Irving I. Lipskind, 86, a retired Montgomery County elementary school principal, died May 26 at the Bedford Court senior living facility in Silver Spring.

He had congestive heart failure, said his wife, Diane Lipskind.

Mr. Lipskind was a longtime Silver Spring resident and worked for Montgomery County public schools for about three decades. He taught at Sherwood Elementary School in Sandy Spring before becoming principal of schools that included Highland View Elementary in Silver Spring and Bells Mill Elementary in Potomac. He retired after having a stroke in 1986.

He was born Isidore Irving Lipskind in New York City. He reversed his first and middle names.

Mr. Lipskind received a bachelor’s degree in education from Brooklyn College in the late 1940s and a master’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1954 after four years of Air Force service.

He was a past president of a local chapter of Achilles International, an athletic organization for the disabled, and the Montgomery County Stroke Association. His memberships also included the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.

A son, Kenneth Lipskind, died in 1996. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Diane Schreiber Lipskind of Silver Spring; two children, Susan Lipskind of Montgomery Village and Bruce Lipskind of Bradenton, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

— Emily Langer