About the Authors



Dr. Leon Bock

Dr. Leon Bock began his 39-year school career in 1951. In 1972, he was selected, for the position of high school Principal at Walter Panas High School in the Lakeland School District in northern Westchester County. Five years later, in 1977, he was appointed Acting Superintendent of the same school district. He then led the school district through the longest strike in New York State history. His successful leadership during the strike resulted in the early replacement of his predecessor and his appointment as Superintendent of the Lakeland School district in 1981. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, he attained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is married to his wife for 65 years, Belle, who has provided him invaluable support in all his endeavors.

Thomas Kavunedus

Thomas Kavunedus was born in Harlan Kentucky in 1931, lived in Europe, finished his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Kentucky in 1953, served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with his Master’s Degree in 1960. He married in 1965 to former Carolyn Cook, and they had a son, Charles. He worked for the Lakeland School System in Westchester County for 30 years and as an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University. His honors include Fulbright Scholarship in Classical Studies, New York State Regents Scholar in Mid East Studies, and Northwestern University Scholar in Non-Western Studies. He is an author of two textbooks for high schools, “The Middle East” and “Our Western Heritage”.