OBITUARY: Brita Immergut, longtime Heights resident and Poly Prep professor
On Aug. 1, 2013, at 84, Brita Immergut, revered math professor, and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died of natural causes. Brita was the beloved wife of Edmund H. Immergut (Ed), caring mother of Ellen, Eva and Karin Immergut, loving mother-in-law to Jens Alber, Anders Carlson and Jim McDermott, and adoring grandmother of Michael Alber, Kristina Carlson and Jessica and Elsa McDermott. Brita was devoted to her family, friends and students. She made it her life’s mission to spread the joy of math to others. She retired from LaGuardia Community College in 1995, after serving as a mathematics professor for over 15 years. Before joining the faculty at LaGuardia, she taught high school math at Packer Collegiate Institute and Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn for over a decade. Brita earned her Masters Degree in chemistry, mathematics and physics from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. At 57 years old, she earned her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She continued to write math books into her 80s and was happy to tutor any child who needed help with math. Brita was born in Stockholm, Sweden and was fiercely proud of her heritage, but Brooklyn was the place she called “home.” Brita will be remembered for her strength of mind and spirit, her intellect, her wry humor, and also her warmth. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made in Brita’s honor to the Arthritis Foundation at www.arthritis.org.
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