Mark W. Biedron passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 6, 2020. He was 68 years old.
Born in Plainfield, NJ, to parents Stanley and Rosalie (nee Nicholson) Biedron, Mark graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Business, and continued his studies at the University of Colorado. He lived in Mountainville before settling in Gladstone, NJ.
Mark had a tremendous impact on education in NJ, first as Co-Founder of the Willow School and later as President of the NJ State Board of Education. A man of unfailing enthusiasm, intellect, articulateness, and compassion, Mark pursued his vision of a just and effective education with determination, and gained respect and admiration from everyone in the education community with his ability to engage supporters and opponents alike with grace and savvy. His passion, leadership and ability to really listen, understand and bring people together with one goal - doing what is right for kids- came from a deep sense of responsibility and caring. Mark was always seeking to learn, to understand and to use that knowledge for the greater good. Mark also served as co-chair of Governor Murphy’s Education Transition Team, Co-chaired the NJ Juvenile Justice Education Task Force, was a Trustee of the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for NJ, and Chair of UVM’s Rubenstein School Board of Advisors. Earlier this year he received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Arts Education in NJ.
Mark was an extraordinary champion of Junior Achievement of NJ. As a volunteer mentor to underserved youth, he made thousands of students feel appreciated, heard and valued, and was adored by the entire JA staff for his kindness, sense of humor and his love for and knowledge of education. He loved skiing, live music, the mountains, the beach, the NY Jets, and long drives in a convertible with the top down. More than anything he loved his family.
Mark is survived by his beloved wife Christy, his children he adored: Laura, Matthew (Brooke), Loring, Henry, and Rose, his brother Scott (Tracey), and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory may be made to Junior Achievement of New Jersey at https://janj.ja.org/donate/index, Stein Hospice at 354 Demott Ln, Somerset NJ 08873, and the ALS Association Greater NY Chapter at 42 Broadway, Suite 1724 New York, NY 10004.