Melvin Merians of Larchmont, NY, 80, died on Tuesday, May 12. He was the beloved husband of Elaine; the cherished brother of Sidney Merians; the loving father and father-in-law of Diane and Thomas Burrows, Linda Merians, and Edward and Amy Merians; and the extremely proud Poppy to his grandchildren Joshua and Gabriella, Rachel, Sarah, and Leah Burrows, and Addie and Ethan Merians. He was also the adoring great-grandfather of Noa Burrows.
Mel Merians served as chairman of the Union of Reform Judaism, chairman of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, chairman of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and board member of Hebrew Union College. He was an activist leader of Reform Jewish Outreach. In addition to these interests, he was an extraordinary businessman, ardent sailor and art collector, but his devotion to family exceeded everything else. He was a man who made a difference in this world. He will be greatly missed by his family.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Education and Conference Center at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, NY, or Union for Reform Judaism or Hebrew Union College or a charity of your choice.