The Gershator family wishes to inform friends and former students that
David Gershator, a longtime resident of St. Thomas, passed in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 24.
He was born in Haifa in 1937, coming to the U.S. at the age of 8, where he became a Dodgers fan and flyweight boxer, graduated from Boys High in Brooklyn, City College (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.), New York University (Ph.D.), and studied art at
the Art Students League and Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop.
David was a man of many talents. For his work as a scholar and poet, he received a National Endowment of the Humanities literature grant and N.Y. State Creative Arts Public Service poetry award. His publications include children’s books, poetry
chapbooks, and translation of Federico García Lorca’s letters. In St. Thomas, his paintings and prints were exhibited at, among other venues, the Reichhold Center for the Arts and Chase Manhattan Bank.
When asked about some of the high points in his life, he said, “Creatively — writing a good song. Professionally — teaching creative writing.” As a professor of literature, romance languages, English and creative writing, he taught at the
University of the Virgin Islands and universities in N.Y. and N.J., including Rutgers, CUNY’s Seek Program, and Brooklyn College...
"Of European and American heritage, David Gershator was born on Mount Carmel and raised in Haifa and on a kibbutz—a communal farm—in Israel. He immigrated to New York from Egypt on the first civilian ship to cross the Atlantic after World War II.
Raised in Brooklyn, he attended Boys High School and became a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. As an adult, he worked as a professor of foreign languages before retiring in the mid-1980s..."
"Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, instructor in Romance languages, 1963-67; Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, assistant professor of Spanish, 1967-68; City University of New York, assistant professor of foreign languages, 1968-69; College of the
Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, associate professor of English and modern languages, 1969-72; Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, associate professor of humanities, 1973-75; part-time teacher, writer, and small-press
editor, 1975- 79; Long Island University, Brooklyn Center, adjunct professor of English, 1979-82; writer and painter, 1982--. Lecturer."
About "Kallaloo!: A Caribbean Tale":
"Can a shell really make soup? Yes, if Granny stirs the pot and with a little help from the folks in Market Square. Regional dialect, bright illustrations, and a recipe for Kallaloo, a seafood gumbo that is a West Indian favorite, bring a distinctly
Caribbean flavor to this adaptation of the traditional tale, Stone Soup."
FOR CHILDREN; WITH WIFE, PHILLIS GERSHATOR
Bread Is for Eating, illustrated by Emma Shaw-Smith, Holt (New York, NY), 1995. Palampam Day, illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez, Marshall Cavendish (New York, NY), 1997.
Greetings, Sun, illustrated by Synthia Saint James, DK Ink (New York, NY), 1998.
Only One Cowry: A Dhaomean Tale, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 2000.
Moon Rooster, illustrated by Megan Halsey, Marshall Cavendish (New York, NY), 2001.
Kallaloo! A Caribbean Tale, illustrated by Diane Greenseid, Marshall Cavendish (New York, NY), 2005.
Summer Is Summer, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 2006.
Where Did the Baby Go? illustrated by Phillis Gershator, 2016
Elegy for Val (poetry), X Press Press, 1975.
(Under pseudonym Jack Alchemy) For Sex and Free Road Maps (poetry), Downtown Poets Co-Op, 1976.
Kanji: Poems of Japan, Downtown Poets Co-Op, 1977.
Play Mas (poetry), Downtown Poets Co-Op, 1981.
(Editor and translator) Federico Garcia Lorca, Selected Letters, New Directions Publishing (New York, NY), 1983.
Sabra (poems), Cross-Cultural Communications, 1985.