Michael Barry Spector
August 15, 1946 – May 29, 2019
Beloved husband of Barbara Spector; dear father and father-in-law of Adam Spector (Jennifer), Paul Spector (Anna) and Danny Spector (Colleen); dear grandfather of Josie, Charlie and Olivia; dear brother of Jeff Spector (Liz); dear uncle of Andi Martin (James) and Becky Hibbits (Josh); friend to many.
Michael dedicated his life to education and helping students achieve their highest potential. His career included more than 30-years as a teacher and administrator in the Pattonville School District.
Funeral service Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. No visitation prior to the funeral service. Interment follows at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, 650 White Road. Memorial contributions preferred to the charity of your choice.
- Funeral Service Sunday, June 2, 2019
- Interment Following Service Sunday, June 2, 2019
- Shiva Sunday, June 2, 2019
- Shiva Monday, June 3, 2019
Michael Barry Spector
June 5, 2019
I am so sorry to have learned about Michael'sudden passing and want to extend my condolences to his wife, Barbara, and his family. Michael came to my rescue over 35 years ago when I was a substitute teacher at Pattonville Heights. A fight broke out as my students were switching classes and he calmly and firmly addressed the students. I could tell that the students liked and respected Michael. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him and may his memory be a blessing.
May 31, 2019
In 1992, I was referred to Mike Spector by a mutual friend, Miller Chow. She sent me to his school, Parkwood, to seek an elementary teaching position. When I arrived at the Parkwood office, I asked if Mr. Spector was available. He was behind the counter and he looked around and said, "Let me see," and he looked left and right and then back at me and said, "Oh, that would be me. How can I help you?" I told him a mutual friend has sent me to meet him, and he said, "Oh. And who would that be?" I responded, "Miller Chow." He looked at me a bit more seriously and said, "Why don't you come in and let's talk."
He had already filled his fifth-grade teaching position with another candidate, but he wrote down the names of schools and the principals' names and told me to go to those schools and to take the portfolio I had created of my work; I brought my portfolio showcasing all of the work I had completed as a computer resource specialist in Parkway and he looked at it and realized that I could fill one of the three computer technology teaching positions they were opening up in Pattonville. I did just that and was soon hired. I have taught in Pattonville 28 years so far. This would not have happened without Mike Spector.
A funny memory I have of Mike Spector is when we played intramurals as staff members. Carrollton Oaks, where I worked, was playing volleyball against Parkwood. At Carrollton Oaks, we always called our principals, by title. So as we were playing, we kept yelling names but when it came to Jim Schwab, we would yell "Mr. Schwab". The first time we did that, Mike let the volleyball bounce right by him and he said, "They even call you Mr. Schwab on the volleyball court!?" Jim responded with his arms out to the side, "They won't stop!" Oh, fun times.
Mike Spector will always be a very special person to me. I am sorry I will be out of town and unable to attend the service. Your family has my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.