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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Daniel A. Rothermel

Why is the Library Named for Daniel A. Rothermel?

Daniel A. Rothermel is best remembered as the principal of Fair Lawn High School, serving in that position from 1963 to 1978. The library was named in his honor on March 24, 1994.

Mr. Rothermel began his career as a guidance counselor, and served as Director of Guidance (1947-1952) and Vice-Principal (1952-1963) before becoming principal. He also served as Coach of Boys' Tennis.

Alumni and parents recall Mr. Rothermel as a man of unshakable dignity and integrity. In an early interview, he said of teaching:

"If we have been successful, we have given you, not answers, but a way of finding them, not a point of view, but a method of viewing."

All three of Mr. Rothermel's children were graduated from Fair Lawn High School. A world traveler and tennis buff, he was a long-time resident of Fair Lawn.