, Justin, Vincent, Dominic, AJ and Nate.

Mr. Kotzen will be remembered for his love of life, his unflagging optimism, his strength, and his courage. Mr. Kotzen was the definition of authenticity and was always driven to do what he thought was right. He will be greatly missed.

Private service and interment will be held .

A celebration of Mr. Kotzen’s life and art will be held at a later date.

If preferred, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Hospice,C/O Samaritan Gift Processing Center PO Box 71425, Philadelphia, PA 19176-1425. https://samaritannj.org/giving/


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Stanley Barry Kotzen


Maurine Falcone

26 septembre , 2021

Director and Friend glad you were in my life. "Here's to Us!" Stan!

Lois Pressey (Scarduzio)

25 septembre , 2021

To the kotzen family,
How sad is your loss with the passing of Stan Kotzen this week.
As a member of the class of 1968 of Pennsauken High School, I have so many happy memories of the time I got to spend in the presence of Stan Kotzen. As a teacher, he educated us with the facts and with a touch of laughter. As a director he gave us opportunities we never would have had elsewhere.
As a member of the casts of Little Me, South Pacific, and Carousel, I had a blast. The summer-time productions were hot work, but no less fun (by forming two casts for each production, Stan gave everyone a chance to participate.)
I am lucky to have a caricature Stan made of me (as Bloody Mary from South Pacific) which I will cherish forever.
He is missed.
Most Sincerely,
Lois (Scarduzio) Pressey
P.H.S. Class of '68

Linda U Vandy

23 septembre , 2021

Mr. Kotzen, he will always be Mr. Kotzen to me, was my teacher class of 67. He also was the director of our class play, Oliver, that I was in. Loved him as a teacher and mentor. Praying for comfort for his family. It’s a big lose.

Edward Zeuner

20 septembre , 2021

Stan was also Principal at Riverside High School for two or three years. Why wasn’t this in his obituary ? Was he not proud of this?

Elinor (Cizewski) DeStefano

17 septembre , 2021

I was in the Pennsauken High School Class of 1972. Mr. Kotzen was my Humanities teacher and Director of our senior play Fiddler on the Roof.
Mr. Kotzen was a wonderful teacher and being in his play was a special time for me. He will be missed by so many students from our class and many others. My condolences go out to his family.