Morrie S. Helitzer, of Sea Cliff, died the morning of March 26, 2015. He was 89 years old. Morrie was born in Manhattan on June 8, 1925. He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater. For many years, Morrie worked internationally as a journalist for United Press and the International News Service. In 1948, INS sent Morrie to Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Belgrade, where he worked as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief. He was there during the Berlin Airlift. In 1956, McGraw¬Hill World News sent Morrie to London to open a news bureau, then to Bonn, Germany to do the same.
In 1960, Morrie was the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Fellowship. He worked as Assistant to the President of McGraw¬Hill Book Co., then as Vice President for Public Affairs. Later, he founded and published several magazines. At age 87, Morrie completed his last of five years as an adjunct professor of Writing and Public Speaking at St. John’s University.
He was an active member of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Glen Cove. He is survived by his wife, Irene; his son Jonathan; his daughters Cynthia, Eve and Elizabeth; his daughter-in-law Michelle Helitzer; his son-in-laws, Joseph Foristel and Matthew Temkin; and his grandchildren, Adam Helitzer, Eliane Helitzer, Sara Foristel, Gretchen Helitzer and Kirsten Helitzer.
A funeral service was held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home in Glen Cove, www.dodgethomas.com. Donations may be made to American Jewish World Service at 45 W 36th St #11, New York, NY 10018.