Jerry Shore, who co-founded Park Electrochemical Corp. and developed a second career as a sculptor, died Monday, the Melville company announced. He was 88.
The Port Washington resident served in the Navy in World War II and founded the company in Woodside, Queens, in 1954. The headquarters of the growing company settled on Long Island in the 1960s.
Shore, a Brooklyn native who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University, served as Park's chief executive for the company's first 42 years. Park makes printed circuit materials for the telecommunications and high-end computing markets and composite materials for aerospace customers.
As a sculptor, Shore produced large-scale geometric metal designs displayed outside his Valley Road studio in Port Washington and in exhibits in Chicago, Michigan and Connecticut.
In its early years, Park made nameplates for automobile and appliance companies such as Oldsmobile and General Electric, said Brian Shore of Oyster Bay, who succeeded his father as CEO in 1996. The company applied know-how from that business to enter the nascent market for circuit boards.
"Nameplates and circuit boards were made with similar technology," Brian Shore said. Customers included Lockheed Corp., whose El Segundo, California, unit was seeking a lightweight circuit board system for rockets.
Under Jerry Shore's leadership, Park is credited with developing one of the first multilayered printed circuit materials systems in 1962, two years after the company staged an initial public offering on the American Stock Exchange.
"He was a real forward thinker," Brian Shore said of his father. Jerry Shore also gave to a variety of charities through his family foundation.
In addition to his son Brian, he is survived by his wife, Cecile, of Port Washington; a brother, Mel of Sacramento, California; children Robin Shore of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Peter Shore of Centerport; and three grandchildren.
His ashes were interred at Nassau Knolls Cemetery & Memorial Park in Port Washington.