In Memoriam: Myron “Mike” Adler
Myron “Mike” Adler, whose family owned Maywood, New Jersey, distributor Myron Corp. (UPIC: MYRO0001), passed away September 15 at his home in Franklin Lakes. He was 91.
Adler served in the 3rd Armored Division under General George S. Patton and was awarded a number of medals, including the Bronze Star. After leaving the military, he attended New York University. In 1949, he married Elaine Finkel and together they founded Myron Manufacturing Corp., originally a direct marketing firm. Myron Corp. has grown into one of the promotional products industry’s largest distributors.
In 1993, Adler suffered a stroke following bypass surgery. While he recovered from most of the stroke’s effects, aphasia—a language impairment affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read and write, caused by injury to the brain—proved resistant to treatment. In 2003, Adler and Elaine established the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood. The center has since grown to include a satellite facility in West Orange and a sister program in Jerusalem’s Hadassah College, and has treated more than 1,000 people.
Adler also served on the board of Hackensack Hospital and the United Jewish Appeal, and recently expanded the School of Nursing at Ramapo College.
Adler is survived by four children—William and his wife Leslie; Richard and wife Haekyung; Donald James and his wife Dana; and Mare Adler Kravecas and her husband Saul—and 11 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mike's memory to the Adler Aphasia Center, 60 W. Hunter Avenue, Maywood, NJ 07607.