Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
Gerson Seldin, formerly of Manhasset and Port Washington, died on Oct. 30,, 2009. He was 93, born July 29, 1916 in New York City. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia, his daughter Sharon and his brother Murray.
Those close to Gerson will remember him for his loving commitment to family, friends and community. Colleagues and friends describe Gerson as a very kind, generous, philanthropic and scholarly person.
Gerson graduated from Jamaica High School in Queens County with honors in 1933. He matriculated at the University of California at Los Angeles. He graduated in pre 1937.
He married Sylvia Starkman in 1939. The couple returned to New York where Gerson started an insurance agency known as Seldin Agencies Inc. and partnered with his brother Abe Seldin, now of Port Washington. The firm became a most successful partnership.
With pride, Gerson served in the US Army during WWII as a hospital administrator in Panama from 1943 to 1945.
The family moved to Crabapple Road in Manhasset in 1953. His three daughters, Sharon, Elizabeth and Amy all graduated from Manhasset High School and earned college degrees.
Gerson was a determined and active lifetime member of the Community Synagogue in Sands Point. He was one of the early members and served as vice president of the temple. He also served as president of the Brotherhood of the Community Synagogue. He became a national officer of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods. His wife Sylvia was president of the Sisterhood of the temple and served as a member of the synagogue choir.
He was a devoted member and officer of B’nai B’rith and served as an anti discrimination official. In addition he served as president of the Menorah Society of the US and was active in Jewish War Veterans, Post #90.
Gerson and Sylvia moved to Port Washington in the Port Harbor Condominiums in 1982. They resided there until moving to Florida.
Both Gerson and his wife Sylvia passed away in Boca Raton, FL.
His daughters, Elizabeth Best and Amy Arkava and their husbands, brother Abe Seldin, close friend Blanche Heiling, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren will miss him very much.