Beloved science teacher and longtime Great Neck resident Lewis E. Love died Wednesday at the age of 84.
Born April 6, 1928, Love was a teacher for 57 years in New York — including more than 30 years of service in the Great Neck school district.
From 1959 to 1997, Love taught at Great Neck Junior High, Great Neck North and Great Neck South High Schools.
"He was, quite simply, the best teacher I had in high school," said one former student in a tribute on legacy.com. "His kindness, humor, and love of science had a profound and lasting influence on me."
Another student described Love as an incredible person, influence and educator.
In 2009, Love was awarded for 20 years of teaching at Hofstra University on Long Island, according to an online resume.
His numerous awards include the 1990 Long Island Forum for Technology's award for for outstanding accomplishments in science teaching.
In 1997, Love was selected as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educational Fellow. The program allows accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office.
In 2004, the New York Hall of Science in Flushing put a nameplate on a seat in the auditorium that states "Lewis E. Love Masterful Teacher."
Love was a loving husband, father and grandfather, according to his obituary posted on the Riverside-Nassau North Chapel website.
Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27 at Riverside-Nassau North Chapel in Great Neck at 11 a.m. A committal service will will follow at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon at 12:30 p.m.