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Obituary: Charlotte K. Stadler ’61

Charlotte K. Stadler, Antioch College class of 1961, a long-time schoolteacher and mathematics specialist in the New Rochelle School District, died in her sleep Saturday, February 27, 2010, at her home in Larchmont New York, two months after being diagnosed with leukemia. She was 71.

Mrs Stadler, the daughter of Elliott Maurice Kahn and Marjorie Untermeyer Kahn Sands, was born on July 18, 1938, in New York City.

She graduated from Antioch College with a double major of psychology and education, and received a Master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State College. During her forty five year career she taught in the New Rochelle school system until her retirement in 2009. For most of that period, she taught or was based at Columbus School,first focusing on special education and later on mathematics, teaching and coordinating at a district-wide level. Mrs. Stadler was deeply committed to the belief that all children can learn. Her approach reflected the belief that children find meaning through inquiry-based teaching and learning. She taught that through hands-on applications, critical thinking, and problem-based learning, children can be involved and understand at deeper levels. Towards that end she created a great many math games and puzzles. Her underlying faith in children nurtured their innate intelligence and curiosity. Her favorite direction on math tests was “show your work”.

Mrs Stadler was an accomplished amateur watercolorist whose work was displayed in local galleries and art shows. She was also a truly marvelous cook who specialized in the “fast and delicious.”

Mrs. Stadler’s survivors include her husband of 47 years, Dr. John B. Stadler; sister Julia Shubik of New Haven, Connecticut; sons Daniel of Norwich, VT, Alexander ofPhiladelphia, and David of New York City; stepdaughters Jenny of Houston and Iyana of Philadelphia; stepson Eliot of Minneapolis; grandchildren Henry and Lily Stadler, step-grandchildren Erin, Rita, Russell, and Zoe Carlson and Hannah and Jacob Stadler; a large extended family and many friends from her home, career and travels.

Please join the Stadler family for a memorial service for Mrs. Stadler. It will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 27th at the Coveleigh Club (459 Stuyvesant Ave. Rye, NY 10580). We would love to post any of your memories, stories, reflections or thoughts at the memorial. Please e-mail them to db.stadler@gmail.com and we will arrange for them to be part of a collage we are making. Please call 914 834 1229 or e-mail db.stadler@gmail.com with any questions.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a fund to support math education at Columbus School where Charlotte spent so much of her career. Checks should be made out to “The City School District of New Rochelle” with “The Charlotte Stadler Columbus Fund” written on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Yigal Joseph at Columbus Elementary School, 275 Washington Ave. New Rochelle, NY 10801.