Kirstein, Jack Rudolph (2008)

Obituary of Jack Rudolph Kirstein ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Jack Rudolph Kirstein of Marion, North Carolina died September 7, 2008 after a long illness.  He was 74.  Born in Buncombe County, North Carolina on March 27, 1934, he was the son of Dewey and Katie Kirstein.  He graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee in 1958, and earned a Master of the Arts degree from Appalachian State University in 1962.  His career as an educator began when he taught at Tryon High School in Tryon, North Carolina.  Kirstein went on to teach at Gray High School and Parkland High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina before joining the faculty of Nebo High School in 1968.  He later became the principal of Nebo School, a position he held for 27 years before retiring in 1993.

Kirstein earned many honors and accolades during his distinguished career as an educator.  These include being selected as Young Educator of the Year in both Winston-Salem and McDowell County; Principal of the Year by both Wachovia Bank and the NC Department of Instruction, and induction into the Educators Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University in 2003.  Upon his retirement as principal of Nebo School, the community honored his long and dedicated service by naming the road Jack Kirstein Road, and with a school sign inscription “In honor of Jack Kirstein for his service and dedication to our children and community.”  With his wife, Margaret, Kirstein established and endowed a scholarship at LMU for an education student.  He also served his community through many years of service in Marion Lions Club, where he held several leadership positions.  He was a member of the Garden Creek Baptist Church.

Kirstein is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Margaret Lomax Kirstein.  Children include his daughters, Susan Parson of Oakton, Virginia; and Marcia Manning of Columbia, NC; son-in-law Bill Manning of Columbia, NC; sons Jack M. Kirstein of Seattle, Washington and Joe Kirstein of Asheville, NC, and daughters-in-law Janice Kirstein of Seattle, Washington and Kimberly Kirstein of Asheville, NC.  His eight grandchildren include Aaron Manning, Jordan Manning, and Landon Manning of Columbia, NC; Julian Kirstein and Emilia Kirstein of Seattle, Washington; and Joshua Kirstein, Harrison Kirstein, and Thomas Kirstein of Asheville, NC.

Kirstein is also survived by two brothers, Dewey Kirstein of Roebuck, South Carolina and Joe Kirstein of Chapel Hill, NC.

After a private interment, the family will receive friends at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 4:00 pm on Wednesday September 10 and celebrate his life in a memorial service at 5:00 pm.  Westmoreland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Jack. R. Kirstein and Margaret Lomax Kirstein Endowed Scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University (Cumberland Gap Pkwy Box 2005 Harrogate, TN 37752).

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday September 10, 2008 Volume 14 #36