Blossom Snoyer Nissman, an educator who had spent the majority of her retirement years living in Mashpee, died June 24 in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was 92.
She was born in Yonkers, New York, the daughter of Rose and Arthur Snoyer. She grew up in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her adult life in New Jersey.
After graduating from Temple University with a degree in early childhood and elementary education, she received a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Trenton State College and then a doctorate of education from Rutgers University.
During her career in education she held the positions of nursery school director, 1st grade teacher, guidance counselor, learning disability teacher consultant, principal, and superintendent of Long Beach Island Schools. She also was a professor at Georgian Court University, Rider University, and Trenton State College as well as the executive director of Camp Council, a camp for underprivileged girls.
Dr. Nissman put herself through college with scholarships and by working at Sears, Roebuck and Co. for two years after high school. She learned to sail while working as a chambermaid at Tamiment Resort in the Poconos in the summers and, later in life, the memory of once depending on tips for her livelihood made her a generous tipper. She pursued her post-graduate education at night while working full time and raising a family.
She was president of many educational organizations including the New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children as well as that state’s organizations of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Dr. Nissman was asked to give educational and motivational speeches around the world and held leadership positions on many boards and professional and community organizations.
Also an author, she wrote several textbooks, children’s books, a weekly column called “Ask the Counselor” and had more than 40 articles published in professional journals. Dr. Nissman was recognized by the American Red Cross for teaching swimming to special needs children, was named Rutgers University Outstanding Educator of New Jersey and awarded as Georgian Court University Outstanding Professor.
Among her enjoyments were going to the beach the year around, traveling, swimming, clamming, painting, photography, growing tomatoes, animals and nature.
She leaves two children, Debbi Nissman Young and David Nissman; four grandchildren, Chris Nissman, Danielle Carter, Kelsey Young and Kendall Young; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family.
She was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.