HIGHLANDS, NJ – Former Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education President Joan Wicklund has announced the formation of the Robert R. Dziadosz Memorial Scholarship to honor the long time former Superintendent of Schools.
Wicklund, who served 28 years on the Henry Hudson Board as well as three years on the Highlands local school board, was on the regional board during Dziadosz’ tenure and particularly remembers him for his “quiet authority. He changed the direction of education at Henry Hudson.”
Dziadosz, who died Aug. 2 at his home on James Island, SC., lived in Atlantic Highlands when he was both a physical education instructor at the 7-12 school, later its superintendent. He also served as the school’s sports coach for many successful winning seasons and coached his teams to division championships in both basketball and baseball.
“We’re still in the formation stages of this new scholarship for our Henry Hudson seniors,” Wicklund said, “but have already heard from several local residents as well as some of Bob and Kathy’s friends and neighbors in South Carolina, their retirement home, who want to be a part of Bob’s memorial dedicated to the impact he made on teen agers during his days in the educational field.”
Wicklund said checks for the Memorial would fund a program enabling a Scholastic Committee to select and award annual prizes to deserving seniors at graduation. Checks can be made out to Henry Hudson Regional School, with a notation on them the funds are for the Robert Dziadosz Memorial Scholarship, and sent to the school at 1 Grand Tour, Highlands, and NJ 07732.
“Bob was the epitome of the perfect teacher for high school students,” the former board president continued, “he believed in discipline with fairness, adherence to regulations with understanding, with honesty in all actions. He believed there was good in everyone, and because he expressed that to his students, he always brought out the best of them and gave them the confidence to excel in their own fields. Having a scholarship in his honor will continue his legacy for generations to come.”
Wicklund also said Dziasdosz’ widow, Kathy, has endorsed the Memorial and is appreciative of the ways in which her husband is being remembered in education.
Anyone needing further information can contact Wicklund at 732-291-3931.