SOROS--Paul. Paul Soros, of New Canaan, CT, New York City, and Nantucket, MA passed away after a long illness on June 15, 2013, at age 87. He is survived by Daisy, his loving wife of 62 years, their sons Peter and Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Catharine; his adored grandchildren Preston, Simon, Sabrina, Thomas, step-granddaughter Stella Powell-Jones, and by his younger brother, George. Paul Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1926. After surviving the Nazi and Soviet occupations of World War II, he skied for the Hungarian National Team until the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz and then emigrated to the United States on a scholarship in 1948. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 1950 and worked for a year in heavy construction before joining Hewitt-Robins International as a sales engineer. He and his wife Daisy met while both were studying in New York and were married in 1951. In 1956 he founded the engineering firm Soros Associates. Over the next 30 years Soros Associates was recognized as the leading international engineering firm in the design and development of bulk handling and port facilities. The firm won the American Engineering Council's Annual Excellence Competition Award 18 times, received the 1983 Award of Outstanding Materials Handling Engineer from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the 1989 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers. The firm also received the Gantt Medal from ASME in 2000. Mr. Soros holds several patents related to his innovations surrounding material transport and was the author of more than a hundred technical articles. During this time, he also served as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Natural Resources Committee under President Johnson, as a member of the White House Panel on Science & Technology under President Nixon, and as Special Ambassador of the U.N. on missions to Morocco, Jordan and Czechoslovakia. After the firm was acquired in 1989 by ENI, the Italian energy company, he continued to focus on his related business interests in resources and shipping, and his philanthropy. He was a member of the board of Quantum Industrial Holdings as well as several of its portfolio companies. He also served on the board of Brooklyn Polytechnic, TechnoServe and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His contributions to public life earned him several distinctions including the Fulbright Award for Contributions to International Understanding and election to the Hall of Distinction by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He received honorary doctorates from Bates College, Macaulay Honors College and Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He and his wife played an active role in the support of many New York institutions including International House, Weill Cornell Medical School, The Metropolitan Opera, The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center, where they underwrote Midsummer Night Swing for many years. One of his proudest achievements was the establishment in 1997 of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. These fellowships were created to recognize the contribution of immigrants to America and identify future leaders in their fields. Under the direction of the family, together with a distinguished board of trustees, the Fellowships each year provide support to 30 immigrants and first-generation Americans in pursuit of their graduate studies. A memorial service will be held at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, the 27th of June at 11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to International House or the New York Philharmonic.
Published in The New York Times on June 17, 2013