In Memoriam: Founder & Past President
Perry Rosenstein, the founder and past president of the Puffin Foundation, passed away on 4/3/20 from the COVID-19 virus. Our hearts go out to people all over the world who are struggling with this terrible pandemic. At this time, the physical doors of the Puffin Foundation, the Puffin Cultural Forum, and the Teaneck Creek Conservancy are closed, but our work will absolutely continue. And while Perry's death is a personal loss to the many people who loved him, his progressive values and the projects he supported will most certainly live on. When we are on the other side of this, we will gather together to celebrate Perry’s life and legacy. In the meantime, we invite you to share your memories, stories, and reflections on this Facebook page, and to enjoy those shared by others. Perry Rosenstein: A Life and Times Memorial (see Facebook link below).
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 was married to Puffin’s Executive Director Gladys Miller-Rosenstein. Perry had a deep commitment to the town of Teaneck, New Jersey, Puffin’s headquarters and where he resided with Gladys. 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 had three grown children, and, along with Gladys, ten beloved grandchildren.