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BRAVERMAN

William Braverman, 92, a physical- and health-education teacher, died Jan. 8. He was a resident of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham.

A graduate of Gratz High School, Braverman joined the tumbling team as a freshman. As a senior, he was team captain, high scorer and earned the Outstanding Athlete Award. He also received a scholarship to the Philadelphia Turners gym club.

At Temple University, where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree, Braverman was a walk-on to the freshman gym team. He competed in Amateur Athletic Union meets, and, as a junior, won Temple's first gold medal in tumbling at the Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League Championship in 1934.

From 1941 to 1976, Braverman taught physical and health education in Philadelphia public junior and senior high schools. He was department head and athletic director at Overbrook and Northeast high schools, as well as chairman of the Philadelphia Public High Gym League. He retired in 1976.

He also had been director of the YMHA and Pocono camps for many years.

During Braverman's professional career, he invented and built exercise and measuring devices for remedial physical education, published articles in national camping and physical-education journals, and wrote health- and physical-education curriculum guides for the Philadelphia school district.

In addition, he was an officer in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania physical- and health-education associations, and received an Honor Award from the Pennsylvania State Physical and Health Association and the William Stecher Award for Outstanding Teacher of Physical and Health Education in Philadelphia Public Schools.

Braverman is survived by his wife, Celia "Cele" Feldman Weisberg Braverman; daughter Dr. Marilyn Deutsch; sons Dr. Gerald Braverman and Dr. Marty Weisberg; sisters Frances Hurwitz, Ethel Frankford and Doris Bell; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Celia Ginsburg, and a daughter, Barbara Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to: the Bill Braverman Gymnastic Award, Temple University Gymnastics, c/o Fred Turoff, McGonigle Hall 106, P.O. Box 2840, Philadelphia, PA 19122; or to the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, Pocono-N.E. Branch, 1 College Green, La Plume, PA 18440.

 

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