Nathaniel Shaffran, 90, of Freehold, N.J., died peacefully Sept. 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., April 27, 1924. He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., in 1949 with high honors. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Colgate University and had additional credits toward an advanced degree from New York University and Hofstra College.
Mr. Shaffran enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and was selected to participate in the Army Specialized Training Program — a unit made up of academically qualified soldiers. He was eventually assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in the European Theater from 1943 to 1946.
He began his career as a high school history teacher, then guidance director, and then as high school principal of Riverhead High School. Mr. Shaffran taught college courses at Southampton College and Dowling College.
In 1982 Mr. Shaffran began his affiliation with Ocean County College in Toms River, N.J., as an administrator and professor. For three years he was adjunct professor of Western Civilization, beginning in 1989. He was selected as employee of the year at Ocean County College, an honor bestowed by his academic peers. He was instrumental in creating the off-campus program offered throughout Ocean County.
Mr. Shaffran is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sylvia; his sons, Michael J. Shaffran of Morro Bay, Calif., and Jonathan J. Shaffran of Alexandra, Va.; his daughter, Gwen Komyati and her husband, Joseph, of Princeton Junction, N.J.; four grandchildren, Nikolas Komyati, Daniel Komyati, Rachel Tsvaygoft and Jennifer Shaffran; and three great-grandsons, Nathan and Carter Komyati, and Grant Tsvaygoft.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, at 12:30 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home in Freehold, N.J. Interment will take place at Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, N.J.
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This is a paid notice.