Beachwood, OH – Gloria M. (Katcher) Kanter, formerly of Slingerlands, NY, died peacefully on Thursday November 10, 2022 after a long illness. A native of Brooklyn, NY Gloria came to Albany in 1956 as a bride. She resided in the Capital District region, primarily in Delmar, until 2019 when she moved to Ohio to live near her oldest daughter.
Gloria received her B.A. in history, graduating magna cum laude from Brooklyn College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Master’s Degree from the same institution where she was licensed to teach social studies at both the senior high school and junior high school levels.
Gloria taught social studies for 30 years, 26 of them at the Bethlehem Central Middle School. A dedicated teacher, she loved history and sharing this passion with her students. In a letter she cherished, the Superintendent of Schools praised Gloria for ‘helping to shape the lives of hundreds of students through your high standards, skillful instruction, and gentle nurturing.”
In 1991, Gloria retired to care for her ailing mother and aunt, and then for her beloved husband Jerry. Early in her retirement, she was one of several founding members of the Humanities Institute for Life Long Learning (HILL), under the leadership of Helen and Fred Adler. In later years, Gloria volunteered at the JCC where she was one of several rotating moderators in the “Eye of the World” sessions. As a self-described news junkie, she thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with these well-informed articulate senior citizens.
Gloria was the widow of Dr. Gerald S. Kanter who retired in 1991 as Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Associate Dean Emeritus of Albany Medical College. She leaves behind two daughters; E. Leslie K. Polott of Hudson, OH and Joyce K. (Howard) Greene of Westport, CT. Also surviving are four cherished granddaughters; Dr. Elizabeth Polott, Gabrielle Polott, Alexandra Greene and Stephanie Greene, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother; Howard Katcher of New City, NY, a biology teacher and department chairman.
A graveside service will take place at the Beth Emeth Cemetery, 58 Turner Lane in Loudonville, NY on Monday November 21st, 2022 at 1:30pm
Those wishing to remember Gloria in a special way can make memorial contributions in her name to The Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org or Planned Parenthood at www.plannedparenthood.org