Jan Craig Lederman Ph.D.

October 8, 1949October 15, 2020

LEDERMAN, Jan Craig, Ph.D., aka MN2B, aka Shapsa Chuna of Clearwater, FL, October 15, 2020. Beloved Father of Jonathan Ellis Lederman of Bend, Oregon, Son of recently departed Audrey Whitman Lederman of Palm Harbor and Reuben Daniel Lederman of Miami, FL, Brother of Don Barry Lederman and his wife Donna Riley Lederman of Plantation, Brother of Sue Lederman LaNeve and her husband Donald David LaNeve aboard m/v Invictus, Uncle of nieces Melanie Gore of Coral Springs, FL, and Tessa Danielle LaNeve, of Wilmington, DE, Uncle of nephews Adam Lederman of West Palm Beach, FL, Sean Michael LaNeve of Tampa, FL, and Ryan James LaNeve of Tampa, FL, Jan’s morning stroll through his neighborhood in Feather Sound took a side path, allowing his unique energy to escape the confines of his body. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Reuben Daniel Lederman and Audrey Whitman Lederman on October 8th, 1949, Jan grew up in West Miami, FL, earned Eagle Scout, graduated from Miami Coral Park Sr. High, became a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi, and received his BA and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida. In his work as a volunteer at NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center, a Radio Operator at Emergency Management, a Clown at Comedy Connection Caring clowns, a Reiki Master at Healing Power of Reiki, a Sales Agent at eXp Realty, an Endowment Director at the Jewish Federation of Broward County, an Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, a Psychology Professor at the University of Florida, a co-author of the Mission Serendipity series, and a Zumba instructor, to name a few of his interests and endeavors, Jan captured the attention and friendship of thousands, the majority with whom he continued to remain connected. He loved hiking and traveling with son Jonathan, playing the guitar, writing poems and songs, cooking vegan meals, and generally being a boss rambler. Avidly political, Jan deeply enjoyed communicating his passions with friends and family. He always provided a helping hand to anyone in need, was a master of high jinks and tomfoolery, an explorer of emotion, creativity, energy, and the earth, Jan loved life and will be dearly missed.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00am Friday, October 23rd, 2020, for immediate family. We politely request guests that wish to attend the service do so via livestream. Instructions to do so are below:

The service may be viewed at The service password is Jan1023. The virtual room will open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled service start time. Please note that the start of the live webcast will begin when the actual service begins.

In lieu of flowers, and if inclined, the family deeply appreciates your expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to Comedy Connection Caring Clowns via



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Lauren Johnson

November 8, 2020

My dear Jan you will be missed so deeply you are a true beautiful friend. I’ve known you since 1989 when we worked together at the Jewish Federation of South Broward at Hollywood and boy did we have incredible memories from there. I just found out of your passing because I was wondering why you weren’t posting anything about the storm. When I researched on Facebook and found out the devastating news I was overwhelmed You were there for me so many times. But most recently and most profoundly you sat and held my hand while I got my chemo you are a wonderful wonderful friend and I’m sure you are gonna kick some butt up in heaven keep doing your work I know you will there will be no resting for you I love you forever.

Brett Levin

October 29, 2020

You were the best cousin one could ask for. You have showed me how hard it is to leave and start a new life. I regret not seeing you more and loving more. I regret moving so far away. I regret the times we coulda had. But I don’t regret the love we did share. Rest well I’ll see you someday so they say.

Joel Kaplan

October 28, 2020

May his memory be for a blessing. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. I knew Jan over the years professionally during our years in Jewish Federation work. I always enjoyed his ruach.

Eve Stone

October 26, 2020

Jan was a very special and caring . He was always a good listener, always had caring words, helped so many people and knew how to make people smile. We reconnected on Facebook in 2017, caught up about our families, work, hobbies, and stayed in touch. I will truly miss him greatly as I am sure there are many others who will also! I’m sure we’ll see each other again. May his soul always be in G-d’s Eternal Light and pray that he’s happy and dancing in heaven! Below is a page from a journal we were assigned to do when I was in his class at SCC. He was an enjoyable instructor. We had some fun in his class. Most students wanted him for their Psychology Teacher. ❤️ 🙏

Demetria "Dee" Bolen

October 25, 2020

I can say you were a true friend. Your kindness reassured me that it is okay to be nice in a world full of mean people.

Jan, I remember you coming into class, introducing yourself and telling everything you had done and what you were currently doing. I was in shock. I got to hear about your mom and your son. Then our friendship just blossomed from then. Thank you for your inspiration, your love, our talks, texts, trying to help me with my new ventures....I'm will make you proud and I'm just going to remember that smile always.

Zumba Family

October 25, 2020

"Always so kind"
"Always so nice"
"Made me smile everytime I came to class"
"Made me feel welcome"
"He was always so happy"
Jan, you brought so much joy to our classes and you created wonderful relationships working out and interacting with everyone. I know on Mondays you turned into the unofficial greeter to new students and old and we could count on you to make sure to welcome people when sometimes the instructors couldn't.
We were an amazing family and we will miss you to no end. I know sometimes you wondered, but they loved you.

Stephen Levitt Levitt

October 23, 2020

"May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord shine his face upon you and be gracious to you
May the Lord lift up his face upon you and give you his peace"

Jan, I will sorely miss our late evening telephone calls. Everything was on the table, stocks, movies, books and (ugh) politics.
I will treasure your hastily arranged Passover Seder of 2008 when I made what probably was my last visit to Florida to visit my mother's grave. I am not even sure it was Passover, but it felt like it because of the warmth and family kindling you generated, just like at the sedarim of childhood.

You will be missed by all

Stephen & Margaret Levitt

Marvin & Bonnie Luterman

October 23, 2020

We will miss you dearly💙

David Willens

October 23, 2020

R.I.P. good friend. You were truly one of the “Chronologically Gifted”.

Marilyn Baron (Meyers)

October 23, 2020

I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Jan. His parents and mine were close family friends growing up. Don, Sue and family, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
Marilyn Baron


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