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In Memorium: Dr. Patricia Palermo

April 2024

Dear Students:

It is great sadness that we share that Dr. Patricia Palermo has passed away.  We will miss her.    

Patricia was an English and History professor and a lifelong learner and teacher. She loved her students and they all loved her. She helped many students with testing, and essays and learning ESL for many years. Her students knew how invested she was in their successes and how she helped them when they struggled. She made each student feel special and encouraged them all to strive for knowledge. She especially enjoyed her ESL students and how they showed her compassion after she had fractured the vertebrae in her back. They were always there offering their help and assistance and she spoke of them quite often.

Dr. Palermo will be remembered for her kindness and compassion for others. She will be missed by all who knew her.

We have canceled all her remaining classes. Thank you for your understanding. 

In Memorium: Johnny Bertlyn Thomas

July 29, 1947 – June 16, 2023

It is with great sadness that we share the news
that long time Adult School teacher, Johnny Bertlyn Thomas, passed away in June. He was 76 years old. Johhny taught multiple upholstery classes at The Adult School. His family estimates that over a 24-year period and until he retired in 2017, he introduced about 5,500 students to the fine art of upholstery. He will be greatly missed.
See obituary here:

In Memorium: Louis Michael Gaburo

May 12, 1940 – December 15, 2022

It is with great sadness that we share the news that long time Adult School Board of Trustee member, Louis Gaburo, passed away in December. Lou served as a trustee for over eight years and volunteered countless hours to help support our school. We will miss him.
See obituary here:

January 21, 2022

Welcome to Our Spring 2022 Session!

Registration is currently open. We are offering both in-person and virtual classes this spring. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID and if class changes are warranted, it will be announced by email to enrolled students.

The Madison Civic Center will be closing soon. Our office will be transitioning to a new location. Please call 973-443-9222 to confirm our current location before visiting our office.

August 18, 2021

Fall 2021 Updates

Registration will open by August 23.

Our office staff will return to working at The Civic Center, 28 Walnut Street (2nd Floor), Madison beginning on August 30 (Monday-Thursday, 9 am-2:30 pm). 

We will be offering both virtual and in-person classes this semester.

• Students who enroll in virtual classes should expect to receive information about how to
join their video conference/virtual class 12-24 hours prior to the start of class.

• All students who register for in-person classes must follow current CDC masking guidelines.

• Please familiarize yourself with these guidelines by reviewing them on this site:

• In addition, Adult School students who attend classes in public school buildings are required
to wear masks as per NJ Executive Order #251. For more details on Executive Order #251,
please see this site:

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and may need to make adjustments to
our fall schedule of classes based on the current environment. Please make sure your contact information is accurate in our registration system so that we can contact you quickly if any
changes are made to your classes.

August 21, 2020

The Adult School and COVID-19

Keeping our students safe is our top priority and, given our current situation, The Adult School has transitioned most of its classes online for the fall semester. Our instructors are looking forward to offering their classes online with the same individual attention as they have done in the past. All classes will be live and in real time and teachers and students will continue to have the opportunity to share ideas and get questions answered. We are also working with a few outside studios who will be offering in-person classes this fall. We require anyone attending in-person classes to follow established social distancing guidelines, including wearing a mask.

Registration for the fall semester will open on August 24, 2020.
Although our office remains closed, we are working from home and will quickly return voicemail and email messages. Our office hours remain the same.


Monday-Thursday, 9 am-2:30 pm
Friday, 9 am-12 pm

Phone: 973-443-9222


In Memorium: James (Jim) DelGiudice

February 17, 1958 – September 15, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news that long time Adult School instructor, James “Jim” DelGiudice, passed away suddenly of natural causes on September 15, 2020.


Jim was a lifetime New Jersey resident who picked up a camera on graduating from the Newhouse School in 1979 and spent his life documenting his world. In June, 2020 his article “Distance Learning in the Time of COVID” appeared in Garden State Legacy Magazine.


Jim provided the photography for several National Register of Historic Places nominations and was the primary photographer for 2 books about New Jersey architecture for Rutgers University Press. As of July 2020 his travel photos for Google Maps had been viewed more than 30 million times.


Along with his teaching in Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certificate program, these achievements won Jim a share of the NJ Historic Preservation Award three times. He also served as an adjunct at County College of Morris for 35 years, and lectured at Columbia University’s graduate program in historic preservation, Seton Hall University, New Jersey City University, and Pratt Institute.


Over the years Jim taught a variety of Adult School classes. In recent years he moderated The Great Decisions program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association and offered at The Adult School.  Jim thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and developed a loyal following of students and new friends over the 5+ years he moderated the discussions.


From 2013 – September 2020, through his business the Judson Lecture Series, Jim presented over 700 lectures to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area. The mission of the series was to teach, as Cicero taught, with words that delight, and through images, bring history back to life.

Join us and discover your passion at The Adult School!

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