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Remembering Donald L. Ashkenase, Board of Education Vice President

Photo of Donald Ashkenase The Great Neck Public Schools community mourns the loss of our friend and Board of Education Vice President, Donald L. Ashkenase. Mr. Ashkenase passed away suddenly on March 8, 2021, leaving behind a legacy of almost four decades of dedicated service to our students, our staff, and the entire school community.

Mr. Ashkenase was elected to his first three-year term on the Board in 1982, and he was re-elected 12 times by his fellow residents. His 39-year tenure as a Trustee is the longest in Great Neck’s history. His leadership on the Board included five years as Vice President and two years as President.

Mr. Ashkenase was a champion for children and his contributions to the District cannot be overestimated. His support for academic programs and his continuity of service has benefited generations of Great Neck students, including his own three children and two grandchildren.

We are forever grateful for Mr. Ashkenase’s unparalleled service and leadership. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Karen, and the entire Ashkenase and Doustan families during this difficult time.