Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Letters & Science

Marsha Gray Ehrlich, an inspirational teacher, remembers her years as a student in our Department.

Marsha Gray Ehrlich, an inspirational teacher, remembers her years as a student in our Department.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese recently has been honored with a generous donation from Marsha Gray Ehrlich, a former graduate student in our Department, and an inspirational teacher during her long professional career. Marsha Gray Ehrlich received a Masters of Arts, with a major in Spanish, on August 17, 1968. She carried the preparation she received from our Department and her joy for Spanish to New York, where she taught Spanish and Latin in public schools for more than thirty years, before retiring in 2002. During her career at New York’s William Cullen Bryant High School, Ms. Ehrlich held important positions as an assistant to the Assistant Principal Administration, as well as Assistant to her Department Assistant Principal, and a member of the Sunshine Committee, which planned the end-of-term parties. She is still missed at the W.C. Bryant dinners that she attended regularly throughout the year. Ms. Ehrlich carried her love and passion for languages inside and outside the classroom, as close members of her family, like her nephew and niece, Lauren and Jessie Gray, inspired by their aunt, studied Romance languages, and travelled and studied abroad in Europe and Latin America. The entire Spanish and Portuguese Department would like to express their profound gratitude to Ms. Gray Ehrlich's for her incredibly generous gift. It is exceptional people like her who remind us of the longlasting impression that an instructor can have on a student's education. Marsha Gray Ehrlich was ever aware of the importance, responsibility, and reward of being a teacher, a commmitment to education that we strive to continue in our Department. It is greatly gratifying and humbling to have a former student remember us and, in this selfless and abiding manner, show her appreciation for what she learned and help us continue our educational mission. Ms Marsha Gray Ehrlich has taught a the most valuable and indelible life lesson.