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Morris Sorin of Longwood, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his residence. He was 85 years old. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 9, 1928, to the late Rev. Joseph and Sarah Skalarsky Sorin, he spent his entire working career as an educator and child advocate.

According to Karen Sorin, his wife who survives him, “I worked with him for 40 years and was married to him for 35, and I think I heard him raise his voice twice.”

He served in the U.S. Army and later attended Case Western Reserve University. He relocated to the Orlando area from Toronto in 1987. Mr. Sorin was a teacher, principal, superintendent and founder of three schools, including one in Orlando.

In 1995, he founded The New School of Orlando which was a life-long dream fulfilled. The school was later renamed New School Preparatory until its closing two years ago due to Mr. Sorin’s illness.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Jodi (Ernie) Molner of Cleveland, Heidi Sorin (John Albrecht) and Tamar Sorin (Marc Alter) of Columbus, Ohio, and Pamela Sorin of Phoenix. He is also survived by his step-son, Marc Halbfinger (Robin Sand) of Hong Kong; and a brother, Samuel Sorin of Philadelphia; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Minnie Novel.

A graveside funeral service was held in Cleveland. The family requests contributions in memory of Morris Sorin to Telshe Yeshiva, 28400 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe OH 44092. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810.


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