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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stanley M. Katz, 96

Stanley M. Katz of Westport died Aug. 4 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 96.

Husband of Charleene B. Katz for 67 years and father of Barbara and Steven Katz, he will be remembered for his brilliant mind, sense of humor and broad range of interests, his family said.

He was a Westporter for most of his adult life.

After graduating from New York University and taking graduate courses in computer science, he pursued a career in business and finance.

He began his career on Macy’s training squad, became a stockbroker and marketing executive and was the president and board member of Polycast, Inc.

While in his 80s, he consulted to both Swissbank and Virgin Airlines and in his 90s wrote a trading program.

A decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was in counter intelligence and served on Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff. He received a Purple Heart for an injury he sustained in the Philippines.

Later he served a term as president of the Retired Officers Association of Connecticut.

He was a lifelong learner who filled his library and mind with books on a remarkably wide range of subjects. He also enjoyed Forex Trading, playing chess, orchestral music, woodworking, photography and Westport.

He loved driving and cars and still had a sports car late in life.

He never yielded to the concept of old age or slowing down, not even after sustaining and surviving a traumatic brain injury. He loved life and he faced challenges with an inquisitive and determined mind.

Most important to Stan, however, was his family. He was a kind and loving husband and a wonderful, supportive father.

He is survived by his wife, Charleene B. Katz of Old Lyme; daughter, Barbara L. Katz of Old Lyme; son, Steven D. Katz of Pasadena, Calif., and a sister, Kit Dornbush of Sarasota, Fla. and Becket, Mass. and her children, Kathy A. Dornbush of Rye, N.Y., and Dr. Jeffrey Dornbush and family of Marblehead, Mass.


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