Mark Chernichaw

March 31, 1946December 22, 2018

“Mark Chernichaw, 72, of Englewood Cliffs, formerly of Teaneck died December 22nd after a long illness.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, he was an executive at the Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, Fl, a tenured Associate Professor of Film and Television at New York University and retired as Vice President of Global Communications for Prudential.

Mark is survived by his wife Pauline, two sons Adam(Jennifer) of Connecticut, Ian(Deborah) of New Jersey, Limor Gafni Chernichaw of New Jersey and seven grandchildren, Elli, Amit, Eric, Ethan, Grace, Sydney and Jackson".

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Lon Braithwaite

January 26, 2019

Sorry to learn about Mark's passing. He was a great teacher of television-production at NYU when I attended in the 1970's, as well as a great guy to be around. Please accept my condolences.
Lon Braithwaite

Steve Cohen

January 25, 2019

Mark could make you feel like you were the king of the world.

He believed in me and supported me, imparted great knowledge, and gave me optimism and confidence at a time when I most needed it , during those uncertain years between the ages of 18-21.

I was one of the lucky ones who got an opportunity to be his teaching assistant, and it still remains as one of the great honors of my life.

I appreciate that he only saw the good in his students and was a master of constructive criticism.

He impacted so many of us in such a positive way and set an example for all to emulate.

He was the ultimate mentor.

If only there were more Mark Chernichaw’s, the world would be a much better place.

My deepest condolences to the family.

Thank you Mark. You made a real difference.

Rest in peace.

David (Bobby) Sirota

January 20, 2019

While not yet convinced that my dearest of friends has exited planet earth, I guess it’s about time for me to at least pretend that Mark actually passed away and Pauline, Adam, and Ian’s (plus grandchildren and daughters in law) displays of strength in the wake of devestation was not the fiction of a novel or movie. So for the sake of discussion, let’s say all of the above beautiful and accurate and obviously heart felt tributes to Mark are actually there and I actually saw Mark and Lisa and Eric and Karen at this kindest and gentlest of men’s funeral and Andee and I have actually been living through the broken hearts of his absence. On second thought, in the immortal words of Gilda Radner (with whom Mark and I had the pleasure of spending some time) Never mind.

Dana Kaminsky

January 3, 2019

Mark was an amazing teacher, and a warm wonderful human being. I was in a number of his NYU classes. I still remember what I learned ! He made the material extremely interesting. I think he may also have been my student advisor? I even remember talking to him about a boyfriend situation! I remember him best, and most clearly, out of all my college professors. It’s a rare teacher who inspires love and feelings of loss, as Mark Chernichaw does with me, today. May his memory be a blessing to all that were lucky enough to know him.

Sherri London Pastolove

January 3, 2019

It saddens me to hear of the passing of a teacher, advisor and friend. Creativity often means vulnerability and it was important to have someone in your corner to cheer you and soften the blows. Mark was that person. My sincere condolences to his family.

Gary Levine

January 3, 2019

Mark was a wonderful professor. He had patience, creativity and knew how to let a student fly to achieve their best. Thank you Mark.

alan Goldfarb

December 23, 2018

As a student of Mark at NYU Mark was always kind, understanding ,gentle but yet firm when he needed to be. A real mensch! It so saddens me to hear of his passing. He was such a gentle soul. My condolences to his family. RIP Mark

MORRIS Papernik

December 23, 2018

You are not gone. I refuse to accept that. You will live on in all of us. In what we do and think and in our laughter. Thank you for all of your gifts.

Debra Fisher

December 23, 2018


Debra Fusher

December 23, 2018

Reminiscing with all of you NYU grads who have posted thus far, I can only agree that Mark was a wonderful person, professor and human being. I remember him recognizing my strengths and connecting me with the commercial tv department at the historic Wells Rich Greene agency. How wonderful that he introduced me to one of the few female producers there who supported me during my internship! I saw some crazy stuff at that time.... didn’t know how crazy it could get until years later when I watched Mad Men!!!
But there was Mark, my professor and mentor, wide eyed about the things that I shared, while talking me through it all so that I could get that all important letter of recommendation! I am grateful for the role he played in my life. To Mark’s family, how fortunate you all are to share his DNA, as he was a gentleman and a scholar!