John E. Herzog and Jeffrey Radler to Receive Awards at Fall Gala

John E. Herzog and Jeffrey Radler to Receive Awards at Fall Gala 0

Posted on 30, August 2017

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Jewish Senior Services’ will honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our community. John E. Herzog, of Southport is the 2017 recipient of the Arthur and Gladys Lunin Humanitarian Award recognizing outstanding public and community service as exemplified by the good works of Arthur and Gladys Lunin. In addition, Jeffrey Radler, of New Canaan will receive the Louis Lotstein Award for Distinguished Service which recognizes devoted long term service to Jewish Senior Services as demonstrated by the late Mr. Lotstein. The awards will be presented at the Women’s Auxiliary Fall Gala on Thursday, October 26, at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus in Bridgeport. The evening will also include a dinner, an auction, and engaging entertainment by mentalist, Ken Salaz.

John Herzog spent his active business career at Herzog, Heine, Geduld, Inc., which was founded in 1926 by his father. He joined the firm and spearheaded its expansion into the third-largest Nasdaq market maker in the country. He retired from the firm as Chairman Emeritus when Merrill Lynch acquired the firm in 2000. This story is told in the book A Billion to One published by the Museum of American Finance this past June. John is formerly Chairman of R.M. Smythe & Co. In 1988, he founded the Museum of American Finance, donating part of his extensive collection of financial memorabilia to the Museum. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

A graduate of Cornell and New York University Stern School, he is President of the Board of the Fairfield Museum in Connecticut, a Board member of the Pequot Library in Southport, and a member of the American Antiquarian Society, the Grolier Clube, the Down Town Association and the Union League Club in New York City. John is Honorary Chair of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. He served as Trustee Emeritus of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College, and is a holder of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. John has two daughters, Mary Herzog and Sarah Shine.

Jeffrey Radler, this year’s Louis Lotstein Award recipient, has worked alongside Jewish Senior Services for almost 10 years. Jeff is an active member of the Board of Directors and served as its 21st Chairperson on the Board from 2013-2016. Under his dynamic leadership, Jewish Senior Services built and moved to The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus on Park Avenue, the new Resident-Centered Household Model nursing home and assisted living community.

After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Finance, Jeff went to work for a division of the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation in New York City. Later, Jeff went to work for Chessco Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty chemicals headquartered in Westport, as Chief Financial Officer where he was promoted to President of Chessco and the Chemionics Corporation, an affiliated company. Subsequently, Jeff was also actively involved in two other businesses from their inception to successful sale, and is actively involved in commercial real estate. Jeff and his wife Loretta have two sons, Kyle and Keith.

The Fall Gala is co-chaired by Susan Cascella and Linda Lazinger, both of Fairfield. Reservations are required in order to attend this event. Please contact Susan Freed, Development Associate, at 203-365-6407 or


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