The Palm Beach Civic Association is very grateful for the exceptional life and service of our director Michael Stein who passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2013, one day before his 88th birthday.
Mike was full of life and energy. His enthusiasm and community spirit were second to none. He was dedicated to protecting and improving the Town of Palm Beach and willing to go to any lengths to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Mike joined the Civic Association’s board of directors more than 12 years ago and quickly became a key contributor to the organization. He served on the executive committee from 2005 to the present. He co-chaired the association’s Health Care Committee that met with health leaders from Miami to Stuart and made regular on site visits to medical centers throughout the area.
Mike was a clear thinker, persuasive and action oriented. He was highly motivated, always willing to step up and follow through on a good idea or a worthwhile proposal. His experience and insight were invaluable.
A well respected community leader, Mike made a positive and lasting contribution to the Town of Palm Beach. He was past president of the Palm Beach Country Club, a past member of the Palm Beach Medical Care Commission, a member of the Society of the Four Arts, chairman of the Palm Beach board of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, a founding trustee of Morse Geriatric Center, and a member of the Harvard Club in Palm Beach and New York.
Mike served with Bali Company, Inc., 1948-75; he was appointed president in 1961 and chairman in 1969. During WWII, he served in the US Navy and Coast Guard. He was the founder/chair of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, national vice president of AIPAC, trustee/vice chair of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, founding president of Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA, and a member of the Board of Regents of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and earned his AB from Harvard College.
Mike loved Palm Beach and the Palm Beach Civic Association, and we will miss his support for our mission. Most of all, however, we will miss him as our friend. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family.
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