Educator Norma Goldberg dies at 74

Norma Goldberg, 74, died on Oct. 20, 2012.

Norma Goldberg, 74, died on Oct. 20, 2012. (Credit: handout)

Norma Goldberg, who helped educate schoolchildren for years both as a teacher and an advocate for educational television, died Oct. 21 of complications of ovarian cancer.

The longtime Roslyn Heights resident was 74.

Goldberg grew up in the Bronx, where she met her future husband, Norman, when she was 14. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Goldberg earned a bachelor's degree from Hunter College and a master's in education from Queens College.

Goldberg initially pursued her passion for education as an elementary school teacher in the South Bronx. But, her husband said, after teaching for several years, Goldberg realized the job was not for her.

She returned to school and earned a master's degree in communication, which allowed her to pursue a new career in television production.

After holding various directing and producing jobs for public access television and WLIW Channel 21, Goldberg was hired by Cablevision -- Newsday's parent company -- as its regional educational manager for Nassau and Suffolk counties.

In that job, Goldberg helped lead Cablevision's initiative to use television to help educate students in the classroom. Goldberg worked closely with school districts and broadcasters to promote the value of television as an educational tool.

Goldberg would closely monitor television schedules, and alert schools about programs that could supplement classroom lessons.

"Norma was a very strong believer that putting together the right kind of programming for a school system, irrespective of the age . . . would be a major reinforcement tool for teaching," her husband said.

Goldberg left the job in 2002 and spent the last decade mostly as "nurturing mother and grandmother," Norman Goldberg said.

"She was compassionate, very bright and creative," he said. "She was careful about making sure the kids were always taken care of."

In addition to her husband, Goldberg is survived by daughter Jamie Leigh of Jericho, son David of Ridgewood, N.J., and four grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering or St. Francis Hospital Foundation, 100 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11575.

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