28 July, 1933 – 30 September, 2020
Alan Morganstein, 87, died on September 30, 2020, in Jupiter, Florida. He is predeceased by his parents Freida and Jack Morganstein. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, Toby (Jacobson) Morganstein; two daughters: Sharon Burton (Rob Burton) and Marcy Isdaner (Dan Isdaner); five granddaughters: Abbie and Hannah Burton; Nikki, Mia, and Hallie Isdaner. He is also survived by his sister June Kane (Andrew Kane) as well his niece, nephews, and cousins.
Alan was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended Erasmus Hall High School. He then he received a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York. He enlisted in the army in 1954 and was stationed in Germany for two years. Alan was extremely proud to have served his country in a number of capacities. After returning stateside, he joined the first class at Columbia University to receive an International Business graduate degree.
Alan met Toby through a friend on a blind date and proposed after only three dates! Truly, love at first sight. Recently, after celebrating their 60th anniversary, Alan revealed to friends and family that the secret to his “love affair” with his wife was simple: compassion, compromise and respect. Words his family know he lived by every day of his life.
Alan built his business career, first working at Olivetti-Underwood Corporation in Hartford, CT, then moving to Rochester, NY in 1965, where he worked for Xerox for 24 years. He rose through the ranks of Xerox to become the Product Manager of the Color Copier, the first of its kind in the industry. He had the vision and marketing acumen to bring this product to life. After moving to San Jose, CA for his last position with Xerox, he worked for Canon for a short time in Lake Success, NY. He then launched his own consulting firm, Prime Marketing, before retiring. Alan was humbly proud of his many work accomplishments and the impact he made in the color copier industry.
His endeavors and passions were endless, but his love for traveling the world, his lifelong hobby of stamp collecting, and his never-ending commitment to helping those in need in the Jewish community and beyond, stand out as highlights.
After retiring, Alan became his own travel agent naming his business “ALTO Travel,” which opened a window of opportunity for Alan and Toby to reach a pinnacle goal: visiting Antarctica to complete a tour of all seven continents. As an avid stamp collector, Alan loved to share his knowledge. He was recently honored with an opportunity to deliver a presentation on Jewish people displayed on stamps to the Society of International Philatelists (SIP), his Berkshire Stamp Club.
Giving back was unconditional and held no boundaries for Alan. He helped Russian-Jewish emigres in the 1970s transition to their new US way of life and helped numerous newfound friends find employment. His ongoing love for the Jewish faith included participating in local Jewish Federations and charities in each of the cities he lived in. Upon moving to Jupiter in 2016, he again immersed himself in the community. Alan mentored an elementary school boy, helping him with math and teaching him valuable life skills at the Edna Runner Tutorial Center. There is only one word for Alan… he was a mensch. Contributions may be directed to the Edna Runner Tutorial Center (7187 Church St, Jupiter, FL 33458) or the Trustbridge Hospice Foundation (5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407) or the Hospice of your choice.
- Toby Morganstein, Wife
- Sharon Burton (Rob), Daughter
- Marcy Isdaner (Dan), Daughter
- June Kane, Sister
- Abbie Burton, Granddaughter
- Hannah Burton, Granddaughter
- Nikki Isdaner, Granddaughter
- Mia Isdaner, Granddaughter
- Hallie Isdaner, Granddaughter
- Frieda Hoffman, Mother (deceased)
- Jacob Morganstein, Father (deceased)
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October 5, 2020
When we first moved from Jerusalem to the Berkshires, 15 years ago, we joined Hevreh in Great Barrington. Toby and Alan "adopted" us and our three sons, and we quickly became friends and allies, enhanced by activity in the Connecting with Israel committee. I always admired his commitment to Israel and his genuine devotion to everything related to the relationship between US Jewry and Israel. When they sold their house in Great Barrington, they rented the residence behind our inn for a few years until they moved to Florida. Our friendship bloomed and they were constant guests at our restaurant and lounge, bringing family and friends with them every time. Once they moved to Florida, we saw them every summer when they visited the Berkshires and kept in touch regularly by email and phone calls, thus keeping up with their expeditions across the globe. Alan is a friend I cherish and his memory will stay forever, shrined by trees we will plant in Israel in his name. Hugs to Toby and the whole family. Michele & Eiran
Varda and Alan Solomon
October 4, 2020
Alan was a wonderful friend. We first met him, when the Morgansteins lived on Long Island, through work. After the Morgansteins moved to the Berkshires, Toby and Alan invited us to visit, and a great friendship followed.
Alan had an amazing intellectual curiosity and a good eye for detail. We loved to hear the stories of his travels, whether it was the Antarctica or New Mexico. When we last saw Toby and Alan in March, they were planning a trip to the Greek Islands. We marveled at the research he had done.
Alan had an open mind and an open heart. He was deeply concerned with the Jewish Community and involved his friends in Tikkun Olam in meaningful ways. We feel blessed to have known him and will miss him greatly.
We send our heartfelt condolences to his devoted wife Toby and his family.
Varda and Alan Solomon
October 2, 2020
We really got to know Alan when Toby and Alan , my cousins moved to Lake Success . All the Passover dinners and Alan always had a speech with dinner to add to the holiday Sharon and Marci were children then and it was so special to be with them! Les and I along with mom visited Toby and Alan in the Berkshire’s when Our Daughter went to sleep away up there They always made us feel welcome in their beautiful home and then on to Florida. Alan and Toby would always make it a point to visit mom at her senior living place in Pompano Beach and take her to lunch Mom has always enjoyed the visits and today just mentioned it in our daily calls We will miss you Alan but can say you took advantage of your life and lived it to the fullest . May all the wonderful memories provide comfort to your family
October 2, 2020
Alan was such a lovely person who will really be missed at Tanglewood. It was a pleasure working with him for the past 7 years, but he has been around Tanglewood as a volunteer long before that! I really got to know him and Toby better when they were co-project leads for the Friends Office. He was indeed very modest about his accomplishments! So many wonderful memories of Alan at Tanglewood and all our love to Toby and the family.
Manager of Volunteer Services
Boston Symphony Orchestra
October 2, 2020
Alan was the best friend I ever had. He was completely selfless and giving of himself to the world. I know many fine people but there was only one Alan. I'll miss our conversations in person and I will continue to communicate with him in other ways. Rest Alan in Peace and Glory. Yours was a life very well lived.
Lee and I send our heartfelt condolences to his wonderful wife Toby and his magnificent family.
October 2, 2020
Mr. Alan will be greatly missed by everyone at the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center. Please accept our sincere condolences. His contribution to the children in the center is immeasurable. The impact of wonderful mentors like Alan is incredible. We are honored to have known him.