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Remembering Erwin P. Staller

Erwin P. Staller, 1921-2019

On February 11, 2019, the Long Island Community Foundation lost a dear friend, donor, and champion, Erwin P. Staller. Much has been written about Erwin’s talents and energy as well as the respect he commanded in the fields of real estate, business, education, and social and civic interests. Erwin and his wife Pearl “Freddie” (LICF board emeritus) both graduated from Hempstead High School and in 1987 established the Staller Scholarship Fund at LICF. Building on a family tradition, which includes support for the Staller Center at Stony Brook University, Pearl and Erwin decided to help graduating students from their Alma Mater, Hempstead High School. Twenty-seven years later, the Staller Scholarship Fund has distributed 55 scholarships totaling more than $115,000 to grateful students, many of whom have gone on to graduate studies and successful careers.

LICF is also honored to host the Erwin P. & Pearl F. Staller Charitable Fund where millions of dollars have been generously granted—from social justice to education to the arts.


“We were honored to know Erwin Staller,” says David M. Okorn, executive director. “His desire to help the community he loved and his sense of responsibility for those in need, was and will be an inspiration to many for decades to come. His legacy will live on through the Foundation and we will miss him dearly.”

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