Carl Stanley Aratow will be remembered as perhaps the longest serving educator in the Newark public school system, having worked for the district from 1957 to 2006. For nearly half a century, he touched the lives of his students and colleagues with his dedication and dry wit.
Born in New York City, Carl grew up in the Weequahic section of Newark, oldest son of Otto and Frances (nee Ehlen) Aratow. While living at 525 Elizabeth Avenue, he attended Weequahic High School (class of 1950) with his classmate Philip Roth, and upon graduating Upsala College in East Orange (class of 1956), began his journey in education. In Carl’s earlier life, he put his imposing 6′ 4″ frame to good use in track and field, swimming, and frequent outings in the surf at Jones Beach and the Jersey Shore. Upon retirement, Carl indulged his lifelong passions for the arts and photography, and the occasional bit of nightlife in NYC.
Carl is survived by his beloved and loving partner of over 50 years, Puring De Guzman, his younger brother Henry, his favorite niece, three nephews, grandnephew and grandniece. And of course, his many thankful students. . .