Irving Hershey passed away at 1:30am on March 5, 2002 at the Greenwood Home in Ewing, NJ. He was 85 years of age, and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mr. Hershey was raised on a farm in Accord, NY. He entered the field of social work, obtaining his CSW from Columbia University. He began his career as a house father at the Anderson School in Staatsburg, NY and, over the years, rose through the ranks of administration, eventually becoming director of institutions for retarded and disturbed children, such as the Pleasantville Cottage School, Linden Hill School, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls and the Rhinebeck Country Village.
He was known for his unorthodox and innovative style of education and management, and was widely acclaimed in the New York area world of social work. The role of the psychiatrist in the 1960’s film "David and Lisa" with Howard DaSilva and Keir Dullea, was based on Mr. Hershey.
He is survived by his sons, Ron, of Cold Spring, NY, Steven, of Philadelphia, PA, and Alan, of Pennington, NJ.
A memorial service is planned for sometime in May.