Dr. Salten, who was also nominated by the 100 Year Anniversary Committee, served as the superintendent of the Long Beach City School District from 1950-1961. A champion of equal education for all, he was an active proponent of desegregation in public schools. After leaving Long Beach, he served as the superintendent of the New Rochelle School District, the executive director of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and the provost of New York Institute of Technology. “He was an educational architect who possessed the superior intellect and leadership to think the unthinkable,” said NYIT professor Dr. Maryse Prezeau. “He was an educator, a father and a friend to all humanity, giving nobility to the humblest of tasks.” Proudly accepting his award in his memory was his daughter Phoebe Salten.
During his days as a student at Long Beach High School, Radin was an accomplished member of the baseball and football teams. After serving in the Army, he returned home to Long Beach where his love of hockey inspired him to help the high school to form a hockey club team, which he went on to coach in the early ’70s. But perhaps he is best known for his work to highlight the service of local veterans. He founded the Walk of Honor at the Long Beach Recreation Center and led the return of the local Blue Star Banner campaign, giving recognition to families whose loved ones are serving in the military. He also created an essay contest for Long Beach Middle School students, titled, “What Does the American Flag Mean to Me?” Sadly, he passed away last year.
“He was passionate about his love for his country and the flag that represents it,” said his daughter Jeanne Radin, who accepted the award on behalf of her father.