Former principal remembered

A retired Altoona Area School District principal is being fondly remembered by those who knew him.

“He was just a quality guy,” said Blair County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Joe Hurd, who got to know Bill Pfeffer while coaching elementary basketball many years ago. “I never saw him in a bad mood. He was a quality guy with a great disposition, someone that a lot of people in the education community will miss.”

William G. Pfeffer Jr., 67, Altoona, died Wednesday at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after an extended illness.

Pfeffer served as a teacher and then assistant principal at Keith Junior High School before becoming assistant principal and then principal at Roosevelt Junior High School. He served the district for 33 yeas before retiring.

“He was my assistant at Keith Junior High School,” said Thomas Foose. “He was a wonderful man, just a person with a great personality. He was excellent with kids. As assistant principal he had to deal with attendance and discipline, and he had a personality perfect for that position. He knew when to be tough and when to give a kid a hug. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Foose said Pfeffer had the perfect personality to be an educator.

“When he observed teachers, he was able to critique them without being offensive. He believed in giving praise in public and reprimand in private,” Foose said.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., where a vigil for the deceased will be held.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with Father Ronald V. Osinski officiating. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.