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Morris Raiken, longtime educator, administrator; Sept. 21, 1920 -- June 14, 2011

Morris Raiken, a longtime educator and administrator instrumental in bringing magnet schools to the Buffalo Public Schools, died Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 90.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Raiken was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Raiken earned a bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College and a master's in history from the University of Buffalo. For 37 years, he was an educator in the Buffalo Public Schools.

For many years, he taught social studies. He also served as principal of the night school and summer school at Bennett High School. In 1962, he was named principal of Fillmore Junior High School and became assistant superintendent for secondary education in 1969.

Among his major achievements was helping to implement the magnet school program, currently a cornerstone of the school system. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Raiken and his wife of 64 years, the former Ruthann Goldstein, were founding members of Temple Beth Am in the early 1950s. They moved to Atlanta in 2003, and Mrs. Raiken died 2006.

Mr. Raiken also was a longtime member of the Board of Visitors for Buffalo Psychiatric Center and served as board president and secretary.

Survivors include two sons, Eliot and Steven; a daughter, Robin Bledso; and a brother, Jerry.

His funeral was Friday in Temple Beth Am, Amherst.


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