Wilbur A. Morgenfeld of Hamburg, a former Frontier Central High School principal and active community member, died Saturday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, following a brief illness. He was 90.
The lifelong area resident was born in South Buffalo and attended local schools, graduating from Ebenezer High School. He later earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Buffalo State Teachers College.
Mr. Morgenfeld worked as a teacher and administrator at Blasdell High School and Frontier Central High School his entire career. In 1995, he became the first principal of the newly created Frontier High School. He retired in 1973.
Mr. Morgenfeld was an elder and deacon at Hamburg Presbyterian Church.
He also was a member of the Men's Garden Club of Hamburg; the Hamburg Historical Society; Fraternal Lodge 625; Free & Accepted Masons; the Ismailia Shrine Temple;, the Frontier Central Retired Employees Association; the Epsilon Pi Tau industrial arts fraternity; and the Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity.
He was former president of the Erie County Teachers Association and the New York State Teachers Association, Western Zone, and former chairman of the Cattaraugus District Boy Scouts of America.
His wife of 57 years, the former Olive M. Thomas, died in 1999.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas of Camarillo, Calif., and Robert of Lebanon, Ohio; a brother, Dr. George of The Plains, Ohio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hamburg Presbyterian Church, 177 Main St., Hamburg. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.