Melvin I. Brodsky, 85, formerly of Havertown, a teacher and administrator in the Philadelphia School District for 42 years, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Tuesday at Martins Run, a retirement community in Media.

Mr. Brodsky was vice principal and principal at Beeber Junior High School for 22 years before retiring at 64. He had previously been a junior high school teacher.

He was also principal of the Hebrew school at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood for 10 years and taught Hebrew at several other synagogues.

Mr. Brodsky graduated from South Philadelphia High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

After his discharge in 1945, he married the former Sonia Smith, whom he had met on the beach in Atlantic City, and he earned a bachelor's degree from Temple University. He later earned a master's degree in education from Temple.

In the 1960s, he was founding director of Timber Tops, a girls camp in the Poconos, and he headed the camp for eight or nine years, his wife said.

He enjoyed woodcarving, working in stained glass, spending winters in Florida, and playing golf and bridge.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Mr. Brodsky is survived by sons Larry and David; a brother; and five grandchildren. A son, Jack, died in 2000.

The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks, 310 Second Street Pike, Southampton. Burial will be in Shalom Memorial Park, Huntingdon Valley.