In memory of
Dorothy McCormack
In memory of
Dorothy McCormack
Dorothy McCormack, 86 Mother & grandmother, educator in speech, writing & drama who staged student musicals in New Springville as beloved 'Mrs. M' Dorothy McCormack (nee Polowitz), 86, of Meiers Corners, a retired New York City intermediate school teacher, devoted mother, grandmother and baseball fan, died July 26, 2020, at Staten Island University Hospital North. Born and raised in Manhattan's Lower East Side, she spent some of her summers at a family beach cottage in Staten Island as a child. She also lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, before moving to Meiers Corners in 1966. A graduate of Washington Irving High School, Mrs. McCormack earned her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, majoring in speech. She spent her junior year studying in Mexico City on a scholarship. She earned her master's degree in education at Hunter College. She started teaching middle school in the Lower East Side. After taking time to raise a family, she taught speech to international students at Pace University and was a substitute teacher in public schools on Staten Island. She returned to teaching full time in 1976, becoming the creative writing and drama instructor at the then-new Rocco Laurie Intermediate School 72 in New Springville. Known as "Mrs. M," she led productions of "Fiddler on the Roof," "The King and I," "Oklahoma," "Arsenic and Old Lace," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and many more. Some of her students, especially in those first few years, forged strong friendships with one another from the shows that last to this day. Mrs. McCormack also coordinated the school yearbook. She expected a lot from her classes. She could be a bit intimidating, but also had a good sense of humor - she once substituted a photo of Darth Vader for herself in the yearbook. She became a mentor to many students. She retired in 1995. Mrs. McCormack rooted for the New York Yankees. She loved going to the theater, watching old movies and doing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle with her husband of 56 years, Robert McCormack, a former NYPD inspector and executive officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island. He died in 2015. Surviving are her daughter, Kathy McCormack; her son, John, and four grandchildren. The Harmon Home for Funerals in West Brighton is handling arrangements. A graveside ceremony will be on July 30, 2020 at 12 noon in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to broadwaycares.org in honor of Dorothy, which is currently providing funding for the theater industry in light of the ongoing closure during the pandemic, at broadwaycares.org . Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (718) 442-5056
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Dorothy McCormack
Dorothy McCormack, 86 Mother & grandmother, educator in speech, writing & drama who staged student musicals in New Springville as beloved 'Mrs. M' Dorothy McCormack (nee Polowitz), 86, of Meiers Corners, a retired New York City intermediate school teacher, devoted mother, grandmother and baseball fan, died July 26, 2020, at Staten Island University Hospital North. Born and raised in Manhattan's Lower East Side, she spent some of her summers at a family beach cottage in Staten Island as a child. She also lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, before moving to Meiers Corners in 1966. A graduate of Washington Irving High School, Mrs. McCormack earned her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, majoring in speech. She spent her junior year studying in Mexico City on a scholarship. She earned her master's degree in education at Hunter College. She started teaching middle school in the Lower East Side. After taking time to raise a family, she taught speech to international students at Pace University and was a substitute teacher in public schools on Staten Island. She returned to teaching full time in 1976, becoming the creative writing and drama instructor at the then-new Rocco Laurie Intermediate School 72 in New Springville. Known as "Mrs. M," she led productions of "Fiddler on the Roof," "The King and I," "Oklahoma," "Arsenic and Old Lace," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and many more. Some of her students, especially in those first few years, forged strong friendships with one another from the shows that last to this day. Mrs. McCormack also coordinated the school yearbook. She expected a lot from her classes. She could be a bit intimidating, but also had a good sense of humor - she once substituted a photo of Darth Vader for herself in the yearbook. She became a mentor to many students. She retired in 1995. Mrs. McCormack rooted for the New York Yankees. She loved going to the theater, watching old movies and doing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle with her husband of 56 years, Robert McCormack, a former NYPD inspector and executive officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island. He died in 2015. Surviving are her daughter, Kathy McCormack; her son, John, and four grandchildren. The Harmon Home for Funerals in West Brighton is handling arrangements. A graveside ceremony will be on July 30, 2020 at 12 noon in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to broadwaycares.org in honor of Dorothy, which is currently providing funding for the theater industry in light of the ongoing closure during the pandemic, at broadwaycares.org . Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (718) 442-5056
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