College Mourns Death of ‘Dr. Bronx,’ Elias Karmon

Dr. Elias KarmonElias Karmon, a major supporter of Lehman College and its students, died on Tuesday, October 21. He was 98. A chapel service was held for him on Thursday, October 23, at Louis Hirsch and Sons Funeral Home.

Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández issued the following statement on behalf of the College:

“Elias Karmon was an extraordinary friend of Lehman College and gave generously over the years to support our students. He co-chaired our scholarship benefit in 2005, was a member of our benefit committee for the 40th anniversary gala, and established an endowed scholarship fund that benefitted both Lehman students and others enrolled in the three CUNY schools in the Bronx. Nor were we the only beneficiaries of his commitment and his largesse. Several notable healthcare institutions were built with his help, and many other local organizations received his assistance. In 2005, it was Lehman’s privilege to bestow upon him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. After that, instead of being known as ‘Mr. Bronx,’ he enjoyed the title of ‘Dr. Bronx.’ Elias Karmon will long be remembered as an indefatigable booster for our borough and its people, whose spirit of pride and support energized the Bronx in times of prosperity and sustained us in times of struggle.”

A businessman, philanthropist, and humanitarian, Elias Karmon was an active member of the Bronx community. After graduating from New York University, he worked as an accountant and as a clothing manufacturer and retailer. His business, Hollywood Clothes on Prospect Avenue, was a Bronx institution for over thirty years. Since 1940, he served as president of EMK Enterprises, Inc., a Bronx real estate firm. His accomplishments earned him a spot the list of Who’s Who in New York, Who’s Who in American Jewry, and Who’s Who in World Jewry.

Over the years, his dedication to community service earned him recognition and awards from a broad range of local, national, and international institutions, including the Bronx Council of Churches, the Bronx Urban League, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the New York City Mission Society, the Council of Spanish-American Organizations of Greater New York, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the American Legion, the American Red Cross, and the State of Israel.

Active in many civic and humanitarian organizations, he served as president of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce for four consecutive terms, after having served on its boards since 1953 and holding the positions of treasurer, second vice president, and first vice president at various times. He was also president of the Bronx Rotary Club, chairman of the Bronx Council of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, vice president of the Bronx Division of the American Jewish Congress, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Bronx Boys and Girls Club, chairman of Visions and Community Services for the Blind, and vice chairman of the Bronx YMCA.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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