Dr. Martin Haberman
[1932 - 2012]
January 1,2012, the community of educators nationwide and beyond lost an educational icon, Martin Haberman. The Haberman Educational Foundation staff, HEF National Trainers and the Haberman Educational Foundation Advisory Board members are saddened by this news. Dr. Martin Haberman,distinguished professor Emeritus, a long time educator, researcher, writer and mentor to so many, passed away in Milwaukee ,WI, where he spent a lifetime career at the University of Wisconsin,Milwaukee. This article by Kathy Quirk speaks of his work and his dedication to the children and youth of America, which by all means,is unprecedented. He will be missed.

A Few Comments:

I am going to greatly miss that wonderful man as, I know, we all will. He will live on in our work and in the lives of the thousands he has touched.
Fred Chesek
U of Chicago

That is very sad news. If there’s a bright side, it’s the life Martin led, full professional accomplishments that will continue through you. Thanks for letting me know.
Leo Klagholz
HEF Advisory Board

No one was ready for this. We can be thankful for knowing him, having the opportunity to work with him, and helping champion his great work.
Gus Jacobs
UMKC

I just received a call letting me know that our colleague and friend Marty Haberman passed this morning. Since I know that you each knew Marty and greatly appreciated his work, I wanted to share this sad news with you in the event that you hadn’t heard. As I shared with my Milwaukee colleague, we can only hope to live our lives as dedicated to the plight of this country’s most underserved children as Marty did—what a legacy of an unwavering commitment to social justice!
Wanda Blanchett
UMKC

I’m saddened to learn of Dr. Haberman’s passing. He was icon for me. I, too, will continue to do all that I can to uphold the rich legacy that he has left us. He was a great man! The professional and person alliance that the two of you forged was one of the best professional relationships that I have ever observed. May we gain comfort knowing Martin’s spirit will shine brightly in our lives forever.
Richard Streedain
NLU

This must be a very hard time for you in particular,Delia. I am pleased to hear you plan for his work to continue. How could it be otherwise? He shaped so many lives and so much of our thinking. His contribution has been extraordinarily generous and is without end. We are all the better, and so is our world, because there was a Martin Haberman.
Mark Larson
NLU

I’m deeply shocked and saddened. What an enormous loss for you personally–I’m so sorry. My only direct contact with Dr. Haberman was a brief but cherished phone call several years ago, which you helped arrange shortly after I first contacted you. But I considered him my mentor even before that, just as I have ever since. His legacy will be large and lasting, and I look forward to continuing to promote and support his work. Peace to you during this difficult time and always.
David Ginsberg

The great Dr. Martin Haberman, whose 50 plus years as an educator were focused with astonishing precision on the improvement of schools for children in poverty, passed away on the first day of the new year. I loved him for his unyielding commitment, caustic sense of humor, truth telling, and keen insight. He told me once: “I’m a pragmatist doing the best I can with the world as it exists.” He did very well. He will be sorely missed, but the impact of his work will be felt for generations.

Delia Stafford
President &CEO
Haberman Educational Foundation,Inc.