Our family is deeply saddened to announce that our beloved father, Ira Ewen, passed away on Thursday morning, October 26. He had been facing numerous health challenges but had been doing remarkably well. He died peacefully at the age of 92. Earning both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mathematics at Harvard University, and an additional Master's Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, our father was a passionate educator who instilled a deep love of learning in his children and students.
His former students include noted Physics Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, who paid tribute in his acceptance speech to “his favorite math teacher, Ira Ewen. “ Dad’s career led him to enrich the lives of high school students at many different public schools in New York City. Beginning his career as a math teacher at Van Buren High School, he moved on to the position of Assistant Principal of John Dewey High School, Principal of James Madison High School, and, ultimately, Head of Mathematics/Innovation for New York City Public Schools before his retirement.
An avid bridge player, Dad was proud to have achieved the ACBL Platinum Lifemaster Bridge Player status in 2015.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, October 29, at 2 PM, at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, in Flushing, New York.
Shiva will be held on two days, on Wednesday, November 1, from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Sharon home of his daughter and son-in-law, Rani Dalgin and Frank Dalgin and Thursday, November 2, from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Sharon home of his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica Ewen Kahan and Ray Fillion.
Everyone is welcome at either home on either day - and we do not want to inconvenience anyone. If you think you have recently been exposed to COVID please consider taking a rapid test or just offering us kind words/and or a virtual hug before stopping by as my mother is in her nineties and these days Frank and I are feeling a tad “elderly” as well.
Thanks in advance for your caring, consideration, and friendship. Our family thanks everyone for their kindness and support during this difficult time.