Alfred Weinrib, Class of 1947
Alfred Weinrib, passed away on April 4, 2013 at the age of 82. Alfred was born in the Bronx, where for most of his young life, he lived near the famed Bronx Zoo. He entered P.S. 47 in 1937 and was graduated with 43 classmates in 1947. He was one of the first pupils to receive the Arista pin in 1947. He enrolled at the High School of Fashion Technology and was granted a scholarship, but he left after two years for personal reasons. He eventually earned a high school equivalent diploma.
Alfred worked as a linotypist for Variety Weekly for many years. A movie buff since he was a kid, he learned a lot from this magazine and wrote articles about movies, television and theatre for Silent News, Deaf Life and Deaf USA. Among his achievements was convincing film and television companies in Hollywood to close-caption their videotapes, in cooperation with National Captioning Institute (NCI).
Alfred also was a religious class instructor and coordinator for children at Temple Beth Or of the Deaf for 26 years, and served as president briefly. In later years, Alfred worked at Herricks Community Center for the Deaf – Long Island Branch of New York Society for the Deaf for 15 years as a communication skills instructor and coordinator, in addition to working with Deaf seniors in the community room.
Alfred was married to his beloved Selma (Warman ’49) and they had two children, Melinda and Lance and Lance’s wife, Rosemarie who are also Deaf. He had a grandson, Randall Scott who is hearing.
In recognition of and appreciation for his devotion in working closely with the Deaf community, “47” Alumni Association of the Deaf presented him with the 2008 “Man of the Year” Award. He is sorely missed.