Henry George Stifel Jr.


A memorial service for former township resident Henry George Stifel Jr. will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m., at Christ Church, 561 Springfield Ave, Summit. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. at the church

A memorial reception will also be held Friday Nov. 15, at 5 p.m., at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, Fla.Mr. Stifel, 85, died Sept. 18.

He maintained residences in Vero Beach, Fla., and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Mr. Stifel was born in Wheeling, W. Va. in 1927. After spending his childhood in West Virginia, He attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., graduating in 1946. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Princeton University in 1949.

From 1951 to 1953, he served in the Air Force. Mr. Stifel attended Officers Candidate School and served as a lieutenant and base personnel services officer with the 41st Military Airlift Squadron at Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya.

He began his business career as a salesman for the Ralph C. Coxhead Corp., in Newark in 1949.

He also was employed by Varityper Corp., Xerox of Canada Ltd., Armotek Industries and Palymra.In 1955, he joined the Vari-typer Corp. as branch manager in Montreal, Canada, and four years later was recruited by Xerox of Canada Ltd. as vice president and general manager. He joined Armotek Industries, Inc., in Palmyra in 1964, from which he retired in 1988 as chief executive officer and chairman. Mr. Stifel also served on the boards of Titanium Industries, Inc. and Banker Securities Life Insurance Co.

He was also a founding partner of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.After a 1982 automobile accident left his 17-year-old son, Henry George III, in a wheelchair, he became dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. With the help of friends and others who were touched by spinal cord injury,

Mr. Stifel founded and served as president and chief executive officer and chairman opf the Stifel Paralysis Research Foundation. (SPRF). whose mission was to raise funds and encourage research for a cure for paralysis and related neurological disorders. Several years later,

After serving as a director of the American Paralysis Association (APA), Mr. Stifel was elected chairman and chief executive officer of the APA, into which he merged SPRF.

Actor Christopher Reeve reached out to the APA after being paralyzed in a 1995 horse riding accident.'

He and his wife Dana soon committed themselves to "the cause," subsequently joining the board of the APA. Shortly thereafter Th APA was renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, at which time the actor became chairman and Mr. Stifel became chairman emeritus.In addition to his son, |Mr. Stifel is survived by his wife, Charlotte; three daughters, Wendy Hansen of Mountainside, Stephanie Coughlan of Wellesley, Mass., and Amy Quinn of Denver, Colo.; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL, 32963, or at www.verobeachmuseum.org. Donations may also be sent to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ, 07078, or at www.christopherreeve.org.To send a condolence letter, visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Item of Millburn and Short Hills on Oct. 2, 2013