Louise Selleck Greenbaum, 89, teacher

Louise S. Greenbaum
Louise S. Greenbaum
Posted: June 28, 2012

Louise Selleck Greenbaum, 89, of West Hartford, Conn., who was a teacher in Cherry Hill, died of complications from a heart ailment on Sunday, June 24, at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn.

Mrs. Greenbaum lived from 1960 to 2010 in Cherry Hill, where her husband, Maurice, was executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Camden County for a time, according to the couple's daughter, Beth Bernstein.

"She did what she called 'bedside teaching,' " which meant tutoring homebound students, Bernstein said. "I don't remember her being in a classroom," she said.

Born in New London, Conn., Mrs. Greenbaum was the daughter of Samuel Selleck, a gas station owner who at one time was the city's mayor.

In 1944, the year she turned 21, she left her studies at the University of Connecticut and enlisted in the Navy, for which she drove trucks at a base in Maine, her daughter said.

Mrs. Greenbaum met her husband while they were working as camp counselors in Massachusetts. They married in 1948 and moved to the University of Pittsburgh, where her husband earned a master's degree in social work.

His work took the family to Chicago and Boston before they settled in Cherry Hill, Bernstein said.

When she was 40, Mrs. Greenbaum returned to college and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education at what is now Rowan University.

She then joined her husband at the Jewish Community Center, now based in Cherry Hill  , where she worked in its day-care program before becoming director of its nursery school.

When she retired at age 61 from that work, she became a volunteer at the center as well as for Temple Beth Shalom, which is now in Cherry Hill  , and for Jewish Family Services. Her final retirement came when she was 86.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Greenbaum is survived by sons Michael and Ira; a sister; and five grandchildren. Her husband died in 2003.

A graveside service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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