Marvin Meyer CYKER

CYKER, Marvin Meyer

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Founder and retired chairman of Healthco International, died Friday October 12 in Palm Beach, Fl, where he resided. He was 84. Mr. Cyker was born in Poland, where as a youth he fought with the partisan underground and survived the horror of the Holocaust. He immigrated to the United States on Thanksgiving Day 1947 where he entered the dental supply industry and, together with his brother Michael, built the nation?s largest dental products and services company, with over 150 locations throughout the United States and Canada as well as Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland and Israel. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the American Dental Trade Association which made him an honorary life member. Mr. Cyker devoted large portions of his time and resources to charitable causes, with a particular focus on education and science. He headed up fund-raising drives on behalf of Harvard University, Tufts University and Boston University, made significant contributions to Brown University, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Forsyth Research Institute, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and funded the Marvin Meyer and Jenny Cyker Professorial Chair for Diabetes Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He has served on the board of directors of the Weizmann Institute. He leaves his wife Jenny of Palm Beach, Florida; a daughter Elizabeth and her husband Larry Barton of Pleasantville, New York, a daughter Cindy and her husband Dr. Jeffrey Braun of Boca Raton, Florida, a son Frederick and his wife Nancy Cyker of Boston, Massachusetts, a daughter Hedy and her husband Keith Keiderling of Chicago, Illinois, and twelve grandchildren. The funeral was held at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on October 15. Remembrances may be made to Weizmann Institute of Science, Marvin Meyer and Jenny Cyker Professorial Chair for Diabetes Research, c/o Professor Michael Walker, P.O. Box 26, Rehovoth 76100 Israel.

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2012