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Obituary: Edward E. Shorin

LIU Trustee and Retired Topps Executive Edward Shorin

Edward E. Shorin, the genial Topps Chewing Gum executive who became a champion for continuing education on Long Island, died last week. He was 86.

The Manhasset resident “was the quintessential gentleman,” said Edward Travaglianti, chairman of Long Island University’s board of trustees. “He blessed us with 13 years of trusteeship, sharing his prodigious intellectual gifts, business acumen and passion for student-centered education with our community. He was a generous benefactor whose wisdom, creativity and commitment to our students knew no bounds.”

A dynamic and successful businessman, Mr. Shorin expanded the international presence of his family’s business, Topps Chewing Gum Company, establishing manufacturing ventures from Australia and Yugoslavia to Nigeria and the Philippines before retiring as the company’s international vice president.

“Ed was successful in life in the broadest sense,” said his son Richard Shorin. “His second career as an LIU trustee was tremendously satisfying, enabling him to touch the lives of thousands of students.”

Mr. Shorin’s association with LIU began when he retired from Topps in 1984 and started taking continuing education courses in the Hutton House Lectures Series at LIU Post, near his home. He found the experience to be so rewarding that he actively recruited friends and neighbors to join him, and he volunteered to help administer the program. Mr. Shorin became chairman of the Hutton House Lectures advisory board in 1995, initiating a vocal advocacy on behalf of lifelong learning initiatives and assisting in the design of various programs intended to benefit adults in neighboring communities.

Under the leadership of Mr. Shorin and Dr. Kay Hutchins Sato, LIU Post’s assistant provost for continuing education, annual Hutton House course enrollments rose from a few hundred to more than 7,000. Most recently, the Hutton House Lecture Series was chosen as a recipient of the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s 2013 Older Adult Model Program Award.

Mr. Shorin was a fixture at campus events and never missed an opportunity to talk to students about what was going on in their lives and how the University could help them to achieve their goals. He was awarded an honorary doctorate at the 1999 LIU Post commencement ceremony.

Born in December, 1926, in Brooklyn, Mr. Shorin graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York City, served in the U.S. Navy and then attended Bucknell University, earning a B.S. in Economics in 1949 before joining Topps. He and Mrs. Shorin had two sons, Richard (Andrea) of Ambler, Pa. and James (Michelle) of Palo Alto, Calif.

Donations may be made to the Edward and Genevieve Shorin Memorial Endowed Scholarship at LIU Post. All contributions are fully tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Long Island University. Checks should be made payable to Long Island University with the Shorin Scholarship Fund indicated in the memo portion. Please forward to: Office of Development, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548. Attn: Edward and Genevieve Shorin Memorial Scholarship.


Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


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Port Summer Show - November 6

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