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Alvin Gutman, 93, Business Executive and Community Leader

May 5, 2011
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Alvin Gutman

Alvin "Vene" Gutman, 93, a business executive and community leader, died April 22 at his home in Lafayette Hill.

Gutman graduated from Friends Select School and Dartmouth College. Upon graduation, he joined his father in the textile industry. He was president, and later, chairman, of Pressman Gutman Company, a major textile converter, for more than 50 years.

He was honored many times for his professional achievements, including by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Boys Scouts of America, and his industry, by which he was chosen as "Man of the Year." After retiring from Pressman Gutman, at age 80, he became a business consultant for CMS Companies in Philadelphia.

Gutman was active on the boards of many Philadelphia institutions. He served as president of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and on the boards of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Judaica, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Albert Einstein Healthcare Foundation, where he established the Gutman Diabetic Institute.

For decades, Gutman served on the board of Philadelphia University, where he was honored in May 2010 as a recipient of a Lifetime Innovation Award. Following the tragic death of his son, Paul Gutman, in 1990, he was the leader in creating and building the Paul J. Gutman Library at Philadelphia University.

In the course of his community involvement, he was presented with many honors and awards, including ones from Albert Einstein Medical Center, United Jewish Appeal, Operation Understanding and the Anti-Defamation League.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Mary Bert Siegel; daughter Jane Gutman; son James Gutman; seven grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

Memorial donations can be made to: Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123; the Gutman Diabetes Institute, c/o Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Development Department, Braemer Building, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141; or to the Paul Gutman Library at Philadelphia University, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Philadelphia University, School House Lane and Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497.

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