EXTRA NOTE: Dr. Kirshner is very proud of his family. His wife of more than thirty years, Susan, is a Branch Manager for the Alameda County Library System in charge of their website. She received her MS in Library Science from San Jose State University after majoring in Women's Studies for her undergraduate degree. His oldest son, Lev, after an illustrious soccer career, both nationally and internationally, is now head coach of a successful Division 1 soccer program--San Diego State University. If you attended Mission San Jose High School you might have viewed Lev's name listed in the school's Hall of Fame. Not just for soccer, but also because he won NCS in badminton. Micah, number 2 son, started his chess career in first grade by winning the Cailfornia Chess State Primary Championship. After a few more State championship wins and placing second twice in the Open Spring Scholastic Nationals he highlighted his chess success by winning the High School Championship that sent him to the National Denker Tournament for all High School Champions. In High School Micah won a number of varsity letters in cross-country and track. Micah attended the Elliott School of International Relations of the George Washington University majoring in Far Eastern Studies. He studied for seven months in China and went on to complete his master's degree in Far Eastern Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He married a woman from Shanghai in 2007. In April, 2011, Micah and his wife, Ivy, gave Professor Kirshner his first grandchild, Elizur. You can be sure he will be boasting about his grandchild in future revision. ;-) Lev helped produce his second grandchild in December, 2014. By the age of a year, Lev's son Keeden was yelling, "GOAL!"
Tov, number 3 son, also had a successful chess career, appearing continuously on the USCF National Top 50 Age Group lists while in elementary school and placing as high as third in the Nationas. He attended the University of California, San Diego. After graduating UCSD, Tov spent three years in Japan teaching English. He decided to make his career as an instructor of English as a Second Language and completed his Master's degree at San Francisco State University. He is presently teaching English at a school in Japan and married Masami Toyada there in 2015. Tov is a renaissance person like the rest of his family. From fourth grade through his senior year in high school he only received two grades below A (both B's). He completed his graduate work with straight A's. He obtained 8 varsity letters in high school for his years on the track, cross-country and soccer teams. In his senior year of High School he won his section of the prestogious Arcadia mile with a time of 4 minutes and 23 seconds. Tov ran varsity cross-country and track in college as well. While in Japan he won a first place trophy in a 5 kilometer race and ran in the Tokyo marathon. He plays guitar, snowboards, loves Trival Pursuit and like his father continues to work out with weights.
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