Remembering Pearl Rock Kane

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Pearl Rock Kane

A memorial service celebrating the life and legacy of Pearl Rock Kane will be held on Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Teachers College.  

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - A letter to the Klingenstein Community.

Dear Friend,
It is with a heavy heart that I share that Pearl Rock Kane passed away Tuesday. 

Pearl served as the visionary Director of the Klingenstein Center for just over 37 years, transforming the Center from a single fellowship program into the premier destination for the development of independent school educator-leaders it is today. Daily, she demonstrated her mantra, “leadership is a behavior, not a position,” inspiring countless independent school educators around the world to lead the change our schools need. 

Pearl was a change-maker, a game-changer, a singular connector, a force and, indeed, a rock. She designed learning opportunities that do a seemingly simple thing: bring cohorts of individuals together to teach, learn, and be better. Yet, in doing so, she transformed us and our sense of what is possible for our lives in schools, for our students, and for the communities we serve.  

Pearl was a tenacious champion of independent schools. She cared deeply about the work of the Center and the real impact its programs had on the educators who learned there. Pearl modeled a persistent commitment to “being of use,” her leadership behavior resonant with poet Marge Piercy’s description of one who “jumps into work head first” and “with massive patience...moves things forward, who does what has to be done, again and again.”

Pearl was a gift to the independent school world and we -- the Klingenstein Center, alumni, her colleagues at Teachers College and the larger education community -- will miss her deeply. While we mourn her loss, we honor her legacy by tending to the work that now needs to be done with our educators and for our students and schools. Through us, her work continues.

We send our heartfelt condolences to Pearl’s husband, Richard Kane, and the extended Kane family, who asked that we share the following message with you:

“It is with deep sadness that we share the overwhelming loss of Pearl Rock Kane, a wonderful, loving wife, mother, grandmother and a truly remarkable person. A small funeral will be held for family and close friends at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue, Friday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. The family will be sitting shiva at 1165 Park Avenue on Friday 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00-4:00 p.m.”

The Klingenstein Community is welcome to attend Friday’s service. The Klingenstein Center and Teachers College will honor Pearl’s remarkable legacy at a memorial service this spring. Additional details will follow. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Pearl to the Pearl Rock Kane Endowed Scholarship. Condolences may be sent in care of the Klingenstein Center.

With Sadness and Deep Gratitude for Pearl,

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge
Professor and Director, The Klingenstein Center
Submitted By:
KlingensteinCenter Teachers College Columbia University

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