Harold France of Tappan, N.Y. [object Object]

Harold France grew up on Marsellus Place, just a block from the Holy Name Church in Garfield where he became a baritone player for the Holy Name Cadets at the age of 12. He remained in the corps until he turned 18 when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Immediately following training he shipped out to the South Pacific, serving in artillery defense. He was sent to Guam in June 1944 where he participated in the D-Day landing and then later shipped to Guadalcanal. In 1945, this honoree made landing in Okinawa and participated in the cleanup operations after the Japanese surrender.

Upon his return to the U.S., France completed his bachelor’s degree in music education by 1950 and then returned to the U.S. Marine Corps for boot camp training as an officer’s candidate in the field of communications. In 1952, he went to reserve status and continued his education, obtaining two masters and a doctorate degree. He became a principal of Memorial Schools in Maywood, N.J., and in 1965 a superintendent. Then in 1971 he was named superintendent of Englewood Cliffs Schools and in 1986 he was appointed as Fort Lee Public Schools' superintendent.