Seymour Polansky

Seymour Polansky, 90, former longtime Greenwich resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 30, 2013. He was born in New York, N.Y. on January 1, 1923 to the late Julius and Hilda Polansky and married to the late Regina Polansky for more than 60 years. A graduate of Boys High School in Brooklyn, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He worked as a chemist in private industry for many years before devoting his life to teaching organic chemistry at the New York Institute of Technology. A veteran of WWII, he served as a member of the signal corps in the Philippines. Seymour loved to swim at Tod’s Point and later at the Tully Center in Stamford. He is survived by his three children; Marcia Polansky, Larry Polansky and Jesse Polansky; and his four grandchildren, Kevin Chin, Jay Polansky, Juni Polansky and Ruby Polansky. Burial will be private, but donations in his memory may be made to The Brooklyn College Foundation, Inc., 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210. Arrangements entrusted to Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, Stamford.


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John Freiberg

February 26, 2013

I had the pleasure of Seymour's acquaintance and friendship through various activities in the Greenwich community: the Havura, the Lunch and Learn, lectures and art events. I feel enriched by his intellect, knowledge and ability to offer creative perspectives and new ideas. He will be greatly missed.

Carol Ducret

February 24, 2013

I met Seymour at the Tully pool and found him to be so nice - so friendly to everyone - he will be missed.

Dr Marc Peyser

February 3, 2013

Seymour was a fine gentleman and a fantastic teacher. He actually made organic chemistry interesting.

Rick Burkhardt

February 3, 2013

A great storyteller with a wonderful self effacing sense of humor, Seymour could really light up the Tully Center. We all knew when he was there. I was one of many blessed to have known him.

Theresa M.

February 2, 2013

Seymour will surely be missed at the Tully Center. My friends and I met him at the pool where you could find him always. He was delightful to speak with and we always had a good time when Seymour was around. May your happy memories of Seymour carry you through this difficult time.

Richard Hart

February 2, 2013

I knew Seymour from both the Cos Cob and Greenwich Libraries, at reference desks, book discussion groups, and films. He was a lively intellect AND a very nice guy: great combination! We were lucky to have him for so many years.

Vinh Cam

February 2, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bill Bambrick

February 1, 2013

He was a great friend and will be missed.

Wayne Campbell

February 1, 2013

Seymour was a great aficionado of the Friday Films at the Greenwich Library for almost 40 years. We will miss him.

Ann Blumensaadt

February 1, 2013

It was with great sadness that I learned of Seymour's passing. I knew him from the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee where we both served as representatives from our respective districts. I always enjoyed talking with him and hearing his interesting points of view. He will truly be missed.