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Puffin People- Perry Rosenstein

Perry Rosenstein

President, Board of Directors

Perry was born in the Bronx to Polish émigrés who instilled in him a tremendous work ethic and a passion for social justice. In World War Two, Perry served in the South Pacific, and with the help of the GI Bill he earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University and subsequently a Masters degree in education from Long Island University.

Perry decided to apply his talents to industry and developed a system of manufacture and distribution that revolutionized the field of fasteners. His success enabled him to create the Puffin Foundation, launched in 1983, and fund the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, founded in 2001.

Perry is married to Puffin’s Executive Director Gladys Miller-Rosenstein. Perry and Gladys have a deep commitment to the town of Teaneck, New Jersey, Puffin’s headquarters and where they reside. They created the Puffin Cultural Forum that each week brings to the citizens of Teaneck classical music, jazz concerts, films with social content, and a variety of cultural activities including dance, theater, book reviews, and lectures. Perry and Gladys each have three grown children and between them ten beloved grandchildren.