Staten Island business leader, Allan Weissglass, dies at 84

Allan Weissglass

Allan Weissglass, one of the borough’s business titans and a dedicated community servant, died suddenly at his home on Feb. 22. He was 84.

Born and raised in West Brighton, Mr. Weissglass graduated from Curtis High School before earning his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s of business administration degree from NYU’s School of Business.

While attending college, he worked at Weissglass Gold Seal Dairy on Forest Avenue, a successful milk processing and ice cream business that his grandfather, Julius Weisslgass, established in 1898.

The dairy, which grew from a small chicken farm that sold milk and eggs to a bottling plant in the 1930s, was operated for decades by Weissglass’ father and uncles. Upon their retirement, Weissglass took over as president of the family business until it was sold in 1975.

He also served as chairman of the Magruder Color Company, a Staten Island business that manufactured pigments for printing ink. He retired in 2002. Weissglass served on the boards of several Staten Island banks, including Northfield Savings Bank, Gateway State Bank, and S.I. Bank and Trust. From 1982 to 1984 he was on the New Jersey Advisory Board for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. In addition to his business acumen, Weisglass played a special role in various cultural and nonprofit organizations throughout the borough, serving on the boards of organizations such as the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Richmond University Medical Center and the Freshkills Park Alliance.

For several years, he also served on the board of trustees for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the time of his death, he was still serving as chairman of The Staten Island Foundation board and was on the board of the Staten Island Jewish Community Center.

Throughout the years Weissglass has been recognized with several awards for his charitable work, including Distinguished Citizen Awards from Wagner College and the New York Urban League, a Citation of Merit from the College of Staten Island, an S.I. Cultural Award from the Staten Island Council for the Arts, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s Neptune Award and a Snug Harbor Medal.

Surviving are his wife, the former Roberta “Bobby” Lewin, a son, Evan, daughter, Julie Cohen, and three grandchildren. — SIBT