Morton P. Trachtenberg ’39 died on March 17, 2009, in New York, New York.
He was born on November 19, 1918, in Boston and prepared for college at Roxbury Memorial High School. After graduating from Bowdoin, he studied psychology at Harvard University for one year. He was in charge of ordnance reconnaissance in the Army, where he served for four years during World War II, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He worked as an advertising executive at several New York agencies, and was a self-employed antiques dealer in the 1990s. He was an avid cook, reader, and fisherman and served as a member of the Massapequa Library board and as president of the Massapequa Student Fund. He is survived by his wife, Frances Shabshelowitz Trachtenberg; a son, Jeffrey Trachtenberg; a daughter, Martha Griffith; and three grandchildren.