Solomon Mortimer Geist

January 4, 1928October 21, 2017

Geist, Solomon Mortimer (Morty) of Springfield, New Jersey, passed away on October 21, 2017. Morty was born at home in the Bronx, New York on January 4, 1928, to Harry and Sadie (Scher) Geist.

Morty graduated from The Juillard School and earned a Masters Degree at Teachers' College, Columbia University. On January 10, 1954, Morty married Renee Perlman. They were happily married for more than 63 years. Morty was the father of Alan Geist (Shellie Wiener) of San Francisco, CA, Eric Geist of Silver Spring, MD, and Michele (Jonathan) Parsonnet of Silver Spring, MD. He was the endearing, "corrupter" grandfather of Lewis & William Geist; Dustin, Gilda & Elijah Geist; and Halley, Brianna & Schuyler Parsonnet. Dear brother of Herman Geist (Barbara) of Armonk, NY, and predeceased by his brother Alan Robert Geist (Louise) of Rye, NY. Morty was a professional musician and a teacher. He toured with several big bands and played locally throughout the New York area. Morty was a teacher and the Supervisor of Performing Arts for the Township of Union Public Schools.

He was a friend, mentor, and role model to countless fellow musicians, music educators, and students. Former students kept in touch with letters, phone calls, email, and on Facebook.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 25 at Sharon Gardens Cemetery, Valhalla, NY. Shiva will be held at the home on Wednesday & Thursday 4pm - 8pm and Saturday night.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homeside Hospice; WNYC; Local 802 Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Solomon Mortimer Geist

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David Ettinger

October 25, 2017

Although I never achieved the proficiency of a Heifetz playing the violin, I have the fondest of memories of Mr. Geist. A wonderful teacher and friend of our family.

October 24, 2017

My condolences to the family. May the God of comfort give you the strength and endurance to cope with the loss of your love one.

October 24, 2017

My heartfelt sympathy to the family on the passing of your love one please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Rick Singer

October 23, 2017

Morty was not just "the endearing corrupter" of his grandchildren but of hundred of his student who he referred to as his "kids" and those who studied under his tutelage he called "cats". The ultimate badge of honor.

Ruth Marriott

October 23, 2017

Eric, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father...he will always remain close at hand in your heart forever. (Ruth W. Marriott)

wendy lewis

October 23, 2017

Always "Mr.Geist", never "Morty" no matter how many years went by!
He leaves us all with so much to be grateful for having him and his family in our lives. Love to Renee, Michele, Eric, Alan and their families.

Edward Kliszus

October 23, 2017

Morty was caring, supportive, very accomplished, and the incredible person who touched so many lives in a significant way.

I'll never forget Ellington Portrait in the BJHS band in the 60's.

No one else has ever called me cat, which was a term of respect and endearment. When he recommended me to replace him as Director of Music he informed me by saying tag you're it baby! I had no idea that he had such confidence in me! I will miss him much. He was such an delightful person and friend!

Mitchell Seidel

October 23, 2017

Somewhere in the cosmos there's a pipe, a martini, a nosh, a game on the tube and Art Pepper on the stereo. And Mr. Geist is in the middle of it all, sharing his wit, wisdom and hospitality.

JKohn Lawrence

October 23, 2017

Morty was a dear friend who helped me through various stages of life as a teacher and mentor. His hospitality was legendary. I'm proud to say I knew him for over 60 years. I will miss him.

Barry Salow

October 22, 2017

Morty Geist was my neighbor for the past 36 years.
He had such a positive outlook on life, kind, generous and by far the coolest person I ever met with tons of class.
I will miss our conversations and our Friday afternoon parties.
He was a great neighbor, mentor and a true friend to all and will truly be missed.