Brother Armand Duerr, O.S.F.
Brother Armand (Anthony Francis), the son of Anna Kirkpatrick and Joseph Duerr and brother of Angela Rotberg, grew up in Woodhaven Queens and Floral Park, Long Island. He attended St. Thomas Apostle School, Woodhaven and Chaminade High School, Mineola. Following high school graduation, Brother Armand underwent major spinal surgery at St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY. Following his recovery he then returned to St. Charles Hospital, (the Daughters of Wisdom Hospital that took great care of him when he was recovering from polio at age 12), to work as a nursing assistant. In February of 1960, Anthony entered the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn to begin his novitiate training, first in Wyandanch and then in Upper Brookville, Long Island. He took the religious name of Armand after a Daughter of Wisdom who took care of him at St. Charles Hospital and who remained a close friend thereafter. Following the Novitiate, Brother Armand attended St. Francis College, while residing in the Scholasticate on Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights. He pursued a degree in Philosophy with a minor in Theology. During college, Armand taught remedial reading at St. Joseph's, Babylon on Saturdays. Following graduation from St. Francis College, Brother was assigned to Bishop Ford High School in Park Slope, Brooklyn. While at BFHS, he taught Theology and Psychology and then became a member of the Guidance Department. He began and completed his Master's degree in counseling at Long Island University. Brother was the moderator of student activities, moderator of the music department, and Religious Faculty Representative. He also served as the Coordinator for the Brothers residence for a time. During his final year at BFHS, he, along with 3 other Brothers opened an experimental Friary on the second floor of a private home a few blocks from BFHS, the focus of which was to live as simply as possible, in order to contribute excess money to charity. In the years to follow, Brother ministered at the foiiowing: St. Aidan's Elementary School (Williston Park) as School Counselor and Friary Coordinator; St. Joseph's Elementary School (Babylon) as Principal; Camp Counselor and Infirmarian at Camp Alvernia (summers); Mercy High School, Riverhead, NY as Guidance Director; La Salle Military Academy, Oakdale, NY as Director of Resident Life for students from Spain, and Latin American countries, who came to La Salle to study English and also taught psychology in the Academy; Our Holy Redeemer School (Freeport) as Principal; Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary School as Principal. During his years at Sacred Heart School at Bayside, Brother attended St. John's University to pursue a Professional Diploma in Rehabilitation Counseling in order to find work as a counselor for people with disabilities. In August of 1989, Armand was hired as a Case Manager at the National Center for Disability Services in Albertson, NY, now name ABILITIES!. In October of 1992, Armand began his position as School and Transition Counselor at Henry Viscardi School a division of ABILITIES!. Henry Viscardi School is a State supported school serving the educational and therapeutic needs of students, pre-K through age 21, with physical disabilities and other health impairments. This work proved to be a very rewarding experience for Armand, one in which he said: "I receive more than I give." Ill health forced Brother Armand to retire in June, 2011. He died peacefully in Glen Cove on March 20th, 2013.