Seymour Epstein ’42 was the president and CEO of Shelburne Shirt Company. He passed away on December 19, 2008, at the age of 89.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Epstein studied at both Columbia College and Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review. Epstein also attended Columbia Midshipman’s School.
During World War II, he served as a naval commander in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. After the end of the war brought Epstein home, he took the reins of the family shirt business and turned the small company into an international manufacturing business.
Epstein balanced his professional success with multiple philanthropic interests, including support of the United Jewish Appeal and the NYU Langone Medical Center. In order to
encourage his children and grandchildren to engage in charitable work, he created a foundation that enabled his entire family to join him in giving back.
Epstein is survived by his wife of 61 years, Muriel; his children: Randy, Bob, Jane, and Susan; seven grandchildren; and his great-granddaughter.