Hendersonville author Gladys Scheffrin Falk, whose children’s book is a staple of homeschooler’s reading throughout the U.S., died Friday, March 7, 2014 at Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, NC. She was 85.
Ms. Scheffrin Falk’s book, Another Celebrated Dancing Bear, (Scribner’s Purple House Press) won accolades in the U.S. and abroad, is a Five in Row home school selection, and was named a NY Times top 10 illustrated book of the year in 1998. The book, illustrated by Barbara Garrison, was a Golden Book Selection, was nominee for the Ezra Jack Keats UNICEF international competition, and received a number of other national and international acclaims.
Ms. Scheffrin Falk is a native of Atlantic City, NJ and a graduate of the City College of NY. She was for many years a medical social worker and a case manager with the elderly in the NYC Health and Hospital Corp. and Bellvue Hospital in New York City.
She is also author of the novel, One Summer of Lightning (Xlibris).
Ms. Scheffrin Falk is survived by her husband, Herbert, of Hendersonville; a daughter, Eugenie Moody of Teaneck, NJ, and a son, Werner Padilla of Cabo Rocho, Puerto Rico; and stepchildren, Charles Falk and Michael Barnett of Portland, Oregon, and grandchildren Nicole Weber of NY and Cooper Barnett of Portland.
Funeral services will be private.