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Trustee Emeritus Justin Altshuler Remembered as Emerson’s ‘Champion’

Dr. Justin Altshuler, a Trustee Emeritus of the College and a long-time supporter of its mission and programs, died Friday, April 15, 2022, in Florida.

“Justin was a champion of Emerson College,” Past President Jacqueline Liebergott said. “He loved the College, and was an active and thoughtful board member for many years. He was proud of the faculty and supported the students. We all will miss Justin, who will be long remembered.”

Dr. Altshuler was appointed to the Emerson Board of Trustees in December 1994, and served until 2007. He was a member of the Board of Overseers (now Advisors) for 18 years prior to that. The Altshuler Classroom (Room 633) in the Walker Building was named in his honor in the mid-2000s.

Barbara Rutberg ‘68, former director of Alumni Relations, called Altshuler a “proud cheerleader” for the College, “finding many opportunities to relate to students, parents, and alumni, to praise Emerson. He was ageless, with an abundance of energy.”

Born in 1924, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1945 and from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1946. He also served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

A former resident of Newton, Massachusetts, he was a practicing dentist for decades, as well as a clinical professor of Dental Care Management at the Henry M. Goldman School of Gradaute Dentistry at Boston University. He lectured internationally on dental practice administration, according to his obituary. In recent years, he lived in Tampa, Florida.

Husband of the late Bernice (Levowich), he leaves his daughters, Abby Altshuler, who graduated from Emerson in 1975, and Linda, and their families.


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