Biography: Morrie Schwartz
Morrie Schwartz born on December 20, 1916 and was raised Jewish by his Russian father in New York City.
Being the smart man that he was, he earned an undergraduate degree from City College in New York and then went on to earn two more degrees; a Masters and a Ph. D. from the University of Chicago.
After completing his impressive education, he began teaching sociology at Brandeis University. This is where he met the author of Tuesday’s With Morrie, Mitch Albom.
He continued to teach at Brandeis for nearly 30 years and was later diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. For a while, until the age of 76, Morrie continued to teach his classes while battling the disease. He was even interviewed on ABC-TV’s show “Nightline” about his teachings.
He offered insight into many burning questions that we all ask ourselves about life, people, relationships, community… even aging and death. His insights were so valuable because he had an insider’s take on it all. He decided to take his disease and turn it into an educational opportunity for not only himself, but for his students.
The disease soon became far too debilitating and forced Morrie to put an end to his teaching career.
Morrie did, however, continue his teachings from home through a series of weekly meetings with Mitch. He began coaching him on a number of life lessons and continued those lessons up until very week of his death at the age of 79. In addition to Mitch, he taught millions of readers and viewers, regardless of their age, wealth, or occupation.
It is said that a lot of his advice may seem like common sense, but it is the common sense that people often fail to act upon. Morrie said that this was because they are either sleepwalking or sprinting their way through life. Morrie had the opportunity to slow down, realize these things, and pass them on to those who needed help.
He was a very powerful man and teacher and is said to “live on”...