To his alumni, Arnold Notkin was the tough but fair physical education coach and teacher who inspired generations of students. Myriam Notkin, a retired banker, was known for her kindness.
The couple died when part of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside collapsed in the wee hours of June 24.
The Notkins, who lived on the third floor, had been married for almost 28 years, according to published reports. The two had had families and grown children when they met and married in 1993, the Miami Herald reported.
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Arnold Notkin, 87, has taught elementary schools in the Miami Beach area for over 40 years. Former students posted on the Miami Beach High School Alumni Facebook page described him as caring and compassionate.
“I was one of those kids he made to feel seen,” one person wrote.
“He always believed in me. And it made me want to do my best,” wrote another alumnus.
Notkin was known for his ability to help struggling students find the right path.
“My dad had a great life and he loved so many people,” his son Allen told the Herald. “I celebrate what he has done for people and what he has done for me, my brother and my sister, and I am just honored.”
Myriam Notkin, 81, emigrated from Cuba in the 1960s. She worked as a paralegal before embarking on a banking career with SunTrust Bank.
“She made them feel at home,” her daughter, Belinda Caspi Wiseman, told the Herald. “She remembered everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries, and it’s those little details that made her dear to so many people.”
The Notkins are remembered during a joint memorial service on July 11 at the Temple Menorah Synagogue in Miami Beach.