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In Memoriam - Mr. Howard Pinskey
POSTED ON: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:00 AM by The Stockdale Center
A tremendous friend, both to the Academy, and the Stockdale Center, Howard Pinskey, the class of 1962, was a kind caring man. Center alum Marge Bem put it best. She and Howard went back to her days working at his much loved local business Ann's Dari Creme:
"This is heart-breaking news to me. I started working at Ann’s when I was 13 (yes, I know but back then we could). Howard bought the place a year later. I feel like he has always been a part of my life - Forever. Not only was he my boss but I also worked with him during my years at the Naval Academy. He was a Naval Academy graduate and a big donor to the Academy and the events that I coordinated. He was truly an amazing person who always treated everyone with the utmost respect. He will be missed dearly. RIP Howard and thanks for all you did for me. My heart is broken."
Howard will be sorely missed, but his legacy is impressive.
From his memorial site:
"Howard Samuel Pinskey from Annapolis, a successful businessman and a pillar of the community passed away on Sunday, January 31 st with his family by his side. He was 81.
Howard was raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and became an Eagle Scout at the conservative Temple Israel. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (electrical). He served on active duty and in the Navy Reserve for 21 years, retiring in 1983 with the rank of Commander.
Howard's professional career has been primarily in the fast-food restaurant business and in real estate development. Since 1983, he has been involved in all aspects of the restaurant business having been associated with over 47 food establishments. Howard was a Vice President of the Taubman Company, a nationwide premier shopping center development company, and in the development of a 250-room luxury retail and hotel complex in Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, he has owned, developed and constructed office, commercial and residential locations in Maryland and Florida, most notably, Ann's Dari-Crème, a Maryland fixture for over 70 years.
Howard was a member and past President of the Annapolis Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners, Board Member of Congregation Kneseth Israel for over 20 years and a member of the Jewish War Veterans, often using his 1970 Jeep for their group in the Annapolis Memorial Day parade.
Howard is the founding President and Board Member of the Friends of the Jewish Chapel (FOJC), an organization that planned, developed and raised funds for the construction of the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel on the grounds of the Naval Academy. He is the only USNA Class Secretary of the Naval Academy to serve as Secretary for over 60 years. A fixture in Annapolis since 1983, his larger than life personality and booming voice made him one of a kind and always remembered, whether at a local restaurant or at Nordstrom; everyone knew Howard and everyone remembered Howard.
Howard was the ultimate Navy football fan and could often be heard shouting from his box on the 50 yard line "GO NAVY". Howard is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Fannie Pinskey. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Thea, his sister Raleigh Pinskey, his nieces Cindy Siesel, Amy Applestein (Brian) and Stacy Frazier (Dwayne) and his beloved great nieces and nephew, Jaclyn, Bridget, Tori, Karli and Logan. A private family service will be held at the Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel with interment at the Naval Academy Columbarium. Donations may be made in Howard's memory to the Friends of the Jewish Chapel, 326 First Street Suite 22, Annapolis, Maryland 21403 www.fojcusna.org