Former Topps executive Edward E. Shorin dies at 86

Edward E. Shorin, a retired Topps Chewing Gum

Edward E. Shorin, a retired Topps Chewing Gum executive who championed continuing education at Long Island University in Brookville, died August 19. He was 86. Photo Credit: handout

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Edward E. Shorin, a retired executive of Topps Chewing Gum Inc., the Manhattan-based trading card company founded by his family, has died. He was 86.

Shorin, who championed continuing education at Long Island University in Brookville after he retired, died Aug. 19 of prostate cancer at his Manhasset home, said his son, Richard Shorin, 58, of Ambler, Pa.

He retired in 1984 as vice president of international affairs at Topps, a leading maker of trading cards.

He found a "second career" in higher education as the college's trustee and chancellor of the Brentwood and Riverhead campuses, his son said.

He also donated more than a million dollars to the university, Richard Shorin said.

But just as importantly, Edward Shorin was charitable with his time, said Edward Travaglianti, chairman of LIU'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," Travaglianti said. "He was a generous benefactor whose wisdom, creativity and commitment to our students knew no bounds."

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Born in Brooklyn in December 1926, Shorin enrolled at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., in 1944 when he was 17. He joined the Navy in 1945 and trained to repair and maintain radios, his son said.

He was stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois and on a seaplane tender, a ship that provided facilities for operating seaplanes, in the Pacific Northwest. Shorin returned to Bucknell after he was honorably discharged July 1946 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics in 1949. Upon graduation, he worked for Topps, founded in 1938 by his father, Philip Shorin, and three uncles.

Shorin's relationship with LIU began in 1984 when he took classes at the Hutton House Lecture Series, where he learned about music, history, Greek culture and world politics. He enjoyed the lecturers so much so that he recruited friends and neighbors to join him. More than a decade later, Shorin joined the advisory board and helped design programs for the series.


Enrollment at Hutton House grew from "a few hundred" in 2000 to more than 7,000 under the leadership of Shorin and Kay Hutchins Sato, the college's assistant provost for continuing education.

In addition to his son Richard, Shorin is survived by a second son, James, 55, of Palo Alto, Calif., and six grandchildren.

At Shorin's memorial service Aug. 26 at Hillwood Commons on C.W. Post Campus, a message he prepared before his death, was part of the program.

In the message, he thanked the many friends, colleagues and family, including his deceased wife, Genevieve Steiger, for bringing joy into his life. "May everyone mentioned above be rewarded with love and enthusiasm," Shorin wrote. "I leave you reluctantly, but glad I got in the last word."

Burial was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington.

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