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Yale Zamore

April 22, 1951 ~ August 6, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old


Born April 22, 1951, a native of Brooklyn, New York, Yale Zamore was the son of Lionel and Clarie Hammerman Zamore. He grew up in the same neighborhood where owners of apartment buildings forbade African-Americans to live. Yale felt it was an honor for him to attend the secondary schools there. He walked to school, so he came to know his neighborhood and to clearly understand how his status was different from that of other long-term Brooklyn residents who were white and privileged. That is how he came to know the cultural differences among others who were immigrating to Brooklyn during that time.

Yale loved to eat and was ridiculed because his mother prepared his school lunches in accordance with Jewish culinary preferences. Out of this, he learned his first lessons in how people of differing cultures could be mistreated. This impacted him deeply -- so much so that his parents sacrificed greatly by sending him to a private school outside of the Brooklyn borough. Because he successfully navigated difficult cultural environments, he chose to attend college where he could pursue his interests in geology. He also chose to create new experiences to enable him to further refine his interests in other cultures which structured his educational choices that directly affected his professional career path.

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1983, and later served as a Public Defender in York and Chester Counties and was a former Chief Magistrate Judge for Chester County. At the time of his passing, he was a part-time District Court Judge in the City of Lancaster, South Carolina. He departed this life on August 6, 2023. Left to mourn his transition are his sister, Mindy Zamore Victores, and numerous loving family members and friends.

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