Condolence & Memory Journal

This is what I recently sent to her, not knowing she had passed:
Hi, Vicki. You were my third grade teacher at Grace Avenue School in 19756. Sincerely, you were my best teacher ever. I remember so many things vividly the way you would sing folk songs to us, tell us about current and past events, and ask us what we thought. You taught me critical thinking at that young age. I remember you read to us that the law said you were allowed to spank us and you didn't say that to threaten us but to start a conversation about corporal punishment, childhood, behavior, the relationship between adults and children compared to that of students and teachers, what it meant to teach someone a lesson, et cetera. I remember another discussion about child labor laws and what we thought of kids working, what sort of jobs we thought a child could do (I recall receptionist was one I suggested) I recall a long project about colonial times and apples how my mom and I made Apple Brown Betty and brought it to school on a special day when we all ate applebased foods brought from home, how we made butter by using a hand mixer and whipping it past the point of whipped cream until it became butter because this was to teach us the principle of how settlers churned butter.
She was the best!

Posted by Daniel Greene - Phoenix, AZ - Student   April 19, 2022

Mrs. Dobrow was an outstanding teacher and a wonderful person. She gave my son an excellent first grade experience and enriched the last bed of so many children. I mourn her passing, but I feel so lucky to have known her. My sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Susan Nathanson - Acquaintance   July 09, 2021

Dear Alan, Julie, Joey and Martin -

Vicki was so vibrant a person, such a good and kind person, it is hard to accept that she is gone.

Such an important part of our children's growing up and of our time with all of you in Great Neck.

It is, of course, impossible to think of Vicki without renewed appreciation of Mrs. Dobrow's brownies. The very best.

Distance and time have not lessened our feelings of closeness to your family and our sympathy for your loss.

With much love,

Renee and Mike Zarin

Posted by REneeandMike Zarin - Floral Park, NY - Classmate   July 04, 2021

Sarah and I extend our deepest condolences to Alan and Vicki's family. A friend and longtime neighbor on Shoreward Drive.

Posted by David Rothenberg - Elmsford, NY - Friend   July 04, 2021

I was so fortunate to know Vicki at South Middle
As a 6th grade teacher myself. She was a gift to all who knew her.sending my gentle thoughts to the family

Posted by Phyllis White - New York, NY - Coworker   July 04, 2021

Mary and I send sincere condolences to the Dobrow family. No doubt your mom’s legacy will be an enduring blessing. You’ve all upheld your parents love of learning and adventure while sharing your gifts with your respective communities.

Posted by Richard Johnson - Friend   June 30, 2021