Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
Over the past decade that I have served the residents of Syosset as a Town of Oyster Bay Councilman I have seen, along with the community, the untimely passing of so many fine individuals. Unfortunately, on April 7, Jeffrey Rozran, a longtime English teacher at Syosset High School and president of the Syosset Teacher’s Association, died as a result of a battle with lung cancer.
Growing up in Syosset, I was fortunate to have many fine teachers in the Syosset School District and several deserve credit for influencing my professional and personal life. Approximately 31 years ago I was especially privileged to have Jeffrey Rozran as my English teacher. From the day I met him, he had a positive influence on my life.
I was able to remain in the Syosset area and stay in touch with Jeffrey Rozran from time to time. As I was busy working as a local attorney, he embraced my career in public life and went out of his way to support me as a professional and as a public official. He was a kind and generous man and always took the time to give of himself and support others. I could tell how truly proud he was that I was one of his past students, and I was truly proud of having been taught by him and of his distinguished career at Syosset High School. I know that I share many of the wonderful feelings that so many of his former students had for him.
Jeffrey Rozran took the time to pay attention to a challenging 17-year-old high school student who would rather have been playing any sport than be in a classroom. However, his interest in me, and the rest of his students, made it easy for us to want to learn and do something positive with our lives. I always felt that he was there for me if I ever veered off-path, and he would not hesitate to pick up the telephone and steer me in the right direction.
Mr. Rozran, I will always appreciate your support and your kindness in encouraging my career. Your examples of teaching and giving will always be remembered by myself and all of the students who were fortunate enough to have had you as a teacher and mentor.
May God Bless Jeffrey Rozran and his memory, as well as his wife Luanne and his other family members. I would like people to know that I am a much better person today for having had Jeffrey Rozran as a part of my life, and for that I am truly thankful.
Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Chris J. Coschignano