Ramapo Mourns Loss of Myron Adler

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On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Office of the President sent out an email alerting the faculty and student body that Myron ‘Mike’ Adler had passed away the day before at the age of 91. Described by President Mercer in the email, Adler was a “philanthropist, business entrepreneur, visionary and community leader."

Adler’s impact lives on at Ramapo College in multiple ways, including the newly finished Adler Center for Nursing Excellence, the Adler Theater and the establishment of  “a significant endowment to award student scholarships to needy students,” all in conjunction with his wife Elaine Adler. The President’s email also mentioned that Ramapo College “bestowed the Adlers with honorary degrees in 1999 for their accomplishments, both locally and internationally, and for their unselfish dedication to Ramapo.”

Outside of Ramapo College, Adler founded the Myron Corp., a company specializing in business and office promotional gift items. He also founded the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, New Jersey, a clinic focusing on aphasia, which Adler himself suffered from, according to Northjersey.com.

Adler and his wife’s strong devotion to charity and fundraising can be clearly seen, as the two were “the 2015 recipients of the Outstanding Philanthropists Award from the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals," as cited by Northjersey.com. This is also evident in the couple’s strong devotion to Ramapo College.

Legacy.com also writes that, “In addition to his family, Mike enjoyed traveling, tennis and most of all, piloting his own single engine plane."

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel in Paramus. He is survived by his wife Elaine, his four children and 11 grandchildren.