Services: The funeral will be held on Friday December 16 at 11:00 AM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue in Norwalk. Burial: Burial will follow the services in Independent Hebrew Society Cemetery on Richards Avenue. Donations: In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of your choice.

Edith Vogel Dworkin

March 17, 1916 ~ December 13, 2011

Former Tracey School Principal

Edith Vogel Dworkin, 95, died December 13, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital. She was the wife of the late Morris Dworkin.

She was born March 17th, 1916 in Norwalk, to the late Betty Jacobson Vogel and Morris Vogel. She attended Norwalk public schools, graduating from Norwalk High School class of 1932 at the age of 16. She graduated from Danbury State Normal School in 1935 at age 19. She holds B.E. degrees from Central Connecticut, a Masters in Supervision and Administration from Columbia University and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma from New York University. She never stopped learning and throughout her life she enjoyed taking classes about new trends in education.

She was honored by the Norwalk High School Alumni Association by being named to the first ever Teachers Honor Roll in 2000. Her name is etched on a permanent plaque in the high school lobby.

Miss Vogel, as she was known professionally, served the educational system of Norwalk for 47 years. She began her teaching career in 1935 at the old two room Brookside School. She taught first through sixth grades at Concord, Washington, Roosevelt and Jefferson School. She retired in 1982 after 33 years as principal of Tracey School. She became so synonymous with Tracey School that she was often introduced as “Miss Tracey.”

Known for her warmth and discipline, she developed a rapport with her students that endeared her to thousands of pupils and their families, which continues to exist today. Everywhere she went in Norwalk; she would be stopped and hugged by so many whose lives she touched in some way.

“It’s better to build children than to repair men” was her maxim, which she pursued throughout her teaching career. Her former students include Police Chief Harry Rilling, former Norwalk mayor William Collins, retired chief justice Robert J. Callahan, businessman Stanley Seligson and NBA basketball all-star Calvin Murphy.

She was politically active in teacher activities, helping to establish equal contracts for Norwalk teachers in the 1940’s. At that time elementary teachers were paid less than male secondary teachers. She was an active member of the National Education Association, the Norwalk Teachers Association, the Connecticut Education Association, and the Fairfield County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary association for distinguished educators.

She was a lifetime member of the American Association of University Women, Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, and Friends of the Norwalk Library. In 1994 she was selected and honored by Celebrate Women for her many contributions to the social, political and educational life of the community.

She served Norwalk as a member of the Human Relations Committee for six years, the Norwalk Library Addition Committee, the Greater Norwalk Community Council and as moderator in many Norwalk elections. After her retirement she was a volunteer for many years for Honeyhill Care Center, the American Red Cross, the Norwalk Museum and the Norwalk Board of Education’s work/study program.

She is survived by her brother Stanley Vogel, the former Chairman of the English Department of Suffolk University in Boston MA. She was predeceased by sisters Sylvia Vogel Halpern and Dr. Florence Vogel Shankman and a niece Marcia Halpern Ives.

She is also survived by her daughter Jeanne Dworkin Schwartz and her husband Stephen Schwartz of Charleston, South Carolina. Even though her daughter lived a great distance away she made sure she spent at least a week or more each month with her mother. She leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews including Susan Semchuk (Myron), who she often referred to as my other daughter, Martin Shankman, Robert Shankman, Arthur Halpern, and Dr. Doreen Rockstrom. Great nieces and nephews include Leah Shankman Aizen (Ron), Dr. Stewart Shankman (Alexandra), Vincent Ives Jr, Marianne Semchuk and Anne Marie Semchuk. There are also many great – great nieces and nephews as well as a host of cousins and dear friends.

The funeral will be held on Friday December 16 at 11:00 AM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue in Norwalk. Burial will follow at Independent Hebrew Society on Richards Avenue. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of your choice.

  1. She was my mentor at Tracey and a great friend in life! I love her and will miss her dearly!

    December 15, 2011
    Nancy Weego -
  • The City of Norwalk has lost a wonderful woman. Ms. Vogel was a pillar of the community and the heart & soul of Tracey School. Prayers are being offered to her family.

    Maryellen Ellis-Schoonmaker

    December 15, 2011
    Maryellen Ellis Schoonmaker -
  • I remember Ms. Vogel fondly. She was my Principal at Tracey. My condolences to her family.

    December 15, 2011
    Judy Levine Merryman -
  • She was a great principal. I remember seeing sometime around Norwalk and the funny part was, she remembered my name after all those years. A really sweet person, she will be missed.

    December 15, 2011
    Janet King Williams -
  • Miss Vogel was a very sweet , kind,remarkable principal. I loved her dearly. She will always be remembered as one that realloy cared for the students and staff. We will miss EV.

    December 15, 2011
    Bertha B. Jones -
  • Edith was a mentor, colleague, friend and wonderful educator. I first met her in 1951 when I joined the Norwalk School System. How lucky we all were that she touched so many lives. She left her mark on education, on family and friends. She advocated for children by enlisting their parents to become active in their education. She brought family and friends together and never forgot her roots. She will be sorely missed.

    December 15, 2011
    Betty H. Grey -
  • I majored in education at UB in the early 70’s. I observed a classroom at Tracy School for several weeks as part of one of my courses and got to know Miss Vogel. I worked part-time as a waitress at Galaxy Diner in Bridgeport, though at the time the diner was called Town and Country. Miss Vogel would sometimes stop in for Sunday dinner and I would wait on her. I found her to be a very pleasant, intelligent woman. She was a year younger than my late mom, who also was a teacher. I haven’t seen Miss Vogel for many years, but I do remember her with fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    December 16, 2011
    Catherine Hornak -
  • I too am a graduate of Tracey School and while I can’t remember the names of my teachers, I have never forgotten my principal, “Ms. Vogel.” I am the better for having known her and I extend my sincere condolences to her family.

    December 16, 2011
    Susan Dunne Street -
  • I too remember my years at Tracey School and shared a fondness for Ms. Vogel. I’d like to offer my condolences to her family.
    William Stevenson- December 16, 2011

    December 16, 2011
    william Stevenson -
  • I love my Great Aunt Edie and I will miss her terribly. Thank you to everyone in the community for expressing your condolences and sharing your memories.

    December 18, 2011
    leah aizen -
  • I went to Tracey school and remember Miss Vogel fondly. I was a super shy child at that age and she helped me through that. She made every child feel important. God Bless her family and may she rest in peace.

    December 28, 2011
    Erin C. -
  • Edith was my first principal as a new teacher in Norwalk in the early seventies. We stayed in touch through all the years. She was the symbol of what education should be all about. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched, including mine.
    Mary Ann McGuire Barnes

    December 29, 2011
    Mary Ann McGuire Barnes -
  • She was the best and a role model for generations of students. 50 years later she is still an inspiration to me. Jeanne she will always be remembered. I always remember your comments at her retirement dinner in 1982.

    January 4, 2012
    Wally Marcus, Tucson, AZ -
  • I know you’ve been gone for some time now, but I just wanted to say that you were such a great woman. I loved seeing you on the streets of Norwalk and was pleased that you even remembered my name. You are still missed. R.I.P.

    January 2, 2017
    Janet King Williams -
  • I’m glad someone else left a tribute years later, because I am going to leave mine now, we are in 2019. Miss Vogel, you were the best principal and the backbone of Tracey School. I still remember your early morning announcements “good morning, boys and girls” and your unique style at all of the programs in the auditorium. THANK YOU for coming to see my family when my sister (also your student) passed away in 2002, you remembered her all those years even tho she graduated from Tracey in 1977. Your presence at her service was so appreciated by my family. And it’s true, you always remembered all of your students. You were a remarkable woman and the best example of a true educator. May you rest in peace.

    February 11, 2019
    Jeanette Taloni Moore CLASS OF 1966 Tracey School -
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