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DAVID S. TAUB

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TAUB--David S., Beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on November 8, 2012 after a long and hard battle with kidney disease. Born December 30, 1939, the second son of Martin G. Taub and Frances Israel Taub, David graduated from Great Neck high school in 1957, and earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1961. After completing his military service, David joined his father in the family business, Gallo Wine Distributors of New York in 1962. While the distributorship enjoyed success, David built the company into the fully integrated wine and spirits enterprise, Premier Wine and Spirits. Founding Palm Bay International in 1977, David pioneered and championed the Italian wine business building personal relationships with producers from every region of Italy. He truly helped make Italy the top producer of imported wine in the United States. Partnered with his son, Marc D. Taub, David insured that the legacy of Palm Bay International as a family business will continue. In addition to a successful business career, David was a passionate and generous philanthropist, giving both financial support and his time to numerous causes. He served with passion and drive on the board of Parker Institute for Health and Rehabilitation, and in fact led as the hospital's chairman of the board. He was active as vice president on the board of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Over the years, he has been deeply involved with the American Cancer Society, United Jewish Appeal, Friends of the IDF, Bonds for Israel and Hillel and countless other philanthropic causes. He founded the Taub Transplant Research Fund at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. David is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda Lewin Taub, their sons, Andrew, Marc and Joshua, his loving daughters-in-law, Suzanne, Sandra and Lisa, and his beloved grandchildren, Jake, Trevor, Chloe, Camille, Asher and Matthew. He is also survived by his brother Professor Richard P. Taub and wife, Betty Farrell, both sociologists at the University of Chicago, and his niece, Neela and nephew, Zachariah. The void felt by family, friends, employees, business associates worldwide, and everyone he touched will only be filled by his memory. Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 11, 1pm at Temple Beth Shalom, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights, NY. Donations can be made to The Taub Transplant Research Fund, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 100 N. Greene St, Ste 600, Baltimore, MD or Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, 420 Lexington Ave, Ste 825, NYC. Waxmancancer.org.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 10, 2012
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