Vera Propp

For 16 years Vera served as Secretary on our Executive Board.  She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and a great friend to Clowns on Rounds.

Over the course of 25 years, she taught remedial reading in Albany, primarily at Philip Livingston Middle School.  She retired from classroom teaching in 1991, but continued to be active in the community and in one of her proudest professional moments, became a published author.  The life story of a fellow congregant at her synagogue, B'nai Sholom, prompted a trip to Holland in 1993 to research a book about a young boy who was hidden by righteous Gentiles on their farm during World War II.  Vera's fictional account of these events was published for young readers as When the Soldiers Were Gone (1999; it went on to be read by many thousands of schoolchildren and win several awards.

In addition to working and raising her family, Vera undertook numerous projects in the service of her community.  In 1985, she produced ALL BABIES ARE BORN EQUAL, an educational pamphlet on children and reading, which was widely distributed to new mothers at hospitals locally and in other parts of the country.  She then helped develop and obtain grants for a successful literacy program with Whitney Young Health Center in 1992 that is still "going strong" and was affiliated with ROAR (Reach Out andRead).  Vera was also active in the Albany Area Reading Council and the Russian Resettlement project of Jewish Family Services, was a founding member of B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation, and was a previous director of its religious school.

Despite her physical limitations in later years, Vera always shared her sense of humor with those around her.  She was uniquely talented and motivated person and is deeply missed by many.

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